Apartment Erato

Jelsa, sleeps: 5


Beside its sweet and cozy interior, Erato apartment is proud on its beautiful sea view. Distance to the center is only 200m walk through the picturesque little old streets of Jelsa. The house is settled in relaxing surroundings with other typical Mediterranean houses and green pine trees around it. 

Apartment Features

Erato apartment is a part of a traditional Dalmatian house built in 1926 and renovated in 2007.

The apartment has 90m2 plus two terraces of 25m2 and 35m2.

Stone path leads 30 meters from the parking lot to the front door and terrace with a barbecue unit in front of the apartment. Since the house is on the slope the apartment is on the ground floor on the entrance side, while on the balcony side it is on the first floor.

From a small terrace you enter the spacious living room / dining room / kitchen. Apartment has two double-bed bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower unit.

Through one of the bedrooms you can exit to a lovely terrace overlooking the sea. The view is just amazing.

Apartment has separate entrance and it is positioned inside the house in a way that allows customers a complete privacy. It is on the first floor while the owner occupies the ground floor. The owner is a lady with vivid and pleasant personality. She is a cosmopolite and intellectual who managed to weave her rich life experience into this beautiful apartment which is special not only because of its great view at the old town and the sea but also because it is decorated with such attention to detail; it is definitely one of those accommodations with strong personality.

Erato is filled with paintings, retro furniture ... and gives you that feeling of home away from home. It is suitable for family and friends and YES, we really do love this place.

Town of Stari Grad is 10-minute drive, while town of Hvar is 30-minute drive away. 

Love at First Sight

She left him a note on the kitchen table ... A poem, to be exact.

Erato figured it would be enough for her husband to understand and follow when the time is right. And then, suitcase in one hand and dog in another, she left their fifth floor apartment of one of London’s classy neighborhoods.

I'm all at sea

Where no one can bother me

Forgot my roots

If only for a day

Just me and my thoughts sailing far away

Like a warm drink it seeps into my soul

Please just leave me right here on my own

Later on you could spend some time with me

If you want to

All at sea

You don't need it every day

But sometimes don't you just crave

To disappear within your mind

You never know what you might find

So come and spend some time with me

We will spend it all at sea

(„All At Sea“ / Jamie Cullum)


Her husband arrived in Hvar after a week and together they spent another two weeks in this beautiful, quiet, and friendly little town on the seashore.

In sunset they would pour each other a glass of delicious Posip wine and sit on the apartment terrace overlooking the sea, the roofs of old houses, the crystal blue sky and they would read poetry. It was their favorite part of the day. The sky would change colors from blue to red, orange, pink… they would read and read, sometimes silently, sometimes out loud to each other.

Carried away like that they would greet the first stars that appeared above them. 

  • sleeps 4+1
  • bedrooms 2
  • bathrooms 1
Amenities - Inside
Amenities - Inside
  • AC x 2 / in bedrooms
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining for 5 people
  • stove / 2 rings gas / 2 rings electric
  • oven
  • fridge / freezer
  • coffee machine
  • toaster
  • microwave
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • DVD player
  • SAT TV
  • stereo
  • wi-fi
  • baby cot / upon request
  • hair dryer
  • all linens provided
  • all towels provided
Amenities - Outside
Amenities - Outside
  • shaded terraces
  • dining for 5 people
  • sun deck
  • loungers
  • private parking
Additional Services
Additional Services
  • upon arrangement
Town of Jelsa

Town of Jelsa found its place in the middle of Hvar Island, by the sea on the northern side. It is surrounded by the islands highest peaks; St. Nicholas on the west and Hum on the east side. Just like the rest of the island it has a beautiful rugged coastline with gorgeous little islands, bays and capes. 

Jelsa offers such diverse scenery - pine tree forests, vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and crystal clear sea. There are beautiful beaches there as well. You can reach them by foot, by car or by boat. It is interesting that the only genuine sandy beach on the entire island is located just 2km from Jelsa.

Jelsa was founded in the 14th century as a ship port for the nearby village of Pitve. It grew from a little fishing and agricultural place to the shipbuilding and maritime center. In the 19th century Jelsa was at the peak of its fame, which is evident from town’s architecture. 

The story says that the whole place was formed around the chapel of St. John. Today, on that mythical place there is a Baroque chapel from the 17th century with octagonal plan and a charming square around it. The square was built in the period between 17th and 19th century and hasn’t changed shape since.

The most important historical event in the town of Jelsa occurred in the second half of the 16th century, during the Cyprus war. Turkish naval forces landed and invaded the island. The town of Hvar, Stari Grad and Vrbovska were destroyed and Jelsa was the only town that expressed significant resistance. To commemorate those times stands the parish church of Sts. Fabian and Sebastien that was fortified at those times. Its neo-Renaissance façade was added in the second half of the 19th century in the event of a wedding of Austrian emperor Franz Josef I and empress Elizabeth, known as Sissy.

Jelsa is today a tourist-oriented town with all the necessary touristy contents – cafés, restaurants, art galleries, souvenir stores and such. Just take a walk through the town center, check out numerous churches, squares, town parks and lapidary.

This nice little Mediterranean town has pleasant climate that guarantees mild winters and pleasant summers. The center of social life is town square called Pjaca located just below the parish church. It is a place where locals meet to exchange news, comment on daily events and whisper occasional gossip. As good hosts they are always happy to share their relaxed atmosphere with the guests.

Besides the pleasant coffee drinking culture, so typical for Mediterranean, Jelsa has an enviable gastro offer. There is a great restaurant called Me and Mrs. Jones, we like charming U smokve as well, and if you are into something more traditional try tavern Nono.

We also recommend a beautiful winery and wine boutique of family Tomić as well as traditional and charming wine cellar of Ivo Duboković. In both those places you can enjoy the high quality wine while getting to know the history of winemaking. You can experience the blend of their past, their present as well as their vision of future. 

When talking about local wines, we have to mention winemaker Huljić as well. And if you find yourself in the nearby town of Vrboska make sure you check out the authentic Dalmatian tavern and winery called Pinjata that is located in the very center of the town.

Make sure you don’t leave Jelsa before trying local fish – you can procure it through local fishermen and make yourself the healthiest possible meal at your island home.

In case you prefer untouched nature sites and you’re interested in history we suggest you visit the following locations:

  • Approximately 11 km east of Jelsa is Humac hill. Humac reaches back to 17th century and it used to be a pastoral village. Today Humac is a remarkable example of a well-preserved rural architecture. There is also an exquisite restaurant, Konoba Humac, and a horse riding area. 
  • From Humac you can get to Grapčeva cave that reaches back to Neolithic era. It is a cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites, it is a birthplace of Hvar civilization and culture and one of the oldest findings in the Mediterranean area.
  • Interesting Greek fortress called Tor (4th century BC) is approximately an hour walk away from Jelsa.
  • Not far from Tor there is a medieval fortress-town called Galešnik 

This beautiful island town also offers various opportunities for recreation and sports – from long and relaxing walks by the seashore to cycling, diving, mini-golf, fitness, European football, basketball, tennis, bay fishing or surfing in Vrboska (5km).

Jelsa is also famous for its "Fešta vina" (Jelsa Wine Festival), a fun event that takes place every year during last week of August. Traditional Jelsa Patron saint is "Vela Gospa" (The Assumption) that is celebrated each year on August 15. A superhero called Lavanderman, an irresistible charmer with his purple outfit is one of the modern symbols and protectors of the town.

Let’s wrap it up with a short story about a remarkable local tradition that hasn’t skipped a year for five centuries and was included 2009. on UNESCO's World Intangible Cultural Heritage List. 

This traditional, cultural and religious symbol of Jelsa is a nighttime procession called "Za križen" (Following the Cross) and it takes place on Maundy Thursday before Easter. What actually happens is that six different processions from six different parish churches start simultaneously at 10 in the evening and last until 7 in the morning when each procession returns to the starting point after circling the mid-island area. The parish churches that serve as starting point are located in Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik and Svirče.

During those night hours the participants of the procession walk the total of 25 km. The long walk implies patience, meditation, prayer and deep religious emotions, but it is a beautiful spiritual event even for those not so religious. It is impossible to stay indifferent towards the whole experience and we strongly recommend it.


International Airport Split
Local Airport Jelsa / 800 m
Town Center Jelsa / 100 m
Beach 150 m
Bar / Restaurant 100 m
Grocery Store 100 m
Supermarket 300 m
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Apartment Erato

Weekly Rates

23.09.2017 - 26.05.2018 €700
26.05.2018 - 23.06.2018 €840
23.06.2018 - 07.07.2018 €980
07.07.2018 - 25.08.2018 €1.120
25.08.2018 - 22.09.2018 €840
22.09.2018 - 25.05.2019 €700

Weekly rates per property.

Weekly rates include: use of all facilities and amenities, VAT, tourist tax, wi-fi, linen, towels, water, electricity, gas, final cleaning.

Weekly rates do not include: all additional services.

Additional Information

Pets are allowed, upon request.

Smoking is allowed.

All additional services upon request prior to your arrival.

Towels and linen are all provided. Towels are changed every 3-4 days while linen is changed once a week.

Minimum stay is 7 days, but exceptions can be made depending on a high/low season.

A short stay (less than 4 nights) is possible out of high season, but requires 30% surcharge.

Changeover day is preferably Saturday, but can be flexible depending on a high/low season.

Check in is at 3 pm and check out is at 10 am.

Car is not necessary.

300 refundable security deposit is requested in cash and will be returned after departure inspection.

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Booking Notes

A 30% non refundable deposit is required at the time of booking and the final balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.

If booking is canceled within 8 weeks prior to your arrival date, none of your payments will be refunded.

All bank transfer fees are the responsibility of the guest.

The entire agreed rental fee must be paid even if the property is used by less people that you indicated when making the booking or your party does not use the property for the full period indicated when making the booking.

By confirming your booking and paying the advance, you explicitly confirm that you are familiar with the general terms and conditions, and that you accept them.

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