Dalmatian comfort with striking beauty
The hilly island is about 60 km from the mainland and is thus the furthest Croatian island from the mainland. The 90 km2 island, which is spared from mass tourism, is known for its beautiful beaches, bays and olive and wine cultivation.
The island of Vis was a restricted military zone and therefore hardly accessible until 1991. However, this island, once settled by the Illyrians in the 4th century B.C., has had an impressive history. Sightseeing highlights include the Garibaldi Palace, the summer house of the Croatian poet Marin Gazarović and the Archaeological Museum. The parish church of Our Lady of Spilica is also worth a visit.
Those seeking peace and quiet, those out for a dip, active vacationers, mariners and divers are all equally at home on the island of Vis. There are fantastic beaches and bays with emerald blue water, interesting diving spots, surrounding small islets with spectacles of nature like the “Blue Grotto” on Biševo, or the “Green Grotto” on Ravnik, to name but a couple of the highlights of this beautiful Dalmatian island.
Villa SeaBreeze is situated only a few minutes walk from Milna in the south-east of Vis island. Milna is approximately 10 km from the ferry port.
There are a number of small authentic “konobas” on the islands known for olive growing and wine making. Enjoy the hospitality of the Dalmatians with their typical Croatian calm and tranquillity.
You must be sure to try the flat bread of Komiza “Komiška pogača” during your holiday. This yeast bread, filled with a mixture of onions, fresh tomato, salty fish such as anchovies or sardines, spices and capers, is cut into pieces and served as a snack or a main course. The flat bread of Vis “Viška pogača” is prepared similarly, just without tomatoes.
A holiday on Vis entails all kinds of water sports. Stiniva beach is key here, often counted as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. While daring folk attempt to jump off the cliffs, swimming and snorkelling are two of the favourite pastimes on Vis. Divers adore Vis’s historical underwater museum.
Taking a kayak or boat tour round the island is a must, as this allows you to reach charming little bays or make an excursion to the “Blue Grotto” on the island of Biševo.
The very mountainous island of Vis, at over 500 m above sea level, is covered with a network of signposted hiking trails. The main destination for many hikers is the Sveti Duh Church of the Holy Spirit near Hum (587 m). From here you have a wonderful view over the small offshore islands like Biševo and on a clear day you can see the volcanic rock Jabuka.
Vis island is also a paradise for bicyclists. The island’s many roads and gravel paths can be explored on bicycle. Numerous providers hire out bikes and there are also organised cycle tours on location.
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As an old fishermen’s and seafarers’ island, Vis is an especially perfect holiday resort for nautical enthusiasts. There are numerous beautiful beaches and bays for anchoring and swimming all around the island. The so-called volcanic triangle of Vis is a definite recommendation, especially for adventure-seeking sailors. High sea sailing is the order of the day here. The Geopark Archipelago of Vis with its small islands Biševo, Sveti Andrija, Brusnik, Jabuka and Palagruža has also been declared a UNESCO geopark.
Villa SeaBreeze’s buoy
Villa SeaBreeze has its own buoy where you can moor your boat.
If you have a boating licence of at least class “Boat Skipper A”, then you can easily rent a boat in Croatia.
There are plenty of good skippers for day trips on the island of Vis. Did you know that you can be on the island of Hvar in 35 minutes?
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