On the other side of the island, Stari Grad is where we spent 3 days waiting for the insensitive mechanic at Auto Rudan. Besides him, everyone we talked to was sincere, and sweet and incredibly hospitable and welcoming during our stay. The local bike and scooter rental shop let us use his tools on two different panicked occasions, anything we needed no problems and he rented us a scooter for 100 less than tourist rates of Hvar town, and even let us keep it for 24 hours instead of the usual shop open-shop close and even at that, the time it was due back was flexible. As for the two cafés we spent an adequate amount of time in both of them made us feel very welcome, Il Teatrino, our favorite wine bar even told us to come back and pay later when we had no small bills to cover our espresso, so much trust and credit, a truly unfamiliar feeling in a would-be touristy resort town. The food was better, and cheaper, and the menus didn't come in the typical 5 language tourist borchures. Not to mention, the beaches are actually nicer in Stari Grad, there are sand beaches where Hvar town is composed of all rocky beaches and half of them are privately owned and inaccessible.
If we were to go back we would probably just go to a different one of the thousands is islands on offer in Croatia, but if we did for some reason return to Hvar island Stari Grad is definitely on the itinerary, plus it has a great name!
Stari Grad alleys to get lost among
Stari Grad harbor
Dinner in Hvar, overpriced but delicious