The settlements of the island of Vis

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Island of Vis settlements
A fifteen minute drive along the old Austrian road from Vis to Komiža, after you climb down from the Križ peak to the famous Vis highland, in the middle of the vineyards of the same name, will take you to the village of Plisko polje. It is a settlement with around ten houses and another ten cottages, located under the Sveti Vid (St. Vitus) hill. Around twenty people live here throughout the year and are occupied with viticulture and olive growing and a few fishermen can also be found here. In the village the Roki farming family is well known and close to their farm is a real cricket pitch.
Further ahead, in a westerly direction, during the Second World War there used to be a Yugoslavian airdrome, marked with red and white pillars which were placed between the vineyards of bugava and kuč.
Marine zemlje is the name of the eight hamlets hidden within the hills which are reachable when turning from the old road to Komiža towards the south, just after exiting the village of Plisko polje.
These hamlets were never included on the map and are called after the families who settled there. There is an asphalt road leading to the Vela and Mala Travna bays, where local people have their fishermen's cottages. That is why the part of the shore, including the Ruda bay, is known as the Marinjonska Riviera. Marine zemlje is a forest area, rich with olive groves and orchards. It is famous for its numerous almond trees that here, hidden from the bura (north-easterly wind), produce the most fruits as well as for the ancient olive mill which was used up to the end of 20th century. The hamlet of Belotovo is famous for the family agriculture of the same name whilst in Karuzićevo it is always possible to find appropriate accommodation.
Several hamlets are scattered on both sides of the plainest part of the road passing through the Vis vineyards, which from the Sv. Vid hill up to the Podšpilje, called Dračevo polje, are located exactly half way from Vis to Komiža.
That is why it's not unusual that from 16th century onwards, Dračevo polje, has steadly been transforming itself into the place where Komiža and Vis gentry, build their country homes and thus became neighbours.
The old road which passed along the bottom of Čajno hill in Dračevo polje connects two towers; Kargotićeva to the west and Kostričićeva to the east. Both have recently been reconstructed together with their vineyards of vugava for which this is area well known.
It was named after the fortress that defended this south-eastern Vis shore from pirate attacks and was located around a hundred metres from the village. Podstražje was built on the formerly busiest crossroads of pojorski that connect it with the small bay and shore settlements of the south-eastern part of the island such as Milna and Ženka, Bargujac, Rukavac and Srebrna. Here there are two relatively well-visited family farms: Postrožje and Ferol whilst accommodation is provided in a number of apartments and converted old stone houses.
On the southern slope of the hill that rises above Vino polje on one side, and climbs down to Velo polje on other, an hour's walk from Vis, is Podselje or Veo Selo, once the largest settlements on the island of Vis.
The settlement today is famous for its Sanctuary of Our Lady which, on 15th August, every year, is visited by numerous pilgrims. Mass takes place at St. Mary's Church also known as Our Lady of Velo Selo, whilst the preceding day is reserved for eating young roast lamb.
The Golub family farm can be found in the village from where a unique view over the Vis plain extends.
The Brgujac (Bargujac) village was founded as a fishermen's port on the small peninsula of the same name in the middle of the most developed part of the south-eastern shore of the island of Vis. One kilometre on the asphalt road from Podstražje, and shallow waters that separate it from the islets of Budihovac and Ravnik it has always been amongst the best fishing spots in this area.
Although it had gradually been turning into a weekend settlement since the 1970s up to present day, Bargujac has retained much of its original charm. That is why it is not strange for many people to consider it one of the most beautiful shore hamlets on Vis. It is not even overcrowded on the small beach and on the rocks of Bargujac bay in the Ferragosto period whilst the goat's path will easily take you to the most beautiful beach in Vis, the sandy Zaglav. Accommodation is provided in summer cottages, apartments and converted fishermen's houses.
To the far south-east of the island, ten kilometres drive from the town of Vis is the village of Rukavac. The largest shore settlement on the island of Vis is made up of a number of hamlets; from the untouched fishermen's village on the eastern part of the bay known as Old Rukavac, to the harbour with dock area, restaurants and beach on the western part as well as several apartment settlements which were created in two hamlets indented in the land, Donji and Gornji Rukavac (Lower and Upper Rukavac).
An almost continuous block of houses, summer cottages and apartments starts already on the first curve above Podstražje, and ends close to the most famous Vis beach, the beautiful Srebrna. Besides the rich offer of apartments, beaches, restaurants and excursions (the Green Cave on the island of Ravnik is just s miles away), Rukavac is, after Komiža, the best place to find freshly caught fish.
As with many other fishermen's hamlets, summer cottages have also been constructed in Stončica but because of the steep and high shore as well as due to the unapproachable and narrow terrain they have not predominated the bay but have harmonically merged into the landscape. Those few fortunate people having the chance to spend their holiday in Stončica, will enjoy the idyllic combination of civilisation and rough country. On the only sandy beach on the northern part of the Vis coast is the ever popular Linćir brothers' restaurant which has enabled Stončica to become a famous Vis excursion destination as well as a favourite destination for navigation experts.
Stončica is connected to Vis to the north and to Rukavac to the south part of the island and is just from those10 minutes drive away from most destinations.
Around ten kilometres from the town of Vis, in the bay of the same name located in the middle of the south-eastern Vis coast, is Milna, the first famous Vis summer resort. Above all, Milna is famous for its Plavac mali grape variety planted in the entire karst valley; from Podstražje to the sandy beach in the bay itself.
The first summer houses were built in Milna at the beginning of 20th century and the fishermen's harbour, as well as Bargujac or Rogačić began spreading at the end of 1960s becoming a popular weekend settlement. This is how nearby Ženka was founded. The only coastal settlement without its own bay was constructed on the rocky part of the south-eastern coast; Zagrebenje.
There are two roads leading to Milna and Ženka; the old road passing through Postražje and the new one passing through Stončica.
Accommodation is provided in old summer houses, in summer cottages or in apartments.
There is a restaurant in Milna, and you can buy fresh fish from the local fishermen. The nearby and most beautiful beach on the island, Zaglav, is just fifteen minutes walk away along the footpath.
Just half an hour from the town of Vis, located by the sea, amongst rough country and civilisation.