Jelsa

Welcome to Jelsa, one of Dalmatia's true hidden gems, with something for everyone

Willkommen in Jelsa, dem vielleicht best gehütestem Geheimnis im Mittelmeer. Geschichte, Denkmäler und Wein - das sind drei treffende Schlagworte um Jelsa zu umschreiben. Hvars beste Strände und sogar bergklettern sind nur zwei der Höhepunkte, die dich erwarten. Flieg mit uns und erlebe Jelsa!

Tradition? Check out the unique 500 year-old UNESCO Easter Procession. Heritage? Choose from Neolithic, Illyrian, Greek and Roman attractions. Wine? Meet some of the country's leading producers on the island with a 2400 year wine tradition. Beaches - sandy or rocky, the choice is yours. Activities? Jelsa is the base for a variety of challenges from sea kayaking to rock climbing. Or why not just chill on the main square and take in this most relaxing destination. Fly with us to discover it!

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  1. Wine tours
    Hvar has a wine tradition dating back some 2400 years to the arrival of the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC, and the island's wines are undergoing something of a renaissance in recent years after the devastating phylloxera in the 19th century. And the good news for ECA passengers is that Jelsa is the epicentre of the island's wine tradition. The town has three of the best producers on the island, each with highly individual wines, and available for tasting - Andro Tomic, Ivo Dubokovic and Teo Huljic, while the nearby village of Svirce is also home to two of Croatia's premier producers - Ivo Caric and PZ Svirce. 
  2. Beaches
    How can you come to Hvar and not enjoy its pristine waters? For many, the perfect Hvar holiday includes a large number of hours soaking up the rays on the beach. Few places are as blessed as Jelsa with choice of beach. Looking for sand, pebbles, rocks or isolated? They are all here - check out our Jelsa beach guide here. 
  3. The main square and Jelsa's famous ice cream
    Hvar ice cream is a popular part of any holiday, and nowhere does it better than Jelsa, which is famous for its ice cream. Jelsa celebrated 50 years of ice cream in 2013, and the place to drop in for a cone or two is Eis Caffe Jelsa on the edge of the main square. The picturesque main square is the centre of life in Jelsa, a relaxed and compact place served by seven cafes, and one where your desire to do anything more than people watch and indulge in a leisurely coffee will quickly disappear. Relaxation therapy at its best. 
  4. Get active with a range of sports
    For those intent on a little activity, however, Jelsa is an ideal base to explore the rich adventure offers of Hvar. With its own sports centre, tennis courts, paintball centre and rowing club, there is plenty to do in the town itself, but the real fun starts when hooking with an experienced agency such as Hvar Adventure, who can make the island really come to life with their extensive programmes of cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and sailing. Check outwww.hvar-adventure.com for more details. 
  5. Heritage back to Neolithic times
    Jelsa and its surroundings have an outstanding selection of heritage sites to visit - check the local tourist board for details. These include the spectacular Neolithic cave of Grapceva Spilja, next to the impressive eco-village of Humac, the UNESCO-protected Stari Grad Plain, and the Greek tower of Tor.

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