The island of Biševo is 5.91 km2 in size, with a 18.1 km stretch of coats.
Biševo has 8 hamlets. Up until the First World War these eight hamlets were populated by 320 inhabitans who wre wine-growersand fishermen. Biševo was covered by large areas of fertile sand soil where its renowned small blue grape know as Plavac Mali was planted. This grape variety was used for the production of world-renowed red wine that was also consumed at the Viennese royal court.
Large quantities of the pelagic fish caught at Biševo's fishing areas were salted and exported to Venice, southern Italy and Greece, while taxes imposed on bountiful fish catch at the Trešjavec fishing post along the southern coast of Biševo was used to build the Komizan Komuna fortress and complete the construction of St.Stephen's cathedral in the city of Hvar.
The inhabitans of Biševo emigrated to far-reaching ends of the world, from Americas to Australia.
A FISHERMAN FROM BIŠEVO - FOUNDER OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY IN THE US
The small village of Porat on the western coast of Biševo is the birthplace of Martin Bogdanovic ( b. 1882) who would become the founder of the fishing industry in the United States of America and the largest industrialist in the history of world fishing.
ST.SYLVESTER'S CHURCH ON BIŠEVO
In 1050 a priest from Split by the name of Ivan erected a church on Biševo's plateau and consecrated to Pope St.Sylvester , who was the first in the history of Christianity to secure Christians' rights to publicly declare their faith.Father Ivan gave the church over to Benedictines from the Tremiti islands. St.Sylvester's Church was built in Pre-Romanic style, but its original configuration was changed over the subsequent centuries.
Although its surface area amounts to no more than 6 square kilometers, the island of Biševo is exceptionally diverse with botanical species. Botanist have registered as many as 480 plants species existing in Biševo's plant ecosystem.
BIŠEVO - AND ISLAND OF HOLES
Biševo island has around 10 larger and smaller grottoes, which can be partially entered by boat.
THE MONK SEAL'S GROTTO
The Monk Seal's Grotto was declared a geomorphological monument of nature in 1967. The cave is 160 m long in total and is the longest sea cave in the Adriatic.
THE BLUE CAVE
In the spring of 1884 baron Eugen Ransonnet- Villez discovered the Blue Grotto. The unknown limestone grotto became the magical camera picta, foreshadowing the emergence of modern-day tourism in the Adriatic.
BIŠEVO PORAT COVE - THE BEST BEACH IN CROATIA
The Porat cove on the west coast of the small island of Biševo was proclaimed to be best hidden beach in Croatia.