The interior of the island

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This happens in mid summer and just after the unbearably hot week that suddenly gets worse. The north wind starts to blow from the land, the clouds hide the sun and the sea becomes greyish and wavy. And as the day advances, it becomes clear that no swimming will be taking place in the sea. This is as it should be, so have no doubts, take a map of Vis and choose one of the numerous locations in the island's interior.

Vis is densely interwoven with roads, asphalt and footpaths so there is no part that is unreachable or impassable. The power of civilisation had already transformed each its corners even a thousand years before the arrival of Greeks.

Its interior particularly preserves this unwritten and unknown past of man on an island tailored to his size.

Arriving in Vis and focusing just on its sea and shore is the "privilege" of fanatical seamen who visit the land only when they have to make necessary provisions. The rest of us are called to the Vis hills and valleys; it is time for an excursion into the field.


List of island of Vis locations

KRUŠOVICA AND PODHUMLJE
You can park your vehicle on the area close to the small church of St. Nicholas at the entrance to Podhumlje. If you head in the direction of Podšpilje, after around two hundred metres, you will see a wooden sign indicating Lokva–Krušovica on your right. Lokva, a Neolithic pool for the collection of clay, located in the pine-tree forest on top of the hill is around ten minutes away from the road along the goat path in a southerly direction. It has been preserved in incredibly good shape although it is several thousand years old.
If you come out from the forest to the lookout, an excellent view over another Illyrian building – Vela Gomila - will appear before you.
TALEŽ AND VELA GOMILA
Talež is a 200 year old hamlet on the top of a hill which has been perfectly reconstructed... Its current appearance, which would fit into some of Tolkien's fairy tales if for some reason he were from Vis, is owed to the devotion of the descendants of its native inhabitants.
You will be easily directed from Talež to Vela Gomila, the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic and built stone by stone during the period of Queen Teuta's rule. From 245 metres above sea level a beautiful view extends over the whole south and south-eastern island's shore.
The approach to these locations in ensured on an asphalt path through the village of Duboka into which you should turn from the road just before Podšpilje.
PLISKO POLJE AND SVETI VID (ST. VITUS)
Sveti Vid is at the top of the hill and is located in the centre of the Vis plain where there is a small church of the same name which dates back to 14th century. The panorama from this view point extends over Velo polje to Malo Ljubišće elevated to the east, and from the Dračevo polje to Hum to the west. From there, as from a control tower, you can observe the runway of the former Yugoslavian aerodrome which is still marked with red and white pillars placed between the vineyards of bugava and kuč. Within all interior villages, the only one that cannot be seen is located at the bottom of the hill: Plisko polje ("a small village that has so much wine as to satisfy a metropolis") is also famous for having the only cricket pitch in Dalmatia. Although the Host admiral, for whom the Vis Club was named played cricket in his leisure time on Prirovo, modern cricket enthusiasts can enjoy a game in the Vis interior.
HUM
It is best to go on an excursion to the highest of Vis' peaks, the 572 metre Hum, after the bura (north-eastly wind) has cleaned the horizon on which the Adriatic appears in a way never seen before. Velebit, Pelješac, Lastovo, Jabuka, Kornati...
There is also the small Church of the Holy Spirit from 15th century and close by is a runway for paragliders whilst above, military radar emerge, being the last functional military object on the island for which an approach is banned as is walking around the fenced area.
TITO'S CAVE
Tito's Cave is actually a group of two caves to which, from the road to Hum, a set of stone steps lead. It was named after Marshal Tito, the supreme commander of the armed forces and the resistance movement who began negotiations for the international recognition of Yugoslavia in 1944 from this point.