A former military base which opened up to the wider world in 1989, Vis is another beautiful island off Croatia's Adriatic coast. The island of Vis is one of the most beautiful of Croatia's many Adriatic islands. Of all of the Croatian islands, it is the one which is furthest from the coast, and has a permanent population of around 4000 inhabitants. The island has a surface area of 90.3 kilometres, and is located adjecent to the islands of Hvar and Biševo. Vis is actually only around 100 kilometres from the coastline of Italy. There are only two small towns on the island, Vis itself and Komiža, and both are very small. Many people have emigrated from the island over the last three decades in search of greater economic opportunities. But settlement here dates back many thousands of years, and there is plenty of hsitorical evidence in the towns and villages of habitation dating back to the Ancient Greeks and beyond.
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Villas in Vis Island - relax in an idyllic and heavenly island retreat
English visitors to Vis holiday villas will be struck by the fact that the patron saint of the island is St George, or St Jurje locally. A church is dedicated to him in the town of Vis. There are a number of other churches to visit from different historical eras on the island, as well as a Franciscan monastery on the peninsula of Prirovo. Literary fans can also visit the birthplace of Croat writer Ranko Marinkovic. Visitors to Island Vis holiday rentals will also want to eat some of the excellent quality fish which the island's fisherman bring ashore. The islanders enjoy a traditional reputation for being skilful fisherman and sea farers, and visitors can enjoy a boat trip with some of the locals as a seafaring adventure. However, it is not just fish that the island produces.
Vis has also enjoyed a reputation over the centuries for the wine it has produced. As far back as the Ancient Greeks, writers such as Agatarhid were hailing the quality of the vintage produced here. Indeed, local legend states that the first vine planted in Dalmatia was planted on the island. The white wine Vuhgava is a local speciality, and visitors to Island Vis holiday rentals can drink it in the local bars and restaurants. A trip to stay in Vis villa rentals provides visitors with a real summery slice of what the Adriatic has to offer. With great weather and great food, as well as the superb coastal views, there are few better places to recharge the batteries and relax during the summer time as Island Vis.