Take a chance on Vis, a dream des­ti­na­tion

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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

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