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12 Nov

Lucullian, Vis variation

Island Vis belongs to one of the peculiar islands of the Adriatic: as one spots it on the map, the first thought that strikes is distance from the mainland.

Hence, if you start your boat trip from Split port, the distance does not seem hard to conquer. Vis comprises of everything most Adriatic islands have – secluded coves, isolated beaches, karst vineyard, olive groves and villages in the middle of the island inhabited ever since antique times. Some compare it with Provance due to many similar features. In ancient times Illyrians were settled there, Vis was civilized by the old Greeks – the origin of Vis name is Issa. Culture of this island has always been based on Mediterranean tradition. It used to be an intersection of naval roads, a mercantile centre and a region of battleships. 

Native people enjoy a peaceful life of fishermen and wine-growers, while living in symbioses with tourists swarming the island in summer time. Vis is a typical island of fishermen and wine-growers successful in growing autochthonous vugava, a sort brought to the island by antique Greeks that gives birth to high quality wine. Fields on the island are a great source of organic food, combined with fish make stronghold of much appreciated Vis cuisine. One falls for the island at first sight and soon senses subdue to the original cuisine. Important food and source of nourishment for natives, at least those coming from Komiža, a place on the west side of the island, has always been European pilchard. Natives from Komiža have revealed to the world a perfect technique of fishing European pilchards out, hence in return this fish provided them with quality life, helped them put generations through school and build their homes. The island itself is mesmerizing, though islets surrounding Vis definitely give additional touch to its beauty.  Vis and its ‘cliffs’ form offshore archipelago belonging only to those of adventurous spirit, who love revealing hidden pearls located far away from the coast. Palagruža can be depicted as one of the most interesting Vis islets, also a traditional base of Komiža fishermen. Vis as a strategic key point of the Adriatic does not play military role as in the past, however it is famous for its grand lighthouse, seagulls and rare sea enthusiasts searching for sea challenges and adventures. Small island of Biševo, observed from Komiža waterfront, seems like a ‘suburb’ divided by sea; a different world, providing experience of caves and vineyards, some of them vanished in the recent fire. Biševo rises from the sea as a prehistoric beast, confronting the waves. Nowadays isolation lovers have taken it over, spending their summers there and enjoying in simple, Robinson-like life. West of Komiža one can spot St.Andrew or The Saint, as locals call it. The legend says it was the last dwelling of Illyrian Queen Teuta, though in real life story Antonija Zanki lived there, the last inhabitant of that island, spending entire winters there alone in storms and silence. Natives hunt lobsters around Brusnik, until chased away by Jugo-waves. Budikovci, looking from high above upon them, with lagoons and turquoise blue sea irresistibly remind of Caribbean.

Though the most accurate fact about Vis archipelago is that everything is a bit different there. Everything is – in Vis style.

Continue article at the link Vis delicacies

Extacted from Yachts Croatia Magazine