About Vis Island
Whether travelling by boat or car the journey along the southern Dalmatian coast is spectacular. Vis island is a bit different as it was not open to tourism until quite recently, so it's a quieter, less developed location. Vis has mild winters and cool summers with the Mistral which makes the island one of the best climates in Croatia, which in turn favours the development of rich and lush Mediterranean vegetation: palm trees, carob and lemon trees and vines. Vis has an important place in Croatian culture and history - here you can see Roman and Greek remains as well as renaissance and baroque monuments. Outside Vis town we recommend a visit to the thriving fishing town of Komiža. The Fishing Museum in the old citadel is an interesting reminder of long-forgotten fishing skills.
Owing to its extraordinary geographical position, Vis has been occupied by many invaders and has been the site of many battles over the years, the most famous one being on 20th July,1886. The anniversary is celebrated every year. For a long time, though, Vis was isolated from the rest of the islands which hindered its development but now the island is becoming very popular, especially as Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again was filmed here!
The town of Vis is connected by regular ferry and hydrofoil lines to the island of Hvar, Split and in the summer months with Ancona and Pescara on the Italian coast. Travelling by hydrofoil ship from Split to Vis takes 1 hour, 15 minutes, and the ferry from Split to Vis takes 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Vis is a naturally beautiful island with a selection of beaches, bays and caves. These caves are quite famous - Modre (blue), Zelene (green) and Krajicine (Queen's Cave) as well as Tito's Cave. The Blue Cave is a popular tourist attraction because of its geomorphological phenomenon (it is a good example of Karst formation), the Green and Queen's caves, dating from the Bronze Age, also offer geomorphological phenomena: the Green cave is an example of an abrasion cave with limestone - it has two entrances and is appeals to tourists, explorers and scientists alike. Holy Ghost, the highest peak of Vis, was the supreme headquarters of Tito's government.
The Town of Vis: the town of Vis emerged around 397 BC when the mighty Greek ruler Dionysius the Great built an urban settlement with democratic rule and its own money under the name Issa, the Greek graveyard here testifies to that. Along with the Greeks, the Romans also had an important role in the development of the town and their building prowess is best witnessed by the Roman spas and amphitheatre. Vis reached its pinnacle at the time of the Venetian Republic; around St George's harbour two urban centres emerged: Kut and Luka, from which developed contemporary Vis.
Walking through the town's narrow, stone streets leads you to many squares, fortresses and churches (St Ciprianus church, Our Lady of Spilice and the Franciscan Monastery on the Prirovo Peninsula). If you begin from its eastern part, Kut, towards the west you will see the palace of the poet Petar Hektorović, the house in which the Croatian writer Ranko Marinković was born, Gariboldi’s palace and the 19th century Austrian fort Batarija, in which the museum of the town of Vis is located today.
Where to stay
"House on Vis smaller than expected. Our room only had a small window in the very back of the room by the wardrobe so no natural light. No garden. Scruffy village. We were unlucky with the weather there and only canoed on the last two days but the other people staying there were lovely."
E Langley, UK, Sept 2016