The Island of Vis is a pearl among Croatian Adriatic islands, left untouched by the development of tourism for so many years – due to its strategic location on the open sea, it served as a military zone for many years. Since the independence of Croatia, the island began opening slowly to the outside world, offering it’s unique traditions, history, cultural heritage and natural beauties to the outside world, and it is slowly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
Stoncica on Vis island, Croatia is a beautiful cove with sandy sea bottom on the eastern side of the island Vis, located eight kilometers from the town of Vis. Access to the bay is possible only on foot or by boat which protects its environment from cars, motorbikes and excessive load of visitors.
Visitors can enjoy in golden sand, crystal clear sea and the views over yachts moored in the bay. The experience is completed by delicious dishes, based on local traditional recipes, served in a beach restaurant, only few meters from the sea.
At the coves gate, on its southern cape, Stoncica lighthouse notifies ships that passes through Hvar channel about shallow waters. It is the last human inhabited lighthouse on the Adriatic sea. It is recommended to visit the lighthouse, however in occasions workers at the lighthouse exhibit the sign “No trespassing”.
The lighthouse was built in 1865 at the north-eastern promontory of the island of Vis. It consists of a high octagonal stone tower and a ground-floor building with an area of 320 m2. There is also a depot, an engine room, a wharf, a boat hoist and a boat shelter. The 220 V AC power is supplied from public network and the water from the tank. The lighthouse is automated and connected to the remote control system. There is always a team of lightkeepers. Stoncica bay offers lovely scenery, many islands and coves around to visit using taxi boat service.
Photos and video by:William Anthony