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Adriatic Islands (Southern):

Explore the hills and mountains of Croatia's southern adriatic islands from the comfort of your computer, tablet or smart phone with these virtual reality tour following the two key routes to the summit.




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Sveti Duh, Hum, on Vis587mHPO 16.7Komiža

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Vis Island - Sveti Duh and the spiders of Hum.:

My wife holds fond memories of a school trip to the Island of Vis and had for many years been keen to take us their too. In spring 2018 we booked the Jadrolinija ferry from Split and an apparement for four nights in the town of Komiža.Expand

Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland and has long had millitary significance. Indeed, from the 1950s until 1989 no forign visitors were permitted. The old Yugolsav army base upon the summit of Hum, the island's highest point at 587m, remains off limits, and so the Croatia Mountaineering Society placed HPO 16.7 outside the nearby chapel of Sveti Duh. The name translates to "the Holy Spirit".

Three days into our stay on the island, my wife and eldest son went scuba diving, and thus came the opportunity for my youngest and I to explore the island's baked interior. We set off with plentful water supplies following Ulica Dr. Anta Starčevića out of the town, and a short while after began following the well marked, if sometimes over grown path, between the folds of Hum's eastern flank. It was hot. Very hot. We slowed the ascent and took brief rests in the whatever shade we could, noting as we did so the increasingly frequent trampoline like stuctures in the undergrowth. Trampolines of web that folded into tubes, funnels to be more precise. My mind conjoured up uncertain images of the natorious funnel web spider. Were their bites not posionous? Looking skyward one could also see webs strung between the trees, their arachnid builders waiting patiently in their centres.

As the path zig-zagged towards a pass below the millitary base, the view opened and within a short time we arrived at the stone chapel of Sveti Duh. We stamped our log books using the metal die cemented into the low wall outside the chapel and ate lunch in the shade at it's rear. Here we enjoying the view of Komiža, the sea, and further islands before setting off again once more under the backing sun.

Rather than retrace our steps, our plan was to make a loop, visiting the caves were Marshal Tito, (the partisan resistance leader) had a secret base during the second world war, and then heading norwards to the main road that links Komiža and the Vis (the town) and thus bisecting the island, before heading westward and with a twisting desecnt back to our holiday appartment.

At Tito's caves we met the only other people on our walk thus far. A German tourist group who had approached the historic site by minibus and rather burst our bubble on telling us that there was no roadside cafe at which we could purchase a chilled drink.

It was on leaving Tito's caves and heading north that the we were transported to the Mirkwood of Tolkien's Middle-earth. The spider's

Funnel webs, the spiders of Hum.
Funnel webs, the spiders of Hum.

The photos for the tour were taken on a Ricoh Theta S 360 degree panoramic camera.Minimise