Of all the Croatian islands, Vis is the most mysterious – even to locals. The furthest of the main central Dalmatian islands from the coast, Vis spent much of its recent history serving as a military base and cut off from foreign visitors from the 1950s right up until 1989. As has happened with impoverished islands across the Mediterranean, Vis’ lack of development has become its draw card as a tourist destination.
International and local travellers alike now flock to Vis, seeking authenticity, nature, gourmet delights and peace and quiet. The rugged coast around the island is dotted with gorgeous coves, caves and a couple of sand beaches. The island’s remnants of antiquity, displayed in the Archaeological Museum and elsewhere around Vis Town, offer a fascinating insight into the complex character of this tiny island, which has become a destination for in-the-know travellers.