Take a chance on Vis, a dream destination
with panoramic views of the Adriatic, and a number of new hotels are in the offing, along with a small landing strip for light aircraft. “Vis is now on all sailing itineraries and in peak months there can be 200 sailing boats and a dozen mega yachts moored in the bay,” Bird says.
His house, which was rented by Mamma Mia 2’ s chief cameraman during filming, is in the Bay of Vis, a one-minute walk from an ice cream parlour, the village shop and a small market; scuba diving and sailing can be arranged locally. There are also stunning beaches and coves – Stiniva is backed by a natural amphitheatre of cliffs, and Stoncica, east of Vis Town, has a renowned restaurant, Konoba Stoncica, which was taken over by Pierce Brosnan and his wife during filming.
There are also Roman ruins to explore and endless vineyards and olive groves; almost 70 per cent of the island is given over to vines and olives. “I keep a boat near the airport in Split and can be at my house within 60 minutes,” he says.
The major stumbling block for those wishing to buy on Vis is the lack of supply and estate agencies on the island. A dilapidated stone farmhouse with barns in the south of the island, in need of restoration, is for sale for €140,000 with luxurycroatia.net, while a threebedroom villa with a pool near the beach is on the market for €250,000.
Antonio Barić of Move Croatia is confident that prices on Vis will continue to grow. “Croatia has a long way to climb to catch up with those of France and Portugal and in my view it has so much more to offer,” he says.
According to Majic, Vis has everything one needs to live a simple life in an idyllic setting. “It’s one of the most charming islands in Croatia – people buy here to be distanced from the real world,” she says.
Bird, who returns to the island several times a year, agrees: “At the end of a long day’s sailing, I like to sit under the lemon trees in the garden enjoying the peace and watching the evening light gradually fade behind the hills.”
No wonder, then, that on Vis, pomalo, meaning “take it easy” or “relax”, is the local greeting.
Villa Opus on Korčula, main, is €1.8m with Move Croatia