A prestigious tourist gem with a wonderful history, impressive architecture and magical beaches


Discover everything Jelsa has to

Paradise beaches and bays
Covering 55 percent of the surface of the island of Hvar, the municipality of Jelsa and its surrounding settlements offer pristine bays and beaches that stretch to the east, south and north of the island. Located near Jelsa. Grebišće beach is one of the most beautiful on the island. It is a sandy beach with plenty of infrastructure and a beautiful pine wood where you can enjoy the shade during the summer heat. It is ideal for families with children because of the shallow sea and fine sand
St. John’s church and square
The octagonal church from the end of the 17th century is characterized by a variety of stylistic features. The miniature, baroque St. John’s church, located on a hidden “pjaca” among tall houses, is one of the most beautiful monuments in Jelsa. The curch was one of the two centers around which the future settlement would develop, so the oldest houses were preserved there, including those of the boatmen of Jelsa. The square in front of the church is the most beautiful outdoor stage in Jelsa on which cultural events like concerts, plays and promotions are held during summer
The Dobrović House
The Dobrović House is located on St. John’s square in the old town center of Jelsa and represents one of the best examples of neoclassical residential architecture. The permanent exhibition is unique due to the interaction of the exceptionally preserved residential part of cultural and historical value and the extremely minimalist artworks of Jurj Dobrović, a respected Croatian artist and the last permanent resident of this house

Escape to your own



Did you know that the Mediterranean diet of the island of Hvar is enlisted on the UNESCO’s list of intangible assets? Do you need a stronger motive to visit this island and enjoy all of its beauties?

Grilled fish is a traditional way of preparing fish on the Croatian coast and is a special gastronomic experience. This method of preparation offers a genuine taste of fish
“Divje zeje”, as they call it on Hvar, are actually edible plants that grow wild in the fields. Many have a bitter taste and go perfectly with olive oil
Hvar is the ancestral homeland of olive oil and red wine, among which the most famous variety is Plavac. Experience a rhapsody of flavors while enjoying the pristine Mediterranean
Enjoy sea activities, set sail on a boat tour to the Dalmatian islands and explore the beaches and coves hidden in the magical blue and untouched nature

Lavender island

Hvar used to be the producer of lavender and lavender oil. It is to interesting to know that lavender, although a Mediterranean plant, arrived on the island in the twenties of the last century. In 1928 the first lavender bush was planted. In 1947, there were already about thirty hectares of rocky fields cultivated by lavender and in the sixties, lavender was grown on 600 hectares of land and giving 20 tons of oil

A must – see in


Sunbathing, swimming and outdoor activities are not the only advantages of Jelsa. It is a destination of rich heritage awaiting to be discovered by you

01 Gradina
02 Grapčeva cave
03 Cross – bearer monument
04 Galešnik fortress
05 Historic watchtower Tor
06 St. Luke’s Chapel
07 Pitve – Zavala Tunnel
08 Tirkiz beach
09 Velo Žalo in Zavala
10 Prapatna beach
11 Mala Stiniva bay
12 Velika Stiniva bay
13 Medvidina bay

Blend in with an island where every pebble hides ancient historical stories. Here you will enjoy divine gastronomy and breathtaking nature

The number of beaches and bays in Jelsa


Jelsa on the island of Hvar is a wonderful oasis with hundreds of bays, islets, cliffs and beaches and is one of the most indented coaslines in Croatia


Make your stay


Here are some suggestions on everything you need for a comfortable visit. Find activities to do and spend your time exactly as you prefer. If you need a place to stay, we prepared a handy list of hotels.

01 Hotels
02 Events
03 Activities


Trips from


Due to its micro-location, Jelsa is an ideal starting point for one-day trips to surrounding destinations. Discover the authentic Dalmatia

A world-renowned hit destination and the capital of the Mediterranean where antiquity and hedonism meet
A wonderous city under the UNESCO’s protection
A pirate town located at the mouth of the River Cetina, with narrow streets that will impress you
Makarska rivijera
Heavenly beaches and crystal-clear sea in hit destinations of Baška Voda, Brela and Makarska
An island with thousand wonders, best known for its beach Zlatni rat
Authentic and untouched island, ideal for adventurers and those resisting commercial content
The island with the world’s most famous beach – Stiniva, but also the guardian of the Blue Cave on the islet Biševo
Walk the Game of Thrones paths and explore the ancient fortress Klis
The host of Sinjska Alka, a chivalric tournament with a 300-year-old tradition, and an ideal starting point for an excursion to the source of River Cetina
Take a walk along the Imotski field, taste the River Vrljika and feast your eyes on the Blue and Red Lake


Events in Jelsa

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