A thousand islands
As many of you know, Croatia has more than a thousand islands and here in Dalmatia (the region that comprises most of the coastal Croatia) there’s sunny weather and warm sea water – at least during the summer months!
During the winter time, the island life is not quite as exciting – most restaurants and shops are closed, the sea is too cold to swim and only the locals inhabit the island. As for the summer months, it becomes the total opposite, making it the perfect time to visit.
My time in Vis town
I finally had the chance to visit Vis this June. Located approximately 30 Nm from Split, Vis island is a peaceful place with a magnificent scenery. Its famous caves and beaches, as well as the traditional wines and food, attract many tourists every year.
I took the ferry from Split to Vis town, which takes about 2h30 and cost 54 kn (around €7.3) each way. And don’t get confused: the island’s name is Vis and the biggest town on the island is also called Vis.
I stayed in Vis town for two days and I was amazed by its beauty and promised I had to go back. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, to unwind, enjoy warm sea water and idyllic beaches, Vis island is definitely an option you should consider. And that’s exactly what I was looking for. Many people told me “go to Komiža” and “you have to visit the Blue Cave”… but since I was only on the island for two days, I didn’t want to be rushing around, trying to see everything and ending up not seeing anything properly and not getting the relaxing time I was looking for.
Nevertheless, I’ll tell you about some of the most famous places to visit in Vis – both for you and for me, since I still have to come back to visit them all!
Vis Island – Where to go?
Starting with Vis town, where I stayed during my trip. Vis town is located on the bottom of a bay, in the northern part of the island. Although being a small city, it doesn’t lack charm. The peninsula of Prirovo, situated in the middle of the bay, has an antique cemetery and a Franciscan monastery. The town is full of stone houses and amazing beaches; the sailing crowds in the marina bring liveliness to the city.
You can rent a bike or a scooter and explore the city and its surroundings, or you can do it like me and walk everywhere (additional points for the calories burned!). If you want to dive and explore the underwater world, or perhaps discover a little about the history of the island and take a guided tour, there are touristic agencies in town that offer these programs.
The Queen’s Cave is located in the northern part of the island and it’s perfect for adventure lovers. Here you can go on a hiking and caving tour and take a look at the karst cave, full of stalactites and stalagmites.
The second biggest settlement in Vis island, Komiža is located in the bottom of the largest bay on the island. It has narrow alleys, charming houses and beautiful pebble beaches – I should probably alert you about the beaches on the Adriatic: if you are used to sandy beaches and have what I like to call “sensitive feet”, you will suffer a bit because the stones will hurt you when you walk… but “nema problema” (“no problem” in Croatian), nothing that you can’t overcome!
As well as in Vis town, in Komiža there are also diving centers and tours to go to. The underwater world around Vis island is unique! Because of the military past of the island, you can find ships, submarines, etc. in the bottom of the sea.
The famous Blue Cave, a must-go place while in Vis! Located on the island of Bisevo, just off the coast of Komiža, the Blue Cave is a magical place – you’ll be amazed by the bright blue light inside the cave.
Because of its popularity, the Blue Cave is a very crowded spot, especially during the warmer months. Take into consideration that, besides the time you’ll take to get from Komiža to Bisevo, you will have to wait outside the cave for your boat to be able to enter and, once you enter, you’ll be inside for about 15 minutes.
Although there’s a bit of waiting time, people still tell me it’s worth visiting. The Blue Cave’s popularity speaks for itself and if you have the time and the money, you should definitely visit.
Considered one of the best beaches in Europe, Stiniva beach is located in a cove, hidden by huge cliffs.
You have two ways of reaching the beach. First, you can take the inland way and walk there – take comfortable shoes as it is a steep path. The second option is to reach Stiniva by boat – in this case, you can jump into the sea and swim ashore while enjoying the beautiful scenery around you.
This can also be a crowded spot in the summer months, so my advice is to go in the morning when there are fewer people.
Located on the nearby island of Ravnik, the Green Cave is another fascinating place to visit. As the name suggests, it has a green color because of the existence of algae in the bottom of the cave. Although it’s not as popular as the Blue Cave, the Green Cave provides a different experience: you can actually swim and snorkel inside the cave, how about that?!
Croatia has a huge amount of beautiful places to visit and Vis island is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventurous trip, Vis won’t disappoint so book your trip and enjoy this island!
If you want to know more about my time in Croatia, check this post on my blog: Experience the Croatian culture.