VISIT MALA STINIVA BAY ON ISLAND HVAR WITH ME (PART 1)

Today I'm taking you to Mala Stiniva Bay on island Hvar. I might talk for a living, but before this beauty I was left speechless and it's not even the first time I have visited this place. If you remember, I blogged about Mala Stiniva Bay back in 2018 and I originally visited it a few years prior to that rather lengthily travel post. My husband loved this place, so I promised to take him back some time. We went there last week. After I finished working, I put on a pair of white sneakers and drove there. When we got there, we just stared at this bay because it is so overwhelming beautiful. Now, that says something coming from someone who spent most of their summers on this island, mind you. Even for high standards set by island Hvar, this bay is enchanting. Most bays on island Hvar are absolutely gorgeous, but somehow this one stole my heart. 
Mala Stiniva Bay belongs to Poljica village on island Hvar (not to be confused with a group of villages located on Dalmatian coast that originally formed the famous Poljica Republic). Stina means a rock in Dalmatian dialect (stijena in standard Croatian) so that is probably how the name was formed. Mala means little, possibly it is named thus because there is a beach near by called Big Stiniva (Vela Stiniva). There is also a beach named Stiniva on island Vis that boost with similar vertical cliff as does the bay Vela Stiniva near by (I visited that one as well). What makes this bay so special- apart from its obvious beauty? Well, for one the giant vertical stones that encompass this bay. These picturesque cliffs contrast with the softness of Adriatic sea beautifully. Moreover, Mala Stiniva is really a lovely bay. It is quite secluded and it has a nice beach. The sea is so crystal clear, it is hard to believe it is not some kind of giant pool. I always get so many questions whenever I post my photographs from island Hvar or just send them to friends. Everyone always thinks they are looking at some kind of lake, they can't believe that sea water can be so clean and transparent but there you are, it really is quite transparent. You don't need diving equipment to see to the rock bottom. Just relax on the shore and observe the fish from there. The sea here is amazing clean and crystal clear. The nature that surrounds this bay is stunning. You have your typical pine forest and the ever present agava plants for greenery. There are only a few houses in this bay. All the accommodation this bay offers is privately owned. There are no hotels, cafes or restaurants, just private houses, some (and possibly all) of which are available for rent. Most people visit it in the summer, but I quite enjoyed my winter visit,  I have to say. I even preferred it to summer one. It was nice having this place just for ourselves. There was not a soul in sight when we visited and we had fun exploring Mala Stiniva Bay. 
IS ISLAND HVAR A GOOD WINTER DESTINATION IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOME SUN?
Absolutely, it is. Island Hvar is known as a sunny island. It has a record number of sunny days. So, if you're looking for some vitamin D, booking a plane ticket to Croatia and coming to island Hvar isn't a bad idea. Not that other islands are any less beautiful, but I cannot help recommending island Hvar first. It always sets a record in the number of sunny days, after all! What can you do in bay Mala Stiniva in the summer? Well, besides enjoying the stunning views, I would also recommend some hiking. You know I love my walking and trekking. It is great when one can be both physically active and enjoy beautiful nature at the same time. It is like food for both body and mind. If you want to enjoy great views, bay Mala Stiniva is a great place to sunbathe and hike in the winter.

THE ROAD TO MALA STINIVA BAY : SHOULD YOU HIKE OR DRIVE?
 How to get to Mala Stiniva bay? Besides sailing into this bay (that would be the sea route), you can also drive there. However, the road is quite narrow and there aren't any extra parking spaces. From what I could see, the parking spaces are privately owned (as are the houses and the land). Driving all the way to the bay might leave you with no space to park and you might need to drive back a little to find a place to park. So, maybe it is best to park a bit farther away and walk a part of the way. Most of the roads on island Hvar are quite narrow. If you're not a good driver, you might find yourself feeling a bit stressed. Another option is parking on the main road (not that the main road isn't somewhat narrow too) and walking all the way to this bay. The views are certainly impressive. From the road you can see the Dalmatian coastline and even island Brač. You can also take photographs of these majestic agava plants with the beautiful Dalmatian coast in the background. Agava plants aren't native to Croatia (as far as I know they are native to Mexico) but they are quite widespread here. Besides olives trees, vineyards, cypress and pine trees, you can expect to see quite a lot of agava and cacti plants on this island. Palm trees are another tree that is not native but is quite widespread and does well here.
THE STORY OF AN OUTFIT- HOW I WORE IT BEFORE?
Nothing about this outfit is new so I'll link up how I wore these clothing items before. I never purchase clothes just for the sake of buying, I only buy things that I either need or really want. This is an outfit I wore to work. The only thing I changed were the shoes. I wore this pair of high heeled boots with this outfit, but I changed into sneakers when I left work because driving and hiking in high heels isn't the easiest or safest of tasks. Those boots might be the most comfortable heeled boots I own, but they are no match for these cliffs. Sneakers are the only sensible choice for exploring the cliffs of Mala Stiniva. Anyhow, bellow you can see how I wore these items before.
THE CHERRY PRINT DRESS. I have had this dress for ages, if I remember correctly I got it as a gift a few years ago in blog collab with one of those Asian online sites. This dress has stood the test of time wonderfully and it still looks brand new. I should really devote a special post to it. I have had the 30 ways to wear a cherry print dress post in the wraps for a while now, I only need the time to put it all together. Until then, you can see how I styled it for summer  here and here. You can also can check out this post where I wore this dress with a yellow bag to make it pop even more, or this post where I paired it with an oversize hat and kitten heels to make it more sophisticated and lady like. Here is a similar outfit, but with wedges. If you are the type that loves fun hand made accessories, check out this post where I wore this dress with hand made cat ears. I really wear it a lot (most recently worn here).
THE BLACK BLAZER I actually had this blazer custom made for me by a local seamstress. Not just the blazer, but the matching pants and skirt as well. It was the first time I had a suit made for me and it is an experience I can definitely recommend. Nothing beats a custom made suit. If you have the funds, do consider investing into a hand sewed suit. It is one of those pieces you can always wear, so they are worth the investment. I do wear this blazer often, sometimes as a part of the suit but even more often as a separate suit. See proof here, here, here , here , here and here
THE SCARF If I had a penny for every time I wore this scarf, well I'd have a lot of pennies. I do wear this scarf a lot and I have had it for more than a decade.  I stole it from my mother who got it as a gift from an Ambassador of Netherlands or something like that. It is the perfect scarf! You can see how I wore it here, here, here, here
THE BROWN FAUX LEATHER COAT
I devoted a special post to this coat here so you know it is a piece I wear a lot. 
THE SNEAKERS
I've actually had these sneakers for 8 or 9 years, so way before the dad sneaker trend. I'm not sure about the brand but I bought them in one of those shops that sell quality sneakers. They are certainly quality made to have lasted this long. If I knew the name of the brand, I'd look it up. Anyhow, you can see how I styled these sneakers in the past with a dress here, with blue jeans and a blazer here,  with burned orange jeans here and with an all sporty styling here and with ripped jeans here
Well, we have talked enough about clothes, let's get back to admiring the natural beauty of this place. 

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Thank you for reading and visiting. I'm linking this look with Nancy Fancy Friday Link up.

Comments

  1. Amazing view and beautiful photos :)

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  2. Meravigliosi questi scatti: delle cartoline!
    Bellissima la stampa del tuo vestito!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  3. Wow the sky, the water, everything looks amazing
    xx

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  4. Heck, I think just sitting and taking in the views are the best thing ever. What a lovely place.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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    1. It is so great! I'm totally recommending it to everyone.

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  5. Your dress is so cute and I like the blazer and scarf with it! I can see why you wanted to drive here straight from work, it's a beautiful spot to visit and the water is so clear! :)

    Hope that you had a great weekend! It's a public holiday today we we spent time at the park :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. so great that you got to spend some time in the park.

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  6. How beautiful ist this Place! The brown Coat suits you amazing, great Outfit.

    kisses

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  7. Wow wow wow...I love this place. It is beautiful, the water and sky are just amazing!! Your dress is so lovely too!!! Love these pictures...Wish you a wonderful new week my dear!!! xx

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  8. What a beautiful bay and such clear water. I love it.

    Many greetings Sabine

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  9. Hello, dearest Ivana!
    Now I've really ended my blog-break :-) The place you show us today is really overwhelming! Pretty nature and such a clear blue water on a sunny day - theat's herat-warming. And you look so happy and pretty on the photos! Your look ist great, I love this outfit!
    Hugs and best wishes, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2020/01/blogpause-beendet-jetzt-aber-wirklich.html

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    1. Thank you Traude. It is a very beautiful bay.

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  10. I can totally see why you're so impressed by Mala Stiniva Bay. The scenery behind you in these photos look like they should be on postcards. Your cherry print dress is always stylish and fun and I really like how you styled it with dad sneakers for this look.

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  11. In love with this place and this amazing pics! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    www.luciagallegoblog.com

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  12. I've been there once, beautiful island. I love Croatia because of its magnificent landscape and sun shining an entire year
    Have a nice day,

    matiime.blogspot.come.

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  13. This is such a beautiful place, love these views and I hope we will visit Hvar and this bay someday. Also love your outfit, you look really gorgeous in that cute dress!

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  14. Mala Stiniva Bay is magnificent indeed. I'm sure I'd have been speechless too, even after many a visit. How lucky you are to have such amazing natural beauty virtually at your doorstept, and how absolutely wonderful to have that beautiful buy all to yourself on this bright winter's day! I'm sure it would be a completely different story in summer. I'm loving your cute cherry print dress, by the way! Wishing you a great week Ivana! xxx

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  15. Ma che posto incantevole!!!!E che fortuna poter ragiungere una simile bellezza ogni volta che vuoi!
    Questa zona mi ricorda tantissimo i posti che ho visto quando sono stata in vacanza in Croazia, con quelle scogliere chiare e l'acqua cristallina! E quei colori stupendi!!!
    Tutto meravigliosoooooo!
    D'inverno deve esser bellissimo, ma io penso che in estate tuffarsi in quelle acque sia il top!
    Carinissimo anche il tuo look, sempre originale e stilosa!
    Baci!
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com/

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  16. Wow, Mala Stiniva is stunning! I love these little bays on the beautiful croatian islands. And I love your outfit too, Ivana! Your cherry print dress is so cute and the custom made black blazer is very chic. You look so pretty!
    xoxo Nadine

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  17. Hello
    You are doing acrobatic poses by the water I hope it is not dangerous !! The water is so clean and crystal clear !! I loved getting to know this bay !!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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    1. It is not dangerous, I have grown up climbing these kind of rocky terrains. I think I'm more likely to fall down walking on a straight path than on these rocks.

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  18. Gorgeous! I am so jealous of all that sunshine! Been snowing in Scotland!!!

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