Looking at its tranquil present-day exterior, you’ll never guess that the island of Vis used to be military island, with a history of occupation and fortified defences, that was actually off limits to foreign visitors until the war in 1991. It is also home to one of Former Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito’s three submarine bases, impossible to detect from the air, but clearly visible from the road across the bay. Big enough to shelter submarines up to 110 metres long, this secret submarine base located in Parja Bay near Vis town, was part of a wider network of military tunnels and caves across the island.

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