Vis is the smallest of Croatia’s big islands, about two hours by ferry from the mainland port of Split. The vibe is laid-back and the weather is basically sunny from May through September, with peak heat in August. The main towns are Vis and Komiza, with bus service between the two a few times a day.
A great way to discover the island is to rent a scooter to get around, then park it and walk. Athletic types can enjoy sailing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, diving, mountain biking, hiking, tennis and more. Beaches are mostly made of pebbles, with one or two sandy exceptions. Foodies will enjoy the fresh farmer’s market, fresh fish, and local restaurants, both in town and in the countryside.
There’s one bad thing about Vis: there’s no vet on the island. Rumor has it that one’s coming soon (as of this writing on September 21, 2018) but so far, nada. The closest vet is in Split, so if you’re travelling with pets, plan ahead if they need special care or medicine.