We recommend visiting the highest peak of Hum, at the base of which is Tito’s Cave
Podšpilje is the name for a group of villages located in the south-western part of the island of Vis, at the foot of the highest peak of the island, Hum (587 m). The name Podšpilje is used for the central village of the area in which they are located: the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birth, from the 19th century, a renovated culture centre, a local board, a post office, a winery and a school – which has been without students for decades.
According to the 2001 census, there were only 129 inhabitants in the area of Podšpilje and its hamlets, while before World War II, more than 700 people lived there, mainly engaged in viticulture and olive growing.
The entire Podšpilje is small in size, and insignificant in population, but rich in cultural and historical heritage. In the hamlets: Borovik, Duboka, Podhumlje and Žena Glava, native folk architecture is preserved. The remains of Illyrian mounds and Venetian fortifications can also be found. (Borovik and Zonko’s Tower)
In addition to visiting Tito’s Cave (in 1944 it was the supreme headquarters of the partisan army and the seat of Tito’s government), make sure to visit the beautiful viewpoint, which offers a magnificent view of the open sea and the islands of Svetac and Brusnik.
Location: Podšpilje is at 11 km distance from Vis, and at 8 km from Komiža.