Easter Weekend Events and Activities on Hvar
1) 'Following the Cross' Procession
'Following the cross' procession is a tradition that has been followed on Hvar for the past 500 years. This ritual has actually placed Hvar on UNESCO's list of intangible global cultural heritage. The procession symbolizes the way of the cross and begins on Good Thursday and goes until the early morning of Good Friday. It begins from all 6 of Hvar's towns (Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj, and Vrboska) at the same time and is led by cross-bearers. During the procession, hymns and prayers can be heard.
2) St. Stephen's Cathedral Mass
On Easter Sunday, visit St. Stephen's cathedral for mass. St. Stephen's cathedral is located on the main square, which is actually the largest square in Dalmatia and the cathedral dates back to the 16th century. Enjoy the beautiful hymns and prayers as Hvar celebrates one of its most important holidays of the year.
3) Traditional Easter Food
Easter on the island isn't just a religious time, but it's also a time that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. For Easter locals love to eat fresh, light food, and make use of the famous homemade prosciutto that's been in the smokehouse all winter long. If you are staying in Adriana during Easter look out for the fragrant, yellow loaves of “pinca” a traditional Croatian Easter cake with orange and lemon zest and dried fruits served during Easter Sunday sumptuous breakfast buffet featuring an array of delectable and traditional dishes including ham and eggs with radishes, spring onions and horseradish sauce.
4) 'Through God's Graves' Procession
Another procession worth noting is the 'Through God's Graves' procession. The St. Cross and St. Nicholas fraternities (one dressed in black, the other in white) begin the procession in their respected churches. Later their paths cross in the Pjaca square and sing Popule Meus in front of St. Stephen's church.
5) Fortress Fortica
To wind down after a hectic weekend, take a tour of the fortress. Hvar's fortress was built during Venetian rule in the 16th century, and there is a breathtaking exhibit of amfore that you can see. Climb your way to the top and you can see that the fortress gives a clear view of the old town Hvar, as well as the Paklenski Islands. Take in a breath of fresh air and relax as this year's Easter celebrations come to a close and the summer tourist season begins. To get the full Hvar Easter experience, book your stay through Hotel Adriana, and don't miss out on any of the festivities!
Since the weather is gorgeous and warm around Easter, there is no better way to relax than to take a sailing trip! Hvar is famous for sailing, and sailing season officially starts before Easter. Combine your Easter weekend with a sailing trip by booking the Sail Away to the Sunset package from Hotel Amfora for you and that special someone!
Take advantage of the spring weather by taking a bike trip around the island! Discover Hvar at your own pace by cruising from place to place and seeing all that Hvar has to offer! Visit medieval monuments, seaside villages, or take that adventurous off-road path you've been hearing so much about! Hotel Amfora offers a special biking package for couples, perfect for those who want more action after all the Easter celebrations are over!
For those that would like something at a slower pace, hiking is the answer you're looking for! Put on some sturdy shoes and brave the old paths that used to be the only connections between the north and south areas of Hvar. Hike through lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards and experience Hvar the best way – up close and on foot! Hvar is known for having more than one thousand various plants, and the best way to see them is through hiking. Suncani Hvar offers various tours to suit every hiker, from easy 3 hour tours to advanced tours for the more adventurous that can last most of the day.
9) Adriana Sensori Spa
After the weekend has come to a halt, wind down by booking you and your sweetheart a relaxing couple's massage at Hotel Adriana. If the weather is warm enough, you can choose an outdoor massage on the luxurious spa terrace. If you're looking for something more private, you can always choose the indoor version for a more intimate experience. Adriana’s Sensori Spa Couple’s Massage uses traditional scents from Hvar like lavender, to release tension and stress. This massage is perfect for those looking to relax before heading back to the hustle and bustle of daily life.
10) Wine Tasting
Spring is here, and that means it's time for beautiful weather, sunshine, and of course wine tasting! Suncani Hvar offers various wine tasting tours to suit everyone. From luxurious wineries made for celebrities, to rustic homey cellars perfect for those wanting to experience Hvar wines the traditional way, there is a tour for everyone’s tastes.