As the island situated furthest away from the coast, coupled with military-imposed isolation during World War II, Vis used to serve as a military base. The Island of Vis is mostly undiscovered and is a tradition-oriented island. Recently it started to emerge as one of the more popular destinations due to its unspoiled nature and the old Mediterranean charm.
The island of Vis lies in a prime and excellent location in crystal clear turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is Croatia’s farthest island. Vis nestled behind the islands of Hvar, Brač, and Solta, making it accessible to visitors seeking out a piece of paradise. During WWII, Vis used to be the HQ of the Yugoslav military and naval forces, which ensured that the island was strictly off-limits to the general public up until 1989. With the development of tourism in Croatia, Vis managed to retain its unique air of mystery and tranquility.
Vis offers untouched nature and attractive Mediterranean charm, as well as an exciting history, culture, heritage, and countless secluded coves and beautiful beaches. Most of the architecture found in Vis Town can be dated back to the days of Venetian ruling. Dilapidated houses built from the distinctive white limestone extracted from Brač Island, line the towns’ narrow streets. Contrast to Vis Town is provided with the charming fishing town of Komiža. The unique horseshoe-shaped bay of Stiniva beach is thought to be one of the Europes’ best beaches. The natural phenomenon of the famous Blue Cave is easily accessible from Vis. Take a boat ride to the neighboring island of Biševo to enjoy the daily spectacular light show display on the inside of the cave.
Fewer tourists than many of the islands, located close to the mainland, is a crucial part of Vis Island’s appeal. Visitors have to make a little more effort to enjoy the island’s stunning scenery and peaceful atmosphere. Being recently featured as a location double for a Greek island, in the hit movie Mamma Mia 2, is likely to entice a more significant number of visitors to Croatia to discover the beauty of Vis for themselves.