VIS ISLAND

vis croatia islandVis is an island in the central Dalmatia with area of about 90 km2. Limestone crests hils are covered with macchia and fertile valleys, covered with red soils and interspersed with sand dunes, are cultivated with vines.

The main settlements on the island are Vis and Komiza. Good quality accommodation in hotels or private apartments, unpolluted environment with the crystal clear sea and marine scenery as well as the local specialities - seafood from the cleanest part of the Adriatic, various sports and recreation opportunities, they all constitute the offer for your vaccation on Vis. Incredible history dating from Roman times can be found all arround the Vis island - roman city of Issa with square (agora - forum), the inscription by the hero Calius from the 4th century BC (the oldest verse found in Croatia), a bronze head of Aphrodite, fortreses, Franciscan monastery etc. make this place worth visiting.

Fantastic nature with numerous bays and beaches that offers the peace and tranquility joined with traditional small home restaurants where you can eat in the surrounding of the home environment and try some local delicacies like lamb, weel or octopusy in the pot, fresh fish, sheep and goat cheese, local wine and herbal spirits etc. will make your hollidays on Vis memorable.

Vis is was strategically significant in the Adriatic and was fought over in many naval battles. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians, French and British have all controlled Vis at different times. Major naval battles took place in 1811 when the British defeated the French and in 1866 when Austrian forces trounced Italy.

During the Second Wolrd War the island was at different times under the control of Tito's partisans and was the British Military Mission Headquarters. After the war Vis became a military base to which access was strictly controlled and it was only in summer 1998 that the island opened to foreign visitors. This protection from tourist development left the island unspoilt and the local population able to carry on their traditional way of life - fishing and farming.

There are many vineyards and Vis has for centuries been famous for its wine. Opol is an outstandingly good light red wine, Visko Crno is a strong heavy red and Vugava a rather rich white wine. Visitors to the island will find the two small towns of Vis and Komiza full of history with wild mountain scenery and many donkey tracks that can be used for walking. Good restaurants offer locally caught fresh fish and lobsters served with the local wines.

Ferries to Vis Island:

There are two ferries that sail to Vis island. They are daily ferries, one is ferry that takes cars and other vehicles as well as foot passengers, while other one is fast catamaran ferry that takes foot passengers only. Both ferriessail from Split - have a look at the timetables:

Hotels, Hostels, Apartments, Pansions, Private Accommodation at Island of Vis - book here!

Vis Hotels

  • Hotel San Giorgio ★★★★☆
    Hotel San GiorgioThe Hotel San Giorgio is a charming, small and family-run hotel on the island of Vis, 60 km (37 miles) off the Dalmatian coast, and can be found in the historical centre of the city of Vis. Prices from €10.00 - Number of rooms: 10 - Check Hotel San Giorgio, Vis availability
  • Apartments Blaza ★★★☆☆
    Apartments BlazaApartments Blaza is located on the remote island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea. The property has outdoor barbecue facilities and a terrace with far-reaching views of the nearby vineyards and olive groves. Prices from €55.00 - Number of rooms: 3 - Check Apartments Blaza, Vis availability
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    Small Photo Gallery of Vis

    Sculpture from Vis
    Fisherman's Net
    Vis BEach
    Spring at Vis
    Sunset at Vis
    Seagull at Vis
    Vis Panorama
    Reflections
    Komiza Old Vineyards
    Food at Restaurnat
    Bay at Vis
    Komiza Sunset Vis

    Old Photos of Vis

    Vis Old Photo Komiza Old Photo

    click to enlarge: Vis Old Photo + Komiza Vis in 1910

    Worth visiting nearby is the island of Bisevo famous for its Blue Grotto locally called Modra Spilja. Also, the ruins of the town belted with walls (size about 10 ha) is situated on the southern slope of Gradine, on the western and eastern side are the graveyards Martvilo and Vlaška Njiva. On the Pirova Peninsula lie the remains of the Roman theatre (where the Franciscan Monastery was later erected).

    To the east side along the sea was the main town square (agora - forum), and the monumental thermals on the west side. Issa is the first city of antiquity on the Croatian coast built upon the regular urban matrix. Numerous valuable finds: inscription of the hero Calius from the 4th century (oldest inscription in this region), bronze head of the goddess Aphrodite or Artemis from the Praxitelean circle, collection of vases (southern Italian red figural, Gnathia, vases of local Issa production). Archeological collection ‘Issa’. The nearest airport is Split. Jadrolinija ferry lines has regular service to and from Split.

    Travel Articles of Vis:

      Vis Birds View

      Vis Birds View

      Vis fizz - Time travel ... Vis has avoided mass tourism and feels remarkably untouched - Adriatic's version of the slow food experience - starting with a leisurely nine-hour lunch Welcome to Senko's, on the remote Croatian island of Vis, possibly the only restaurant in the world where guests are expected to do the washing-up – and without the benefit of running water. In fact, Senko's is more than a restaurant. Set on a rocky promontory above the sparkling Adriatic, among drifts of lavender and purple wild flowers, the tumble-down stone cottage is owned by Senko Karuza, a writer, artist and philosopher who is also a passionate chef. In summer, he orchestrates children's bread-making classes, survival courses (how to live simply off the land and sea) and house parties – some might say "happenings" where the only required dress is a swimsuit ... read more

    Book about Vis:

    book A Croatian Cricketing Odyssey THE ASCENT OF MOUNT HUM : A Croatian Cricketing Odyssey by Steven Haslemere : How on earth did an English pub team end up playing cricket on a remote Croatian island? What linked their booze-fuelled exploits to the British legacy of the Second World War and the Napoleonic era? This book tells the story of how a group of distinctly average cricketers became unlikely sporting ambassadors and, quite by accident, helped re-introduce an island to its forgotten past...The Ascent of Mount Hum tells the eventful and often hilarious story of how Vis’ quiet Adriatic idyll was rudely shattered by the arrival of a rag-tag team of pub cricketers from Cambridge, who went intending to play the first cricket match on Vis in nearly two hundred years. What followed included a series of fortunate coincidences and near-disasters, an almost heroic cricketing encounter, improbable cultural exchanges and the discovery of unexpected links to British history stretching back beyond the Second World War to the time of Napoleon... read more

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