One of the attractions of staying on the Croatian island of Vis is its fabulous beaches.
Vis is my favourite island in Croatia. An island surrounded by some the clearest blue water you’ll find in the Adriatic. The main beaches are on the southern side of the island….a coastline of protected bays and secluded coves offering some of the best beaches on the island.
Most of the beaches can be reached by car but the best way to see them is by boat.
Boats are available for rent if you have a skipper’s ticket or boat license or you can book the services of a boat and skipper for the day. Otherwise cars, scooters and bicycles are available for hire on the island.
The best beaches on Vis:
Grandovac is the closest beach to the village of Kut. It is an easy twenty minute walk on a flat path that takes you along the waterfront, past some of the old stone homes in the village and then past newer homes that have been built since the island allowed people to return. Towards the end of the walk, you will see the old abandoned Czech Villa, once a glorious building but now completely ruined inside. Don’t forget to look at the street art on the abandoned building on the right just before the villa.
Grandovac has crystal clear water and a small stone beach. It is protected from the breeze and the tamarisk and pine trees overlooking it, offer some shade. Under the trees is a small bar where it is very easy to while away a few hours before heading back to town.
You can drive here if the walk seems too long or if you are coming from Komiza. Just follow the signs!
Stoncica is the first beach you will come to after leaving Vis. It’s about a fifteen to twenty minute drive from town. When you see cars parked along the side of road, park where you can and wander down the gravel path to the beach.
If you’re arriving by boat, this large protected bay offers many quiet corners for anchorage.
This is one of the best beaches for kids as it is one of the few sandy beaches on the island. The sand slopes gently into the bay, and there’s plenty of shade available if you need it. There’s a restaurant, snack bar and even a volley ball court if you feel like getting a group together for a game.
There is also a fabulous restaurant on the sand hidden behind the reeds. On your way to your table, you’ll pass the grill where the catch of the day is cooked. Sitting under the shade of the pine trees, feet in the sand, a glass of wine in hand and a delicious meal is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. At busy times bookings are recommended
Another popular beach near the town of Rukavac is Srebrna Beach. Choose the path you take from the parking area to the beach carefully. Take the fork to the left if you’d like to join those who love wearing their natural bathing suits at Bilbok Beach. Further to the left of this is another beautiful beach….Tepluš.
The path directly in front of you takes you to Srebrna, a stunning bay that is perfect for families.
Over the rock ledge on the right is another more secluded bay with water just as clear but a shade darker. The narrow path from the rocks to this bay winds through low bushes and dense scrub.
I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of Stiniva Bay…..
You know the one….a tiny stone beach with lapping clear blue blue water beckons through the gap in the high rocks. Gingerly you poke the nose of the runaboat in and hope that there are not too many boats inside. It’s ok, the local taxi boat from Rukovac is there, dropping off the day trippers but the rest of the bay is fairly empty.
On another occasion we arrived by car and walk down to the beach…..probably not one of our smarter moves! The path down the cliff is steep, very steep…it’s not for everyone.
It’s rocky and took us about 30 mins to arrive on the beach. Thankfully there’s a bar in the corner of the beach. After cold drinks and a just edible panini it was time for a swim before tackling the uphill walk. This takes a bit longer…my legs were still shaking from the descent but finally we made it to the top. Actually it’s not that bad, we just have age and lack of fitness against us!
It’s definitely one of the best beaches to see…but choose how you get there carefully!
There are many other beaches on the island.
If you’re looking for a sandy beach suitable for children, then Milna Beach is another option. The beach is flat and shallow and is also close to the road so it’s easy to access.
About a fifteen minute walk from here is Zaglav Beach, one that we didn’t get to see but by all reports it is very popular.
In walking distance from Vis town Privolo Beach. Further afield on the northern side of the island near Fort George are two rocky ledge ‘beaches’ frequented mainly by nudists.
If you are staying in Komiza, the small, stoney and popular Kamenica Beach is within walking distance of the town.
Infact there are too many beaches to mention. Just find a little bay and lay down your towel. The water will be sublime, the rocks warm and hopefully you will have it to yourself!
Which beach would you like to visit?
Your Guide to Vis is a series of four posts on the island
Vis: The Best Island in Croatia has already been published
To come: Where to Eat on Vis and What to do on the Island of Vis
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