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Is gay travel to Croatia safe? Should you visit the Vis Blue Caves? These answers plus essential Vis gay travel information below in this wolfyy guide to the Croatian island with a little bit of everything.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Vis, Croatia

There are usually a handful of gay travelers out and about in Vis. Vis has a vibe in between that of a party island like Hvar and a more serene spot like Maslinica. Some travel solo and others on groups of gay sailing boats.
Vis Gay Travel
Vis Gay Travel
Vis Gay Travel
One of my friends even found himself an adorable Australian man to pair up with for a couple nights! While the Croatian islands are not necessarily flooded with gay men, they can certainly be found exploring the wonderful pieces of paradise!
Vis Gay Travel

I visited Vis while taking a sailing trip with a group of some old and new gay friends! We arranged a private boat that set sail in Dubrovnik and made its way around different islands for a week, ending in Split.

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sailing gay islands croatia

In addition to Vis, we stopped at the other Croatian islands of Okuklje, Korčula, Hvar, Pomena and Maslinica. Click any of these linked destinations to see the corresponding wolfyy gay travel guide!

Croatia 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 or gay sailing in Greece!

Book dates for 2020/2021 now! Learn all about the gay sailing experience.

gay sailing Croatia
gay sailing Croatia
gay sailing Croatia

If you’re interested in seeing what the trip was like for me, head to my instagram @laffaloui  and check out the highlights section. There are a bunch of shots and videos from the my last sailing trip!

Vis Gay Travel Experiences

Observing local life is quite easy in Vis. Take a stroll through the residential areas which are not too far from the port. You’ll find some picturesque narrow pathways.
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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.

Vis cave tours
gay cruise Croatia
gay cruise Croatia
Restaurants can be expensive in Croatia, but you can definitely find a bargain at Karijola Pizzeria! Their small terrace overlooking the Vis port is adorable. Our dinner was very comfortable. Try a Hugo, an Italian aperitive!
restaurant on water

Vis is famous for 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.

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restaurant on water
Vis gay travel

There are beautiful rock formations for cliff diving around the island. Make sure to spend a bit of time a Stiniva Beach. The water is clear and it is a great scenic, secluded spot.

Gay Travel Safety in Croatia

Gay travelers in Croatia should exercise caution while touring the country for a number of reasons. Although Croatia is part of the European Union and is a popular gay travel destination, there is still a formidable anti-LGBT sentiment among some local Croatians.
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Even though the Croatian islands are filled with tourists, locals still live and work on these bits of paradise. The Croatians are not used to seeing overt gay public displays of affection. So, two men kissing in a bar in Vis may warrant some unwanted attention.
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moon behind palm trees
I encountered a few homophobic scenarios while sailing Croatia’s islands with a group of gay friends. A few gay couples joined our trip. After showing some affection in a couple of restaurants and bars, there were some uncomfortable situations.
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In short, one restaurant told our friends that two men could not kiss each other while sitting and having dinner. One other instance involved a group of young local men throwing a lighter at a group of us while in a local bar. Both situations were handled, but it was very disheartening to experience.
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gay sailing
In my opinion, this information should not deter you from visiting Croatia. Firstly, isolated incidents like these could have happened anywhere.

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

Spend some time at Lambik 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 places to visit in Vis. They have an indoor-outdoor seating area and the prices are more than reasonable.

cocktail bar
cocktail bar
Bejbi Bar
For something a bit later in the night, check out Bejbi Bar, located along the waterfront. I spent a few hours after dinner at Bejbi Bar with friends and stayed until closing. It isn’t really a dance club but they have a fun, upbeat vibe.
Bejbi Bar

There are no specific “gay bars” or gay clubs in Vis, although it is possible you may come across some gay travelers while exploring the island!

Vis Gay Travel Tips

I stayed on a shared sailboat while visiting Vis, so I won’t be able to recommend any specific hotels. However, if you are not staying on a boat, then definitely look for a cozy spot in one of the adorable residential streets that are not too far from the port, just like these Vis Airbnb Rentals.

where to stay in Vis
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local neighborhood Vis Croatia

If you’re taking part in a gay sailing trip as I did, make sure to bring some 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?

Croatia is so popular with European, Australian and American tourists, that prices are no longer considered “cheap.” Prices at most restaurants throughout the Croatian islands rival those of New York City or Paris.
local neighborhood Vis 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?

Learn about Croatia gay sailing trips available each summer. 

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Gay Life in 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.

Vis gay travel tours
Vis gay travel tours
Croatian locals
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 union solely between a man and woman.  A 2017 Pew Research Study found that more than 60% of Croatians oppose same-sex marriage.
Croatia LGBT safety
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.
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Croatia LGBT safety
On the positive end of the spectrum, a 2016 ILGA poll found that 75% of Croatians would have no issue with a LGBT neighbor. 10% of people responded they would be very uncomfortable with a LGBT neighbor.
Croatian locals
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.
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Want to party in Croatia? Check out wolfyy’s Hvar Gay Travel Guide to get in on the nightlife.

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