Here are some interesting stories about the other beautiful Dalmatian islands which you can visit while you are our guest at Villa Bella in Podstrana.
The island of Brač is the third largest island in the Adriatic Sea, located between Split and Hvar. Brač is famous in the world became for its white Brač stone from which are made some of the world’s most famous buildings such as the White House, the Reichstag in Berlin and the Parliament in Vienna. It is also an island with only stone carving school in Croatia.
Places to visit on the island are Bol with the beatiful beach Zlatni rat, Supetar, Milna and Sumartin. Special attractions on the island of Brač is the Dragon Cave in the village Murvice, which is in the XV. century was temple of the Glagolitic priests, then Kopačina cave, where they found the oldest traces of prehistoric man on the island. Also there are interesting ponds (Nerežišća water) from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which today is home to many goldfish, as well as Desert Blace where there is a rich library with numerous manuscripts on poljički (Croatian Cyrillic).
Island Vis is the most prominent Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. It is approximately 60 miles away from the Italian coast. World environmental organizations declared the island Vis one of the most ecologically preserved island in the Mediterranean. The coast is steep and indented, full of bayes. To the west of the island is the Komiža bay, while to the north is the port of Vis. The inhabitants engaged in agriculture, fishing and tourism. Around the island there are a number of smaller islands (Biševo, Budikovac, Brusnik, Jabuka, Ravnik, Svetac and others). From the natural beauties you certainly must visit the Blue Cave and Bear Cave (which was the habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal, the rarest species of seals) on the nearby island Biševo, then Green Cave on Ravnik, Queen’s Cave on the island of Vis beautiful bay Stiniva and of the historical sights there is Tito’s cave, Alliance Airport and shelter for submarines from World War II.
On the island with numerous small towns there are the two main cities:
City of Vis – ancient Issa was the first organized state and the first ancient city of the Adriatic, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 4th century BC. The city was protected by walls of which today is little left but there are numerous of the ancient ruins from that period. The population is engaged in the viticulture, fishing, agriculture and rural tourism.
City of Komiža – located on the west coast of the island at the foot of Mount Hum. The inhabitants engaged in fishing ancient time, for this reason it was created a special type of boat – GAJETA “Falkuša”- native Croatian ship which is on UNESCO World Heritage List program. Komiža is considered the cradle of fishing in the Adriatic Sea and in the past centuries Komižan fishermen were known for their craft in all Mediterranean ports. Today the Fishing Museum in Komiža shows the famous history of the Vis fishermen.
Palagruža consists of the dozen islands in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, south of Split, near the island Vis. It is believed that the name of the island came from the Greek ΠΕΛΑΓΟΣ (pelagos). Pelagos means open sea, offshore. Palagruža archipelago consists of fifteen islands and reefs. Palagruža is 40 nautic miles away from Komiža and 31,27 nautic miles from Testa di Gargano on the Italian coast.
The largest island among them is Vela Palagruža, on its high top of 91 m there is a lighthouse from the XIX century whose light is seen at a distance of 26 miles. On the island there is an archaeological site and the findings suggest that it is precisely Palagruža was the island of the Greek hero Diomedes. The island is, moreover, a nature reserve with many endemic plant and animal species. The surrounding waters are the richest fishing area in the Adriatic and has a special place in the rich history of Komiža Fishermans. Besides being rich in fish the Palagruža is interested to the divers – it has many historical attractions, such as the wreck of the steamship and medieval galleys.
On the island there are two beaches: Velo Žalo (Vela Žolo) – pebble beach on the south side of the island on which the fishermen withdrew boats and is suitable for swimming with children because of the shallow sea and the bottom is covered with fine gravel and Malo žalo (Molo Žolo) – small pebble beach on the northern side of the island.
The island and the appertaining lighthouse as an exceptional archaeological locality entered into the Registry of cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia.