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Vis Destination Guide - All You Need to Know

The Croatian island of Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, located just 60 NM from the Italian coast. The island sits just west of the island of Hvar and 25 NM away from the island of Korčula to the east. Greek settlers founded a colony in the 4th century B.C. and named it Issa, which is how the island got its name. Like many other ancient settlements on the Croatian coast, Greek rule on the island was succeeded by the Romans. Until the end of the 18th century, the island of Vis was under the rule of the Venice Republic. During their ruling, large settlements of Komiža and Vis developed along the coastline. The Venetian influence is noticable in architecture found on the island, while the specific dialect spoken locally is Venetian in origin. Due to its strategic location, the whole island was used as a Yugoslavian military base which saw the island isolated from all foreign visitors until 1989.

Ladislav Junacko - 20 July 2020

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The Croatian island of Vis sits southwest of the island of Hvar and west of the island of Korčula. It is located just 60 NM from the Italian coast, making it the furthest island from the Croatian coast. This charming island, famous for its fishing industry, boasts a rich history. The island originally got its name from the Greek settlers who founded a colony here in the 4th century BC and named it Issa. Following Greek rule on the island was succeeded by the ancient Romans, and then another dominant force in the Mediterranean, the Venetian Republic, ruled from the 15th century until the end of the 18th century. The local dialect also dates back to this time with its Venetian origin. During the second half of the 20th century, the island was used as a Yugoslavian military base which saw the island isolated from all foreign visitors until 1989. However today Vis is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its spectacular beaches, unspoiled nature and rich cultural history.

Ladislav Junacko - 26 August 2020

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