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What to do when sailing around Vis


What to do when sailing around Vis

Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland. It has a population of only 3 460 (2011) and an area of 90.26 square meters. Climate on the island is mild Mediterranean which allows for Tropical and Mediterranean vegetation as well as twelve types of island vegetation. The average rainfall is about 750 mm per square meter. The main industries on the island are tourism, fishing and agriculture. The accommodation on the island is mostly private, concentrated in apartments or villas, hosted by owners themselves. Vis has a truly unique historical and cultural heritage, but the island's strongest advantage is its preserved nature. Vis is a perfect place for those visitors who want to experience the authentic Mediterranean environment and way of life.

Greek colonists from Sicily were the first people who inhabited the place of today's town of Vis. Ancient Issa quickly became urban and economic center of Dalmatia. Vis was strategically significant because of its geographical position. Through history, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians, French and British fought many naval battles to get control over the island. At one point Vis was the main hideout of president Josip Broz Tito who used the island as one of his main naval bases. Island was closed to visitors for decades. In 1990s, the island was opened to foreign visitors again. Today, former military bases are tourist attraction.

The island's two largest settlements are the town of Vis on the eastern side of the island and Komiža on the western coast.

TOWN OF VIS is located in the north-eastern part of the Vis island in the bottom of a well protected Bay of Saint George. There are plenty of things you can do in this small town. For culture fans there is the Archaeological museum situated in a castle dating from 19th century and traditional concerts of the "Vis music evenings". There are numerous various taverns and restaurants offering local delicacies.

For those interested in active holiday Vis offers plenty of activities such as hiking, cycling ,sailing, kayaking and diving.

KOMIŽA TOWN is located at the western part of Vis island, at the foot of the Hum hill (587m). There is a number of cultural and historic sites, monasteries and fortresses. Komiža is most famous for its long fishing tradition. Fisherman's museum is located in the old Venetian tower on the promenade where traditional fishing boat falkuša, a symbol of Komiža, is displayed. Don't miss Fishing night - famous fishermen festival on the docks with plenty of wine and different fish specialties.

Because of its crystal clear sea, hidden beaches, bays and islands, Vis is prime destination for sailors in central Dalmatia. You should explore the nearby islands of the Vis archipelago, including the volcanic islands of Jabuka and Brusnik, small almost uninhabited island of Svetac, Palagruža and Biševo island where the beautiful Blue cave is located. Vis beaches are mainly approachable by road, suitable for family excursions with a lot of natural shade. Some of the beaches you shouldn't miss are: Grandovac, Stiniva, Srebrna, Milna, Zaglav, Stončica...

Once you visit this unique island, there is no doubt you will want to return to this “jewel of the Adriatic” over and over again! If you want to learn more about sailing destinations in Croatia, check out this site
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