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Zavala, Hvar, Croatia



A picturesque village on the island of Hvar. Zavala is on the south side of Hvar and is approximately 20km away from Hvar town. By car from Zavala to Hvar town it is about 35 km. Zavala is about 7 km from Jelsa and about 18 km away from Stari Grad. Zavala is the warmest and sunniest place on the island of Hvar and ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday.


Some characteristics of Zavala:

  • No discos
  • No mass tourism
  • ...
  • There are a few beach bars along the beach front
  • There are several places for dining (restaurants, taverns, inns...)
  • Boat Rental
  • ...
  • A small shop is about 400m away from the apartments.

Our apartments are located in Zavala. seafront Apartments only a few meters from the beach.

Holiday in Zavala on Hvar in the Bay Petarcica.
Zavala, a small place for a nice relaxing holiday on Hvar. Vacation in Zavala on Hvar means rest, relaxation, beach and bathing! Zavala is suitable for almost all ages, from young couples to families with children and seniors. For families with children is the best vacation / holiday season (mid-June to late August). Seniors often do in May and September and October holidays on Hvar, this time is ideal for hiking and especially May on Hvar is beautiful when everything blooms.

The resort Zavala is on the open sea-facing south side of of Hvar. Zavala has some beautiful beaches, they are among the most beautiful beaches on the island of Hvar. You can still enjoy the holiday in peace and quiet of nature, as in the idyllic fishing village, there are no hotels and no mass tourism. Zavala's attractiveness for tourists, has had an impact in recent years on the demand so there in July and August is no longer so quiet, such as in May, June, September & October. Who in his vacation value on peaceful places and arriving without children, should avoid the July & August. Whereas for families with children, especially those months for a holiday on Hvar are very interesting because the children (5 - 15 years) very common find fast friends and playmates on the beach.

An approximately 1.4 km tunnel is linking Zavala with the north side of the island of Hvar.

Since 2004, a gravel road leads over the mountain from Pitve to Zavala. (Perfect terrain for demanding mountain bikers.) Thus, the tunnel is not the only connection between Zavala and Pitve. [But with a normal car or caravan, it is not advisable to use the gravel road o'er mountain drive!] SUV owners should drive up the gravel road quiet times, also it is a paradise for hikers. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the entire archipelago .

Videos of Zavala.


Zavala from the sea.
A video of Zavala showing Zavala filmed from the boat from the sea.


Mountain biking in the mountains above Zavala .
Mountain biking on Hvar, the tracks above Zavala are just made for it.

More information about Zavala

What is the size of Zavala?

Zavala is a small fishing village, which in winter counts just over 200 inhabitants. The people here live mainly from tourism, agriculture and fisheries. There is a small "supermarket" where you can buy food and other goods. This is about 400 meters away from our house.

In the evening you can walk along the sea to the idyllic fishing port (we are from the port ca. 1500). There are also several cafes, restaurants, inns and a cocktail in Zavala. (Some also along the beach promenade.)

Zavala also offers beautiful reefs for diving and snorkeling. From Zavala in the summer daily boat trips are offered to the neighboring island Scedro. There are no discos in Zavala, the nearest one is about 7 km away from our house in Jelsa. If you are looking for a holiday home, vacation rental in a quiet place where are no hotels, no mass tourism, then you are right in Zavala!

Activities in Zavala

What you can undertake in Zavala: