Welcome to Jelsa, Hvar, Croatia!
The Island of Hvar, king among the Dalmatian islands, has been known since ancient times for its important strategic and nautical location, its cultural and natural resources and for its literature. Due to the mild climate (warm winters and pleasant summers) Hvar plays host to a large number of guests, scientists and chance travelers who are drawn to it by its unspoiled and opulent Mediterranean nature, fresh fish and distinguished wines. It was not by chance that there was a time, before World War I, when Hvar was referred to as "Austrian Madeira" and that today it is considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.
Jelsa, situated in the central part of Hvar, is a welcoming place, pleasing to the eye and ready to receive any guest or traveler. Jelsa borders with the two highest peaks on the Island - St. Nikola on the west and Hum on the east. On the southern side there are three mountains - Vrh, Samotorac and Gozd, while Burkovo hill shields the northern side from the cold, northern winds.
Grapceva cave is the cradle of Hvar's culture and civilization. The cave is one of the prehistoric findings dating back to the New Stone Age (Neolithic Period) 5000 - 4000 years BC and one of the oldest discoveries in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.
It is situated 239 m above sea level and was the cultish place of a Neolithic Islander. The cave consists of a small hall (13,5 x 5 m) and a larger one (22 x 23 m) surrounded by hallways and chambers.
The towering stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave resemble an ancient organ and along with the absolute silence and solitude of the cave offer a magnificent and unforgettable sight.
Humac, once a shepherds' settlement, is located 7 km east from Jelsa, 350 m above sea level and offers a bird’s eye view of the valleys and headlands on the west side of the Island, yet also providing a view of the Island of Brac and the coastline of Makarska.
The village was established in the XVII ct. At the beginning of the XX ct. the Church of St. John and St. Paul was built. The houses of Humac are well preserved, simple and made of stone. They belong to a unique rural type of architecture and are therefore considered as being an ethnographic monument.
There is an ambiance restaurant open to guests during the summer.
Source: TZ Jelsa