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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaCentral DalmatiaHvarJelsa
43°09.901'N, 016°41.932'E Chart icon.png
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Harbour of Jelsa from E

The harbour of Jelsa is situated on the N coast of Hvar Island in Croatia, a mile SE of the port and marina of Vrboska. The harbour is a ferry port and popular tourist destination, with an attractive location ringed with pine forests and some fine sandy coves along the neighbouring coast. Although the outer edges of the bay are now lined with tourist hotels, the old town at the head of the bay is still picturesque, with narrow streets and old stone houses and there is an interesting fortified church dating back to the 14th century.

The harbour provides good berthing options for visiting yachts, with around 18 laid moorings on its N quay and up to 20 additional moorings are located at the E section of the S quay.

Shelter is good in all but strong winds from N or NE.


British Admiralty 2712
Croatian MK19
Imray M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)


See Croatia.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Jelsa. Depths in the harbour entrance are 6.0 metres and on the quays 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Shelter in good in all conditions except strong NE winds, which can make the harbour dangerous. The harbour is subject to wash from tripper boats and ferries, especially during the morning.


Stari Grad is the nearest summer port of entry. At other times of year, Split or Korcula are the nearest year-round ports of entry.


The projecting section of the N quay
The recessed section of the N quay,
the port authority building is on the left
The S quay before its full completion

Visiting yachts berth where directed. There are currently three main berthing options in Jelsa:

N quay projecting section

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Berth icon N quay projecting section [[Jelsa#N quay projecting section|N quay projecting section]] 43°09.758'N, 016°41.612'E

The best but most popular berthing spot is on the short projecting section of quay on the N side of the harbour, where there is space for around 6 yachts stern or bows-to on laid moorings. Depths are 3.0 - 3.5 metres. There are water and electricity points on the quay.

Note: There are two cafés on this section of the quay, so earplugs are an advantage if staying overnight.

N quay recessed section

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Berth icon N quay recessed section [[Jelsa#N quay recessed section|N quay recessed section]] 43°09.778'N, 016°41.665'E
Immediately E of this projecting section is a long section of quay in front of the green-painted building. There are 12 further moorings here in depths of 3.0 metres. While there are a couple of cafés here also, they tend to be less noisy. There are water and electricity points on this quay also.

S quay

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Berth icon S quay [[Jelsa#S quay|S quay]] 43°09.697'N, 016°41.679'E

The section of quay to the east, some 100 metres long, provides some 20 moorings. Water and electricity points are installed there as well.

This quay is somewhat more exposed in N winds than the N quay (although both quays suffer from swell in fresh to strong N winds).

The westernmost section of the south quay, including the short jetty, is used by ferries and tripper boats and there are no moorings here. Outside the peak season of July and August, it may be possible to go alongside here.

Note: The port authority building with showers and toilets is located between the abovementioned sections of the N quay.


There is no suitable sheltered overnight anchorage close to Jelsa (although it is possible in settled weather to anchor outside the harbour in 7.0 – 8.0 metres, where the holding is moderate to good in sand and weed). Vrboska offers better overnight anchorages. Also see the Hvar Island page for other anchorages.


Water on the quays
Electricity see above
Toilets at the port authority building
Showers see above
Laundry None
Garbage Near the harbour
Fuel None
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs None
Internet In several restaurants and cafés
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals Car and scooter rental outlets in the town


Supermarket, butchers and other provisions shops in the town. Fruit and vegetable market.

  • Konzum/wiki/Jelsa#KonzumProvisions icon Konzum [[Jelsa#Konzum|Konzum]] 43°09.718'N, 016°41.358'E -- a supermarket next to the bus station
  • Ribola/wiki/Jelsa#RibolaProvisions icon Ribola [[Jelsa#Ribola|Ribola]] 43°09.718'N, 016°41.341'E -- yet another supermarket at the same location

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and café/bars ashore.



Waterfront of Jelsa
Jelsa has an unusual fortified church

The old town is attractive to explore, with its original mediaeval street plan and several 17th and 18th century stone houses. The church of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian was fortified in the 15th century against Turkish and pirate attacks and contains a beautiful carved wooden altarpiece. There are some superb walks through pine forests and on into the surrounding mountains or along the coast to the port of Vrboska.


For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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