Held each summer, this festival is named after Croatian classical composer (and Jelsa native) Antun Dobronić, who in his decades-long career composed eight symphonies, six ballets and 12 cantatas – among many others. The fest includes his and other Croatian creatives’ works of music, theatre, art and literature. Catch them on the 16th-century Square of St. John and in the adjacent Church of the Assumption of Mary.
Jelsa sits atop a bay on the north coast of Hvar and it’s the only (but little-known) spot on the island with an abundance of sea water, fresh water and rich vegetation. Jelsa isn’t only underrated for its natural beauty. 30 kilometres away from central Hvar’s Pink Champagne and Hula-Hula nightlife scene, the pace and way of life in Jelsa is laganini – relaxed, slow and no-stress.