The most amazing sights to see in Croatia – Jelsa and the Islands!
Croatia boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. If you are lucky enough to be visiting this vibrant country, book guided tours to Jelsa and the Croatian islands to make the most of your trip.
Mild winters and warm summers make the island an important tourist destination. Regular ferry services connect Hvar with Split, and the journey time is approximately one hour.
During the 19th Century, the lively resort of Jelsa was one of the most significant maritime, shipbuilding and trade centres in the Adriatic and was a starting point for many vessels transporting local wine and olive oil worldwide.
The beaches of Jelsa are among the most highly rated on the island, and are very family-friendly. Soak up the sun at the popular sandy beach of Mina, just a 10 minute drive from town. The best way to see Hvar Island is from the sea, and boat trips leave the harbour regularly to explore the hidden bays and coves which are dotted around the coastline.
Clear waters around Jelsa make this a popular spot for scuba divers, with plenty of underwater caves to explore. Sailing, surfing and fishing are also popular with holidaymakers.
Hvar Town and the Pakleni Islands
Hvar Town attracts over 20,000 people a day during July and August. Ornamented Gothic palaces sit beside 13th century walls, and pedestrianised marble streets lead to picturesque fountains and numerous pebble beaches.
Whatever time of year you visit, make sure you explore the back streets of town, where quirky galleries and off-the-wall clothes shops are located.
The stunning Pakleni Islands, situated just 700m from Hvar Town, are largely uninhabited and are often described as the most beautiful in the world. Hire a boat for the day or catch one of the water taxis which run regularly from outside the arsenal on the harbour, and explore the small, secluded beaches, deserted coves and sun-drenched hills.
Just a 50 minute walk from Jelsa is what remains of the Greek Tower Tor, dating back to the fourth century BC. Situated 230m above sea level, the hike is worth it for the view alone, with the ancient watchtower offering spectacular views of not only Jelsa, but but also Vrboska and the Split and Makarska coastline. Unfinished walls and man-made terraces around the tower, suggest that it was also used as living quarters.
The Dominican Monastery, Brac Island
The Dominican Monastery at Bol, Brac Island, was built on the Glavica peninsula in the early fifteenth century. Situated just 7 miles from Jelsa, the island is easily accessible by ferry from Hvar harbour. Early medieval architecture can be seen in the monastery church of Our Lady of Mercy, and the museum contains collections of prehistoric items, stone monuments and paintings. The monastery garden is a wonderful seashore oasis, which provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
The Andro Tomic Bastijana Winery
The Andro Tomic Bastijana Winery is situated in Jelsa, which has a long tradition of wine making. Producing over 150,000 bottles of wine each year, the winery has a traditional stone tasting hall, below the main building, and modelled on ancient Roman dining rooms. The wine cellar of the old family house in the old town centre has also been renovated and is used as an additional tasting room.
Jelsa and the Croatian islands can be explored on day tours, excursions or hotel and package tours. Choose a guided tour for the best experience.