Vis is the smallest of Croatia’s big islands, about two and a half 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. The Vis archipelago is also the second UNESCO geopark in Croatia!
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.
If you’re traveling with pets, plan ahead if they need special care or medicine. Vis finally got a vet this year after 20 years without one, but they only work two half-days per week for now. There’s also an all-volunteer project called Street Cats of Vis working to organize resources in order to help people help street cats: please get involved if you’re able!