Venue: Town of Jelsa on the Island of Hvar
Our town host Jelsa is picturesque Mediterranean jewel fully living the islands show paced living like in the old times undisturbed by massive tourism. We will be disturbed only by massive crickets choir coming from the luscious pine forest surrounding our venue place hotel “Hvar”. The hotel is the best buy, providing us with all facilities required for pleasant work and stay. Breath in, feel the smell of the sea and pine trees, and relax but not too much because we have work to do. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to blend the summit, the nature, the sea and the community in permanent beta mode. Welcome to (UNESCO protected) permanent paradise.
Embrace your destiny, become the Mediterranean:
Anyone, regardless of place of birth or residence, can become a Mediterranean. Mediterranean-ity is acquired, not inherited; it is a decision, not a privilege. Some even say there are fewer and fewer true Mediterraneans on the Mediterranean. Being Mediterranean entails more than history or geography, tradition or memory, birthright or belief. The Mediterranean is destiny. – Predrag Matvejević
The hotel is surrounded by luscious pine forest and stone throw to the beach. lt is very retro with the common areas recently refurbished. Among other standard facilities, there are indoor and outdoor pools, terrace, gym and fully equipped conference room at our disposal. Breakfast is included in price as well as arrival dinner on May 17th and lunch on core days of the summit (May 18, 19, 20).
Center of the town of Jelsa is 5min walk. Jelsa is not the top party place but rather calm nice place great for nature & small pebble beaches lovers and for cycling options. In the town, you can find most of the basic facilities like shops and ATMs.
If you’re bringing your partner or family along or planning to stay longer, before or after summit dates, and you’re planning to explore the island from Jelsa, we got you covered: get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to get the code for a discounted stay at the hotel Hvar for OuiShare members and friends.
Getting to Jelsa
Arriving to Croatia
If you go by plane, the closest local and international airports are Split (the closest one), Zadar (Ryanair) and Dubrovnik.
From Zadar airport: that might be a popular choice due to Ryanair frequent low-cost flights. From the airport, you have good connections to nearby Zadar bus station and from there you can catch a bus to Split. Busses are leaving every hour but some of them can take you up to 4 instead of shortest 2,5 hours, so if you can depending on the time of your arrival do check which is the shortest route via highway. On the other hand, if you choose a long journey via the old road, you will see much more coast on your way, so it’s not lost of time.
If you land in Zagreb, you’ll have to take a bus or train to Split and continue with the ferry from there. Make sure you don’t miss the last ferry to the island, otherwise you may have to plan an overnight stay in Zagreb or Split. Arriving by Zagreb bus or Zagreb train station, there is no need to worry how to get to Split as there is an abundance of frequent buses and train connections.
How to get to Jelsa?
If you travel by car, bus or train, you need to reach Split (from any direction except Dubrovnik) or Drvenik (from direction Dubrovnik) in central Dalmatia, where you can take a ferry or catamaran to the island of Hvar.
From Split you can catch a ferry (accepting both passengers and cars) and catamaran (accepting only passengers). Ferries from Split (operating 3x a day) are taking you to the town of Stari Grad (there is a bus at the ferry port taking you to Jelsa). From Split you can also take catamaran going directly to Jelsa (operating 1x a day) or catamaran going to the town of Hvar (operating 2x a day). IMPORTANT: there is another STARI GRAD on the island of Brač, make sure you get to right STARI GRAD on the island of Hvar.
From Drvenik there is a ferry operating 6x a day and taking you to Sućuraj on the island of Hvar. We wouldn’t advise you to take this ferry if you are not arriving by car since the bus lines between Sućuraj and other towns on the island are operating only couple of times a week.
From Split to Jelsa or town of Hvar (passengers only)
There is a fast catamaran sailing daily from Split to Jelsa (approx. 40 Croatian Kunas per person, operated by Jadrolinija).
|Monday to Thursday and Saturday||16:00||17:50|
There are also fast catamarans from Split to the town of Hvar sailing twice a day (operated by Jadrolinija and Kapetan Luka). From the town of Hvar you can take a bus to Jelsa.
|Monday to Sunday (Jadrolinija)||14:00||15:05|
|Monday to Sunday (Kapetan Luka)||16:30||17:25|
Ferry from Split to Stari Grad (passangers and cars)
From Split taking the ferry to Stari Grad (ferry route 635 run by Jadrolinija, approx. 2-hour journey) and driving 10 km to Jelsa (road 116) or taking a bus that awaits in the ferry port to get you to Jelsa. Prices are 39 Croatian kunas per person, 250 Croatian Kunas for car.
|Monday to Sunday||08:30||10:30|
Proposed Ferries and Catamarans Schedule
Exploring the island before or after OuiShare summit
Hvar is the sunniest spot in the county bragging with stunning 2724 sunny hours each year and the fact that no island in the world has three UNESCO heritages: Starogradska polja (Stari Grad Plain), Procesija Za križen (Following the Cross) and Hvarska čipka (Hvar Lace). While the island keeps on bragging booth with its cultural uniqueness and its beauty as one of ten most beautiful islands in the world, people of the island are self-confident yet humble. It took hard work to look after and maintain the Stari Grad Plain and they continue to cultivate the land with immense love, growing grapes, olives, and figs among were the ancient Greeks started long ago.
Apart from that, there are so many more reasons to gift yourself with a longer stay. For suggestions check the following sources:
Buses meet the car ferries at Stari Grad and run to various destinations such as Jelsa and Hvar town (27kn one-way). Taxis from the ferry port are quite expensive. You can easily rent a car for about 350 kunas a day if you wish to explore other parts of the island. You can also rent a scooter or moped for about 250 kunas a day. There are hourly rates for the mopeds and scooters. The roads on Hvar can be steep and windy and somewhere without guard rails, so be careful. Keep in mind that there are 3 petrol stations on the island: 2 in Jelsa and one in the town of Hvar. From Sućuraj to the nearest petrol station on the island is approx 54km.