Places: Vis, Komiža, Rukavac, Milna, beaches Stinivia and Stončica Attractions: Green cave, Blue cave, history and military tours, wine, gastronomy
There is a special charm about Vis, in its unique and almost gone authentic Mediterranean environment and way of life, that will easily capture your heart!
Vis island is the farthest inhabited island in Croatia, with population of 4000 people and the surface of the entire island is about 90 square kilometers, so you can get around it with a bicycle or a motorcycle in a day, and it is accessible by a boat from all sides, so choosing a beach on Vis is very easy.
History of Vis starts as far back as 397 BC, when the Greeks founded colony Issa (today town Vis),
After comes Romans, Venetians, French, Austrians, Italians…
Because of it’s perfect strategic position in the Adriatic sea it was a “military island” for many years.
During the World War II, Vis was the hiding place of partisan leader Josip Broz Tito and a major base for British and Allied troops, some of the most important remnants of that time are the British fort of St George (bar &club now) submarine bases, improvised field airport, military tunnels, hidden rocket base, Allied graveyard…
After 1945 Vis was closed to tourism by the Yugoslav army as it was used as major naval base, and only reopened when Croatia declared its independence in 1991.
One of the best things you can do while visiting Vis is to take the extraordinary military tour and find out more – www.visit.hr
Before entrance of tourism on the island of Vis, people lived of land, growing vegetables and cultivating vineyards, and of fishing and fish refining, which was packed and transported across the whole country.
Some more interesting facts:
The oldest regatta in the world took place here dating all the way back 1593, from Vis to Palagruža with 74 traditional wooden fishing boats called “falkuša”- built by Vis fishermen.
Nowdays, there is sailing regatta of Vis, every October.
Vis has cricket field, being the oldest cricket club in Europe (outside the UK).
Sea bottom of the Adriatic around island is scuba diving dream, exploring old wrecks of warplanes and bombers.
Unfortunately no tours were found.
The Vis town
Is the largest settlement on the island, located in large protected bay on the north. Some of the most important historic monuments are located here: antique Issa ruins, Fort of St George, war forts, archeological museum, many churches, palaces etc.
Vis has always been a town and for a short period a state! At the beginning of 19th century 12 000 people lived here from all over Europe.
Is on south-west side of the island, 10 km from town of Vis.
Komiža and Vis are separated by Hum hill – a 587 meters high, and perfect place for amazing views first of all over the bay, to islands Biševo and Svetac in front of Komiža. Also over the whole island of Vis, Dalmatian archipelago, and on the clear day to the Italy. On Hum hill there is a small Church of Holy Spirit from 15th century, and Tito’s caves.
Komiža is settled in a deep bay, sheltered form the north winds, perfect for fishing and safeguarding fishermen’s boats. Komiža has always been proud of the fisheman’s history, about which you can find out in the Fisherman’s museum located in the old Venetian tower on the waterfront. During the summer Komiža hosts a populat Big Game fishing event, a pefect combination of the two most popular industrial branches of Vis: fishing and tourism.
From Komiža tourist offer includes numerous excursions to open Sea Islands: Biševo (the Blue Cave), Svetac and Brusnik, Palagruža and the furthest Croatian island: the volcanic Jabuka.
Beaches and Attraction
Beaches Stinivia and Stončica – the most popular beaches
Stončica – A sandy beach in vicinity of town of Vis in Stončica bay, popular anchorage with restaurant.
Stinivia – one of the top Croatian beaches, voted the best European beach of 2016, pebble beach only 4 meters wide, hidden between steep cliffs. There is a restaurant.
Biševo - is a favorite tourist destination because of a Blue Cave and its light effects - unusual phenomenon that occurs when the sun reaches its peak, between 11am and noon, and the sunlight shines through the crack on the top of the cave and luminous deep blue water in the cave. It is not allowed to explore it by yourself, so you could take a tour from Komiža.
Another attraction of islet Biševo is The Monk Seal Cave – The cave is 160 meters long and the end is very narrow and it ends with a small pebble beach where Mediterranean Monk Seals used to rest. Even though Monk Seals are the most endangered mammals on Earth, there have been reported sightings in Adriatic, even around Biševo. You could try to enter with dinghy, but just half way, from there you would have to swim and take lamps as well.
The Green Cave on islet of Ravnik opposite Rukavac bay and in vicinity of beaches Srebrna and Stiniva - is another cave worth visiting. Larger then Blue Cave and bathed in green light that floods through an opening in the top and spreads around the water. Favorite destination for kayak tours, for swimming and snorkeling.
Because of the unique climate, fertile plains together with the strongest fishing area of the central Adriatic island Vis guarantees a high quality and diversity of the products. You will love just the simple meals traditionaly prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients.
The sea around Vis is rich with blue fish (sardines, anchovy, mackerel, tuna, swordfish).
Lobsters as well!
Island Vis signature dish is “Viška pogača” , it is a pie with vegetables and sardines or anchovy.
Vis is an island of wine, and it is an important part of the island’s economy.
The most famous vine species are ingenious Vugava white wine and a popular red wine Plavac Mali.