Welcome to Hvar Island: A Mediterranean Paradise
Hvar island is one of the most popular places for destination weddings in Croatia. It’s known for its landscape, Mediterranean way of living, crystal clear Adriatic sea that surrounds it, vibrant nightlife… Hvar is also one of the most famous of many Croatian islands and a place with the most sunny hours in all of Croatia. Sounds like a perfect place for your wedding? Well, it kind of is. Each year more and more couples decide to have their destination wedding in Hvar.
As a wedding photographer and videographer, we spend a lot of time on Hvar Island, and through the years in the wedding industry, we got to know almost all of its wedding and elopement venues. We documented weddings on top of Hvar island, at Paklinski islands, in hidden bays… But this article brings another Hvar wedding venue that is very dear to us and that is Spanish Fortress – the place with magnificent views and breathtaking sunsets.
This article aims to bring you the most important information you might want to know if you are looking to organize your Spanish Fortress Hvar wedding.
Hvar Town: Starting point for weddings at Spanish Fortress
The whole of Hvar is simply beautiful and once you visit it, we suggest you explore it as much as you can. But among many beautiful places, the most visited one is Hvar Town. It’s the main travel hub and the most vibrant place on the island. Hvar town is a place of rich history and immense cultural significance. Tourism in this part of the island started a long time ago, but Hvar was still able to preserve the traditional way of living.
When it comes to weddings, Hvar town is the place with the most wedding venues on the island. Spanish Fortress, the main topic of this article, is located just above the town, watching from above as the silent sentinel and witness of some old forgotten times.
Spanish Fortress: History and breathtaking views
As already mentioned, the Spanish Fortress is situated on a hill that rises above Hvar town and is easily visible if you are walking through the town. The fortress was built during the 16th century but it had many renovations and transformations through time. Today, the Spanish Fortress attracts many visitors who want to learn more about the history of this place while enjoying some of the best views of Hvar and its surroundings at the same time. Spanish Fortress has become one of the favorite Hvar wedding venues.
The best things about the fortress are that it’s well-preserved and presents you with truly remarkable views. It’s a perfect wedding venue if you are seeking to get married in a place of rich history and enjoy the magical views and sunsets at the same time. Getting married among the ancient walls really has that unique charm that can provide you and your guests with an unforgettable experience.
Capacity and Accessibility
Spanish Fortress is easily accessible and can be reached by car or by bus. It’s a great venue for all kinds of weddings – from elopements to intimate or larger weddings. It can accommodate up to 150 guests. There are many terraces in Spanish Fortress and a few of them with the best view are the common choice for wedding ceremonies.
Spanish Fortress Cost Analysis for a Wedding with 60 Guests
Weddings are an investment in great memories that will last for long times to come. We know that budget is an important aspect of every wedding and all newlyweds want to know what to expect when planning their wedding on Hvar island.
We’ll do our best to make an approximate Spanish Fortress wedding cost. Please note that values can change in a matter of months in these unpredictable times and we’ll try to update these prices for the upcoming years.
Here’s an estimate of the cost analysis for a celebration with 60 guests:
- Depending on the season and specific requirements, the Spanish Fortress venue rental fee can range from €3,000 to €5,000.
- A dinner can cost between €80 to €160 per person, totaling €4,800 to €9,600.
- An open bar or wine and beer package can range from €20 to €50 per person, adding up to €1,200 to €3,000.
Decor and Flowers:
- Depending on your style and preferences, decor and flowers can vary significantly, ranging from €1,000 to €3,000.
- A DJ or live band can cost you between €500 to €2,000.
Photography and Videography:
- Professional photography and videography services can range from €2,000 to €4,000.
- This might include transportation, accommodation, and other expenses, potentially adding an additional €3,000 to €6,000.
In total, a wedding at the Spanish Fortress Hvar for 60 guests can range from €15,000 to €30,000+.
Top Reasons to Choose Spanish Fortress Hvar for Your Wedding
Unparalleled Panoramic Views:
Spanish Fortress above Hvar has some of the best views of Hvar town and surrounding area. There’s a reason why venues with great views and surroundings are among the most chosen ones for weddings. Also, great views mean great photography and videography options.
Rich Historical Ambiance:
Dating back to the 16th century, the Spanish Fortress has unique historical charm and ambiance which is not easily found in today’s world. Having a wedding with old walls surrounding you really makes a captivating experience.
Exclusive and Private Setting:
The great thing about a wedding at Spanish Fortress in Hvar is its location above the town and all of its usual noise and crowdiness. Spanish Fortress is able to provide you with a secluded wedding setting and there is nothing better than enjoying your wedding in privacy.
Versatility of Space:
Spanish Fortress is a versatile venue with a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces that suit your specific needs or vision of your wedding day. Having both outdoor and indoor spaces is a great aspect of a wedding venue, especially if you are organizing your wedding in Hvar in preseason and postseason periods when the weather is not as predictable as during the summer months.
Photography and videography Opportunities:
Spanish Fortress is a dream of every wedding photographer documenting weddings in Hvar. With a great backdrop comes great photo and video material. And Spanish Fortress has some of the best backdrops for weddings on Hvar.
Proximity to Hvar Town:
Another great thing about Spanish Fortress as a wedding venue is its proximity to Hvar Town. On one hand, a fortress can offer you a secluded setting for your wedding while you are still near Hvar and everything it offers. This means that wedding logistics can be so much smoother since most of the Hvar wedding vendors are located in Hvar Town. On the other hand, you and your guests won’t be far from accommodation (if you choose to stay in one of many Hvar accommodation options).
Last but not the least. Sunsets are definitely one of the best parts of the Spanish Fortress wedding in Hvar. From this place, you’re able to enjoy sunsets longer than in other venues and this creates a romantic and magical atmosphere for your wedding. There’s no better way to start your married life than with a great sunset.
Spanish Fortress Hvar wedding photographer and videographer
We are Andrea and Mario and we have been documenting weddings all across Croatia and Europe for almost 10 years now. We live in southern Croatia, just opposite Hvar island which is just a short ferry ride away from us. Each year we spend at least 20 days on Hvar island, whether we are documenting a wedding or elopement or just exploring new potential outdoor wedding locations.
Our style is documentary with a focus on real emotions and moments as they happen in real-time. We love to document moments you are likely to miss at your wedding because you’ll be focused on some other things. If you are interested in our work and want us to be a part of your Hvar wedding, just contact us through web form and we’ll send you our Hvar wedding packages and prices.