The Country of a Thousand Islands


Vis Island in Croatia

Here is that special gem that is still relatively undiscovered, mostly because Vis Island is a long ferry ride from the coast. But it's so worth it. Neither hip nor chic, Vis island has the unspoiled nature, the swimming and diving possibilities plus two great villages. Vis Town has early Greek and Roman remnants and Komiza is the kind of charming fishing village that is rapidly disappearing from the Mediterranean. Think St Tropez about, oh, 100 years ago.

Although not classically renowned for its tourist appeal, Vis Island is growing in popularity. It enjoys good weather during the summer months with little rain and average temperatures of 25C, and can be reached easily from the mainland via a very efficient boat service out of Split.

Tourists can choose from a number of local attractions in Vis. There is a palm-tree nursery, many vineyards, a British military cemetery and a number of cliffs offering superb views across the island and the rest of the archipelago. For the less energetic of visitors, however, the island is renowned for its tranquility and excellent cuisine.

The island of Vis is an oasis of the unique island dialect, created by time and sea. Its beauty and uniqueness make it one of the most interesting dialects of the Adriatic islands. It is not easily understandable, nor easy to copy, but is very warm to listen it.



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