"Planet Vis" Top 5 Page for this destination Vis by KristaB
Vis Travel Guide: 71 reviews and 192 photos
Hidden coves with pebble beaches, locally produced food full of flavor, blood-red wine dripping down your neck, sea breeze and pleasant vibrant atmosphere.
Look up at their windows, white lacey curtains dancing gently, allowing the scent from hot pots touch your aroused nostrils. They whisper and shout, they run and lay idle, they have Internet access and pagan gods to worship simultaneously.
Simple fishermen folding their nets in front of their stone made cottages, their wrinkles showing the map of undersea crevasses where they hunt for their lives.
Vis is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia, arcaeological finds reach back to Neolitic, as early as 8.000 B.C. Finds from later eras suggest that it was one of very important trade, fishing and wine producing centers of ancient Europe.
The town Vis - Issa, was established by Dyonisius Syracusan around 397. BC, and it was the center of Greek culture in this part of the Adriatic. Archaeological remains of streets, buildings, bath, graveyard, amphitheater and port are proof of its size and importance.
Because of its strategic importance, many rulers fought over it, among them king Argon and queen Teuta. Later, Issa turns towards Rome and decides to become its ally.
A virtual jump over centuries brings us to times of Commodore William Hoste, British naval captain who proudly reported in a letter to his mom the robbing and sinking of 218 ships in his first 18 months here. This inevitably contributed to the appeal of this island among British aristocracy. They used to call it Little Malta, Key of the Adriatic, England on the Adriatic, Gibraltar of the Adriatic.
Best champagne, finest tobacco, all known drugs from opium to mescaline, sweetest cakes made by Vienna bakers, finest English tweed. It was sort of a Duty-Free Party zone for them, today we would name this sort of economy Piracy. Well, it was a legal naval activity until 1860!
Then Austrians came and took it over from Brits.
But in 1866 a great naval battle between Italy and Austria caused huge devastation, and the economy that was stagnating since British left was almost ruined.
Austrians won, Italy lost it's chance to rule over Adriatic, many lives were lost.
About WW2 - see Must See Tip Tito's Cave
After the WW2, it was closed for foreigners because of it's strategic importance, so the tourism couldn't develop as much as it did in other parts of Dalmatia. Local economy was poor, vineyards neglected, young people were leaving the island looking for better future elsewhere. This isolation had one positive effect - it preserved the island from mass tourism and concrete box hotels.
After the last tragic war was over in 1995, Vis was open for foreign tourists, and today even the foreigners, especially from the UK, are buying property on this charming island.
- In a nutshell:Clean, unspoiled, simple yet full of surprises
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