20 Feb A charming holiday home in Croatia on the beautiful island Vis
My mission for the summer vacation was to find a charming holiday home in Croatia on one of the islands for my family and some friends. Posibilities were islands like Hvar or Korcula (according to its inhabitants Marco Polo was born here). It had to be a charming villa located on the edge of the sea and ideally with a jetty to moor a boat.
When we travel through Europe, we do not usually organize it with travel agencies, so with these characteristics, I started searching on the internet. I found the beautiful Villa Tempera on the island of Vis, still a quite secret island in Croatia (do not tell anyone !!). It is a holiday home in Croatia for rent by a lovely Croatian couple.
If you plan to visit Croatia with a group of adults or with children, you want a dream trip, you don’t want to go to a hotel, you are looking for some rest and at the same time some fun, in my opinion this is your holiday.
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Croatia is booming and it shows (by the number of people in summer) and is understood by its cultural and natural wealth. It is a diverse country with many Greek, Roman and Venetian influences, there are beautiful old villages, has almost 700 islands but only about 50 inhabited, the natural parks of Krka and Plitvice are impressive, the sea has a kinda of a Caribbean color…. In short, don’t hestitate and start planning your next trip!
A bit of general culture; the island of Vis
Vis Island is located in the Adriatic Sea. It is the farthest inhabited island from the coast of Croatia, 47 kilometers from Split, and very close to the island Hvar which is a very fashionableisland. The main cities Vis and Komiza are small but with a special charm. The entire island of Vis can be crossed by car in about 40 minutes from one point to another.
For many centuries the island was related to the Republic of Venice which is still reflected today in architecture and food. From 1943 to 1992 it has been closed to tourism because it served as a military base for both the Allies against the Nazis and later for the Yugoslavs. This explains its relatively recent opening to tourism and its absence of masses of people.
The population lives on fishing, agriculture (viticulture, wine is an important source of income) and now also tourism.
There are only two hotels on the island and all the other travelers visit it by boat or rent a charming holiday home in Croatia.
Villa Tempera, a spectacular holiday home in Croatia
Villa Tempera is part of the tiny village of Milna on the east of the island. It is located on the seafront, has a private stone beach with sun loungers and direct access to the sea. It has its own mooring to leave a boat that is not too big. We rented a semi-rigid motorboat for 10 people.
From the terraces of this holiday home in Croatia, you can enjoy the magnificent views of the sea and the constant soft sound of breaking waves. It is a very spacious and luxurious house with 5 double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. It has its own parking for 2 cars, a terrace with a barbecue, and 2 other terraces with sea views and beautiful aromatic gardens.
Twice a week they clean the house and they also offered to do the first purchase, so when we arrived we had the fridge loaded with food. Those are some details we really apreciate and that make a big difference with lots of other holiday rentals. The owners are a real charming Croatian couple, at all times willing to inform you and make your life easy.
This is an ideal place to enjoy by boat, by car or just relax at the gorgeous villa.
What to see and do at Vis, Croatia
Although the island is small, there are many things to do, apart from lounching at the villa. During the day our favorite plan was to make excursions by boat and in the afternoons or evenings to visit the island and have a quiet dinner at home or in a restaurant.
🏖 Relax on its beaches: near Villa Tempera there were several beautiful beaches. The closest one is Milna Bay, 10 minutes away, and others are Srebrena Bay (Silver Bay), Stivina beach … We went by boat to Stocica Bay where we had lunch by the sea in the Konoba restaurant. You can also get there in 10 minutes by car driving between some vineyards. Most of the beaches have stones, so it is best to bring a small chair or a mat, and it is essential putting on some slippers to get into the sea.
🚤 Visit the Green Cave in Zeelna Spilja by boat and pay a small fee to be able to swim inside the cave in its emerald waters. To avoid the masses I think it is better to go around lunchtime. It can be very well combined with Budikovac Island, in front of the house. A secret little island with only one construction, the SIPA restaurant. The only way to get there is by boat and I recommend booking in advance. The food is spectacular (we had lobster and spaghetti with lobster) and it is in an idyllic place. It’s not cheap, but you will not be disappointed. If you go with children they can explore the island and see the donkey (one of the few inhabitants), while the adults enjoy the after-dinner.
🦐 We went by boat around Vis Island to explore the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. You have to buy an entrance and you can only enter with a guide and with their boat. By getting into the cave you understand why; the tiny entrance requires that you enter with a small boat and someone with great skill. Inside there is complete darkness and the only thing you see is the water of a spectacular blue color. It is not allowed to bathe. At the end of the afternoon we did some snorkling near a sunken ship close the island of Otocic Mali.
🏝 One of the excursions we most enjoyed was crossing by boat to the Island of Hvar, visiting it’s capital (Hvar also) and afterwards having lunch at the Laganini restaurant.
The capital Hvar has a long history as a center of commerce and culture in the Adriatic. It is a destination chosen by celebrities and artists for its perfect blend of exclusivity, fun, culture and nature. We moored our boat in its picturesque bay presided by the Spanish or Portica fortress of the Middle Ages. We walked through the beautiful city with its narrow alleys and we had an ice cream.
At midday we took the boat to the island of Palmizana, one of the Pakleni Islands to have lunch at the Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House . It is a very cool place on the beachfront with great custumer service. The food is of very good quality. After lunch you can have a drink in the bar with it’s DJ or just lie down on one of the loungers and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the sea.
🍷 Visiting the vineyards of Vis and a must are the cities of Vis and Komica. Both have idyllic ports full of boats, sailboats and yachts. We combined the visits with a walk, some shopping and a dinner. There is tourism but it has nothing to do with the masses of people at the coast or any other place on the Mediterranean coast in summertime. There is a very relaxed and authentic atmosphere.
We had dinner at Vis at Lambik Lounge & restaurant. An informal place to have a glass of wine, pizza and the children can play on the square. In Komiza they recommended Jastozera. A nice restaurant located on the bay overlooking the port that has its own facility for the breeding and maintenance of lobsters.
How to get there and move around Croatia
We visited Croatia with two families in the month of August. We flew to Dubrovnik and on the way back we returned through Split. Another option is to fly to Venice, but it is further away. We started our holiday by renting a car (the roads are good) and staying for 5 days in hotels to explore the Dalmatian coast.
We visited historical cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, Krka Park (where we had fun bathing in its waters although there were other 20 million people), and medieval villages such as Sibenik, Trogir, Primosten … They are all very beautiful places but in the height of summer it’s too hot and there are sooooomany people. If you have the opportunity, better visit the coast in another season.
To cross to the island, we took from the port of Split a direct ferry to Vis, without a car. There are several ferries a day and if the weather is stable, you can also go by catamaran (which takes less, like 1.15 hours). It’s about 2.5 hours, depending a little on the weather, the sea and any delays, which take you from the hustle and bustle of the Dalmatian coast to the oasis of peace in Vis. In addition, you notice the difference in temperature that is generally very pleasant.
We rent a car from the company Navigator that also organizes transfers, rents boats, organizes excursions … I recommend renting the car in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises on arrival because there is not so much offer.
We rent our charming holiday home in Craotia with a boat, but another very interesting option is to rent a sailboat, yacht or schooner and thus in complete freedom sail the Croatian seas. If you want to rent a boat without captain you have to have the boat captain’s license PER.
🌴 Tourist office: tourist office Vis
🛩 Flight: the best airport for this destination is Split but Dubrovnik is also an option.
🕸 Website of the holiday home in Croatia: Villa Tempera
🏡 Rent holiday homes in Croatia & villas: another website to find your holiday home or villa on Vis ia Visvillas. If you prefer an all-inclusive trip it is better to speak with a travel agency and you will probably have to stay in Hvar because in Vis at the moment there should not be more than two simple hotels.
⛴ Ferry: from Split with the company Jadrolinja or with a Catamaran. There is also a direct conection from Ancona, Italy.
🚙 Rent a car or transfers on the islans: with Navigator, their mail is firstname.lastname@example.org . I personally think it is more advisable to rent the car on the island to avoid having to put it on the ferry. Without a car you always have a place on the ferry and you avoid long waiting lines to enter the boat. Plus, you don’t have to arrive a long time in advance.
⛵ Boat rent: Navigator
🛍 In your luggage: the most important thing are water shoes. In general, the beaches are made of stones and there may be sea urchins.
🥘 Food & drinks: In general the food is wonderful It is a mix of Mediterranean food with lots of fish, seafood (lots of lobster) and Italian food. The Croatian wine in general did not seem very special but if I could recommend one, it would be the white wine Senjanovic from the Vugava grape produced on the island of Vis.
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