A SMALL vacation island that looks like Greece in the movies is both a cheaper and more secluded option.
The Greek islands are among the most popular holiday destinations in the world, so they are also very expensive and extremely busy.
However, vacationers can have a similar experience elsewhere, but with less money to spend and fewer crowds.
Vis in Croatia is a very small island and has only recently become a tourist destination.
Despite being a former military base, it still has a lot to offer, especially for people looking for a Greek island-like vacation.
In fact, it served as the filming location for “Mamma Mia 2” and also served as the Greek island of Skopelos, where the first musical film was shot.
The island, which had a population of 3,617 at the 2011 census, can be reached by ferry from Split in two and a half hours.
From the 1950s to 1989 it was closed off to foreign visitors and also served as a military base for the Yugoslav National Army, forcing many locals to leave the area.
Since then it has become a popular holiday destination, especially among wine lovers as it produces some of Croatia’s most popular white wines.
Miles of vineyards can be seen dotted around the island, which is surrounded by glorious beaches.
Among the best is Stoncica Beach, which has been described as an “ideal place” for families.
Croatia expert said: “On this sandy beach there is an excellent restaurant and beach bar, a playground for beach volleyball and plenty of shade under the palm trees.”
“Stoncica is an ideal place for family trips.”
Zaglav Beach is also popular with visitors, although it remains quieter than some of the other, more popular spots on the island.
Croatia expert described it as “one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coast”.
They continued, “This beautiful beach of your dreams is the perfect place for those who want to escape the summer crowds and enjoy the tranquility and crystal clear waters.”
While excellent for a summer vacation, a trip to Vis instead of a Greek island could be a far more financially viable option.
Return flights to Split from the UK are available from around £90 per person, while accommodation on the island is available from just £34 per night for two people.
Food and drink aren’t exactly expensive either, the average price of a beer in Croatia is around £2.10, while a three-course meal for two is usually around £34.
Not only is it cheaper, but it’s also closer to the UK, with flights to the nearest airport, Split, taking around two and a half hours.
Flights to Greek islands like Santorini take almost twice as long and cost around £20 more per person.
Meanwhile, this holiday island has breathtaking seas and breathtaking views.
And this little-known island is only three hours from London.