Jelsa is located in a bay on the northern coast of the island of Hvar, which with its moderate climate, beautiful beaches, unique vegetation, historic and cultural heritage is considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Of all the places on the island, Jelsa has numerous and most beautiful beaches. Besides its natural beauty, Jelsa is abundant with olive groves and vineyards, and some of the best Croatian wines come from Jelsa's vineyards and cellars.
The house is situated in a quiet part of Jelsa, 50 meters from the sea and the rocky beach. Not far from the house there are several small sand and pebble beaches. Around the house there are gardens in which there are many mediterranean plants such as olives, figs, pomegranates, lemons, rosemary ... and by the house is a forest. All these plants coupled with the proximity of the sea contributes to the unique relaxing and pleasant aroma.
Studio apartment is located on the ground floor. Apartment has a bedroom with two beds and one extra bed, bathroom and kitchen. In front of the apartment, in the shade, is a terrace with tables, chairs and a garden with palm trees. Guests can use grill and WiFi internet. Also, in each room there are linens and a ceiling fan. Car parking is 50 meters from the house and it is free of charge.
The island of Hvar has been known since antiquity for its important strategic and nautical location, its various historical periods, cultural and natural monuments, and literature. It is characterized by mild climate, warm winters and pleasant summers, mediterranean nature is not disturbed, tourists can enjoy fresh fish and distinguished wines. It is considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. In the central part of the island lies Jelsa. The first lady of the whole island, richly decorated with indented coastline and numerous islands, romantic coves and defiant capes, its beauty is still, above all, a result of a healthy way of life of its residents.
Between Vrboska, Jelsa and Stari Grad lies the most fertile field in the Adriatic islands. The large plain rich with mediterranean culture - lush vineyards and very well-known wines, orchards, olive trees and vegetables. A special artistic atmosphere, as is rarely to be found, is achieved with the surrounding mountains and hills, where it is grown and bred mediterranean herbs - relaxing lavender, healing sage, delicious almonds, authentic carob, distinctive slender pine and dignified cypress. The trees and plants are anthem of health, planted with effort of human hands, and blessed with the sun - the trademark of the whole island. Hvar in fact has the most sunny hours in Croatia, an average of 2726 sunshine hours per year! It is right to say that the one who travels to Jelsa actually goes to get the sun.
What characterizes the climate of this region are the summer winds. Morning levant and afternoon mistral create an almost full day of air flow that brings refreshing thoughts. The effects of this synaesthesia of smell, taste, sound, color and touch are generally known - a natural herbal cocktail every needs. Beautiful scenery, pleasant climate and numerous historical monuments that tell the interesting history of this region and the hospitality of the people invite you to meet this town. When you visit Jelsa it will forever remain in your heart.
Jelsa and UNESCO: In this small area there are even three cultural monuments on famous UNESCO list of world intangible heritage.
1. Procession "Following the Cross" is a practice unique in world, that takes place continuously for 400 years! Procession is the heritage of the whole island. It begins on Maundy Thursday, with mass at six parishes: Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirce, Vrbanj and (website hidden)ska, after which the faithful of each parish attend the 25 km long procession, which lasts all night until the early morning of Holy Friday. It is therefore 6 procession, which in clockwise circular visit other places, and never to meet. The cross bearer leads the procession, which is for this honorable task selected dozens of years earlier, sometimes at birth. The cross bearer walks barefoot or in socks, cross that bears weighs 18 kg, followed by the fraternity brothers in white tunics (laymen), and many people, all with lighted candles and rosaries. During this procession folk songs about the Passion of Christ are sung.
2. Stari Grad Plain (ager) is the best preserved ancient - greek landscape in the Mediterranean. The story of this field begins 385th year BC, when the island of Paros in the Aegean Sea sent a group of a hundred families in the Adriatic Sea to found a colony there. Okist headed them, whose duty was to make a proper division of conquered land to the settlers. Middle of the field is determined by the starting point (omphalos), so the field is with a simple instrument measured and divided into parcels. Boundary stones were erected, on which were inscribed the names of the owners. After there were built ancillary buildings and dwellings, among which is now found cca 60 luxury from Roman times. It is the opinion of the World Organization UNESCO that the local vineyards and olive trees remained "virtually unchanged" from the first colonization of the ancient Greeks and that this is unique example of the geometric division of the country, which was used in antiquity.
3. Hvar lace is an extraordinary tradition, both materially and spiritually valuable. It is a beautiful lace made of agave, a typical mediterranean plants, by the nuns of the Benedictine monastery in Hvar. Hvar lace is made of thin and solid threads extracted from fresh leaves of agave, which must not be younger than 3 years. The thread length of 1 meter is extracted from the leaves, followed by additional treatment, and only then are ready for the process of making lace. The tradition of making lace from the agave plant date from mid-19th century, when local sailors brought a copy of the lace from Tenerife, after which, having studied the pattern adopted, Hvar nuns produced more beautiful, original and unique example of Hvar lace. An interesting is that once made lace is not washed but kept under glass in order to fully protect. These threads of agave follows the legend of the early neolithic man in Hvar archipelago who fished using a net made of just agave threads.
I loved my stay here. The apartment was very retro and everything was comfortable and worked well. Robert was very easy to communicate with and answered my many questions about how to get there , the apartment and the local area. Roberts parents were delightful and so kind. Robert and his family go out of their way to look after you and help if you need anything. I cannot wait to visit hvar again! I think next time I'll visit when it's a bit warmer so I can swim!
I luckily found out about the Jelsa area on airbnb (and this listing) it is stunning. The apartment is in a great location, a few minutes walk from the sea. Roberts parents were friendly and welcoming. The bed was comfortable, the room very clean and having a kitchen came in handy. We preferred Vrboska to explore than Jelsa town, where you can arrive by ferry from Split. Vrboska is about the same distance walking, just left along the coast rather than right to Jelsa. One other thing I would recommend is organizing/paying for pick up when arriving. We tried to walk from Jelsa ferry station, it wasnt possible (with (website hidden) maps). Robert replied quickly to all messages and went out of his way to be helpful. I would recommend staying here on any trip to Croatia!
We had such a good Time in robert´s appartment, his parents are wonderful, the room is very nice, 1 minute from a wonderful beach and 15 minutes by walk from Jelsa... Everything was perfect and if we had to Come again to hvar Island, That Will be the place we Will return for sure!
El lugar se encuentra a 5 minutos en coche de Jelsa. El apartamento es muy básico pero se encuentra a tan solo 3 minutos de unas calas increíbles. Fuimos en coche y pudimos aparcar al lado de nuestro apartamento los dos días. El lugar se encuentra a 26 kilómetros de Hvar donde esta toda la movida de la isla.
Good welcome, good location at one minute walking to sea, quiet and clean room but bathroom and kictcheen need to be refresh.
Although I never met Robert, his parents took good care of me. I got lost trying to walk to the location so Robert's dad was kind enough to come find me. Be aware that the address comes up in (website hidden)maps as Fontana Resort but this is a privately owned property further down the road. Also, Robert's parents have limited English but usually understood what I needed. The room was okay for a short stay. The kitchen has only two gas burners for cooking and you'll want to bring your own condiments as there are none in the unit. The patio area for this room is a little awkward for sitting because it is really just the sidewalk for everyone to get from the driveway to their rooms. I think the balcony areas on the second floor are quite a bit nicer. The area is incredibly beautiful and the beaches barely had crowds at all while I was there in June. Take swimming shoes because most beaches are rock rather than sand. A bike was available for me to ride into town which was very nice.
UPDATE: Based on Robert's review of me, I realize there is a misunderstanding. I very much enjoyed my stay there and only want to provide information to you so you know how to prepare for a trip. I never intended to imply that the description is misleading.
Very nice accommodation! The kitchen allowed us to cook some of our own meals and save some money while on vacation.
Wonderful !!!! Strongly recommended !!
We had a great 3 nights there. Roberts dad picked us up from the ferry in Jelsa and drove us to Stari Grad on the day we left. Place has good Internet and kitchen amenities. The powered went out in the neighbourhood one night and Roberts dad came down to give us a torch.
I had a great stay here and for the price, it's absolutely fantastic! Located between two of the most amazing seaside locations I have ever visited, and with easy access / short walks along the seashore to all necessary conveniences in Jelsa and Vrboska (I adore both!). I visited during the low season and absolutely loved it! Robert's parents were wonderful, accommodating in every way, and at anytime, I felt comfortable to ask them for anything... And if I didn't, they insisted to help me to the 'very' early ferry ride to Split in the morning! Which was incredible hospitality! I will certainly look forward to visiting again soon!
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