Central Dalmatia Travel Guide

Central Dalmatia Sights

Jelsa

  • Beach–Sight

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

On Jelsa it feels like island life as it should be. Hvar's third main town is often overlooked except for the catamaran service it offers direct to Bol. On the northern coast of the island, you will see many structures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, though St. Mary's Church dates back to the early 1300s. A tower built by the ancient Greeks overlooks the harbor; it dates to the 3rd or 4th century BC. About 1 km (0.6 mile) east of the modern town is the older Grad, with the original fortified area that was protected by the fortress called Galešnik, and now stands in ruins. This small town is surrounded by swimmable beaches—including the island's most popular nude beaches—and some resorts. It is surrounded by a thick forest of pine trees. Jelsa is a great alternative to Hvar Town, which has become an overcrowded tourist trap in high season.

Sight Information

Address:

20 km (13 miles) east of Hvar Town, Hvar, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, 21465, Croatia

Published 05/20/2009

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