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Vis Island – Explore the “Croatian Capri” – the true charmer which won the hearts of world’s elite

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Natural beauty and historical heritage are just one part of the gorgeous repertoire along Split Riviera! Whether you choose to get acquainted with its cuisine, beaches or cultural and historical treasures, you are on the right track to have a fabulous experience as a tourist!

Judging by the growing interest in this region, on the world tourism stage, it seems that many share our opinion, so, in order to get inspired to have a vacation perfectly in sync with your wishes, keep on reading!

Truth to be told, when we know what awaits us, a few-hours-long ferry trip from Split, doesn’t come up nor as long, nor as difficult, and as Vis is also a well-known nautical destination, we recommend visits by motorboats and sailboats, as these means of transportation will allow you to have a peak into every single corner of this wonderful island!


The islands rather distant  location, separating it from the frenetic rythm of everyday life and its truly unspoilt nature, which is a real treat for fans of Robinson tourism, have not been missed by Hollywood producers, who have skilfully spotted that Vis will perfectly play the role of the Greek island, on which a very famous movie had been filmed. Vis has so played the home-role for the second part of one the most popular of Hollywood productions – the comedy “Mamma Mia!”, spiced up with the greatest hits by the legendary ABBA.

To get the best and the most exciting of Vis, keep up with our top 5 most enjoyable experiences that you should never miss. Let’s go!

1.USE THE ISOLATED LOCATION AS AN ADVANTAGE. Did you know that up untill 1995, Vis was a large military base? And while some claim that this is the exact reason why it seems that time has stopped here, guests who prefer Robinson-style of travel, as well as all those who want to escape from the noisy & busy everyday life, see this fact as a great benefit! Mysterious, abandoned military facilities (Tito’s cave, former RAF airport, Cape Stupišće with a former canon and rocket base…) embedded in beautiful, untouched nature will make you feel like in a James Bond movie – visit them all as part of exciting military tours!

2.GET READY FOR SOME SERIOUS SEA HEDONISM. What would you say about a bay enclosed by two high stone cliffs, between which there is a hidden pebble beach, only visible when you sail through the stone cliff gates? And when you do spot it, it looks like you have discovered a Roman amphiteatre int he middle of the water? This is the exact description of the stunning Stiniva Bay, which can be reached, besides by small motor boats and sailboats, only by climbing and walking on a slightly longer rocky route, much worth the effort – because when you overcome it, you will be visually impressed by this hedonistic seaside perfection, voted in 2016 as the most beautiful beach in Europe!

Although Stiniva took over the throne from many beaufitul Portuguese, Spanish and Greek beaches, other beaches on Vis could as easily enter the competition, for their beauty and location.

Numerous pebble beaches surrounded by crystal-clear open sea (Gusarica, Nova pošta, Velo žalo, Prirovo Town Beach in Vis), as well as sandy and pebble beaches in the coves of Vela Smokova, Milna, Zaglav and Stončica, are a real recipe for enjoying in your vacation,  and just like Stiniva, they are an enviously beautiful backgrouund for your next Instagram post!

3. EXPLORE THE GASTRO OASIS. Numerous world renowned travel magazines are recognizing Vis as a foodie heaven, a true paradise for gastronomy! Given that the island is adorned with a unique microclimate, rich and fertile plateau of Vis and the best fishing zone in the central Adriatic, it is no surprise that its gastro points are supplied with supertasty and healthy ingredients!

Choose between restaurants in idyllic gardens and yards, or harbor restaurants at the towns’ promenades, in the very heart of small-town life, and fill your plates with marinated grilled fish, fresh grilled squid, octopus dumplings…or some other modernly interpreted spectacle for the palate made by the hands of maestros of Vis’ cuisine!

4. MEET THE PRINCESS OF VIS. Speaking of food, it’s okay to wash all these delicacies with a quality drink, right? Do try vugava, the authentic wine sort,  which has been given such a tender Croatian name due to its fineness, quality and luxurious Mediterranean flavor! What can be better during summer heats, than a refreshing glass of wine that offers the aroma of ripe fruit? Although there are numerous discussions about this sort’s origins,

Vis is, as an island of great diffusion, enologically speaking, its gene pool, and it is really an authentic domestic sort, which profile does not match the one of any other sort in the world. The plavac mali sort, is also a very distinctive one, because, with the exception of a small area on Hvar Island, you can see vineyards of this sort only on Vis – and in the sand! Taste these wine treasures as part of the local family-owned agricultural businesses, where you can also try local liqueurs – Vis is famous for its fantastic lemon liquor limoncello, which, although it is originally an Italian product, greatly stands out by its quality from the very original!

5. REDEFINE YOUR PERCEPTION OF BLUE AND GREEEN!  Just one visit to the Blue Cave, at the neighboring islet of Biševo, and you will know exactly what we mean!

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This 16-meter-deep cave, located in the small Balun cove, is a natural phenomenon – due to its underwater vault on the south side, through which the sunlight reaches the underwater area, and then reflects right back from the sea bottom, it is bathed by this phenomenal blue light, which reaches its most beautiful shade, as the locals  will tell you, from  about 10 am to noon time.

This 16-meter-deep cave, located in the small Balun cove, is a natural phenomenon – due to its underwater vault on the south side, through which the sunlight reaches the underwater area, and then reflects right back from the sea bottom, it is bathed by this phenomenal blue light, which reaches its most beautiful shade, as the locals  will tell you, from  about 10 am to noon time.

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