KOMIZA, VIS ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Komiza

Komiza is located on the island of Vis which is the most distant large island in Central Dalmatian some 50 kilometres from the mainland. Vis island has a land area of 90.3 square kilometres. Its widest point spans 17 kilometres and from north to south its maximum length is 8 kilometres. The coastline of Vis measures 76.7 kilometres long and is marked by some of the most beautiful bays and sheltered coves that can be found anywhere in Croatia. Komiza is the second largest town on Vis with a population of 1,400 and is located at the western end of the island at the head of a wide and deep bay. It is an enchanting place steeped in history and famed for the skills of its fisherman and their unique falkusa fishing vessels. In the harbour is a replica of a falkusa fishing boat.


Komiza square by the sea
Komiza square by the sea
Komiza square
Komiza square
Komiza church with a view of the sea
Komiza church with a view of the sea

Komiza is located at the foot of the Hum hill (587 metres). It is well worth a taxi ride to the top of the hill from where, on a clear day, you can see many of the principal islands of the central Dalmatian Adriatic. Around Komiza the beaches of Kamenica, Gusarica, Nova Posta and Velo Zalo offer the perfect opportunity for swimming and relaxing on the beach. The town also offers a number of cultural and historic sites, monasteries and fortresses. Sports and recreational facilities include three boccia courts, as well as various playgrounds for basketball, handball and football. Water sports and diving are part of the town‘s summer activities.


The fort at Komiza overlooking the harbour
The fort at Komiza overlooking the harbour

Komiza experiences warm and temperate winters and hot summers. The climate allows for tropical and Mediterranean vegetation, including palms, carobs, olives, grapes and lemons. The island is also home to twelve distinct types of island vegetation. Vis has been marked as one of the ten most environmentally preserved islands in the Mediterranean by the World Organization for Environmental Protection.


Komiza beach
Komiza beach

The principal local landmark is the 13th century Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas. The oldest part of the monastery is a Romanesque church dating from the 13th century. In the period between the 14th and 17th century a large five-naved church was built: its central nave dates back to the beginning of the 16th century and the large Baroque sanctuary to 1652. The citadel in the port was built in 1585. There are several other churches of interest in the town.


Komiza from the sea
Komiza from the sea

If you stay in Komiza a boat trip to the island of Bisevo and its renowned Blue Grotto is essential. The Blue Grotto is a cavern which can be entered from the sea by small boat and derives its name from the amazing deep blue colour of the water which is seen at its best around midday when the sun shines through an underwater opening creating this vibrant colour. Bisevo island has a population of about 200 residents, and is noted for bee-keeping and wild honey production.


Komiza at night
Komiza at night

Komiza is famed for its fishermen way beyond the waters of the Adriatic. In the early 20th century many Komizini fisherman emigrated to America and came to settle in Washington State. They were among the first to pioneer the North Pacific salmon fishing industry. In the earliest days of the 20th century these intrepid men were would travel from Puget Sound to the abundant Alaskan salmon fishing grounds of Prince William Sound, Southeast Alaska. There is the annual celebration of Komiza‘s fishing heritage, Ribarska Noc (Fisherman‘s Night).


Boats moored outside house in Komiza
Boats moored outside house in Komiza

Travel to the island of Vis is from Split by regular ferry service to Vis town. You can bring a car over on the ferry or take a taxi across the island to Komiza on arrival.


Vis

Vis is the most distant from the mainland of the larger Croatian islands and until the 1980s was not open to foreigners as it was an important military base. As a consequence it was relatively late to develop a tourist industry and even today is relatively undeveloped and less frequented by tourists. Vis is however on of the most exquisite Croatian islands. It has two principal towns, the town of Vis at the north east end of the island and Komiza to the west. The interior is rugged and dominated by the 587 metre high peak of Hum. The coast includes many delightful bays and beaches.


There is evidence of a stone age settlement on Vis and the Greeks established a colony there in 397 BC. Control of the island later passed to the Romans and for much of the middle ages the island was under Venetian control. In the 19th century Vis became part of the Austrian empire and the town of Vis was an important naval base. During the Second World War Vis was the command centre for the Tito's partisans and the cave, on a remote hillside in which Tito lived, can be visited.


Some first rate wines are produced on Vis. The red Plavac and the white Vugava should be tried.


Vis Town

Vis town is situated in a deep and sheltered bay which forms a wonderful natural harbour. The town has an absolutely delightful harbour front where visiting yachtsmen can tie up directly on the harbour wall and step ashore to visit the many cafes and restaurants. Vis has a superb choice of excellent restaurants several of which are located in the area of Kut which is a ten minute walk from the main centre.


Vis town - the harbour front
Vis town - the harbour front
Vis harbour
Vis harbour
Stoncica bay - sandy beach
Stoncica bay - sandy beach

Komiza

Komiza at the western end of the island is an ancient fishing community and today's resident are proud of their heritage and their reputation as the most skilled fisherman in the Adriatic. The town does not have the grand architecture and fine public building that characterise the waterfront in Vis town but its quaint and picturesque streets and busy harbour are absolutely charming. In the harbour is a replica of the Komisa falkusa, the characteristic fishing boat of the island.


Komiza - a picturesque and unspoilt fishing village
Komiza - a picturesque and unspoilt fishing village
Komiza from Hum mountain
Komiza from Hum mountain
Komiza fishermen with Bisevo Island
Komiza fishermen with Bisevo Island
Komiza harbour castle
Komiza harbour castle
Fruit market in Vis
Fruit market in Vis

Bays and Beaches

Vis has some of the loveliest bays and beaches in the Adriatic. Foremost is Stoncica Bay a few kilometres east of Vis Town. This deep and narrow bay has a gorgeous sandy beach at its head. With an excellent restaurant on the beach this is a perfect spot to spend a relaxing day.


Bisevo Island and the Blue Cave

Bisevo a small island a few miles off Komiza is notable for the Blue Cave a water level grotto. Around midday the sun shines through an underwater opening creating a blue glow in the interior of the cave. Visitors can enter the cave in small rowing boats.


Split

Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.


Split waterfront
Split waterfront

Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.



Our Villas in Komiza


Island Cottage
Island Cottage Island Cottage is situated on the beautiful Island of Vis, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and is just 20 metres from the sea. The cottage has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is fully air-conditioned. With LCD Satellite TV and free wireless internet access.
Villa Sunny Courtyard
Villa Sunny Courtyard A pretty, four bedroom, three bathroom air-conditioned villa in the heart of a famous Croatian fishing village, just a stone's throw from the sea. Authentic, beautifully restored old house. WiFi.
Villa Cochinella
Villa Cochinella A three bedroom, three bathroom, modern villa at the edge of the fishing village, with private garden and pool, great sea views, WIFI, BBQ, beach
Villa in Vis 1
Villa in Vis 1 A gorgeous, air-conditioned, restored stone, town villa, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, sea view balconies, outdoor flower terrace. WiFi, BBQ. Pet friendly. Bicycles. Beach 50 metres.


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