In the summer of 2004, I spent the first summer with my family on Vis. I then fulfilled my wish to see that island. In fact, I love the islands, and we spent all our holidays on various islands. The mainland has never been something particularly “intense” for me. My friends always asked me “how do you like to go to the islands”? It’s far away, you have to waste time on the ferry, it’s getting more expensive, etc. I believe they talked like that just because they never visited, experienced, and felt the difference. And whoever tries once and truly loves pure nature always returns to the islands. Those stone oases in the middle of nowhere.
I first heard about the stone oasis of Vis from my father. One summer, in the early eighties, the father decided to go to Vis with his brother on some business. I also wanted to go with them then, but my father said they were coming back quickly and that it was not convenient for me to go too. I was sad that I didn’t go because I like to travel, but I remembered the name Vis, although I had no idea where it was or why it was so important.
There is a no larger island on the Croatian coast that I have not been to. In the beginning, they were the “northern islands” of Krk, Cres, Mali Lošinj, Rab, Pag, etc. Then, I discovered Dalmatia. And I fell in love with it. It is beautiful everywhere, but Dalmatia has something else. The smell, the colors, the taste, the people, and the sea. The sea. The sea is magical.
In Dalmatia, we started our summer vacation on Brač, and then we returned to Mali Lošinj for three years due to my son’s bronchitis problems. And then came that 2004. And a summer vacation on Vis in Ženka, on the south side of the island. The accommodation was not good, the hosts from Osijek were correct, but the island of Vis was special. At that moment, we realized that this year would not be our last year on Vis.
And it wasn’t!