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Vis Croatia
Vis Croatia (Image by Filip Filipović from Pixabay)


Vis, Croatia

The furthest out to sea of the inhabited Dalmatian islands, 45 km from the mainland and separated from Hvar by an 8 ktm wide channel, Vis is an island of wild, windswept beauty. It is just over 90 sq km in area with a landscape of rugged cliffs and hidden caves, limestone hills and fertile valleys. After World War II, when it was a partisan hideout, the island became a Yugoslav army base, closed to tourists until 1989. It is therefore refreshingly undeveloped in comparison with the better-known holiday islands in the area and has preserved a genuine island culture dependent on fishing and agriculture.

The town of Vis (Issa) on the north-eastern coast of the island is the oldest urban settlement on the Adriatic. Inhabited since 3000 BC, the island was colonized by Greeks from Sicily who established a polis (democratic city-state). It is estimated that the city had 12,000 to 14,000 inhabitants and was therefore a place of enormous significance. You can still see Greek and Roman ruins here as well as some lovely 16th and 17th century churches and villas. On the west coast, the 17th century fishing village of Komiza, with its Renaissance citadel and monastery Is in a huge sandy-bottomed bay. This picturesque village is a motley Jumble of houses huddled round a harbour at the foot of Hum, the highest hill on the island at 587 m.

As well as its beautiful wild mountain scenery and unspoiled cultural heritage there are some beautiful beaches, the best known being Zaglav, 10 km south of Vis Town. There is also superb paragliding here and some great diving sites, with six sunken wreck dating from ancient times to World War II.

Stunning Beaches

Vis boasts an array of pristine beaches that will leave you in awe of their beauty. Stiniva Beach, often hailed as one of Europe's most captivating beaches, features a secluded cove embraced by towering cliffs. Take a dip in the turquoise waters, soak up the sun on the pebbled shore, and witness nature at its finest. For a more vibrant atmosphere, head to the popular Srebrna Beach or the bustling Grandovac Beach, where you can enjoy various water activities and beachside entertainment.

Ancient Ruins

Immerse yourself in Vis's rich history by exploring its fascinating ancient ruins. Begin your journey at the enchanting Archaeological Museum, where you'll discover artifacts dating back to the Greek and Roman eras. Don't miss the chance to visit the impressive remains of Issa, an ancient Greek colony founded in the 4th century BC. Walk among the ruins of the city walls, Roman baths, and a Greek theater, and let your imagination transport you to a bygone era.

Culinary Delights

Indulge your taste buds with Vis's exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. Fresh seafood takes center stage here, and you can savor the catch of the day at local taverns and seafood restaurants. Try the traditional dish of "Peka," a succulent combination of roasted meat or fish with potatoes and vegetables, slow-cooked under a bell-shaped lid. Pair your meal with a glass of the renowned local wine, such as Vugava or Plavac Mali, and enjoy a true culinary feast.

Blue Cave Excursion

A trip to Vis would not be complete without visiting the mesmerizing Blue Cave (Modra Špilja) on the nearby island of Biševo. Hop on a boat and sail into the cave's ethereal blue waters, which create an otherworldly glow when the sunlight pierces through the opening. Witness this natural wonder and capture the perfect Instagram-worthy shot that will leave your friends in awe.


Vis, Croatia, is an idyllic island destination that captivates with its untouched beauty, rich history, and mouthwatering cuisine. Whether you're seeking relaxation on stunning beaches, a journey through ancient ruins, or a gastronomic adventure, Vis offers it all. Plan your visit today and uncover the hidden gem of the Adriatic. Your unforgettable island getaway awaits in Vis, Croatia!

(Note: It is advisable to check the latest travel information and availability of services before planning your trip to Vis, Croatia.)

Vis, Croatia
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