Check out our travel guide for suggestions on how to reach us easily, comfortably and on time for the program start & conclusion.
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Traveling to and within Croatia
There are so many ways to travel to Hvar Island via various destinations within Croatia and from abroad. For Europen travelers, the most direct and easy way to reach us is to fly to Split and take the ferry direct to Stari Grad.
International travelers often take flights to Zagreb, with a connecting flight to Split. However, you may also find direct flights to Zadar, Pula, or Dubrovnik, from where you can easily travel onwards to Split, and from Split to Hvar Island via Ferry.
Free Transfer Service from the Stari Grad Port on Hvar Island to & from the Retreat
The retreat check-in time begins on the event start date at 16.45 (4.45 pm) and check-out is set at 10.45 on the day of departure.
The closest port on Hvar Island to the retreat is STARI GRAD PORT. Tickets cost 47 Kuna (6.5 euros) per person, or per car 318 Kunas (42.5 euros) one way. No advanced reservation is needed for foot passengers, though it is best to buy in advance if you are coming by car!
To match your travel plans with the start & end of the retreat week, it is best to catch the 14.30 ferry from Split, arriving at 16.30 at the Stari Grad Port on Hvar Island on the retreat arrival day, and the 11.30 ferry from Stari Grad Port to Split Port on the departure day.
We provide free transfers to & from the retreat on the event start date at 16.30, and on the departure day at 10.45 (for the 11.30 ferry back to Split). The ride from the port to the retreat takes about 5 minutes.
If you plan to arrive/depart at other times or from other locations, it is best to check with Jadrolinija for options and then take a taxi to the retreat upon arrival.
Taxis are readily available at the Stari Grad and Jelsa ports, or you can pre-order one using https://pickapp.hr/en/. To find a the taxi station from Hvar Town, you need to walk through the Hvar Town promenade & town square to get to the bus terminal & taxi terminal - local fares cost approximately 15, 25, 40 euros one way, from Stari Grad, Jelsa and Hvar towns / ports, respectively.
Our address is: Suncokret Retreat, Gojava 9 Dol Sveta Ana (just below Sv. Mihovil Church).
This information is meant as a guide only. Please double-check all ferry times directly on the Jadrolinija website!
Kindly confirm your travel plans to the island in advance.
Flying to Split, Croatia
Flying to Split, Croatia
There are direct flights to Split from many European destinations. The range increases continually so please check the full route network from the Split Airport website as well as other online resources:
Transfers from Split Airport
New: Split Express - Fast Ferry Service connecting Split Airport to Stari Grad from 01.06 - 15.09:
Departures from Split Airport at 13.00 (1st stop in Bol), Arriving in Stari Grad at 14.50
Check http://www.splitexpress.com for updates and prices
Use the voucher: JUNE50
Bus Transfer to the Port:
A bus operated by Croatia Airlines departs from just outside the terminal door. You buy the ticket from the driver 30 Kuna (4 euros). It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center. There is also a local bus that goes to the bus station in Split to and from Trogir every 20 minutes from a stop on the road in front of the Airport Terminal. The price of the ticket is approximately the same. Busses to/from airport
A taxi to Split costs about 250-300 Kuna (33-40 euros). You can book a taxi online through croatia-taxi.hr
Getting to the Ferry Port from the Taxi or Bus Station
The airport bus stop is just next to the old town. From there you can see the ferry, a short walk away.
Split Luggage Check
Finally, in case you have extra time on your hands and wish to explore the beautiful & historic Old Town in Split, there are also multiple luggage facilities opposite the ferry port, train station and bus station (all located beside the other) where you can leave your luggage: 15 kunas (2 euros) per bag, or you can get a locker at the train station lobby (also opposite the port) for approximately the same price.
Buying a Ferry Ticket
Next to the ferry /bus/train/taxi station are ticket booths for Jadrolinija, the ferry company, where you can buy your ferry tickets. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket at the booth in the ferry terminal itself or online.
Overnight In Split
If you arrive in Split on Saturday, an overnight stay in Split is an enjoyable experience. The attractions and shops stay open until 8pm, so there is time to explore the city and there is an active nightlife to keep you entertained, as well. You can then take the ferry to Stari Grad on Sunday.
Places to Stay
Bellevue - A pleasant overnight stay in the town center
Peristil Hotel - 3 star just inside the walls of Diocletian's Palace
Palace Vestibul - 4 star elite boutique hotel in the old town center
Villa Kastel - B&B in the old palace
Dining out in Split
Makrovega - vegan restaurant
Corto Maltese - freestyle food
Mia Fiaba - taste of Croatia with traditional food at family restaurant
Bepa - Mediterranean cuisine using the freshest local ingredients
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Hvar Island & Croatia Guides