Vis is a Touristic Facade over Isolation

The island of Vis has to be one of the strangest places to visit in Croatia. For one thing, it’s the most remote, of the large islands on the Croatian coast. Actually, it wouldn’t be that remote if Jadrolinija cared to run boats from Hvar to Vis on a regular basis, but they don’t, so Vis is left adrift out there, about a 2.5 hour (one way) ferry ride from Split.
Beyond this, Vis is like another world. You don’t feel this when you come in to Vis town on the eastern end of the island. It has all the trappings of a typical touristic port, but as soon as you get 10 meters from the water, you feel something strange about it. Unlike Dubrovnik which also sits on the water, but has a real city behind it, Vis town is this skinny little ring of buildings around the bay where it sits. And once you get two minutes away from this town, all hints of civilization drop off.
Then there is Komiža on the other end of the island. This feels like a proper town and there is something about it that I quite like. I assume that this must have been from the fishing industry that flourished quite well there and people were allowed to have reasonable lives and build the cute stone houses that Croatia has gotten so known for.
But, beyond these two towns, the island is something of a wasteland. That’s too strong a word really, but it is incredibly empty. Finding people is a challenge. This may appeal to a great many tourists in the future, though, because you can literally just sit in the middle of the main, old interior road and not see a car for 20 or 30 minutes, and this was in the high season for the island.
There is a reason for all of this beyond geographical and that’s the fact that Vis was a strategic military base during Yugoslavia. If they would have been able to kick all the people off without a problem, they probably would, because unless you were a de facto resident, you could not visit the island. This ban was in effect until just 10 years ago and it’s probably the main source for Vis being so empty. Had it not been for this, I’m sure more of a tourist industry would have been built up and the place would look more like Hvar. But then again, maybe not. I will go out on a limb and guess that the future will be interesting for Vis, because it is very undeveloped and people love to develop.
Vis is a Touristic Facade over Isolation