VIS, THE MAMMA MIA ISLAND
We’ve already mentioned Vis in one of our posts describing what secrets this island keeps. In fact, if you are a tourist you have for sure heard about it! In its archipelago, it houses the Blue Cave, one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. With its untouched nature, beautiful beaches, and crystal blue sea, it is no wonder Hollywood came knocking on its doors. Which is why this year whoever hears about Vis, it is usually followed by: “Oh, Vis, the Mamma Mia island!”
One of the biggest hits of 2008., and in fact of the whole decade, was Mamma Mia. This Meryl Streep helmed musical that had ABBA songs as its main driving force became somewhat of a box office wonder. And as these things go, it inevitably got a sequel greenlit. And ten years after the first one, Mamma Mia: Here we go again is coming to our cinemas soon enough. There is one major shakeup from the first to the second movie though. Namely the fact that the setting of the first movie, the gorgeous islands of Greece, have been replaced with the Croatian island of Vis. And if you’ve seen the first movie, you know the setting played quite a large role in the movie, so the producers had to find someplace that captured that magic look that Greece has. And find it they did in Vis.
Even during the promotional tour, a few of the stars praised the beauty of Vis and the fact that it looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Christine Baranski noted on Late Night with Seth Meyers that Vis was a beautiful location, and the filming allowed the cast to enjoy the most out of their time there. Amanda Seyfried and Lily James talked to the AOL Build Series about the beauty and tranquility of Vis, and how great it was to get to film in such an exquisite location.
As the result of the movie being filmed there, and the proximity of the Blue Cave, Vis has become incredibly popular in recent years. But it has always had a problem of connecting to the coast, and it persists to this day. If you would like to spend a few days on Vis, the easiest way to get there is by ferry/catamaran. You can buy tickets on the Jadrolinija website, as they quite often get sold out during summer high season. And if you don’t have that much time, but would still like to tour the island, you can find quite a few Blue Cave tours. Most offer a go around the island, as well as a stop at Komiža or Stiniva Bay.