Wednesday was our third day in that beautiful island of Hvar. At 8:00 we departed for Jelsa which is situated in a bay on the middle of the north coast of the island. To the south of the town there are dense pine woods on the sloping hills of the island's ridge. Interestingly, Jelsa is the only place in Hvar with an abundance of fresh water. As a result, there is more luxuriant vegetation there than elsewhere on the island. The agricultural plain lying to the west of Jelsa is the UNESCO protected world heritage site. We visited the local library in Jelsa.
Another stop on the trip was Stari Grad which is on the island’s north coast. It is a quieter, more cultured and altogether more sober affair than Hvar Town, its stylish and sybaritic sister. If you are not after pulsating nightlife and thousands of people crushing each other along the streets in the high season, head here and enjoy the island at a more leisurely pace. The name Stari Grad means 'Old Town', a reference to the fact that it was founded in 384 BC by the ancient Greeks, who knew it as Pharos. The surrounding fields are still divided into parcels of land demarcated in antiquity. The town sits at the end of a deep inlet, with the narrow lanes of the old quarter spreading out on its southern side. We had a guide tour around the town. Also, we had a creativity workshop there.
Later on on the island tour we had that big lunch at Stančić‘s in Dol. Dol is a small, quiet and picturesque village located 3 km south of the town of Stari Grad. Everyone liked that big lunch, really.