Vis island – ATTRACTIONS

Following up my Vis beaches BLOG, island Vis is not just pretty beaches, you can do so much more on the island. Here is my list of attractions and activities.

BIŠEVO & Blue Cave DAY TRIP
Biševo is the most distant inhabited island in Croatia and it gained it’s popularity because it is home to famous Blue Cave. We love it because of it’s beautiful Mezuporat bay, too.
Trip to Biševo is best taken from Komiža. There are several tourist agencies and excursion boats that offer organized trip to Biševo & Blue Cave, which you can find just walking down the Komiža promenade. Keep in mind that many prices do not include Blue Cave entrance fee.

If you want to organize the trip to Biševo yourself there are two good options. First one is that you take take PRUGA “the line“. It is state boat line no. 612 which goes from Komiža harbour every day at 8 AM. You can find 2020. boat schedule -> HERE. Duration of the trip is little bit more than 1 hour and the price of the two-way ticket is 50 HRK (cca 8 EUR).
Pruga will take you to Mezuporat where you buy a ticket to the Blue cave and wait for a small boat to take you into it. Entrance fees for July and August are 100 kn for adult and 50 kn for children (70/35Kn preseason). Due to corona virus, the 2020. high season prices remained 70 kn for adult and 35 kn for children. Also, note that the tickets are numbered and limited per day. Inside the Cave you have 15 minute max., so use it well. When I was a child we swam there, however nowadays there is no swimming inside the Cave, which is understandable, but very unfortunate.

Other option to get to Biševo yourself is speedboat taxi. Taxis go at anytime and trip takes approx. 15-20 minute. I’ve heard that the prices go from 100 kn per person, depending on number of people in the boat.

Keep in mind that the best time to visit the cave is between 10 am and 2 pm. There is no shop on Biševo, so plan ahead and bring lot of water and some food with you. Also, there is a restaurant in Mezuporat, which we recommend, where you can refresh.

Less known cave on Biševo is Monk seal cave. If you are on a private tour, ask them to take you there.

GREEN CAVE
Part of many island tours is stop to the Green Cave, however, if you are in good shape we recommend kayaking there. If you are a pro navigating the sea and the boats, you can rent a kayak from Diamond Beach bar on Tepluš beach. If you are beginner, I recommend booking a tour. There is an amazing kayaking tour that takes you to Green cave & Stiniva beach.

VISIT REMOTE ISLANDS
Near island Vis there are many beautiful open-sea islands such as Svetac, Brusnik and Jabuka which are called the “Volcanic Triangle”. Brusnik and Jabuka are the only two islands in Croatia that consist completely of volcanic rock. How crazy is that? On island Svetac lives Zanki family. Can you imagine the stories they can share? This trip is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, but still didn’t happen. I am making it a priority for next trip to Vis.

THE QUEEN’S CAVE
This is a beautiful natural cave on the north coast of the island. You can get there walking approx. 1 hour from village Oključna, or do it on a boat tour. I am sad to say, we were never there.

TITO’s LEGACY
If you know where to look, his legacy is everywhere. When leaving the island, Yugoslavian Army took everything they could from all their hideouts, but they left a maze of underground tunnels, caves, storage facilities and submarine hideouts all over the Island. Here are some popular spots:
1. Ex. Yugoslavian army shelter for submarines – Parja
You get there driving approx. 10 min from city of Vis. Part of the road is dirt road, but it is easy access. You can walk inside the “Jastog submarine tunnel”, but labyrinth that connect tunnel to bunkers on the other side of Parja are sealed. That being said, on the other side of that bay you can also find couple of hidden military lookout bunkers.

The tunnel is also a beautiful place to swim and dive. However, do not jump from the top of the tunnel, I have been told there has been many accidents.

2. Former rocket base – Stupišće
It was a huge army base for land-sea missiles with a bunker complex on the sea side. Experience of driving with a car to a complex they once had stored enormous huge missile is incredible! You can go there yourself with a car or a bike, trough the dirt road or with a guide. We did both and I advise you take a guided tour. The tour took us to the places we couldn’t find on our own. Plus, the information you get from tour guides are mind blowing! That isn’t something you can Google.
If you decide to go on your own, bring a flashlight.

I don’t think tours take you to bay Stupišće, but there we found one more military building which is completely in ruins.

3. Red Rocks – climbing spot
Above city of Komiža you can find the Red Rocks. Other than having couple of ex. JNA tunnels, the are home of more than a dozen climbing trails, from beginner to experienced free climbers. You can book a guided climbing in some of the agencies on the island.

4. Vela glava
In Podšpilje there is a former JNA command center called ARK Vela Glava. Most of it is sealed and overgrown with weeds. To bad Croatian government doesn’t know how to put this legacy into better use.

5. Tito’s Cave
In Podšpilje, follow the road to Borovik and mount Hum. On the way up you will pass Mladenova Tower ruins. Right before unmarked path to Tito’s cave there is widening on the road, where you can leave your car and start the walk up. There is no entrance fee, but there are many spider webs hanging from tree to tree. Don’t worry they are harmless. It is approx. 10-15 minute up till you reach the caves. Honestly, it is just the hole in the mountain, with a rock panel which say’s “this was Tito’s residency”. If you don’t have enough time for sightseeing, you can easily skip this one.

6. Artillery battery BARJOŠKA
It is artillery spot on the north coast of the island. We saw it from the boat, but we were never there.

HUM MOUNTAIN
This could be also part of Tito’s legacy, because on 587 metres there is a military lookout base. However, it is still operational nowadays, Croatian military uses it. Little below it you have incredible spot that overlooks city of Komiža.
You park your car on the road and walk 5-10 minute up to a little church “Sveti Duh“, from where you have breathtaking views of Komiža and island Biševo. My advice is to come in sunset.

THE SUNSET SPOT – Na Rovnu
This is our favorite sunset spot, locals call it “na rovnu” -> Google Maps.

KRIŽ – the Cross
From Kut (part of Vis town) there is an old Napoleon road that takes you up to Podselje (you will go to Podselje if you decide to eat in Konoba Golub, which we highly recommend). Keep in mind that this road fits one car, car and a half, so it is only for experienced drivers. There is a bigger road that goes up to the Podselje, and other inland villages, which starts in Vis city port.
On the top of both roads, which is a crossing of five old macadam roads, locals built a big withe cross.

CITY VIS
This should be completely separate blog but, for now, I will just list couple of interesting spots and you can explore from there.
1. Franciscan Church and Monastery

2. Open air cinema
3. Archaeological Museum
4. Czech Villa (Češka Villa)

5. Fort Batarija
6. Perast Tower
7. City bath – Roman thermal

8. Fort George

CITY KOMIŽA
1. St. Nikola’s church – Muster

2. Komuna – Venetian castle and fisherman’s museum

3. Gusarica – St. Mary church on the beach
4. Neptun factory

5. Open air cinema
6. Gajeta boat tours

WINE TRAILS
Vis wines are vugava and plavac mali. You can taste these wines in the numerous family taverns and wine-cellars all around the island. You can book wine tour with agency and explore several spots without worrying about driving later. Let me know how it ends.

DIVING
There is a Diving Center Issa in Komiža. They offer beginner and professional dives. I never dove and I really really want to, so this is first on my “Island Vis BUCKET LIST”.

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WALKING & CYCLING TRAILS
I did only one walking trail and never did cycling one. This is not something what we usually do on a vacation. However, I know there are people which love to do both, so I found links to help you navigate the island.
WALKING TRAIL -> here
CYCLING TRAIL -> here

PARAGLIDING
You can fly for hours over Vis and Komiža, over the sea and along the rocky cliffs. If you are adrenaline junkie, this is perfect activity for you.

Hope this list helps you organize perfect vacation on the island. Tag us in your stories if it does.

Vis island – BEACHES

It is no secret we are in love with island Vis, mostly because we are lucky to have a place to stay there anytime of the year, but also because it is beautiful. This blog is soooo long overdue, so I wont bother you with introduction. Let’s begin naming the beaches, sorted by our preferences, of course.

1. SMOKOVA
About 100 meter long beach with white sand, clear sea and our favorite! Even though you can access it from land, it is much easier to access it with a boat. If you can’t give yourself that boat ride luxury, bring appropriate shoes, do not go down there in flip flops.
Also, keep in mind that shore is not the cleanest, because northern wind brings a lot of garbage people like to throw in the sea.
If you are up for snorkeling you can find part of a World War II bomber wing at Smokova sea bottom. 

2. TEPLUŠ
Beach Teplus is one of the beaches in Rukavac and very popular among locals. You can access it very easily from Rukavac, just follow the signs for Diamond Beach – Lounge Bar / Fish & Wine House. There is a 200-300 m dirt road, which ends with a parking right above the beach.

It is a soft white pebbles beach, with some natural shade, so it is great for children. If you don’t find a place to chill under the pine tress, Diamond Beach Bar offers sun chairs under fake palm tree. There you can also find bar refreshments, ice creams and great food & wine. Bar and restaurant are separated, so you can just have a coffee there, you are not obligated to eat, but we recommend that you do plan a lunch there. They also rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks and pedaling cars, so you can spend your entire day on this beach.
Pro tip: come in the morning. The beach is sunny since early morning, making it an ideal place to have a coffee and dive your head in the blue sea before the afternoon rush of people.

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PLAŽA TEPLUŠ ➡️ šljunčana plaža u mjestu Rukavac je jedna od najpopularnijih plaža na otoku Visu, pogotovo među lokalnim stanovništvom. Tamo ćete pronaći kristalno čisto plavo more i nježne oblutke, sa dijelom plaže u prirodnom hladu. 🏝 Ako ne nađete mjesto u borovini, hlad možete pronaći na ležaljkama @diamondbeachbar, gdje sam danas i ja zalegla u svom dvodijelnom kupaćem, sa čašom vina u ruci. 🍷 Restoran/bar nudi svježu ribu kupljenu od lokalnih ribara pa smo i rezervirali stol za ručak. Da fotke mogu pričati rekle bi da im je spiza za prste polizat! 😍 . Do plaže se dolazi makadamom iz Rukavca, a od parkinga do ručnika imate svega 2 minute hoda. Postoje oznake na cesti te imate i Google Maps lokaciju restorana koju možete pratiti, da bi pronašli ovaj mali raj. . Za roditelje: ima dovoljno plićaka u kojem se mogu brčkati najmanji. U Diamond restoran baru možete iznajmiti pedaline, kajak ili stand up paddling dasku. Bar također nudi veliki izbor sladoleda i sokova. Sa nešto starijom djecom zavirite u prirodnu jastožeru koja se nalazi na kamenim pločama sa desne strane plaže. Jastožera se više ne koristi tako da možete uskočiti u nju. 🦂 Pro tip: dodite ujutro. Plaža je osunčana od ranog jutra pa je time idealno mjesto za popiti kavu i otriznit glavu u plavetnilu prije nego krene popodnevna navala ljudi. . . . #croatia #croatiafulloflife #putopis #croatiapostcards #croatianomads #putujupoznaj #otokvis #visisland #teplus #plaza #beachlife #TravelTagged #travelblog #mamablogger #mamablogerka #momlife #diamondbeach #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #putovanjasadjecom #ljetoincroatia #obiteljskaputovanja #ljeto #dianomayavis

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With slightly older children, take a peek at the natural lobster house located on the cliffs on the right side of the beach. The lobster catcher is no longer used so you can jump into it and dive trough it to the open sea.

3. MALA TRAVNA
It is a small fishermen village accessed by car through 15-20 minute drive on a dirt road, from Marine Zemlje. From the parking to the beach you have 2 minute walk. You can categorize this beach both as pebble and cliff beach, because Mala Travna has both.

Mala Travna is a bay next to Stiniva beach, so if you are visiting Stiniva with a boat, organize lunch in Mala Travna at Senko’s konoba. Beside crystal clear water and beautiful nature, we come here because of Senko. He is remarkable individual and Croatian poet, so don’t be surprised if you get the bill on stone rock he picked up from the floor. I’ve already wrote a blog about him here -> SENKO PARADISE.
Also, don’t forget to call Senko for reservations, he is not always open!
+385 99 35 25 803

4. SREBRNA
Another beach which has both soft pebbles and cliff side is Srebrena. Beach with a lot natural shade in pine trees also has cliffs where you can get your tan. Furthermore, in the woods you can find small bar with refreshments.
You reach Srebrna beach from Rukavac, on the same dirt road as Tepluš beach. After you park the car or bike, there is about 300 m (10 min) walk down to the beach. Yes, that means you have to walk up after.

5. MILNA
Milna is a small sandy beach, located near popular vacation village called Ženka. Best part of this beach is that you can literally jump from parking to the sea, but don’t. Because of it’s proximity to villas for rent and parking, it is often full of families with small children. Very popular activity is Stand up Paddle boarding, which boards you can rent on the beach.

There is a 15-20 minute walking path from Milna which will take you to ZAGLAV sandy beach. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so only memories I have are from photo albums. People say it is as beautiful as Smokova. I will believe it when I see it, hopefully there next year.

6. STINIVA
West from Mala Travna bay you can find winner of “the best beach in Europe”, Stiniva. You can reach the beach by land, but it is a very steep 20-30 minute trail down, so bring appropriate shoes and avoid going with small children. Other, easier, way is to access it by boat. The downside of this is that you always have too many boats docked around Stiniva. The boat can take you up to “cliff gate” and from there you have to swim to the beach. And, of course, there is always that one idiot who has to come to the beach with a boat, so be aware, the floating border doesn’t apply to idiots.

Stiniva is pebble beach, although I saw many wrong writings online describing it as a sandy beach. You can find small coffee bar directly on the beach, but to help out your budget, bring your own food & drinks if you plan to stay there whole day. Because the beach is surrounded by high cliffs, you will have at least one side of the beach or cliff in the shade.

7. STONČICA
Another sandy beach on the island is Stončica. It is safe bay for sailing boats, being located close to city of Vis. There is a parking above the beach, from which you have 5 min walk down. It has small restaurant/bar, volleyball field and lot’s of shade so it tends to be crowed.

Being this far on my list, it is safe to say I only go there if our guests wish to see it. In that case, I combine Stončica with visit to the nearby lighthouse, which is 20 minute walk from the beach. We used to go there for sunset, so count your time right to have enough light to see the path back, or bring flash lights with you.

8. PRITIŠĆINA
This is maybe one of the smallest beaches on the island, where I usually go with local friends. It is also pebbly beach, but it has incredible cliffs on the right side of the beach. One winter we used them for the photoshoot we did for a brand.

9. PARJA (tunnel)
About 3 kilometre east from city of Vis you will find Parja, the last village accessible by cars. It is a village, it is a beach, it is historical…it is Parja. It is probably most known for former JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) submarine tunnel where you can also put your towel and jump into the sea. However, close by is little peninsula where you can also walk into the sea, like a normal human. Be aware, there is no shade here.

Important: please, don’t jump from the top of the tunnel, I have been informed there were many accidents there due to wrong jumps.

10. KOMIŽA CITY BEACHES
GUSARICA – the most popular beach, at the far end of the city, right below the hotel Biševo. It is a pebble beach at the beginning and almost sandy at the end of the beach.


KAMENICE – apparently the only beach on the Adriatic coast with volcanic origin pebble stones (I’ve Googled it) and only 15 minute walk from Komiža center. It gained it’s popularly for being a place to party at night and sort of illegal camp.

LUCICA – pebbly beach two minute walk from the Komiža port. There you can find restaurant right on the beach.

ŽANIĆOVO – because it is surrounded by family houses this pebble beach mostly used by locals. This is the beach you see on our photos from restaurant Barba.

10. VIS CITY BEACHES
GRANDOVAC – bay at the farthest end of city of Vis. It has enough shade so it is very popular for families with children, plus there is a beach bar right on the pebbly beach. Near the beach you can find another JNA greatness, however nowadays completely rot, Cezh villa.

STONCA – beach is located just under the road, about 200 m from hotel Issa to Parja. There is almost no wind there and you can find lot’s of shade underneath the pine trees.

PRIROVO – pebble and gravel city beach right below the hotel Issa, however, completely on the other side from most villa’s and apartments, which are in the city. Near the beach you can find activities for children (owned by hotel), bar and restaurant. It is the most popular for it’s Franciscan monastery which is built on the foundations of Hellenistic theater. I heard one guide say that you can see part of old Roman port in the sea around Prirovo. Do you see it?

There are few more beaches in the cities and on the island that I didn’t mention. My cousin Svila is gonna kill me if I don’t mention Duboka, but that is another beach I haven’t visited since I was a little kid or maybe ever. I can safely say I saw and listed all the popular ones. Hope I helped you organize your Vis island beach hunting. Let me know if I did.

In next blog I plan to write about ALL attractions on the island. Head’s up, it is mostly Tito’s JNA legacy.

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Behind the business meeting in Vis

Hello world!

We are back in VIS island, CROATIA! Maya‘s family has a house there, so we look for any excuse to visit island. This time we were there on business, but we managed to film some behind the scenes for you.

We took Jadrolinija ferry from Split. Return ticket fee is approx. 15 EUR. You can find seasonal prices here -> FERRY TICKET.

Ferry docks in Vis city ferry port and the entrance in the bay is always magnificent! If you are not in a hurry, stay on ferry deck and watch city from bird view.

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Maya’s father and his brother have house in middle of the island, in little village named Zena Glava (eng. Woman Head). You can find accommodation here: VIS island.

We love coming to Zena Glava, enjoying life in a peace and quiet. In winter times we come to harvest olive trees Maya’s father, Nikša, has planted there. We dream about the day when we will have something beautiful as Nikša’s Olive garden.

When we are with Nikša, we always go to Komiža. This time, we took quick detour at place called “The red rock’s”(Crvene stijene), right above Komiža city. This place contains more than a dozen trails up for free climbers. It also hides one of many Tito’s tunnels. Vis has always been of significant strategic importance for World War II leader Tito, that’s is why he built tunnels and bases all around the island.

When in Komiža we always take a walk down the riva promenade. One picture you can count 100% you will catch, is local elderly siting at benches by the sea.

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We always, but always, have a drink at Speed bar. We are there so much that we actually met the owner :).

If you are looking for good place to eat, KONOBA BARBA, has our highest recommendation.

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