Vis Gay Travel
Is Vis gay travel safe? Should you visit the Blue Caves? These answers, plus nightlife, travel tips and things to do on this lovely Croatian island.
The Gay Travel Experience: Vis, Croatia
One of my friends even found himself an adorable Australian man to pair up with for a couple of nights! While the Croatian islands are not necessarily flooded with gay men, they can certainly be found exploring the wonderful pieces of paradise!
Vis is truly stunning. The landscapes here will absolutely take your breath away. Check out some of the scenes in this video by Shoot Me Films.
Vis Gay Sailing Vacations
Sailing the Croatian Islands with a group of gay friends was one of the most memorable trips of my entire life! Are you interested in doing the same? I can help you organize your first trip for gay sailing in Croatia, Greece or Italy!
To see what the trip was like, go to my Instagram @laffaloui and see the first story highlight section. There’s a ton of shots from my prior sailing trips!
Vis Gay Travel Experiences
Vis is famous for day trip cave tours. These are the beautiful images of glowing water you find all over Instagram. You can arrange a tour with one of the local agencies to see the green cave and/or the blue cave.
Entrance to the blue cave is only possible if the sea is not too rough, but the other sites are accessible all the time.
I walked through these streets both during the day and night. The apartment entrances look like something out of a magazine! Closer to the waterfront there are many small shops selling high-end gifts and art as well.
Karijola Pizzeria has a lovely small terrace overlooking the Vis port. Restaurants can be expensive in Croatia, but you can definitely find a bargain here!
Stiniva Beach is a must-see, one of the beautiful rock formations for cliff diving around the island. The water is clear here in this scenic, secluded spot.
Gay Travel Safety in Croatia
Many locals do support homosexuality and equal rights for LGBT individuals. Homophobic comments can be made in any country, but gay travelers in Croatia should still make sure they are in a safe environment before displaying any affection.
Vis Bars & The Gay Nightlife Experience
Lambik Bar & Bistro is my top recommendation for cocktails. Lambik has an incredible ambiance. It feels like a little castle!
Beautiful original stonework and inviting lighting make this bar stand out in my mind as one of the cutest spots in Vis. They have an indoor-outdoor seating area and the prices are more than reasonable.
Visit Bejbi Bar for evening cocktails or late-night drinks. They’re conveniently located along the waterfront. I spent a few hours after dinner here at Bejbi Bar with friends and stayed until closing. It isn’t really a dance club but they have a fun, upbeat vibe.
There are no official Vis gay bars or gay clubs, although it is possible you may come across some gay travelers while exploring the island!
Vis Gay Travel Tips
Even though I stayed on a sailboat, it’s easy to see that the best area to stay is along the adorable residential streets in Vis.
If you’re taking part in a gay sailing trip as I did, make sure to bring a couple of packs of anti-nausea medicine! The water in the port was quite rough the day and night I stayed in Vis; I got a little seasick!
Luckily there are several pharmacies nearby if you forget. Note that not every island has a pharmacy, so if you’re going to a smaller island, prepare yourself!
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How Expensive is Croatia?
So yes, Croatia is expensive in relative terms. Cheap food is hard to come by, but there are still some pizzerias where you can get a medium-sized personal pizza for the equivalent of ten Euros.
Book a Vis Gay Sailing Trip!
A fully-staffed boat with a small group of fun gay guys sailing the Croatian islands will be an unforgettable experience, guaranteed. With a reasonable price, amazing food, clear water, and friendly gay skippers, what more could you ask for?
Vis Gay Life & Croatia LGBT Rights
Croatia provides a wealth of protections to the LGBT community, however gay life in Croatia for locals is not exactly easy. Most local Croatians keep their sexuality hidden from the public eye out of fear of discrimination.
They do not usually express their identity openly. Hate speech has been on the rise against LGBT individuals and Serbs prior to 2017, according to reports compiled that year on the issue.
Croatia does defend all citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The country allows gays, lesbians, and bisexual individuals to serve in the military. Changing legal gender is also legal.
A major downfall is that the Croatian constitution bans same-sex marriage. The country revised the constitution to define marriage as a union solely between a man and woman. A 2017 Pew Research Study found that more than 60% of Croatians oppose same-sex marriage.
Gay rights gained more of a foothold in 2014 when Croatia passed the Life Partnership Act. The Life Partnership Act allows gay couples to receive the same legal benefits as heterosexual couples for just about everything except adoption rights.
On the positive end of the spectrum, a 2016 ILGA poll found that 75% of Croatians would have no issue with an LGBT neighbor. 10% of people responded they would be very uncomfortable with an LGBT neighbor.
Most anti-LGBT sentiment can be found in the northwest portion of Croatia. The rest of the country is not so fiercely opposed.
Large centers like Dubrovnik and Zagreb advertise themselves as gay-friendly tourist destinations, however, this does not exactly mean discrimination by locals does not occur.