Humac and Grapceva Cave

Humac and Grapceva Cave

Situated 7km east of Jelsa, the abandoned shepherd's village of Humac is one of the delights of Hvar. Totally abandoned for many years and dating back to the 15th Century, there is a magical atmosphere and some stunning sea views and picturesque ruins at every turn, arguably the most authentic village on the island.

There is currently no water or electricity in the village, although power has been promised, but Humac is not short of visitors - a mixture of tourists in the summer, as well as locals from the village of Vrisnik, whose inhabitants are the major landowners. Humac is at its most vibrant on June 26, St. John and St. Paul's Day, as islanders gather to celebrate in the village. There is an excellent restaurant which also keeps the keys to the small museum in the church, offers the only horse-riding on the island, and is the starting point for tours to Grapceva Cave, which leave at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 15 - September 15.

Although access is not the easiest, the end result is worth the effort and Grapceva Cave dates back to Neolithic times (2,500 BC) and is one of the oldest discoveries in the region. There are two rooms in the cave, an entrance hall of approximately 13.5m x 5m and larger room (23m x 22) which is surrounded by chambers. The stalactites and stalagmites which dominate the cave are a spectacular sight, especially when lit up by candlelight and the solitude and peacefulness provide a perfect spot for reflection.

The excellent Museum of Archeology in Hvar Town has an array of weapons and tools from the period, including flint knives, hammers and arrows, bones of the human and animal variety, various shells and pottery of the era. 

The Cave can be visited every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from June 15 to September 15 starting at 9 am in front of  "Humac" restaurant.

If you want to visit Grapceva Cave out of the main tourist season, please call: +385 (0)99 577 17 70