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Island of Vis: A Mediterranean Paradise for the Soul

Island of Vis, a captivating Croatian island in the Adriatic, beckons with its rich history and pristine beauty. Nestled like a hidden treasure in the cerulean embrace of the Adriatic Sea, the Island of Vis stands as a testament to Croatia’s unspoiled allure. 

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Visiting this enchanting island is akin to stepping back in time, where the modern world seems to fade away, leaving behind an idyllic Mediterranean haven. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, Vis promises an unforgettable adventure for those who yearn to explore its shores.  

Historical Echoes

 

Steeped in history, Vis Island has witnessed the passage of civilizations and the ebb and flow of empires. From its days as an ancient Greek colony to its role as a strategic naval base during World War II, the island’s history is etched into its very stones. The picturesque town of Vis, with its narrow cobblestone streets and centuries-old architecture, invites visitors to delve into its past. Explore the remnants of Roman villas, stroll along the old city walls, and immerse yourself in the tales of generations gone by. 

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Natural Wonders

 

Beyond its historical significance, Vis Island is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Pristine beaches, hidden coves, and rugged cliffs punctuate its coastline. The island’s interior reveals lush vineyards, fragrant olive groves, and fragrant lavender fields. Nature lovers can trek through the island’s hills, explore its mysterious caves, and marvel at the azure beauty of the Blue Cave, a natural wonder that dazzles with its ethereal glow. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, Vis has a natural wonder waiting just for you.

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Cultural Charms

 

Vis Island’s culture is a vibrant tapestry woven from the threads of its diverse history. The islanders are proud of their traditions. You can immerse yourself in their way of life by attending local festivals. Try sampling delicious Mediterranean cuisine at charming seaside restaurants, and sipping on the island’s renowned wines. Vis is not just a destination; it’s an invitation to embrace a slower pace of life, savoring each moment as you discover the island’s hidden charms. 

Island of Vis: Little About History

The history of Vis stretches back to the III millennium BC when it was first inhabited by people of Mediterranean origin. In the II millennium BC, the Illyrians gained dominance over the island, establishing their own state during the VI and 5th centuries BC. During this period, the Syracusan tyrant Demetrius the Elder briefly held sway over the island, founding the colony of Issa in 397 BC. 

The influence of Issa extended to the central Dalmatian islands and the coast, with sub-colonies established in Lumbarda on the island of Korčula, Trogir (known as Tragurion), and Stobreč (referred to as Epetion).

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However, Issa’s supremacy faced challenges from the Illyrian king Agron I and Queen Teuta, leading to their defeat by the Romans in 219 BC. Subsequently, Issa acknowledged Roman supremacy, marking a significant shift in its political landscape.

Following the decline of the Western Roman Empire in 476, Vis experienced a series of rulers, including the Goths and later the Byzantines. In the 7th century, Croats began to settle on the island. In 997, it fell victim to the Venetians, who captured and devastated the island of Vis. Venice’s control over Vis persisted from 1420 until 1797 when it was ceded to Austria as part of the Peace of Campoformi. Afterward, it came under French rule following the Peace of Požuna in 1805, during which the French fortified the island. In March 1811, the English fleet decisively defeated the Franco-Italian fleet and occupied Vis.

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The Congress of Vienna in 1814 saw the return of Vis to Austrian control, a status it held until 1918 when it was occupied by the Italians. In 1921, the island became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes through the Treaty of Rapala. It remained under Italian rule from April 1941 until Italy’s capitulation in 1943, after which it transformed into a military and naval base for the partisan army. 

A Place for Everyone

Vis has always been a haven for fishermen and vintners, shaping its character as a unique Mediterranean gem. Komiža, nestled on the island of Vis, boasts the title of the Adriatic’s cradle of fishing, and in centuries past, Komiža’s fishermen earned a sterling reputation as unparalleled experts in their craft, esteemed in Mediterranean ports across the region. Today, the Fisherman’s Museum in Komiža stands as a testament to the island’s illustrious fishing heritage, preserving its rich history. 

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Legend has it that the first grapevines in Dalmatia found their roots in Viško polje, planted by ancient Greeks who recognized the fertile soil’s potential. Even the Greek writer Agatarchides sang praises of Vis’s wines, lauding them as superior to all others. Among these renowned wines, the famous Viska Vugava, a delightful white wine, reigns supreme and can be savored in numerous island restaurants and wine cellars. 

When you combine this unparalleled historical, cultural, and natural heritage with Vis’s crystalline waters, secluded beaches, charming coves, and welcoming hosts offering comfortable accommodations in private houses and apartments, the island emerges as a beloved destination for travelers seeking an authentic Mediterranean experience. Vis invites you to explore its captivating essence, promising that your visit will etch unforgettable memories in your heart, no matter where your journey began. 

Your CTC Team

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