Grapčeva Špilja

Useful Information

Location: 30 min. walk from Humac. Island Hvar.
Open: All year Mon, Tue, Sat 9.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: A=238 m asl.
Guided tours:
Address: Grapčeva Špilja, Tourist Board of Jelsa Municipality, Riva bb, 21465 Jelsa, Tel: +385-21-761017, Fax: +385-21-761017. E-mail: contact
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1912 start of excavations.
1952 end of excavations.


Grapčeva Špilja (Grapceva Cave) is located on the island Hvar. This island was once home to the unique Hvar culture, about 2,500 to 3,500 years ago. Remains of this ancient civilization were found in this cave and in nearby Markova Špilja and Pokrivenik. The unique impresso ceramics of this age is painted showing different extraordinary motives, among them the oldest depiction of a ship. The oldest human remains found in the cave are about 6,500 years old.

The cave has two chambers, one is 13 m long and 5 m wide, the other is almost circular and about 23 m in diameter. There are numerous passages branching off. The cave is decorated with massive stalactites and stalagmites, which are still in a rather good shape although the cave has been visited by man for millennia.