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HISTORY OF JELSA CITY: EARLY HEALTH TOURISM AND SEA THERAPY


Hi there! Today I'm back with another post about Jelsa city on island Hvar and I’m basically taking it from where I stopped yesterday. If you're in mood for browsing images of crystal clear water and learning more about Jelsa, you have came to the right place. Speaking of which, isn't the Adriatic Sea amazingly beautiful? I love how clear and turquoise the sea in Croatia is (Remember where the sea is crystal clear?). I'm simply in love with these turquoise waters. You know, I truly believe there is something magical about the sea, something that is capable of captivating our hearts and freeing our souls. That might sound cheesy, but I do love the Adriatic Sea and it always makes me feel better so...



Years ago, I remember reading that beach was the most perfect place to be (for a human being that is), because it contains all the elements and that calms our senses. A beach is an open space that brings all the elements in harmony. When I read that, something clicked in my head. Since then I read many articles about how and why is the sea so beneficial for our health. There is definitely some science behind the claim that the sea may be good for us. Naturally, we are all different and not everyone will be enamoured with ocean (and that's fine). Not everyone will adore spending time by the sea, but there is definitely truth in the claim that being by the sea can be beneficial for our health. According to some experts, spending time by the sea can help both our mental and physical health.  





I'm a big proponent of sea therapy, which for me basically means spending time by the sea (I know that some people use this term in a more specific way to refer to sea mud and algae treatments that I personally haven’t tried yet). Yes, I’m all for Vitamin Sea (and for all those clever phrases that are about glorifying the beach life). I do believe there is something healing (and possibly magical) about the sea. Whenever I'm in Croatia, I try to for a walk by the sea, even if it is just a very short walk. I don't live by the sea anymore, so whenever I'm near sea, I try to make the most out of it. As you could see in my last post, that is what I did when I was in Jelsa (island Hvar). I had my little girl and the sea moment, and I’m happy that I did.






ANCIENT HISTORY OF JELSA CITY

Now, let us talk a bit more about Jelsa, shall we? As a history lover, I’d like to share with you a bit of information about the origin of this city. The first official records of this place date back to fourteenth century and were made under the name Civitas Vetus Ielsae. Jelsa was first mentioned in Statue of Hvar dating back to 1331, but we can’t be completely certain as to where this ancient Jelsa was exactly located.  As is it case with most European cities, its history is much older than the first written record. Hvar itself was inhabited long before Slavs ever set foot on this island. Originally this island was (like the rest of this area) inhabited by Illyrians, an ancient tribe that has over the centuries been slowly assimilated or integrated (not sure what term is better appropriate) into Slavic population until they ceased to exist as a separate people. That’s a simple way to put it. In reality, what we call the Illyrians was a population that was anything but unified and there is so much we don’t know about them, but that’s another story. The Illyrians did mix with Croats, that’s what genetic science confirmed. The history of this place is very typical for Europe meaning that it is quite multicultural and eventful. You see, long time ago the Greeks from island Faros arrived to island Hvar in search for a new home after their island suffered a natural catastrophe. These Greeks didn’t arrived to Jelsa, but to Starigrad city yet we know they came to Jelsa as well, because on the mountain overlooking Jelsa city there is a massive fortress Tor which served as Greek observations point.  This Greek fortress was actually build on top of an even older Illyrian fort which dates back to fourth century BC. However, Greeks, Illyrians and Slavs were not the only inhabitants. There are also Roman villas in the area, as well as other materials that prove there were ancient Roman settlements in this area.  Jelsa has quite an interesting history for such a small town. The history of this island as a whole is absolutely fascinating.  I could go on and on about it!





MODERN HISTORY OF JELSA CITY : FIRST HOTEL OPENED IN 1911

It would take me too long to cover all the century leading to present day and mention every significant historical event, so I'll just fast forward a bit. Jelsa grew in importance over time. In the 14th century Jelsa was basically serving as a port for a nearby village of Pitve. With time, however, it became more and more important. In the 19th century, Jelsa was one of the most important shipbuilding and trade centers in the Adriatic. Tourism as we know it (that is the modern form of it, for one could argue that it existed in its old form much earlier), started in early 19th century.  The first hotel in Jelsa was opened in early 20th centure, more precisely in 1911. Health tourism was one of the earliest forms of modern tourism and it is easy to see why Croatia (the climate, the climate, the climate) was one of the early health tourism destinations. So, now you know how tourism officially started on island Hvar. I once read a book about the history of health tourism in Croatia and it was really interesting. However, I think this is enough history for one day. Long story short, the health benefits of spending time by the sea are numerous. I feel that my health benefited from visiting Croatian coast, even if the main reason for my visit was of personal nature, I still enjoyed my stay very much. That would be it for today. If what I have prepared for you today isn’t enough for you (for whatever reason) or you would like to see more, feel free to check my yesterday's post about things to do in Jelsa city HERE (that post also includes links to some of my older posts about this city). Thank you for reading and have a lovely day.

Comments

  1. I agree about those beautiful Adriatic waters! My husband doesn't really like swimming at all, but when we were in Croatia, he just couldn't get enough of it. All the time, he was in the sea and enjoying it. When we were in Korcula, I had a rotten cold and I didn't really want to swim as I was getting very cold and sniffy(usually he can't get me out the water) but it was him who was in all the time. He was SO happy on that holiday! You look very serene here. I totally agree about the restorative qualities of being by the sea. I gain such a sense of lightness and joy when I am there, no matter the weather!I am healed and restored by walking alongside it. Hours and hours I wend my way.x

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    1. That's really lovely, your husband enjoying the swimming part so much. I visited Korcula only twice and both times when I was a kid. Another visit is definitely due. Sorry to hear that you had a cold at the time and couldn't enjoy the swimming.
      I was feeling very serene that day. I got to visit my family members and stroll by the sea so it was definitely a great day. I know what you mean about feeling light and joyous, the sea makes me feel like that too.

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  2. The water looks amazing! It makes sense the being by the sea can be so beneficial for us. I always feel amazingly relaxed at any sea shore. This island does seem like a perfect place to get away and calm the soul. How fascinating that its history goes back so far!

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    1. me too! The history is quite fascinating, it is amazing to think that so many different people and culture inhabited this island.

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  3. These pictures are so beautiful and this trip looks absolutely amazing! The sea always seems to relax me as well! :)

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  4. I love love love the sea... the sea is life!
    thank you for sharing...
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    1. thank you darling, I'm happy to hear you like the sea too:).

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  5. beautiful pics!!!

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  6. I loved this post, both the fascinating history and how that green velvet top stands out against the clear blue waters. x

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    1. thanks, it just occurred to me that the velvet makes me look a bit like a seal in these photographs.

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  7. I love how not only have you put pictures and mentioned about the place but you also went and researched and mentioned the entire history of the place which is very rare in travel blog also what you read is very true I feel the same humans are supposed to at the beach as it definately has all the calming properties I cannot agree more as I feel the same
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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love reading about history and sharing what I learned.

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  8. Dear Ivana, this is for sure absolutely true that the Sea is that beneficial for the health! Thank you for the wonderful pictures - lucky you that you are enjoying this dream. Yes, the water is crystal clear and the colour belongs to the most beautiful things I ever saw. Now I want to go to Croatia soon again - and due to the beauty of Jelsa you show and explain here I have even one reason more to do this :)
    And you look ready for spring in your look with the wonderful green blazer!
    xx Rena
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    1. thank you Rena. The colours were really magical, I felt very inspired to paint.

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  9. These pictures are beautiful Ivana! I love how you included history about the location!

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  10. Pictures are beautiful and a great post!


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  11. That water looks amazing!! It looks so serene and peaceful there, a perfect place for a getaway!

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    1. yes, it is very serene and peaceful there.

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  12. OMG I want to go there! The sea is so clear, I love all the pics.
    I´m glad you enjoy it. Kisses

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  13. I've never really been a water girl much. Yet I can understand your love of it. It's absolutely gorgeous, and the colors always make me so wistful!!
    It's the creepy things in it that give me the willies....LOL!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
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    1. lol, the creppy things in....but you know you're not the only one. Lots of people I know are afraid of sea weed, being entangled in it, and all sorts of things like that.

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  14. Vitamin Sea hahaha. But yes the sea can really calm a person and lift their spirits. I go to the beach quite a bit in the summer. Though the beaches are great I wish the water was as blue as this!

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  15. Anche io amo moltissimo il mare, ed amo nuotarci e fare apnea, soprattutto quando è azzurro e cristallino come quello in queste foto!
    E' uno degli spettacoli più belli che la natura ci possa offrire!
    Peccato solo che fosse inverno quando ci sei andata, perchè con un mare così meraviglioso sarebbe stato bello poterti tuffare e fare una nuotata, vero? :)
    Bellissime foto!
    Baci!
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    1. sono d'accordo, il mare e davvero uno degli spettacoli piu belli. Si, sarebbe bello potermi tuffare e fare una nuotata, ma amo anche il mare nel inverno, e bello anche solo guardarlo.

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  16. Mamma mia Ivana che mare spettacolare, mi verrebbe voglia di tuffarmi subito!
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  17. What a cool post!!
    thanks for sharing!!!

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  18. Great post dear! Photos are amazing !

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  19. Those photos are so beautiful, looks a really amazing place!

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