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Jelsa is a small town and center of the homonymous municipality, located in a sheltered bay in the center of the northern coast of the island Hvar. South of the town is dense pine forests below the two highest peaks on the Island of St. Nikola and Hum. North of the town is a rugged coastline with islands, many bays, and headlands, where guests can find true pleasure and peace. Jelsa is the only place on the island with an abundance of freshwater and is surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation and fertile cultivated fields. It was founded in the 14th century as a harbor for the village Pitve. The first houses were built around the church of St. Michael on the north side of the bay, and as the town developed and expanded gradually began to build houses on the south side of the bay around the church of St. John. From humble beginnings, fisheries, and agriculture, Jelsa was during the 19th century developed into a maritime center with several shipyards. Modern Jelsa is today a lively town, with many small companies that mainly offer to...
...urist services and the local municipal administration. It is also an important tourist center of the island with a regular catamaran line to Split. It has a very long tradition in tourism, and the oldest hotel in Jelsa, which is one of the oldest in the entire Adriatic was open back in 1911. The rapid development of tourism and the construction of hotels, guest houses, apartments, restaurants, bars, discotheques, and other tourist services comes at the end of the 60s in the 20th century when tourism became the main economic activity. Numerous bays and headlands are ideal for swimming and sunbathing on the stone or pebble beaches and thick pine forests and a light breeze will provide shade during the summer heat. The whole area of Jelsa acts as a big sunny garden surrounded by crystal blue Adriatic sea, and clear blue skies. Private accommodation in Jelsa has 960 apartments and 577 rooms. Choose from the wide range of private accommodation and contact directly the owners of apartments and spend a carefree vacation on the sunniest island in the Adriatic. Welcome to Jelsa on the island of Hvar!