VIS, VIS ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
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 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
Stoncica bay - sandy beach
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 from Hum mountain
Komiza fishermen with Bisevo Island
Komiza harbour castle
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, 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.
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 Vis
|Villa Aphrodite is a luxury, fully air-conditioned, modern and exclusive island villa with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The villa has an infinity pool, stunning sea views and is just one metre from the beach.|
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|Villa in Vis 2 |
|A gorgeous, air-conditioned, modern luxury villa, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, sea view balconies, private garden and pool. WiFi, BBQ. Pet friendly. Provides a chef on request.|
|Serenity Bay Villa|
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