Hvar Through the Lens of Romulić & Stojčić: Grapčeva Cave

By paul 25 Apr 2012, 13:59 PM Island News

A new feature for the site. We explore the island of Hvar through the lens of its top photographers, beginning with Romulić & Stojčić in the Neolithic Grapčeva Cave. 

A little while ago, we announced a partnership with star Croatian photographers, Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić. Apart from having an outstanding portfolio of pictures of the island, they produced the sensational Timelapse Croatia video of 150,000 pictures in just over 4 minutes, and they also have an impressive database of pictures from all over Croatia and beyond.

Our first collaboration was for a feature on Zagreb for the May edition of Qatar Airways inflight magazine. The article is a 1200-word presentation of the Lenuci Horseshoe (Lenucijeva potkova) walking tour of the parks of the Croatian capital, and will be seen by a million passengers throughout the Qatar Airways network next month. And yes, the pictures are much better than the words...

We have featured the pictures of local photographers such as Vedran Janić and Jakša Kuzmičić previously, and have decided to start a new feature describing the island through the images of its top photographers. We begin today with the work of Mario and Dražen and these stunning pics of Grapčeva Cave. (All pictures are copyright of Romulić & Stojčić and may not be reproduced without permission. Check their website for their portfolio and contact details). 

In the words of the Jelsa Tourist Board...

"Grapčeva cave is the cradle of Hvar's culture and civilization. The cave is one of the prehistoric findings dating back to the New Stone Age (Neolithic Period) 5000 - 4000 years BC and one of the oldest discoveries in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.

It is situated 239 m above sea level and was a cult centre for Neolithic Islanders. The cave consists of a small hall (13,5 x 5 m) and a larger one (22 x 23 m) surrounded by hallways and chambers.

The towering stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave resemble an ancient organ and along with the absolute silence and solitude of the cave offer a magnificent and unforgettable sight.

There are guided tours of this fascinating cave every summer from June 15 to September 15 (approx) or by appointment at other times. The tours leave from Konoba Humac in the village of the same name, about 6km east of Jelsa. Check with the Jelsa Tourist Board for the most current information."

Grapčeva Cave is a stunning tourist attraction, and as far from the island stereotype of beaches and nightlife as you could hope to find. The diversity of Hvar - isn't it great?  

If you have some pictures and a particular photo story about Hvar and would like it featured in tthis section, please contact us. The less people have to look at my photos, the better...