Why Activity during the Holidays matters and how you can be happy doing it?

We all need more time spent together and more activity in our lifestyles in general. 60 minutes routine daily will bring you to a lifetime of good health. It not only means time well spent but it is also time away from work, daily tasks and away from the television and all the things that consume your free time. Of course, it is hard to resist the glow of the TV screens, but time for the physical activity really matters.

You know that having active lifestyle will help you on a long-term basis and the physical and mental health will improve with just a small daily active task, but many of us are not physically active at all. Routines just swallow us down during the normal working days. So taking the time to do some activity at least during the holidays will help you with so many things when going back to work and going back to the normal daily life.

Here are twelve practical answers of why it would be best to spend at least a week yearly having active holidays.

1.       You will see places from a new perspective – just imagine looking at the Green cave on RavnikIsland next ToRukavac not from the boat but with your own mask, snorkel and fins. Or climbing up the Hum Mountain and having breath-taking views for the sunset.

2.       Your will reinvigorate and remember, you do not need to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy the world and experience its health benefits at the same time.

3.       You will not be panicking of what you will dress for dinner, as your meals will be usually with a relaxed atmosphere.

4.       You will plan your active holiday in advance and nothing will surprise you. You will have enough time for not having the reason to skip the activity.

5.       You will never work out on an empty stomach or starved, as on the holidays they will mostly cook for you. Remember, your body “craves” sugar mostly when it is hungry.

6.        You will be able to decide what activity suites you best and start doing it with a smile on your face.

7.       Most of the activities are done earlier in the day, so they will have the effect through the rest of the day. Your metabolism will thank you for the workout (even if just a walk around the village watching the sunset). (Let’s not forget, going for a sunrise yoga on the rocks looking over the open sea on the Vis Island will increase your metabolism for the rest of the day.)

8.       Doing some activities during the day will mean burning the calories also at rest, let say while reading the book under the pine trees and enjoying the glass of well-deserved wine in the afternoon.

9.       You will experience something new and the choice of activities is only limited to your imagination – new excitement and mystery will be on its way. Incredible experiences will motivate you to go and to something more. You will be amazed of how wonderful you will feel inspiring those of you around you. Recalling how you walked to your best sunset place and had an amazing massage afterwards.

10.   The Victorious VIScovery team will bring some excitement to your usual travel experience – what is more, you can always decide any length and level of adventure – it is totally up to you.

11.   You will challenge yourself – you can step out of your comfort zone and decide how far you can really go. Nothing compares to seeing the dolphins just next to your kayak in the bay of Budihovac on Vis Island.

12.   You will make memories. And those will be long lasting memories filled with pride and happiness and a little bit of feeling of achievement.

Why not make the reservation now and let us help you have the best relaxingly active holidays. Send me an email on reservation@viscovery.hr or call me on +385919058410.

Top ten things that will sparkle your joy when you are on the island of Vis in Croatia

The island of Vis is a bit over a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland. Please, do not come over here just to see the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo next to Komiža town. I would like to tell you that there is so much more to discover and so many things to be done and so many foods to taste. If you decide to come here by yourself and don’t need my help, here are my top ten ideas of what to see and do over here. If you need more information or want me as your personal guide, send me and email on  reservation@viscovery.hr

Top 10 things

1. Visit Vis town

To fully experience Vis, do the walk from Prirovo peninsula and then all the way to the beach of Grandovac next to Češka Vila.

Vis is the oldest inhabited town in Croatia. It was in the 4th century BC that Greeks founded the colony with the name Issa. Most of it was built where is today the peninsula of Prirovo with some of the remains from that era. Continuing to the main town there are many recognizable architectural monuments from different parts of the history. The walk is going to take you about two hours and will bring you all the way to Kut part of the Vis town, where you are going to find some of the best restaurants. Take a swim on the beach of Grandovac and watch the sunset with a glass of local Vugava wine.

2. Visit St George Fortress

It was in 1866 that smaller Austrian fleet under the Admiral Tegetthoff attacked the larger Italian fleet and Austrians won the famous so called Battle of Issa. When the long Austrian Empire rule started (all the way until 1914) and British built what is today called the Fort George Fortress. After the second war it was soon to be forgotten if it was not for the international company that has restored and did some conservation work and transformed the fort into and event space with music, art and cuisine. Many weddings happen there every summer and some of the best sunsets are in fact up here.

3. Hike up (or drive up) the mountain Hum

The road will take you almost to the top and Hum is the highest elevation point in Vis island with 587 metres (1,926 ft). You will not be able to get to the top as there is a military radar station there and the civilians are not allowed, but a short walk to the hill to the right, St Andria with the small church still practicing religious ceremonies and amazing views all over the Adriatic Sea and the town of Komiža. Best to view at the sunsets and bring a scarf as it might get chilly up there.

4. Do the Military tunnels tours

There are many kilometers of tunnels built underground after the second WW after the island was closed for tourism and transformed into the military island of Yugoslav army. You will have to take a Military tour as most of the military sites are well hidden. To mention just some of the places to visit: submarine tunnel or the anti-atomic bunker or the tunnel of with the electrical generator are just a few. It is going to take you half of the day to visit some but the tour is so well worth doing. And of course I can take you all around them. Remember, call me on +385919058410 or send me an email on  reservation@viscovery.hr for more information.

5. Take the Blue cave excursion

Blue cave or ModraŠpilja in the local language is stunning natural beauty on the island of Biševo half an hour ride from the town of Komiža. There is a blue light that fills up the cave at some parts of the day when the sun comes in through the underwater entrances. You will not be allowed to swim and you might wait a while to enter with the official boats that will get you in through the artificial hole done in 1884, but it is worth all of the possible trouble. Try to come as early as possibly in the morning. Again, I have the boat and we do those excursions, so let me know if you want to know more about this trip on  reservation@viscovery.hr

6. Walk down or take the boat tour to Stiniva beach

It was voted to be the best beach in Europe in 2016 and as being the inlet it is again, an amazing natural formation formed long time ago having the volcanic origins. This arm of the Sea can only be reached by either hiking down a very steep and narrow path or coming by boat and then swimming in. It is a beach framed by towering cliffs and if coming early in the morning you might have it just to yourself. And there is not mobile signal there, so yes, you will be all alone with your own thoughts (khm… well, before 9:00 am or after 5:00 pm, in between there are quite a number of tourists coming from all over Croatia for a day trip to see this natural beauty.)

7. Kayak to the Green cave

There are two big entrances into the cave that has a smaller hole in the ceiling that when from about midday the sun enters the cave and in the sea forms the fantastic green color. You are allowed to go in swimming. If you care for some cliff jumping, this is the perfect spot to do so. And we have kayaks, we have the personal instructors that can go with you and we will show you some more hidden bays on the way if you decide to come with us. Send me a note on  reservation@viscovery.hr or call me on +385919058410.

8. Visit Srebrna beach

The “Silver beach” is only reachable walking down a path and it is on the southern side of the island of Vis. It has gotten its name from the silver crystal color that is formed from the waves that hit the bigger white pebbles. Those not wanting to enter the sea via pebbles there are flat rocks on part of the beach where people enjoy spending the long wished summer holidays or do the yoga exercises earlier in the morning. It was voted to be the nicest secluded beach in Croatia. Our houses where you could be staying if coming for longer to the island of Vis are the closest possible to this beach.

9. Enjoy Komiža town

It has been proven that the locals from the island of Vis live the longest in Europe. It is not only because of their climate but also because of simplicity of food. The most famous is the “Food under the Bell” or “Ispodpeke” where the local will cook you lamb or veal or fish or octopus or just vegetables for over two hours and with some of the local wine this is going to be your best thing ever. Trying the salty sardines or the pie made with some of the recipes you will want more. You can decide to come and spend Actively-relaxed holiday week with us and we will cook for you all those delicacies and more.

10. Food and drinks and local cuisine in general

With the Church of Our Lady of Pirates overlooking the town, Komiža is one of the nicest fishing villages in the World. In fact, some of the best inventions for fishing come from the people of Komiža, who were one of the best fishermen of the Adriatic region from the long times. Built in the deep bay with many beaches right in town, it is a popular tourist destination.

7 things to do when staying in Rukavac village on the southern side of the island of Vis

The island of Vis is not one of the biggest island in the Adriatic Sea, but you are going to find so many small places that deserve your visit.

Rukavac village is one of them and we are on the southern side of the island. Rukavac is just 11 km away from Vis town and 17 km from Komiža town.

The village of Rukavac has numerous beaches all around it so, it is a popular place to stay for longer time. Come and stay with us at Victorious Viscovery and we will make sure that we will talk about those place and more. Here is a hint: if you mention a code RUKAVACisTHEbest1 I will be happy to give you 10% discount on anything that you reserve with us up until 31.07.2021. Deal?

Here is the list of activities we are going to do toghether when you come over here:

1. Do morning yoga and meditation on the rocks of Bili Bok

Those flat rocks on the most southern east side of the island of Vis form the spectacular scenery sites “at the end of the World” and offer you some of the best morning views over the Adriatic sea. With the sun rising up from your left you are greeted by the waves hitting the flat rocks of Bili Bok and when you find some shadow behind the cliffs you can immerse yourself into the stretching positions or meditation poses. You will feel the wind blowing and by the time two hours pass you will know what you want to do in the next ten years of your lifetime. Sometimes you will see the dolphins play around the sea right in front of you and you will hear their happiness. If you need any help with yoga lessons, let us know,our yoga instructors Maja, Sara, or Marina can help you with some best yoga private lessons.

2. Snorkel around the cliffs to the left of the Srebrna beach

Just jump into the water and go and swim to the left and you will find lots of fish and octopuses and crabs in those small holes all the way around. Try to touch the sea urchins and find the difference among the ladies and the gentlemen among all those black snowballs around the rocks. Make sure not to step on them. Snorkelling is great also all the way around the peninsula between the Srebrna and the Tepluš beach and to the left of the pier. Snorkelling is just so much fun.

3. Take a kayak and paddle all the way to the Green cave and island of Ravnik

One of the most beautiful sights on the island of Vis and the easiest to reach from the village of Rukavac is the island of Ravnik (=Flat island) where the capers are picked beginning of June every year. Those are the unopened flower buds of a spiny perennial shrub (Capparis spinose) and make a true gastronomic delicacy. They are mostly kept preserved with vinegar and will please just about everyone. On the southern side of the island of Ravnik is a very famous Green cave with two big entrances. Once inside the cave, you look up and from the hole above shines the sun, which forms an amazing green colour down in the sea. The swimming in the cave is precious.

4. Swimming on the beach of Srebrna

Srebrna beach has a wonderful translation in English language, Silver beach. There are two reasons to name this beach as a Silver one. First, it comes from the old times when the sea around the island of Vis was full of sardines and they were catching them with nets and pulling them out on the beaches and flat rocks of the Silver beach. When they were cleaning Sardines all the beaches were full of fish scales which shined silverishy and that is how they started calling this place Silver beach. The second reason is more romantic. There are always some waves in the Silver beach and when they hit the marvellous white stones on the beach, they form this amazing silverishy colour. You can decide which reason for the name is more suitable, but come and jump in the water and feel it yourself. Pine trees on the beach form a natural shade, you don’t even need a sunscreen lotion, and you can be on the beach for the whole day.

5. Wait with all the locals for the morning bread delivery

Luckily, Rukavac has no stores. But we have daily bread delivery which is in fact a local friend who brings bread, doughnuts, apple strudels, corn bread, full grain bread, croissants (and you can even decide whether you like chocolate or marmalade ones better) and more. While waiting for him to come (yes, he stops many times on the way to your position), you can take your time and talk to the locals and tourists and find out what is happening on their side of the village. You will find out who came home at what time, what is the best lunch dish that your neighbour had prepared in her lifetime, how many fish and what kind of fish this fishermen from down below got this morning and who’s wine is the best. You will find out also of how my children are well behaved and how I did not say hi to them the last time they have seen me. Moreover, you will find out that the water pressure is low nowadays and that it was not like that 50 years ago when we didn’t have the water at all. Believe me, it feels like 50 years ago waiting for that bread men to come.

6. Jump behind the Fabrika and swim to the other side of the bay

This is the place where the locals swim. Or in Partajun on the other side. A year ago the shortcut to Partajun was closed, and now behind the Fabrika is a popular place to come. Just jump in the water and then try to swim to the other side of the bay. When we were kids that seemed longer distance than it is today, of course, but believe me, the morning swims still feels the same. Laying down on the flat rocks right next to the pier is another amazing experience. Sea gulls might come and say hi and just once again you might hear two local women talking to each other about the third women that couldn’t make it that morning… You will understand that the time stops just when you want it to stop.

7. Come and swim the day away on the Tepluš beach

Flat rocks on one side and two pine trees on the other and white stones in between will make a perfect spot for you to come and relax in the afternoon. After the big fire in 1991 most of the pine trees were burnt down but two of them that stayed and they help us get some well needed shade on the hot summer days. You might need water shoes to enter the water. As kids we never needed water shoes at all, why is now getting harder and harder to enter the water? Well, the crystal clear water will wash all that worry away. When I was little we had Teplušbeach all for ourselves, but those were the times when this island was under the military regime and foreign people were not allowed to visit at all. Remember… once upon a time there was a tavern, where we used to raise a glass or two…remember how we laughed away the hours, think of all the great things we would do… Those were the days my friends…

Well, come my friends! Let us make memories! Rukavac is waiting for you. Let me tell you more about this beautiful place on the other side of the World. Call me on +385919058410 or send me and email on reservation@viscovery.hr