Emergency telephone numbers: EU standard emergency number for the vital services (ambulance, fire brigade, police): 112. This is a 24-hour service, which operates in several languages. The number also accepts text messages.
From a Croatian telephone, or using the prefix 00 385 from a foreign number: ambulance 194, fire brigade 193, police 192; rescue at sea 195 (00 385 1 195 from abroad).
For a more extensive list of useful telephone numbers, click here.
Jelsa's Accident and Emergency Department (A&E, 'Hitna medicinska pomoć') and the general practice Health Centre ('Dom Zdravlja') share the same building at the western edge of Jelsa. The area is called 'Pelinje'. The Health Centre is on a side road which links the main E16 road to Vitarnja and Vrboska. To get to it from the main road, you turn left just past the INA petrol station, if you are coming from the Stari Grad direction towards Jelsa, or turn right just before the petrol station if you are heading out of Jelsa towards Stari Grad. The building is on a hill, so if you are going to it on foot, you have to climb a lot of stairs! By road, you drive up a side road to reach the parking levels. The top level is mainly reserved for A&E needs, including the ambulances, while the lower level is for general use. Parking is free of charge.
The Emergency services operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year. To contact the centre in case of a medical emergency, ring (00385) 194 and ask for the Jelsa Emergency Health Centre / Hitna pomoć. If necessary, an ambulance will be sent out, with a doctor for immediate evaluation and treatment. If possible, the patient is treated at the Jelsa A&E centre. However, investigations such as X-rays and scans have to be done elsewhere, either in Hvar Town or in Split. For major problems, immediate airlift by helicopter or speedboat to Split may be organized.
Foreign visitors from countries which are signatories to the Health Care Convention do not have to pay for emergency medical care in Croatia. Those from other countries are liable to costs according to the current tariff.
Jelsa's Health Centre
The Medical Centre is staffed by general practitioners, a physiatrist, epidemiologist and nurses. It is usually possible to arrange consultations there if needed, and for these a fee is charged.
GP Dr. D. Carić (00385) (0)21 778 682
GP Dr. A. Zujić (00385) (0)21 778 680
Physiatrist Dr. T Carić (00385) (0)21 778 681
Epidemiological services: (00385) (0)91 151 2010
There is a dental practice in the Health Centre, and a separate private dental practice next to the bus station in Jelsa.
Health Centre dentists: Dr. Katarina Čadež / Dr. Tomislav Pupić (00385) (0)21 761 683
Dental Centar Tomić: Dr. Ivo Tomić (00385) (0)91 236 3330; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jelsa's Pharmacy is on the main street leading into Jelsa, opposite the entrance to the main car park.
Pharmacist: Ilda Radonić mr. ph. (00385) (0)21 761 108
About the Island of Hvar
Hvar is part of a group of islands in the middle of Dalmatia. It belongs to the Split-Dalmatian County, and its land mass covers 297.38 km2. North of Hvar is the Island of Brač, while to the south are Šćedro, Vis, the Pakleni Islands, Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula.
Hvar is the longest Croatian island at 72 km., and measures 10.5 km. at its widest point. The coastline extends over 270 km. in all. Its highest point, at 628 m., is the hill named sveti Nikola (St. Nicholas). About half the island is covered with forests and scrubland.
Being on the Adriatic in the Mediterranean Sea, Hvar Island and the Jelsa Council region benefit from the typical Mediterranean climate, with gentle winters and hot summers. Hvar's climate is exceptionally mild. Its hottest month is July, when Hvar Town usually averages 24.9°C, and the coldest is January with a general average of 8.3°C. Temperatures below zero occur very rarely, on average about 5 days per year, while snow is even rarer.
Yearly rainfall is between 500 and 750 mm, and comes mostly during the winter months, while the summers are generally dry. Hvar Island is said to enjoy the most annual sunshine in Croatia, averaging 2718 hours.
Tips for coping with the heat: Enjoy the sunshine, but don't overdo it! Cover up with lightweight clothing to avoid sunburn, and protect your head against sunstroke. Drink plain water at regular intervals throughout the day. Avoid or at least limit fizzy drinks and alcohol. Keep any air conditioning system no more than about 5 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. (Please do not leave the aircon running if you are away from your accommodation for any time.) Wear warmer clothing if you go into areas which keep the aircon running high, as in the Post Office, and sometimes on the ferries - sudden extreme changes of temperature can cause health problems.
Use this link to view the weather forecast: MeteoJelsa
The most important traditional economic activities in the Jelsa region are agriculture (mainly vineyards and olive groves), fishing and seafaring.
Apart from grapes and olives, figs, oranges, mandarins, lemons, carobs, almonds, lavender and rosemary are cultivated.
Organized tourism began in 1868 with the founding of the Hvar Health Society. Hvar Town's first hotel, named after the Austrian Empress Elisabeth, was built in 1898 and formally opened on April 1st 1899.
In Jelsa the Jadran Hotel was opened in 1911, with 14 well-appointed rooms, restaurant, bar, and reading room, and a swimming bay in the sea close by.
The Croatian national currency is the kuna, which comes in notes to the value of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 i 1000 kn; there are 100 lipa to the kuna, and coins range from 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipas to 1, 2 and 5 kunas. You can exchange foreign currency in any bank, exchange office ('mjenjačnica' in Croatian), and post office, also in most travel agencies, hotels and camps.
Credit cards can be used in places advertising the card emblems for cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners etc.
Further information can be obtained from Croatia's central bank (Hrvatska narodna banka) in English, www.hnb.hr
For most purposes you need a valid passport; for EU citizens a current identity card serves the purpose. Tourists can stay in Croatia for up to three months.
Croatian customs laws are in line with EU standards and directives.
Registering your stay
In accordance with the Croatian Law on the Tourist Levy and the Law on Foreigners, all visitors, whether Croatian or foreign, must be registered at their place of stay, and the tourist tax or levy paid. Everyone who rents out accommodation has a duty to register their guests. For your own comfort and security, please make sure that you are registered from the date of your arrival to the date of your departure.
GMT plus one hour in winter, GMT plus two hours in summer.
Electricity mains in Croatia
230V / 50Hz
Croatia is a Catholic country, and all the churches and chapels on Hvar Island are Catholic. There are no services for other denominations. All are welcome to attend Mass, but only Catholics are allowed to take Communion. Times of masses may be posted at the entrance to local churches, or you may have to ask local people. During the Covid-19 crisis which has persisted from the spring of 2020, attendances at religious services have been governed by protective measures such as limitation of numbers, social distancing and face-masks. Believers have been encouraged to follow the services which are broadcast regularly on the radio or television, especially if they are in the groups most at risk of severe infection from the coronavirus.
Weddings can be arranged on Hvar by arrangement with the local priest, if at least one of the couple is a practising Catholic, and the other agrees to the conditions of a Catholic marriage for non-Catholics. Non-Catholic and secular weddings can also be arranged. These are usually organised by a specialist agency.
Office working hours on Hvar Island are generally from 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning to 15:00 or 16:00 in the afternoon.
Locals usually eat their meals earlier than in other European countries, with lunch at about 12 noon or 12.30, and supper about 19:00 - 19:30. Most restaurants are open from 10:00 in the morning to midnight. Tipping in restaurants is not obligatory, but customers usually leave a gratuity of about 10% if they are satisfied with the service. Smoking inside restaurants and cafes which serve snacks is prohibited, although it is usually allowed when tables are outdoors. Most cafes allow smoking indoors and outdoors.