MOVIE LOCATION OF A RATHER FAMOUS STORY

The best time to travel is in late May, Jun, early July and in September and early October

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Vis is the oldest urban settlement in Croatia founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, they called it Issa. After the Greeks the Romans arrived and their special style of building can be seen in the remains of the thermae baths in Vis Town.

A bit of history

The island is probably most famous for two military periods:
The battle of 1811 in which the British fleet of Sir William Host defeated the much larger French fleet. St George’s Fort was built after the sea battle and today is used as an outdoor summer restaurant in a rather glorious setting.
More recently, during World War 2, Vis became the base for Tito and his Partisan movement against Germany assisted by the British when both the Royal Navy and RAF were stationed there.
Due to the island’s strategic position it was off limits to foreigners from 1944 – 1989, and this period of isolation is one of the reasons that it has remained untouched by tourism.

There are two towns on the island, Vis Town on the north east coast and Komiza on the south west coast. A stunning valley runs between with an abundance of wild flowers, olive trees not forgetting the runway built by the RAF still visible today (the airport “building” is now a wine bar) and the memorial to the British servicemen who lost their lives here.

At just 90 square kilometres and with a population under 4,000, Vis lives from fishing, wine making, tourism and now – from the movies! During September and October 2017, the sequel to the famous ‘Mamma Mia’ film was shot on the island which doubled for the Greek island of Kalokaira from the original film. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth were indeed there. Locals were cast as extras and filming took place in Vis Town, in Komiza Town, at Stiniva Bay (voted best beach in Europe by Conde Nast Traveller 2016) Barjoska Bay and the hamlet of Dragodid. Rumours are that on days off the stars took the military history tour, went wine tasting and enjoyed swimming in the sea from stunning little coves. “Mamma Mia here we go again” is scheduled for release in UK in July 2018.

Vis Town 

A beautiful natural harbour with old Renaissance palaces and fishermens houses especially in the old town district named Kut (where Hotel San Giorgio is located). Local bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood and a pizzeria or two housed in a ruined mansion! Good summer festival from mid June through July.

Excursions 

We strongly recommend you take an excursion since some trips involve dirt tracks where Land Rovers (the real ones) work best. Military tour (including tunnels, rocket storages, secret caves and more), wine tasting tour, island tour by boat and a trip by boat to the islet of Bisevo and the amazing natural Blue Cave. Our agent Teuta Travel has an excellent programme and the best guides on the island.

You need to know

That nobody comes to Vis for luxury hotels, glitzy cocktail bars or sophistication. We do not have a visiting representative service here and our agents are Teuta Travel. They will transfer you to and from your hotel, provide your return ferry/catamaran ticket to Split, and an emergency telephone contact. You board the ferry or catamaran independently with your luggage (there are no porters) and this may involve queuing outside and possibly again to use the lift on board the ferry (the usual craft that serves this route has a small lift to passenger decks). Catamarans have a short ramp. Saturday travel in July and August should be avoided as all sailings are packed. A holiday on Vis requires an open mind and a relaxed attitude. We love it!