Jelsa

While the first historical mention of Jelsa is made in the 1331 ‘Statute of Hvar’ archaeological evidence points to the town’s prehistoric roots. Both greek and Roman remains have been found around the town and in the district suggesting that a settlement has stood on or close to this site for as long as that at Stari Grad.


Modern Jelsa was founded during the 14th Century as a port and fishing harbour for the village of Pitve which lies approximately 3km inland. It is centred around a broad inlet that runs back from the shore of Luka Vrobska in a south-easterly direction. Today the town is typical of the chic polished tourist centre offered by the Island of Hvar, and has a feel very similar to that of Hvar Town, if on a smaller scale.


Jelsa is well served with transport links, with regular buses to Stari Grad and other major Hvar settlements and a fast (foot passenger) ferry to Split. It is also a popular destination for excursion boats. The town is large enough to have a wide range of shops, banks, a post office and also a medical centre and pharmacy.


For sailors, the approach is straight forward taking a central line between the outer (eastern) and inner (western) break water. Once in the harbour mooring is limited to the visiting yacht quay on the northern side, where there is power and water laid on and the harbour master’s office is close by. It is worth noting however that while this quay is generally quite, this may be due to advice in most pilots that Jelsa harbour is exposed (and even dangerous) in Northerly and North-easterly winds. Under such circumstances yachts tend to move to the harbour or marina in Vrboska.



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