WELCOME TO THE FORTIFIED ISLAND
The name of this island ― Vis (Issa) ― means a fortified place near water, and it’s located about 38 miles off the mainland coast of Croatia.
This island was a military base, and it was hidden from all eyes for a long time! Shrouded in mystery, Vis is an island of a thousand stories just waiting for you to explore them. From military tunnels and bunkers accessible by boat to the beautiful beaches, nature, and islets – Vis is an adventure just waiting for you.
Stiniva Bay ― located at the southern part of the island Vis this bay is known for its small ‘sea entrance’ to a pebble beach with a clear turquoise sea.
Stiniva’s 35 meters long beach is perfect for sunbathing, but don’t worry about getting too hot, there is a lot of natural shade due to the high cliffs that surround the beach. It was declared as a protected natural monument in 1967, but stunning scenery isn’t the only reason to visit Stiniva Bay!
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The volcanic islet of Jabuka ― which translates to apple ― is the perfect visiting spot for everyone who’s not afraid of cliffs and unforgiving terrain.
Jabuka is only for the braves ones! This, 97-meter-high cliff in the shape of a pyramid can only be accessed from the southwestern side during favorable weather conditions, which is rarely the case.
Sv. Andrija (Svetac) ― island owned by the Zanki family where you can see churches and houses of the family while tasting their wine and prosecco.
From the southern slope, there is a magnificent view of the open sea and the islands of Brusnik and Jabuka. The sail from Komiža to the island takes about 2.5 hours in favorable weather conditions.
Svetac is especially interesting because of its stories and eventful past – which the Zanki family gladly shares. One of them is the legend of the Illyrian queen Teuta, as told by the collapsed walls of the queen’s palace at the top of the island – Teuta town, and the remains of a Benedictine monastery.
Brusnik Island – 150 million years old island that has been protected as a geomorphological monument of nature since 1951. Standing in the shadow of the much more popular Blue Cave and Blue Lagoon, Brusnik is nevertheless a real treat for adventure lovers and its rich history can offer a lot more than at first meets the eye.
Although set so far away from the civilization, the waters surrounding Brusnik are bursting with life. On your journey there, almost as soon as you leave Vis, you’re about to spot at least one instance of dolphins. Brusnik is home to the endemic plant by the name “Dubrovačka zečina” and to the endemic reptile-black lizard. The hollow in the middle of the highest part split the island into two parts. In the hollow, there is a small valley with the submarine parts intersected with channels through which emerges the seawater to the surface. Each of Croatia’s thousand islands is special, but Brusnik is perhaps the most special of them all, especially if you are fascinated with volcanoes.
Budikovac Island – often called the Blue Lagoon represents everything Dalmatia and Dalmatian people are about. A secluded distant beach in a natural paradise, untouched nature and clear blue sea describe the perfect vacation scenery to a majority of the Croatian population. The shallow and crystal clear sea is the perfect spot to jump from the boat and enjoy swimming or snorkeling and exploring the underwater scenery in this little paradise.
It is interesting to note that Budikovac is inhabited by only one person for the majority of the year. This person owns a restaurant on the island with an animal farm and a vegetable garden making it a perfect spot for many boat owners to come and enjoy in this quiet and distant location.
KOMIŽA – THE REASON WHY WE LOVE THE MEDITERRANEAN
The weather is always pleasant, even in the winter months. And there is one town that’s a testament to that – welcome to Komiža, Vis!
Whether you love beautiful beaches, narrow streets, and picturesque houses, or you enjoy an active holiday with para-sailing, biking, and diving, the harbor of Komiža is your spot for the holidays! It offers berths sheltered from the northern and eastern winds.
There are many sights in Komiža:
The community has a long history, which is visible in the Fishermen’s Museum. The museum exhibits various fishing tools, a large collection of naval knots, as well as a specific type of fishing boat, the famous Komiža gajeta falkuša, which UNESCO declared as one of the 10 most beautiful ships in the world.
ISLAND OF WINE
During Greek colonization, winemaking and the wine trade were the main economic activities on the island. In Komiža, fishing has always dominated, but the basis of the economy of the town of Vis until the Second World War was viticulture.
Vis’s wine was known and exported throughout Austria-Hungary. In 1890 there were 100.000 hectoliters of wine produced in Vis, most of which was exported.
The most famous Vis’s wine is Vugava, from the eponymous white grape variety, known for its sumptuous fullness and honey flavor. The other famous sort is Plavac mali, widely known for their high sugar content.
HOW TO REACH THE ISLAND OF VIS
Start your cruise from Split and after visiting a few islands along the way you can reach Vis and enjoy your stay. You can find discounts for early bird bookings from Split and make 2022 a year to remember!
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