Monday, 18 January 2010

Destinations: Vis - Croatia

The island of Vis lies in the Adriatic about 36 km off the Croatian mainland. Ferries to the island run from the city of Split and the island of Hvar to the port of Vis. In summer tourist boats usually land on Vis at the small harbour of Komiza. Vis is just 90km2 and can thus be easily worked by bike or on foot, via its few, but quite good roads and more rugged tracks. In summer there are several good birds here such as Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Tawny Pipit. Woodchat Shrike, Pallid and Common Swifts and various scrub warblers. The main attraction, however, is probably the colonies of Eleonora's Falcons that breed on the sea-cliffs. These elegant falcons are fairly easy to find from July to September. The sea around Vis should be scanned for Bottle-nosed Dolphins and sometimes other species.

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