Island of Vis
The island of Vis is situated in a prime and enviable spot in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is the island that is furthest away from the Croatian mainland coastline. Vis is also nestled behind the islands of Hvar, Brač and Solta making it accessible to visitors seeking out a piece of paradise. During WWII, Vis was used as the HQ of the Yugoslav military and naval forces. This ensured that the island was strictly out of limits to the public until 1989. As tourism began to develop in Croatia, Vis managed to retain its unique air of tranquility and mystery.
Vis boasts an unspoiled nature and quaint, old Mediterranean charm. It has history, heritage, culture, and many beautiful beaches and secluded coves. Much of the architecture found in Vis Town dates back to the days of Venetian rule. The narrow streets are lined with ramshackle houses built from the distinctive white limestone that is quarried on Brač Island. Providing contrast is the charming fishing town of Komiža. Its horseshoe-shaped cove of Stiniva beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe. The natural phenomenon of the famous Blue Cave is also easily accessible from Vis. Take a boat ride to the neighbouring island of Biševo to enjoy the daily spectacular lightshow display that is hidden inside the cave.
Part of Vis Island’s appeal is the fact that it attracts fewer tourists than many of the islands that are located closer to the mainland. Visitors have to make a little more effort to enjoy the island’s stunning scenery and peaceful atmosphere. Having recently featured as a location double for a Greek island, in the hit movie Mamma Mia 2, is likely to entice larger numbers of visitors to Croatia to discover Vis’s beauty for themselves.
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