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A small Croatian island full of the unspoiled beauty of natural attractions is a must-visit for every landscape lover. This enigmatic island spent a lot of time serving as a Yugoslav military base, completely cut off from foreign visitors until 1989. The isolation preserved the island from development and resulted in creating peaceful vibes, authenticity, a place to enjoy nature and gourmet delicacies. Therefore, once known for its fishing industry, today is a place of tourism and agriculture. We’ll outline things to do, beaches to visit and where to stay on one of the best islands in Croatia, Vis.

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Best Things To Do in Vis

The two largest settlements are Komiza and the town of Vis. Here are some of the notable attractions to put on your itinerary:


  • Komiza – a picturesque town located at the foot of the 600-meter-high Hum Mountain. Full of charming streets and stone houses, the village makes a great photography spot. It is surrounded by numerous beaches and spectacular views from Mt. Hum. Moreover, the town is full of colorful boats, historical buildings such as Monastery of St Nicholas, and popular beaches such as Kamenica, Gusarica, Velo Zalo, etc. It is a great place to experience local vibes and authentic ways of Dalmatian life.
  • Vis Town – a beautiful city full of historical and cultural monuments. Here you will find old town’s streets, antique theatre, thermae, fortresses, the necropolis of Issa and Perast tower. Archeological Museum is unavoidable due to its rich collection of historical artifacts of these areas. Moreover, the town of Vis is full of famous houses such as the one that belonged to Croatian poet Hanibal Lucic or country house from the 16th century that belonged to the famous Gariboldi family. The most popular beach is Stiniva beach.
  • Vela Glava – the barracks in the center of the island are former military bases that will enchant every history lover.
  • Talez & Vela Gomila – an old settlement surrounded by amazing nature that offers panoramic views over the islands, all the way to Italy. It also has reconstructed old houses which are charming options for the accommodation. On the other hand, Vela Gomiza is the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic, so why not make a short trip from Vis town?

Interesting fact: Vis was a filming location for the movie Mamma Mia! 

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Best Beaches in Vis

Last but not least, the beaches of the Vis island are simply amazing. Intact nature, fantastic diving and paragliding locations, a rich underwater world full of corals, sea creatures, caves, and rocks, are the reasons why you’ll fall in love with Vis. The most popular sandy beach is Vela Smokova beach, ideal for swimming and diving. Around 100 meters from the beach, you will come across the remains of WWII. In other words, an airplane wing can be seen, which makes the underwater world even more enigmatic. 

Vela Smokova Beach – 21480, Vis, Croatia

Other popular beaches are located in Komiza, such as Kamenica, Gusarica, Velo Zalo.

Gusarica Beach – 21485, Komiža, Croatia

Kamenica Beach: 21485, Vis, Croatia

Let’s not forget to mention Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) on the island of Bisevo. A short one-day trip to the Blue Cave will show you a world of magical underwater experience. You may even encounter the Mediterranean seal!

Where to Stay in Vis

If you enjoy un-spoiled landscapes maybe you’d like to stay a night or two on one of the best islands in Croatia, Vis. Here are my accommodation recommendations below: 

Best Boutique Hotel in Vis – Ada Apartments: True apartments with a separate bedroom area, these are a nice option in Vis. Each unit has its own private terrace with a sea view. 

Best Luxury Hotel in Vis – Hotel San Giorgio: Charming hotel located in the historic center of Vis with a large outdoor courtyard. Modern restaurant on-site, with breakfast included.

Best Budget Hotel in Vis – Apartments & Rooms As: Located in Vis town, offering both rooms and apartment for a comfortable budget stay on the island. 

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