Ciaran and I embarked on our first beach holiday together in June, travelling to Croatia for seven days and eight nights. During our visit we wanted to do some exploring rather than settling in one spot so we decided to spend a few nights in Split as well as two nights on the island of Vis and two nights on Hvar.
We headed to Vis first, getting a 2 hour 20 minute ferry from Split for £4 each. Here we stayed in a tiny little village called Komiza that’s situated on the other side of the island to the ferry port. The village has just a few small streets as well as a harbour and a handful of small pebble beaches, making it the perfect spot for two days of relaxation.
Our accommodation for the two nights was at Guesthouse Ksenija, which was located just a few minutes away from the main street. I definitely recommend staying in guesthouses when visiting Croatia as they’re a bit cheaper than hotels and allow you the freedom of self-catering and the chance to interact with the locals.
During our two days, we explored a number of the beaches and our favourite was Kamenica beach (the second photo). Surrounded by cute little houses – we picked out which one we would buy – and a quaint little beach bar, it was a relaxing bay just around the corner from the harbour. It also quickly drew our attention to the benefit of pebble beaches: some of the clearest, bluest water you will ever see! On our second day, we went kayaking to discover more beaches and bays, which weren’t the prettiest but proved ideal for a bit of privacy.
Our favourite food spots were Pizzeria Charly, which served traditional and cheap pizzas – two pizzas and two beers for just £15 – and Konoba Bako, a more upmarket options with great views of the harbour and one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. Found right on the harbour front, Fabrika was a great spot for lunch and people watching.
Tips: Komiza is perfect for some quiet recuperation but I wouldn’t recommend spending more than two nights here as you would soon run out of things to do and places to eat.