The farthest offshore of any of Croatia's Adriatic islands, Vis, located about 191 mi/308 km south of Zagreb, is also one of the most dramatic and unspoiled. The island was not open to tourists until 1989, as it was used as an outpost by the government of Communist Yugoslavia.

Ferries leave from Split once or twice daily for Vis Town, and take about two-and-a-half hours. In the summer, ferries also run twice weekly from Ancona in Italy. Two small towns, Komiza and Vis Town, are situated in deep harbors on the west and east sides of the island and are connected by bus service.

Must-see sights not to miss include the small bay Stiniva, 6 mi/10 km north from Vis, with the prettiest sandy beach on the island, and the bays of Srebrena, Rukavac and Zaglav. Venture to Tito's cave above the town of Podspilija in the south, where Marshal Tito directed the war effort during World War II.

Another worthwhile day trip is the short crossing by boat to Bisevo, a tiny islet just southwest of the island, where the Blue Cave, one of Croatia's most famous natural wonders, is the main attraction.

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