About Croatia Activity Holiday (Vis)
The aim of this activity holiday is to explore the stunning Island of Vis but it is also about great food, good local wine and relaxation.
START / FINISH - Split (Saturdays)
Activity code: CRVIS01
Duration: 8 Days
Whether travelling by boat or car the Southern Dalmatian Coast and its islands are spectacular. Vis Island is no exception but it is a bit different to the other islands of the Adriatic as it was not open to tourism until quite recently, consequently it is a quieter and less developed location for all or part of your holiday to Croatia. The activity break featured below is a wonderful opportunity for families and couples to enjoy a variety of activities in combination with stunning scenery and and incredible welcome. The welcome focuses on good food, good company and plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy this beautiful and unique island.
Summary: the aim of this activity holiday is to allow you to explore the stunning Island of Vis by sea kayak, mountain bike and on foot. The holiday is not just about activities, though, it is also about great food, good local wine and relaxing in the fabulous renovated old stone house in the village of Rukavac. The village of Rukavac is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
NB. Activity week runs from Saturday to Saturday
This holiday is about combining the beauty of the island of Vis with being active. Groups are small so itineraries can easily be adapted or personalised to get the most out of your stay. Originally from the UK your hosts previously taught Physical Education and organised a number of outward-bound activities including skiing, kayaking, walking, climbing & mountain biking.
In total there will be 5 days of activities which generally take up to lunch at around 2pm – that means that most afternoons you’ll have time to relax or explore more of the island. You may wish to have a siesta, explore some of the lovely beaches and bays nearby or perhaps go cycling. There will also be a day at leisure. The location for the week is in a village, a 5 minute walk from the magnificent Srebrena beach and a 20 minute paddle to the Green cave on the island of Ravnik.
An average day will see yoga by the sea before breakfast, kayaking from the bay in Rukavac to the green grotto on the island of Ravnik then back to the house for lunch followed by a walk to Srebena bay for an afternoon snorkel. In the evening you will be taken into Vis Town for a fresh fish dinner at one of the great restaurants or perhaps in the morning heading off by landrover to the north of the island where you can bike off road to a secluded bay for a swim, snorkel and picnic lunch. Cycle back to the house on the coastal road. Afternoon homemade cake and a cup of tea, relax with a book. Evening meal on the balcony and a time to chat and plan the next days adventures.
You will be based at Craig and Xania's home, a typical Croatian stone house, initially restored in 2004/05 and again refurbished in 2010. It is situated on the South side of the island in Rukavac old town. This part of the village was a small settlement of five homes built by brothers in the early 1900s. At that time the house was a single storey dwelling. During World War II it became a meeting place for the 'partisans' and was a target for bombing raids! Later, a second storey was added and the ground floor was used to press and store wine. The property was renovated with the help of a local builder.
Each of the 4 bedrooms is simply and stylishly decorated, all have A/C units, hairdryers, and are en-suite. The middle floor of the house is a shared space, an open plan room with comfy leather sofas, wireless internet and a place to make a cup of tea. From the middle floor you can also access the balcony. The balcony is the perfect place to relax in the afternoon with a good book and a glass of wine. There is no TV, but there are plenty of games to entertain younger guests and a huge collection of DVDs for the very rare times they are required.
The changing menu reflects the seasons and uses local produce. The island provides figs, almonds, olives, grapes, lemons, pomegranate, sun ripened tomatoes and an abundance of fresh herbs, such as rosemary and sage. The meals produced at the house are predominantly vegetarian. While this may initially intimidate a few guests, by the end of the week everyone loves the freshness and tastiness of the food.
On the other 4 evenings you have the opportunity of experiencing some traditional island food. Scattered within the villages of the interior, there are small homesteads or Agro Tourism restaurants that offer delicious traditional cuisine, prepared with reverence and simplicity, like the lamb peka. For a more formal dining experience, Vis has some excellent fish restaurants. Many places bring you the catch of the day on a platter, you then select your choice of fresh Adriatic fish. If pizza and beers is your meal of choice, then Vis and Komiza town have plenty of tasty options. Transport will be provided to and from the restaurant so that you can enjoy a glass of wine and the local prosek.