Vis 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 – Getting there:
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:
- Ferry Split – Vis – car and foot passenger ferry – winter and summer timetable
- Ferry catamaran Vis – Split – foot passengers service – winter and summer timetable
- All ferries to Vis Island
Once you arrive at the Island, here are local public transport bus schedules for getting around : Buses on Vis Island
Hotels, Hostels, Apartments, Pensions, Private Accommodation at Island of Vis – book here!
- Hotel San Giorgio
The 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 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
Komiza and Vis Hostels:
- Komiza Provita Guesthouse
Situated on Vis Island in the small fishing village of Komiza in a bay is the Komiza Provita Guesthouse. It offers air-conditioned, bright studio apartments in a stone-built guesthouse. Prices from €50.00 – Number of rooms: 6 – Check Komiza Provita Guesthouse, Komiža availability
- Apartments Sole
Apartments Sole are located on the island of Vis in the fisherman’s town of Komiza, 300 metres from the sea and the ferry to Bisevo. All apartments are air-conditioned. Prices from €35.00 – Number of rooms: 3 – Check Apartments Sole, Komiža availability
- Private accommodation KomizaEnjoy sightseeing and swimming in Komiza on the island of Vis! Spend pleasant moments in our comfortable private accommodation that we offer on our location by the sea. You may choose between studio apartments (3 stars) and double rooms or triples.Prices from €22.50 – Check Private accommodation Komiza, Komiza availability
- Robinson Apartments – Robinson apartments are situated in the center of Vis with everything in easy access. Our apartments are set over two floors, each with a double bed and a third bed, kitchen, bathroom, air condition and terrace.Prices from €22.04 – Check Robinson Apartments, Vis availability
Small Photo Gallery of Vis
Worth visiting nearby is the island of Bisevo famous for its Blue Grotto locally called Modra Spilja aka Blue Cave. 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.
- Vis Accommodation – b&b, rooms, hostels, cheap hotels in Island of Vis – click to browse!
- Map of Vis Island – practical map of Vis Island.
- Vis Panorama Photos – some good photos in panoramic view from Vis Island.
Travel Articles of Vis:
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