Stiniva Beach on Vis

4 of the Best Beaches on Vis

One of the attractions of staying on the Croatian island of Vis is its fabulous beaches.

Vis is my favourite island in Croatia. An island surrounded by some the clearest blue water you’ll find in the Adriatic. The main beaches are on the southern side of the island….a coastline of protected bays and secluded coves offering some of the best beaches on the island.

Most of the beaches can be reached by car but the best way to see them is by boat.
Boats are available for rent if you have a skipper’s ticket or boat license or you can book the services of a boat and skipper for the day. Otherwise cars, scooters and bicycles are available for hire on the island.

The best beaches on Vis:

Grandovac Beach

Grandovac is the closest beach to the village of Kut. It is an easy twenty minute walk on a flat path that takes you along the waterfront, past some of the old stone homes in the village and then past newer homes that have been built since the island allowed people to return. Towards the end of the walk, you will see the old abandoned Czech Villa, once a glorious building but now completely ruined inside. Don’t forget to look at the street art on the abandoned building on the right just before the villa.

Best Beaches on Vis

Grandovac has crystal clear water and a small stone beach. It is protected from the breeze and the tamarisk and pine trees overlooking it, offer some shade. Under the trees is a small bar where it is very easy to while away a few hours before heading back to town.

 

Best Beaches on Vis

Best Beaches on Vis

You can drive here if the walk seems too long or if you are coming from Komiza. Just follow the signs!

 

Stončica Beach

Stoncica is the first beach you will come to after leaving Vis. It’s about a fifteen to twenty minute drive from town. When you see cars parked along the side of road, park where you can and wander down the gravel path to the beach.

Best Beaches on Vis

If you’re arriving by boat, this large protected bay offers many quiet corners for anchorage.

This is one of the best beaches for kids as it is one of the few sandy beaches on the island. The sand slopes gently into the bay, and there’s plenty of shade available if you need it. There’s a restaurant, snack bar and even a volley ball court if you feel like getting a group together for a game.

Best Beaches on Vis

Best Beaches on Vis

 

Best Beaches on Vis

There is also a fabulous restaurant on the sand hidden behind the reeds. On your way to your table, you’ll pass the grill where the catch of the day is cooked. Sitting under the shade of the pine trees, feet in the sand, a glass of wine in hand and a delicious meal is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. At busy times bookings are recommended

Best Beaches on Vis

Best Beaches on Vis

 

Srebrna Beach

Another popular beach near the town of Rukavac is Srebrna Beach. Choose the path you take from the parking area to the beach carefully. Take the fork to the left if you’d like to join those who love wearing their natural bathing suits at Bilbok Beach. Further to the left of this is another beautiful beach….Tepluš.

Best Beaches on Vis

 

Best Beaches on Vis

 

 

The path directly in front of you takes you to Srebrna, a stunning bay that is perfect for families.

Best Beaches on Vis

Over the rock ledge on the right is another more secluded bay with water just as clear but a shade darker. The narrow path from the rocks to this bay winds through low bushes and dense scrub.

Best Beaches on Vis

 

Best Beaches on Vis

 

 

Stiniva Beach

I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of Stiniva Bay…..

Best Beaches on Vis

Best Beaches on Vis

You know the one….a tiny stone beach with lapping clear blue blue water beckons through the gap in the high rocks. Gingerly you poke the nose of the runaboat in and hope that there are not too many boats inside. It’s ok, the local taxi boat from Rukovac is there, dropping off the day trippers but the rest of the bay is fairly empty.

Best Beaches on Vis

On another occasion we arrived by car and walk down to the beach…..probably not one of our smarter moves! The path down the cliff is steep, very steep…it’s not for everyone.

Best Beaches on Vis

 

Best Beaches on Vis

It’s rocky and took us about 30 mins to arrive on the beach. Thankfully there’s a bar in the corner of the beach. After cold drinks and a just edible panini it was time for a swim before tackling the uphill walk. This takes a bit longer…my legs were still shaking from the descent but finally we made it to the top. Actually it’s not that bad, we just have age and lack of fitness against us!

Best Beaches on Vis

It’s definitely one of the best beaches to see…but choose how you get there carefully!

 

There are many other beaches on the island.

If you’re looking for a sandy beach suitable for children, then Milna Beach is another option. The beach is flat and shallow and is also close to the road so it’s easy to access.
About a fifteen minute walk from here is Zaglav Beach, one that we didn’t get to see but by all reports it is very popular.

Best Beaches on Vis

In walking distance from Vis town Privolo Beach. Further afield on the northern side of the island near Fort George are two rocky ledge ‘beaches’ frequented mainly by nudists.
If you are staying in Komiza, the small, stoney and popular Kamenica Beach is within walking distance of the town. 

Best Beaches on Vis

Infact there are too many beaches to mention. Just find a little bay and lay down your towel. The water will be sublime, the rocks warm and hopefully you will have it to yourself!

Which beach would you like to visit?

 

Your Guide to Vis is a series of four posts on the island
Vis: The Best Island in Croatia has already been published
To come: Where to Eat on Vis and What to do on the Island of Vis

Other articles on Croatia that you may enjoy:
Seven Weeks in Croatia: The Highlights
Skradin: Gateway to Krka National Park
Sunset in Zadar
The Croatian Island of Cres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Responses to 4 of the Best Beaches on Vis

  1. Krista April 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Swoon. 🙂 Such gorgeous, gorgeous places, every one. 🙂

    • Julia Freedman April 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

      It really is a stunning island Krista…the water is beautiful!

  2. budget jan April 4, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    I am so excited by this post. We will be there in early to mid June and I believe the water temp will be 21 degrees so I am not sure that I will be swimming, but I love the look of the bays and the fact that there are little bars and restaurants tucked away. I will be referring back to this post when we are in Vis and adding a few more to the list too hopefully 🙂 Marty has a recreational boat licence so we may hire a boat too.

    • Julia Freedman April 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      There are quite a few more that I could have added Jan but to me these are the best. Every cove around the island hides a beautiful little beach or a few flat rock ledges from where you can swim in stunning clear water. Hiring a boat is a great idea…we got one from Navigator travel agency. Just ask them about the water speed rules as the Croatian water police are always looking for ways to raise funds!!

      • budget jan April 7, 2015 at 1:36 am #

        Good to know which boat agency to try and to check the water speed rules. Thanks for highlighting the best beaches – we’ll be hitting these first. They look so relaxing it will be difficult to drag ourselves away.

      • budget jan April 7, 2015 at 1:44 am #

        How do you book at the restaurant at Stoncica – do you just do so when you arrive at the beach – or arrange it for the next day whilst there? Just looking at that grill makes me hungry!

  3. Michele Peterson ( A Taste for Travel) April 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks for this post! I’ll be in Croatia in a few weeks so really appreciate your beach travel tips. The island of Vis looks stunning

    • Julia Freedman April 7, 2015 at 12:22 am #

      Vis is fabulous Michele. There’s so much to do on the island, so many beaches to explore and some fabulous places to relax and enjoy a long lunch whilst overlooking the water. Have a great time in Croatia.

  4. Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields April 7, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    They all look idyllic. I think a beach crawl is the only answer.

    • Julia Freedman April 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      A beach crawl is the only way Lyn. There’s so much to do you have stay at least a week!

  5. Linda ~ Journey Jottings April 8, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Gosh – Croatia has so opened up and embraced tourism –
    And with so much to share is it any wonder – Gorgeous photos of a naturally gorgeous place! 🙂

    • Julia Freedman April 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Thanks Linda. Croatia is very popular at the moment and rightly so! It does have some fabulous sights to see but the islands are definitely my favourite part of the country.

  6. Suzanne Fluhr April 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    This is a great comprehensive post (along with your others too) for anyone contemplating or planning a trip to Vis. For the rest of us, at least we get to see the lovely photos. I must say that I fail to see the attraction of stony, pebbly beaches for actual sunbathing or swimming. Ouch. However, your description of places to have a glass of wine and/or some grilled fish while enjoying the view are quite tempting.

    • Julia Freedman April 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

      We’re very spoilt here in Australia with beautiful sandy beaches too Suzanne. It is the one thing that these beaches miss however I think the stunning colour of the water is due in some part to the stones. The beach cafes are certainly my best part of a day at the beach and I have left my all time favourite spot to another post!

    • Nensi August 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

      Susanne, I must say, having experienced both, I cannot see how someone can enjoy sand…especially if there is a little wind…All you might need on the pebble beach is a yoga mat, or (although I really do not see the point) water shoes to enter the water…As Julia said, the water is sooo much clearer…Also, once you enter the water, you can feel the ground beneath you, and unlike sandy bottom, you can see everything going on underneath the surface…I am Croatian, but I have never been to Vis, so thank you Julia for making this awesome post!

      • Julia Freedman September 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

        There’s something about both sand and rocks that I like on a beach. I agree with you Nensi about the sand blowing but coming from a country where we only have sand beaches, we have learnt to cope with it and enjoy the feel of soft white sand beneath our toes. when we have sand, we can also see everything but where there is seaweed there is a problem! That’s when i like the idea of rocks!

  7. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru April 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Oh, my! Do we have to pick just one? I didn’t think so! What a lovely place. Hopefully we can visit.

    • Julia Freedman April 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      I’m sure you’d love Vis if you do visit Besty. The fact that there are so many choices is what makes this island so much fun!

  8. Carole Terwilliger Meyers April 13, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    These beaches in Vis are gorgeous! Would love to visit.

    • Julia Freedman April 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      They are stunning Carole. Some of them have fabulous restaurants overlooking the beach that make it easy to spend a day looking at the water. I hope you visit soon Carole.

  9. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) April 13, 2015 at 5:41 am #

    Absolutely stunning, that little beach has my name written all over it!

    • Julia Freedman April 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      It’s a little bit of an effort to get there Nat but it’s definitely worth it!

  10. Dan November 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Try the Island of Murter if you like secluded bays and beautiful beaches and swim spots. Murter is the closest island to the mainland in Croatia and is connected by a 50 metre opening bridge. It is also part of the densest group of island in Croatia the “Kornati archipelagos” with over a 100 island in this group….. a must see. The island has 4 beautiful villages in Betina, Murter, Jezera and Tisno. Sofia Vargas new to be husband from Magic Mike”‘ grandparents are from this island 🙂 and the town of Jezera.

    It is also home to many beautiful restaurants and a great spot to explore other hidden treasures Vodice & Tribunj. This area is also synonymous with Donkey racing. Visit the donkey racing festival in the town of Tisno or Tribunj which have a long tradition with Donkeys.
    The beauty of Murter is that you can reach it by car but it totally has the island feel due to its shape and unique positioning.

    • Julia Freedman November 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Murter sounds interesting Dan. I really regret not spending more time in this area. Looks like we’ll have to come back and take your advice and visit Murter. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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