Saturday, 31 October 2020

First COVID-19 Cases Recorded on Vis, Mayor Addresses Island Citizens

October 31, 2020 - The Mayor of Vis town and the Head of the Vis Civil Protection, Ivo Radica, addresses his fellow citizens after the first COVID-19 cases recorded on Vis. 

"Unfortunately, the coronavirus happened to us too. So far, we have two positive cases, and there are more tests. The Vis Civil Protection Headquarters closed the kindergarten today for preventive reasons. In elementary school, first, fourth, and fifth grade had no classes on Friday, and as you know, Monday and Tuesday are holidays, so we’ll see what happens in the next few days. High school students have to wear protective masks. Also, in the High School, a conversation was held with the principal to stick to epidemiological measures a little more," said Radica for Morski.hr.

"We know that the All Saints celebration is ahead of us, that we will visit cemeteries in the town of Vis, that many people who are dearest will come here and I would ask us to try to adhere to all these epidemiological measures, to try to visit the graves of our loved ones throughout the day, and we have a couple of days. And if there are crowds there, that there is not much socializing in the cemetery or gathering. I would appeal to all catering facilities to pay attention to epidemiological measures these days, i.e., to all those conditions that should be respected in the work of catering facilities. As the Chief of the Civil Protection Headquarters, based on the Law on the Work of Catering Facilities, which has so far been allowed to work until midnight, I would not like to have it shortened to 10 pm. It will also depend on all of us whether we tighten measures.

I want to emphasize that testing for the elderly and infirm is in process. Please don’t put pressure on nursing homes because we know our most vulnerable group of people are there. In my last address, I said I would not like to address anyone this way. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has come to us; we have the opportunity, if we are all responsible and if we all adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures, to stop it and not spread it further. Figuratively, it's like when one small fire happens, and you take a tire and a bucket of water and put it out. Let’s make sure Canadairs don't have to put out that fire.

Let's be patient for a week to see what will happen, and please, let's all be responsible," concluded the mayor of Vis, Ivo Radica.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Property of the Week: Stone Terrace Sea View in Kut, Vis

October 20, 2020 - A romantic ferry ride to the island of Mamma Mia II for the latest property of the week, a stone sea view stunner in Kut, Vis Town.  

Back in the days when I had a real estate agency in 2004, it was the most popular thing being searched for - a cute stone house with outside space and a killer view of the sea on an Adriatic island. Living on Hvar as I did, where every view is a killer view, life was good. 

Finding that perfect combination is not so easy, however, and opportunities that do come up are rarely on the market long. Examples like this week's Property of the Week from our friends at Trgostan, who have just taken on an adorable stone house with terrace and garden, and that all-important killer view. 

In the words of Trgostan... 

Vis town, Kut - a renovated stone house with a garden, terrace and a fantastic sea view.

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A renovated  60 m2 stone house in a row, on three floors, in a beautiful location in Kut, overlooking the whole bay, with a fantastic sea view, consisted of a kitchen with living area and courtyard/garden of 18 sqm + access path way of 12 sqm on the ground floor, bedroom and bathroom on the 1st floor and a bedroom with a nice sized terrace on the top floor, rarely on the market, facing west - east.

For more information, photos, and to book a viewing, visit the original listing. 

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Vis Solar Power Plant First of Many in Region, Split-Dalmatia County Leads Croatia in Renewable Sources

September 20, 2020 - The Vis Solar Power Plant is not only the first on a Croatian island, but it is currently the largest solar power plant in Croatia. 

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that back in 2010, the idea of ​​building a solar power plant on the southern hills of Vis seemed like an impossible mission. Ten years later, it has become a reality that has brought sustainable energy to Vis, the most remote central Dalmatian island.

The new surplus power plant of 3.5 MW, with an annual planned production of about five million kWh of electricity, is the largest solar power plant in Croatia - and it is first on a Croatian island. For every inhabitant of the island, especially those tied to the mainland for services, this investment is more than a relief.

Apart from Vis, the inhabitants of Hvar, but also Zagora, from the peripheral ring of the three 'V's' of Split-Dalmatia County, will also be as lucky. This group also includes Vrlika and the Vrgorac area, which led the announced energy investments with specific energy plans. With them are the planned projects in Sestanovac, Lecevica, and those from the area of Zadvarje, Kastela, Imotski, and in the future, other central Dalmatian islands, too.

As a reminder, since the end of last week, Vis has been receiving electricity for 1,600 households from a modern power plant, which will show its importance, especially during periods of the tourist season, when there are standard periods of higher consumption. With its electricity and drinking water sources, this island becomes energetically self-sustainable. Paraphrased, it is a small step for humanity, but extremely big for both the people of Vis and Croatia.

"The solar power plant on Vis, an investment worth one million kuna, built on a land area of ​​5.5 hectares, is the first of seven HEP ​​solar power plants put into operation in the planned period from 2019 to 2023. This is a cycle worth 750 million kuna. With this power plant, Vis has gained greater security of electricity supply," stated Frane Barbaric, President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda.

Vis experienced a historic moment with the investment in Krizeva glavica, not far from the settlement Zena Glava. He laid the concrete foundations of what will happen in Croatia in the next 10 years. Namely, in 2017, the Government of the Republic of Croatia strongly embarked on the implementation of the new energy policy of Croatia and the European Union, focused on green energy investments.

But the basic question is, why Vis? 

According to one of the projections made and presented by the Hrvoje Pozar Energy Institute less than four years ago, Dalmatia, the coast, and the islands have the greatest solar potential. Among them, the Southern Dalmatian islands stand out. Nevertheless, statistics show that compared to other EU countries, Croatia still does not make sufficient use of this natural potential. But it is encouraging that the EU solar market has grown by 36 percent over the past year. The projections made by the United Nations Development Program show a plan to increase the use of solar energy in Croatia until 2030, said Dr. Luksa Lulic, member of the Supervisory Board of HEP.

Announcements about the planned construction of new solar and wind power plants are quite optimistic, and it is interesting that Split-Dalmatia County will play an extremely important role in this direction. Moreover, precisely because of the abundance of sunshine and beautiful locations, this county is a natural Croatian reservoir for the construction of new renewable energy sources. This is confirmed by the prefect of Split-Dalmatia, Blazenko Boban, who stated that this area will become the flagship of what the EU expects from us.

"Solar power plants are extremely desirable in our area because in the frequent consumption of electricity, so when it is necessary to import energy, we have our own potential. This is especially pronounced at a time of higher influx of tourists in the season, which gives us self-sustainability. Thanks to the Sun Power Plant on Vis and other solar power plant projects under construction, such as SE Vrlika and projects in development such as the Bogomolje power plant on Hvar and others, Split-Dalmatia County will remain a leader in renewable sources in the country. Vis is the leader of this process, it is this most remote island of our county that now has energy self-sufficiency," says Boban.

The projection of the energy future of Split-Dalmatia County is based on the existing spatial plan, in which we are implanting 28 wind farm fields. Nine of them have already been built. There are also 25 solar fields led by Vis. At the other end of our county, says prefect Boban, a power plant of 6.8 megawatts, worth 45 million kuna, is planned in Vrlika, and there is also the Vrgorac area as the third peak of the 'V' triangle.

"These three 'V' plants are located on the outskirts of our county, and within it, construction is still planned at several other positions. We know that it will be on the Sestanovac plateau, for which projects have not been worked out in detail yet. That is why it is still difficult to talk about strength. There is also Bogomolje on Hvar, and Lecevica is also planned. SE Vrlika is moving quickly with the realization, the project is finished, the start of construction is planned by the New Year. We will soon know all the characteristics of the plant from the planned sunny fields of Hvar and from the Vrgorac area. Among the seven planned HEP power plants from the announced five-year cycle, the Hvar SE Bogomolje also found a place. In the medium term, among our acquisitions, among the larger SEs are those from the Vrgorac plateau, Sestanovac, Lecevica, and those from the area of ​​Zadvarje, Kastela and Imotski," says Boban.

His words are supported by the announcements from HEP, from which the leaders openly sent an invitation for cooperation with other islands in the Dalmatian area during their stay on Vis. From the slope of the Vis hill covered with 11,200 photovoltaic modules, they invited Dalmatian leaders to a new open public call, to plan preparations and cooperation in the construction of new solar power plants.

HEP leaders set out in this direction, announcing talks with the leadership of four Hvar municipalities the day after the release of SE Vis. The power plant in Bogomolje, which is about to obtain a location permit, could be joined in the future by 'sister' acquisitions, for example in Jelsa, and at two other locations. Along the way, a lot more will need to be defined on this issue.

HEP's five-year investment cycle for the construction of solar power plants, worth HRK 750 million, combines the construction of the solar power plant Marici near Zminj, Istrian Kastelir 2, and SE Cres as the largest solar power plant under construction in Croatia with 6.5 MW and an investment of HRK 41 million. There is also SE Obrovac, SE Vrlika jug, and SE Stankovci. By the end of 2020, WPP Korlat, the first wind farm in HEP's production portfolio, will also be put into commercial operation.

As far as Vis is concerned, HEP annually invests an average of one million kuna in the improvement of the island's electricity infrastructure. In the next three years, this amount will be almost 30 million kuna through a number of projects. Among them, laying submarine cables at Hvar-Pakleni-Vis and Vis-Bisevo stands out, as well as laying 20-kilovolt cable lines in Ravno Stupisce and Smokova. Also, work has begun on the installation of the first ELEN charging station for electric cars on the island, in the town of Vis, followed by the installation of a charging station in Komiza, said HEP, which will build a new 1500 MW of production capacity by 2030.

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Thursday, 20 August 2020

PHOTOS: Lily Allen And Lepa Brena Arrive In Croatia

August 20, 2020 – Croatian coast a hit in August 2020 with international pop stars including Lepa Brena and Lily Allen

Croatia's coast has once again proved an irresistible draw to holidaying celebrities. The latest famous arrivals include regional pop megastar Lepa Brena and hit British singer Lily Allen.

Both Lepa Brena and Lily Allen have taken to their social media accounts over recent hours to announce their arrival in the country. Each has posted pictures of their vacations on the beautiful, sun-soaked coast of Dalmatia.

Lepa Brena, the revered originator of the massively popular regional pop-folk sound posted pictures from Mljet island, but Lily Allen has already travelled between Lastovo and Vis island. And while photos taken by Brena have been all about the beautiful Croatian scenery, Lily's have been smiling selfies as she thoroughly enjoys a break with her family. Here's how they saw Croatia through their social media on the first days of their visits.

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Komiza - With No Cases of Infection, Hopes for Tourist Season Continue

The coronavirus pandemic has dragged Croatian tourism to its knees. Despite some surprisingly good tourists figures so far, especially in comparison to the dire predictions from before, there are still some being left behind. Komiza on the beautiful island of Vis hopes for a decent tourist season despite all of the many obstacles.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of August, 2020, the SDP mayor of Komiza, Tonka Ivcevic, explained that the argument for spending a holiday on this remote Croatian island is the isolation and the fact that no one, all these months, has been infected with the new coronavirus on it.

"We have very big announcements for both August and September. We're sure that we might have a tourist season at the level of last year's if there are no cancellations,'' explained Komiza's mayor.

She is conditional in her expression, however, as she is more than aware of what has been happening with the epidemic throughout Croatia over recent days, especially in Dalmatia, and it is no coincidence that at that same time, Austria changed its stance, asking Austrian citizens not to travel to Croatia.

"I'd agree that some decisions taken by the National Civil Protection Headquarters were delayed, because this doesn't create a good image for our county, and it could lead to cancellations." However, at least as far as she knows, there have been no major cancellations for Komiza so far.

"Komiza has become a hit destination this season. Vis is seen by people as a more isolated place, as an island where you have a place to get lost… You can stay all over the island, in many family farms, in many taverns,'' she added when in conversation with N1.

The advantage of not only Komiza but Vis as a whole is the fact that the island doesn't have a large capacity, there are only about 4000 beds, which, together with the guests, means a relatively low number of inhabitants in a relatively large area.

"If we add up the boaters, there are currently about 4,000 guests on the island. We don't have any bigger clubs, we don't have any bigger indoor spaces for guests. People have a place to get lost, we hope to remain a coronavirus-free destination,'' Komiza's mayor concluded.

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Thursday, 13 August 2020

Komiza Hit of Dalmatia, Some Renters Full Until Mid-September

August 13, 2020 - Komiza, the small fishing town on the island of Vis, is a Dalmatian hit this summer. 

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that it's not only Komiza seeing swarms of tourists, but the interior of the island is also full, as is the town of Vis, which in August recorded 80 percent of its figures compared to last year.

Large queues can be seen on the way to the ferry in Vis town, and if you wait to get your ticket until an hour before departure, thinking, "there won't be crowds?" Think again. 

The coronavirus has forced people into nature and agriculture, which is a bonus for visitors to Vis, who can enjoy more than 50 swimming pools on the island for guests thanks to luxury villas.

There are so many tourists that, at times, towns look as if they'll burst at the seams, but everyone is happy to be the hit of Dalmatia, expressed a local. 

"In Komiza, you can't pass all the people, some renters are full until mid-September. A miracle in a small town. How, why? We have no corona. We are a corona-free destination. That one case? It wasn't ours. People here are safe, calm, free, that's why they come to us," one Vis renter said.

Komiza Mayor Tonka Ivcevic confirms this year's boom, saying that luxury holiday villas sold out first.

The past two weeks in Komiza have been at the level of last year. There are a huge number of yachtspeople, and the novelty is the family guests arriving by car - and there have never been so many.

Another novelty is certainly a significant number of Croatian guests who have recognized Vis as the safest holiday destination.

"To our surprise, no one expected there to be this much tourism. We met them, and we lowered the price of the Blue Cave from 100 kuna to 70 kuna. We also introduced free parking in the city parking lot. We are very satisfied," says the mayor.

The Komiza Tourist Board and its director Bogoljub Mitrakovic are also under attack, stating that some landlords have relaxed too much and are not registering guests. However, Mitrakovic warns such landlords to stop illegal work as soon as possible, also because the Tourist Board regularly asks the State Inspectorate to visit them.

"We send inquiries to the inspectorate every week, even for situations from last year. But they don't answer; the inspector is nowhere to be found. We have 1900 beds, but also a lot of unregistered guests. And that's the problem. Hotel "Biševo" has excellent results, all 300 beds are full from August 1 until today, and official data give us an 80 percent result in August compared to last year. Apart from the domestic guests who took the lead in July, there are a lot of Slovenes, Italians have returned, there are a lot of Britons, Austrians, Germans, French, Serbs… There are a lot of Poles who love diving; they like to explore shipwrecks. The only ones missing from Komiza are those from San Pedro, and the corona blocked them from coming. We are telling everyone to come, Komiza is safe, we are very careful about the measures at all our events, and there are a lot of them. Summer in Komiza is a hit, and I think we succeeded in that because of excellent marketing," says Mitrakovic, who gives thanks to the City and the Nautical Center for their help in organizing the events.

One renter Petra Muric says that you have to walk along the entire waterfront several times to find somewhere to sit for coffee; that the city has become like a ripe pomegranate that will burst at any moment.

"There are so many boaters that the rocks where you tie ropes are also filled. And on the mainland, some groups come naively without inquiring first, so they have to sleep in their cars. Families come with children, godparents. And how will you help them? Everything is full. It got to the point that the couches also filled up. Five of our apartments started filling up about 15 days ago, and we are occupied until mid-September. We had 30 calls a day. This summer, there is a change, there have never been so many locals, but it is evident that they have much less spending power than our standard guests, Scandinavians, Swedes, Dutch, Spaniards, Italians," says Petra.

It is not difficult for foreign guests to pay extra costs, and Komiza is not cheap. However, it is not as easy for the locals. Thus, long columns are formed in front of fast-food restaurants, and the shops are so crowded, they even run out of groceries.

Petra Muric adds that many people openly asked to lower the price of their accommodation. Some Zagreb agencies even called and tried to convince them that their 70 euro accommodation must be reduced by 50 percent.

"I had up to 30 phone inquiries a day for accommodation. In the end, I had to put on the ad that the 70 euro price, which is ten euro less than last year, is final. We are all full, the worst accommodation on the island is full, the situation is to give whatever you have. We have not experienced this yet," says Petra.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Animal Shelters and Associations in Croatia: Street Cats of Vis

June 9, 2020 - What is the situation with animal shelters in Croatia in the corona era, and who is looking after the animals? A new TCN series meets the volunteers behind the animal shelters and associations around Croatia. Today, TCN meets Streets Cats of Vis.

There are hundreds of incredible shelters and associations in Croatia working tirelessly, with little to no support, to ensure no animal is left behind. In a new TCN series, we meet the people behind the animals. 

Today, TCN meets Streets Cats of Vis.

First, tell us a bit about the history of your association.
 
We’re not an official organization, just two people who want to help people help cats on the island of Vis, where (as of writing this) there’s still no vet. The project started because back in the summer of 2018, we couldn’t find anything, online or in real life, about people doing cat work on Vis. We made our intention visible, gave it a name and an online presence, and started doing the work. Little by little, our action sparked other people to come forward and connect with us: some had already been doing the work quietly, some were inspired to do more. We hope to continue sparking people to come forward and engage with us in this work, because it really does take a community to help community cats. 
 
What is the success rate of getting animals to their new owners? 
 
Getting street cats adopted usually happens after they’ve been fostered for a while first, and is most successful with kittens. Steps towards a successful adoption include socialization, veterinary treatment as needed, house training if possible, sterilization, vaccination, as well as travel documents and reliable transport for cats being adopted abroad. We’ve had some success, which you can see in “The Lucky Ones” section of our website. (www.streetcatsofvis.com)
 
Do you connect animals with owners only in Croatia or abroad, too?
 
We connect cats with anyone who can give them love, food, shelter and safety. So far, we’ve re-homed cats in Croatia as well as in other EU countries.
 
Do you receive any support from the city, county, or state? If so, how much/in what way?
 
Street Cats of Vis relies on donations to help us cover out-of-pocket expenses, but all work is done on a volunteer basis. In January of this year, thanks to the efforts of a few local women, the town of Vis agreed to pay for the sterilization of street cats, so we no longer need to pay for that ourselves. While writing this, there’s still no vet on Vis, so cats are sent to Split for this. Cats in our care often require vet visits for various problems, vet-prescribed food, medications and other supplies, so donations help us pay for all that.
 
What is the process of bringing animals to you? Are there any obstacles/red tape in place?
 
We’re not a shelter, but people bring cats / kittens from Vis to our attention and we go from there. If we’re able to foster, we do. If not, we try to help the person foster the cat or kittens themselves by being available to answer any questions they may have, or to help with supplies. Our goal is to help people help cats, and this quote by Kitten Lady (Hannah Shaw) sums up how we feel: 
 
“If you ever wish someone would help animals, my best advice is to recognize that you are someone. You can be the one who saves the day. You truly can! These are community-based problems with community-based solutions."
 
When people come to us with a concern, our first response is to talk to them to try and determine what they could do to help. For example, if they have orphaned kittens, we can explain what they need to do to keep them alive and maybe loan or give them some supplies. If someone tells us about a sick or injured cat in their neighborhood, we try to have a look at that cat and see how we can help. Aside from immediate first aid if needed, this usually means arranging a vet visit in Split.
 
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This is an orphaned kitten we raised.

Just the other day, we helped with an extraordinary rescue. A tabby cat (or tiger, as Croatians say) was somewhere in the engine room of the Petar Hectorović and couldn’t find his way out. The engine crew had seen him covered in oil and had been feeding him for a couple days, but couldn’t catch him. After 24 hours had passed with no sign of him having come out to eat, the crew grew even more concerned. We were contacted about this and went out to help: the crew suspected the cat was under the floor panels. After removing one panel, the cat started meowing loudly. Once a few more panels were removed, we were able to kneel down in the small, oily space, reach in and get the cat out. We recognized the cat as one we’d transported to Split last summer for sterilization. We tried washing the oil off him, but soon realized that he needed veterinary help. After a trip to the vet in Split, he’s now safely back in his home territory.
 
There is an increasing amount of kittens and puppies left to die in bins or boxes on the side of the road, especially in the springtime. Is the lack of sterilisation the biggest problem in Croatia? Is it really that difficult to get cats and dogs sterilised in Croatia? 
 
Dumping is a HUGE problem on Vis. It’s cruel and unnecessary: if you know of (or have) a litter of kittens that you don’t want, please contact us via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/streetcatsofvis) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can try to find a foster home for the kittens to get them socialized, which is the first step to finding them a forever home. We can also help you get the adult cats sterilized. But please, please don’t dump kittens or cats!

As for sterilizing, being on an island with no vet means that we have the extra logistical hurdle of getting cats to the mainland. In the early days, we used to take cats to Split ourselves, and still do sometimes, but now we’ve established great connections with locals on the island who in turn have great connections with locals in Split who shuttle cats from the ferry to the vet and back when they’re able. If you’d like to assist with transport, please let us know: we welcome any help! 

The actual sterilization process is no harder than in any other country, but raising awareness for the need to sterilize community cats remains a challenge. For example, many people understand the need to sterilize female street cats, but refuse to have the males castrated. Castration not only helps with population control, but also reduces nuisance behaviour such as spraying, yowling and fighting with other cats, which can lead to injuries. Overpopulation and nuisance behaviors also cause conflict with people in the community: sterilizing both male and female cats will help solve this problem.
 
How much does sterilisation usually cost? Do vets offer discounts for street cats or special circumstances? 
It doesn’t cost us anything anymore: as of January 2020, with a short break due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the town of Vis pays for street cat sterilization.
 
How do we make this process easier for locals to get more of them involved in sterilising street cats? 
 
Knowing that they don’t have to pay for it out-of-pocket or deal with the hassle of going to Split makes a huge difference. If anyone wants to have a street cat sterilized, the first step is to determine whether or not the cat has a caregiver. If so, they need to make sure it’s ok with that person. They also need to determine whether or not the cat has already been sterilized. A notch in the ear is a sure sign that YES, the cat has been sterilized, but there may be sterilized cats on the street who don’t have the ear notch. It’s obviously easier to tell with males. 
 
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Calli is a cat we had sterilized recently, as you can see from her ear notch. She’s in need of a good home: read her story at www.streetcatsofvis.com/adopt-calli/
 
How many cats would you say you sterilise per year?
We got about 50 cats sterilized ourselves in 2018-19, before the city funding started in January 2020. Since then, we’ve been working with locals to get as many street cats sterilized as possible.
 
Poisoning street cats is another issue in the area. Is this considered a crime in Croatia? Where should someone report this should they witness it? Are there fines/punishments in place?
 
Street cats are considered pests because of overpopulation, and we want to help people understand that the street cat population can be stabilized through sterilization. Over time, the number of street cats will naturally reduce. Croatia has good animal protection laws, but there’s difficulty getting them enforced. Any concerns of animal cruelty should be reported to the police. If you need any help with that, contact us via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/streetcatsofvis) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Can you explain the process of fostering animals with you?
 
We don’t have anything formally in place, but growing a network of people who can provide foster care is one of our main goals. We foster when we’re able, but we also want to encourage more people to care for cats in need. This involves getting them off the street and into a safe space. Fostering is hard work, but knowing that you’re helping save lives is so rewarding. Fostering also helps prepare cats and kittens for adoption. If you’re able to foster, even by providing a safe space outside with shelter, food and water, please contact us via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/streetcatsofvis)  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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This is a litter of kittens we fostered in 2019. Once healthy and sterilized, they all went to good homes in Austria.
How can the local community get involved in helping your shelter/association? What about people from abroad get involved, apart from sending donations?
 
We’re all about sparking people to action, getting people involved in the work of caring for street cats. There are many ways people can help: locals can provide foster care and transport, and people in other European countries can help by adopting or providing transport for adoption. Anyone can help by sharing our Facebook posts and by talking to others about the importance of sterilizing and caring for community cats. 
 
Is there a way for Croatia to utilise their place in tourism to help animals in Croatia? Whether it is connecting tourists with animals for adoption or organizing volunteer events at shelters?
 
Definitely! We’re very often contacted by tourists who have concerns about street cats. It’s important for Croatia to be proactive and show that they really care about animals through concrete action and the enforcement of their animal protection laws. The town of Vis has proven that it cares by funding street cat sterilization as of January 2020. We’re also aware that they’re working to bring a vet to the island. Malo po malo…
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You can learn more about Street Cats of Vis on its website.

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Monday, 27 January 2020

Message in Bottle Travels from Kastela to Vis, Authors Sought!

A mysterious message from two imaginative and creative young girls has arrived on the island of Vis.

''Dear pirates, this message wishes you good luck in sailing! I just did my homework about a story for Croatian [class] in the third grade of elementary school and have a safe journey on the Adriatic sea!'' wrote little Matea from Kastel Novi in ​​her message, which her guardian Danijela, together with another message written by Matea's sister Mia, packed into a bottle and threw into the sea almost fifteen days ago.

''Hi! Pirates, I'm wishing you a safe journey from Mia from Croatia!'' reads Mia's message to the pirates.

As Morski writes on the 26th of January, 2020, after days, carried by the sea's currents, the wind and waves, the message in the bottle washed up. On Saturday morning, Matea's letter to the pirates was discovered on the beautiful island of Vis, found a little ''pirate'' - eight-year-old Filip Bozic from Vis.

Eight-year-old Filip, as he shyly explained in a phone interview for the portal of the City of Kastela, saw the bottle when he was playing on the beach and it immediately caught his attention, especially since it was so clogged up that he couldn't even open it.

''I was curious what was inside, but I couldn't open it anyway, so I smashed it against a beach stone to see what was inside it. I was very surprised to see the messages inside, which I took home to show my mum when I finished playing,'' he said.

Filip's mum, Ivana Nikolic Bozic, got involved in the story, explaining that she had to drag where the messages to the pirates had come from from her son, who didn't want to reveal it immediately for fear that he would be yelled at for breaking the glass bottle because he could have cut himself.

Considering the fact that Danijela unfortunately didn't provide any other details other than that the message to the pirates was sent from Kastel Novi, Ivana has tried to contact Matea and Mia from Vis, but hasn't had any success as yet.

You could help, too, and let the girls know about young Filip who found the letter and who wants to reply to the girls with a letter of his own but doesn't know where to send it to from Vis. If you happen to know how Matea and Mia can be found, feel free to contact the editorial office of the aforementioned portal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or let the, know via their Facebook page.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Property of the Week: Renovated Stone House Near Vis Waterfront

January 22, 2020 - Continuing our look at the real estate opportunities on the Croatian coast through the Trgostan catalogue, this week a visit to idyllic Vis. 

A renovated stone house holiday home close to the water on a gorgeous Dalmatian island - it is the dream of many visitors who fall in love during the holiday and then gently enquire into the cost of buying a property here. I have seen many such people over the years, and the overwhelming interest when I was a real estate agent was in getting their hands on a piece of authentic stone property. 

While many decided to buy stone ruins, the chance to buy a well-renovated stone property has its advantages in terms of convenience. And this week's Property of the Week is one such example, from the island of Vis. In the words of Trgostan, the selling agents:

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A fully reconstructed traditional stone house, on four floors, of 136 sqm in total, very close to the main promenade and the sea, consisted of an open plan kitchen with a spacious dining area and bathroom on the ground floor, two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1st and 2nd floor) and a cozy lounge area in the attic that can be used as a bedroom, with a fantastic rental potential (it has a rental license), renovated with quality materials and up to highest standards, few steps from all amenities.

For more information, photos and to book a viewing, check out the original Trgostan listing

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Why Ownership of a Holiday House (Even on Vis) is No Longer Fun

November 28, 2019 - Life as the owner of a holiday house in Croatia used to be a lot easier, even on Vis, says longterm Visophile Miles Robinson.

In 2003 my wife fell in love with Vis during a chance visit and by November we were the proud owners of a structurally sound (except the roof!) 200-year-old house in the centre of Kut.

We were lucky. There was only one owner to deal with and we were quickly introduced to a builder who had been ‘broken in’ to English tastes in internal decoration and fittings by two other kindred spirits.

The house has two floors above the konoba, plus a roof space, and originally had four bedrooms, etc. However, in talking to friends at home we were advised “you can never have too few bedrooms” so we removed the upper two bedrooms. This created a large open plan sitting room (which my wife rather grandly calls the ‘salon’!) which has a view over roofs to the bay on one side and roofs to the hills over Kut on the other.

The house was finished and occupied in 2005 and has proved a comfortable, relaxing bolthole for the two of us plus, occasionally, another couple. Fairly soon we made local friends and discovered that the duties of guide and meals in house can take the edge off the pleasure of additional good company after the novelty wore off. The advice was definitely sound!

After a year or so we discovered that other foreign owners were letting their houses when empty. Obviously, this benefitted both the island with extra tourist revenue and more than covered the running costs of the house for the year.

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The island authorities, in line with their laissez-faire ‘pomalo’ attitude to island life in general, seemed to be relaxed about our activities

No. It couldn’t last! But now, from the sublime to the ridiculous, the bureaucratic form-filling has got too much, in addition to problems with our bank.

Some of the problems we have brought on ourselves, by asking the authorities what rules, regulations and taxes we were subject to. Big mistake! We should have just kept our heads down.

First, it was the eVisitor system, which requires the owner of ‘every’ rented house to log the full name, date of birth, and nationality, plus arrival and leaving dates, of every person occupying the house. This seems to be exactly the same system that applies to hotels. We got over this by employing a local agent (for a commission) and giving him our personal login and password to access the system!

However the big body blow came in 2017 when we were told that not only was our rental income subject to 13% VAT, backdated to 2015, but that monthly returns needed to be submitted (including zeros) for every month from January 2015; and that these returns needed to be filed by a tax accountant. The only accountant on the island quoted 650 Kn per month, but we found someone in Zagreb who would do it for 450 Kn, plus 25% VAT of course!

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And then Splitska bank was sold to Hungarian owned OTP. The transfer of accounts was done without problems, but we were soon told that the only way we could access our accounts was via their mobile app. In the meantime, we had accepted rental deposits from foreign tourists renting our house which were due repayment in their own currency after they had left without damage. OTP told us that their internal rules prevented them from allowing non-resident account holders (us) to make any payments to foreign bank accounts.

Attempting to speak to someone in authority via their “helpline” proved impossible, so I contacted OTP’s Deputy General Manager in Hungary who, eventually, put me in touch with their Complaints Department in Zadar. That was in August.

I have recently received confirmation that they will not lift these restrictions on non-resident account holders, which I have now reluctantly accepted.

It is now finally clear that OTP has no interest in offering a full banking service to non-residents.

When we return to Vis next May I shall see whether the only other bank on the island, Erste, also adopts the same restrictions on non-resident account holders.

I wonder if any of your other non-resident readers have experienced similar problems and are also becoming disillusioned with the obligations of holiday homeownership?

 

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