ABOUT THE ISLAND OF VIS
Vis - the outmost major island of the Dalmatian archipelago,
emerging from the crystal clear blue sea, 50 km away from the
Croatian and 150 km from the Italian coast, surrounded by small
islands and islets is an agreable and quiet place for your summer
The Vis channel, 8 km wide, divides Vis from the island of Hvar.
The climate is typically Mediterranean with long, hot and dry
summers and short and mild winters.
The average annual temperature is over 16° C.
The Vis archipelago consists of some outstanding open-sea islands:
Biševo, Sveti Andrija (St. Andrew), Jabuka, Brusnik, Palagruža...
With its area of 90 square kilometres and 76 nautical miles of
indented shore it abounds in sandy and pebbly beaches, rocks, sea
and mountain caves, picturesque hills and valleys, vineyards,
small villages and two fascinating ancient towns – Vis and Komiža.
All places are well connected by excellent asphalted roads leading
around or criss-crossing the island and thus becoming increasingly
popular for mountain biking.
The island of Vis, one of the first centres of civilization in
this part of the Mediterranean, is also rich in ancient sites and
ruins originating from the Illyrians, Greeks and Romans, the
predecessors of the Croats who began colonizing the island in the
8th century AD.
On the opposite sides of the island, around two big, natural bays
are situated two small towns – Vis and Komiža.
On the site of the present day town of Vis, the Greeks from
Siracuse founded their colony ( Issa ) in 4th century BC. It was
the most prominent Greek settlement on the Eastern Adriatic coast.
The Greek town was built on terraces sloping gently to the sea
front and fortified by defensive walls, which are partially
preserved to the present day and so are the termae from
1st.century BC and the remains of the walls and mosaics discovered
in archeological excavations.
Vis is a very picturesque town with attractive stone houses,
Renaissance and Baroque palaces and several churches from 16th and
The Vis harbour and marina are ideally protected places for
mooring numerous yachts coming from all over the world.
The Archeological Museum of the Town of Vis displays a fine array
of Greek and Roman artefacts especially ceramics and numerous
amphorae salvaged from the Greek and Roman vessels shipwrecked
off the island.
In the offing, opposite to the Komiža bay, is the Biševo island,
known for its beautiful sandy beaches and particularly for its
Blue Grotto (cave) accessible by boat from the sea, where you can
experience an unforgettable symphony of blue and silver colours
reflecting themselves from the sea depth.
In its history, the town of Vis was called the key to the
Adriatic. In 1866, the famous Vis Battle was fought off the
island's shore. It was the first clash of modern ironclad steam
fleets in one of the greatest maritime battles of 19th century
fought between Austrian and Italian fleets for the predomination
on the Adriatic.
Visitors are delighted by the untouched nature of this island, its
beauty, secluded and quiet places ideal for rest and recreation.
Diving instructors, organized in a Diving Club, will take you to
unforgettable discoveries of the secrets of sub-marine life hidden
below the surface of the transparent blue sea.
In the interior of the island you will discover hamlets with few
remaining inhabitants , old stone houses and walls, gardens and
numerous vineyards – the living witnesses of the bygone times.
On the southern coast you will discover a series of quiet and
picturesque coves – Rukavac, Stiniva, Milna, Srebrena, Rudo,
Travno... with exceptionally beautiful beaches.
Off the southern shore of the island, there is a string of gentle
small islands and islets with their rocks, beaches and grottos,
highly attractive destinations for daily excursions by motor and
Welcome to the island of Vis!