Forget Hvar, Here’s Where You Should Go Instead

Less touristy than Hvar and Korčula, this beautiful Croatian island is a paradise for those looking to get away from the crowd and relax in peace.

A hard-working mother lives on a dreamy Greek island with her daughter whose wedding day is approaching. To identify her real father, the daughter invites three of her mother’s ex-boyfriends to the wedding without her mother’s knowledge. Meryl Streep plays the mother and Pierce Brosnan plays (one of the) fathers. All hell breaks loose. Mamma Mia!

 

The sequel to this delightful film was filmed this year on the beautiful Island of Vis in Croatia. Less touristy than the islands of Hvar and Korčula and further away from the mainland, Vis is a paradise for those looking to get away from the crowd and unwind in peace, surrounded by unspoilt nature. It’s a matter of time before the masses of tourists come pouring towards Vis, especially after the premiere of Mamma Mia next year, so better start planning your trip!

Komiža Town on Vis Island

 

Because of its remote location on the open sea, Vis served as a military zone for over forty years. Consequently, the island remained relatively undeveloped. Today, its wonderful nature and peaceful towns attract more and more visitors every summer season.

 

In the Ancient times, the town of Vis was known under the name of Issa, the colony founded by the Greek tyrant of Syracuse. His name was Dionysius the Elder and he founded the town of Issa in the 4th century BC. The city later developed into an autonomous polis, and even had its own money and founded its own colonies. In the Middle Ages, the island of Vis was under the rule of the mighty Venetian Republic, together with other Dalmatian islands. The Venetian rule ended in 1797, with Napoleon’s conquest and the downfall of Venetian Republic. After the Austrian rule over the island came the very short episode of Italian rule in the beginning of the 20th century. Finally, Vis was ceded to the newly-founded Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1920. After the Second World War, Vis served as a military zone until the end of the 1980s.

 

Today, Vis attracts those enjoying beautiful nature and looking to spend their holiday in peace, away from loud parties and festivals. One of the most beautiful beaches on Vis Island is the Stiniva Beach, situated in Stiniva Cove. The beach is guarded by two high cliffs with a narrow gap between them. In 2016, this beach was voted the most beautiful beach in Europe.

Stiniva Beach

 

Other beaches are situated in the bay of Komiža and in the town of Vis. Sandy beaches can be found in the bays of Zaglav, Milna and Brgujac. Vis features several nudist beaches too.

 

Only 8 kilometres from the Island of Vis is a small island of Biševo, famous for the phenomenal Blue Cave. Excursions depart daily from neighbouring islands and the city of Split for Blue Cave, one of the most visited natural beauty attractions in the Adriatic. At certain times of day, the sunlight bathes the cave in beautiful blue light, while everything underwater looks silver. Make sure to visit the Blue Cave when on Vis Island!

 

Whether you’re visiting to retrace the steps of Mamma Mia characters or to relax and enjoy the nature, Vis is a wonderful choice for your next summer holidays. We recommend a twin-centre option where you’d visit Vis Island along with beautiful Split.

 

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