Croatia Vis

Image1 Vis Croatia is situated and stands alone far away in the open sea, from where it watches over the Brusnik, Jabuka, Svetac and Palagruza islands, so they do not to get lost in the blue distances of the sea. You can spot it from the ancient Hvar, gentle Solta, eagle nests of Vidova gora; it stands on a Western horizon, in the middle path of the dawn, as a mysterious stone raised from the sea. It sits there proudly and superior, in the heart of Adriatic, and in the glory of its beauty and position, it has been a host through the centuries to wanted and not wanted guests. Rich history left there marks in every corner of the island, within its people, language and tradition.

In this warm corner of the Mediterranean, sun in the winter time relaxes all those tired of hedonism of the warm and noisy summer. It dives in colours of the fall along the Vis fields, breathes in always green subtropical colours into parks and balconies and gets back to reddish visual experiences of the sea of mystical Brusnik and Svetac island. It passionately stops, letting melancholic southern wind go into the windows that stay open until winter. Winter on the island only sometimes reminds of its power, although fails in sending the sun away from time and kingdom that belong to her. During the cold days of the calendar, this is the warmest park of the Adriatic.

With the distant lands on their horizon, islanders learned to live with an open sea. They have built unique boats, new the best fishing positions and secrets of fishing, dared to sail to most dead full destinations attacked by winds and storms. Sailors and fisherman from Vis are considered to be among the best in the world. Wherever they would show up, in distant destinations, they were treated with respect for their skills and knowledge, and even some languages implanted certain terminology from their fishing dialect.

The first inhabitants on the island were Illyrians, of who’s origin the first ruler of the island was. Ionius was his name. Even in times of about four centuries before the Christ, Dionisius Older, ruler of Syracuse founded a colony on the island, spreading in that way its empire on the Tyrenian sea. This colony was called Issa, and from it Dionisius was controlling the Adriatic. After his death, Issa became an independent state for a long time and a center of the trade between two Adriatic coasts. The effort of keeping its independence of Ilirian and Roman state, Vis turned to Rome and became a part of its empire. During the 7th century Croats moved on the island, easily assimilating with the locals. In the early dark ages, Venice became dominant power in these areas, and people on the island live in the highlands, fearful of intruders. When in the 18th century, French governance replaced the Austrians, island of Vis became pirates oasis. After short English presence, it went back under the Austrian rule. After the first World war, the island was part of Italy for three years. In the period between two world wars, due to the destroyed and sick wine grapes, poverty pressed people to leave the island. In the second World War, the island was a fort, from which Josip Broz Tito was creating strategies of fights on the whole state territory. High in cliffs, hidden from the views, stands Tito’s cave, his war residency, living part of the recent history, as a proof of long lasting island’s and country’s fight for independence. For long and too long, island was military controlled, but after the Croatian independence, the ancient Issa turned towards tourism, shining in freedom and richness of its ancient tradition. Old wisdom knows that only patience and time give birth to a beautiful butterfly. Vis and Komiza are the most important towns and harbours, each on its own side of the island. There are two way to get from one to another. You can use new and modern road, or take the ancient old road that takes you through the fields and towns of the in-lands. On your way you will have a historical meeting with traditional stone houses, old bell towers and churches, horses, goats and hard working peasants whose curiosity is the only reason they will look at you.