“Perfect holiday at a perfect location” We stayed at the cottage for a week and enjoyed it thoroughly. The cottage had all amenities to make a most comfortable vacation. The host, Maya, was very considerate and always made us feel as if she'd been around even though we didn't get to meet her in person (yet she was always available via mobile phone in case we needed anything). We also loved the location which was just outside the centre of a small fishing village, Trstenik, meaning it only took a couple of minutes to walk to the village centre (small shop and several cafès/restaurants) and to the local beach, yet it was very quiet and peaceful around the cottage (thus it really felt like staying in the countryside). We found the location perfect to make day trips around the Peljesać peninsula, the nearby islands and even Dubrovnik. Would love to stay there again!
“A peaceful and idyllic retreat” Birdsong Cottage was just what the doctor ordered after a few months of real hard labour at work! It was really refreshing to visit a place of such natural beauty that has remained still relatively untouched. Hazel, the owner, was incredibly helpful with everything from how the ferry/catamaran system worked to tasty local restaurants and secret beaches! If you want to know more you'll have to book Birdsong as I'm not prepared to make this particular beach public knowledge...I still want it to be as beautiful when I go back! I should also say that Hazel was very generous in letting us borrow her own snorkelling gear. We had intended to buy our own but if you venture past the touristy beaches it's surprisingly difficult to get your hands on a snorkel! If you go to Hvar you MUST go snorkelling, even if you're not usually into that kind of thing. The water is so beautifully clear; quite unlike anything I've seen before, so you won't be caught out by any nasties lurking beneath any seaweed! One would recommend sea shoes though as the beaches are pebbly and you do get sea urchins-very easy to spot though so if you were to tread on one in sea shoes it wouldn't hurt...but if you weren't wearing shoes you'd probably know about it! Hvar town is beautiful at night and we would definitely recommend walking up to the old fort-the view is amazing! The walk back through the town is buzzing at night with lots of bustling restaurants, bars and late night shopping! Nice shops though, no tat here! I would recommend Hvar to any couple or small group of friends. It's a very romantic spot if that's what you're into, but I'd be equally happy sharing the place with a few girlfriends. Birdsong was great for doing your own thing and exploring a little off the beaten track whilst still being within easy reach of the harbour town, but take it from me that you will want to hire a car. Only rent a bike if you are super fit and to be honest, hardcore!