Welcome to our house! It is around 200 years old, recently renovated to a very high standard, and located in Kut, a village of beautiful, Venetian-inspired houses just around the bay from Vis Town. The house is on four floors, and has one of the most sought-after positions, set back from the seafront in a small quayside square with palm trees and fabulous views.
We offer a standard of décor and comfort not normally found on an unspoilt island - super king-size beds, goosedown pillows, japan-style washbasins etc. There are air-conditioning units and ceiling fans in all rooms. Even the sofabeds are the best quality with five-inch mattresses. There are two terraces, one with pretty cane furniture and the other with an attractive dining table. We provide 4 sunbeds and bicycles.
Both bedrooms have breathtaking views straight out over the sea to the far side of this lovely bay. From the sitting room and top terrace you have stunning views across the Bay of Vis, to the monastery, and in the evening towards the setting sun. The lower terrace also looks out over the quayside and the sea.
Vis lies between Italy and Croatia, about 30 miles southwest of Split (cheap flights to Split + 2 hr ferry). It's the furthermost inhabited island amongst the myriad of Croatian islands that make up Dalmatia. This is fabulous sailing territory, and in summer Vis is a prized destination for the many yachts and powerboats that sail around the islands of Croatia. The 2004 Rough Guide lists Vis as no. 2 in their list of '30 Places that must be seen'.
What's special about this island is that tourism has only been allowed to develop in the last 10-15 years, and is very controlled. So no commercialism and very few modern buildings to spoil the historical and architectural appeal. This is a peaceful holiday which will appeal to people who want to experience a Mediterranean island as it used to be - before mass tourism.
In the morning fishermen sell their catches on the quayside or in the ancient fish market. During the day there are the beaches, the produce market and the chance to explore with a hire-car or scooter. Vis is totally organic (one of the few places in the world) and an agency has just started a tour of some of the vineyards. The island is also a mecca for divers. Apart from Roman remains and wrecks, you can dive or take a boat trip to the magical Blue Caves.
There is some fascinating history here, particularly from Napoleonic times, with caves, old forts, watchtowers and ramparts to visit.
In the evening you can meander along the cobbled alleyways where wine growers offer tastings of their produce. Then you can sit in one of the many quayside café's watching the boats moor up while you decide which restaurant to visit that night. The food is excellent - lots of fish, pasta, risotto and local specialities - and prices are significantly cheaper than in the UK