Vis is the most remote of the Central Dalmatian Islands. Wild and unspoiled, it has a rocky, indented coastline, rugged hills, and fields planted with vineyards and olive groves. The island’s two main settlements are Vis Town on the north coast and Komiža on the western coast.
Vis was first settled by the Ancient Greeks, who were attracted by its safe harbors and fertile interior. Later, in the 20th century, as part of Yugoslavia, the island was a military naval base. Thus it was closed to foreigners, and tourism was not developed here. Still today, you will find that the island is relatively undeveloped and is visited mainly by yachting crews.
The island enjoys a Mediterranean climate, similar to most of the islands on the Dalmatian coast. In summer temperatures often rise above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer the Mistral winds cool the air.
Things to see and do
- Firstly, sail around the island, stopping in sheltered bays to swim and snorkel, then moor up for a night in either Vis Town or Komiza.
- Secondly, visit the Blue Cave on the nearby island of Biševo.
- Join a scuba diving tour with B-24 Diving Center to explore shipwrecks and a WWII plane. Diving is for advanced-level divers.
- Try the local specialty, Viška Pogača (a savory pie filled with onion, tomato, and salted anchovies).
- Dine on authentic Dalmatian seafood at Villa Kaliopa in Vis Town or Konoba Bako in Komiza.
Vis has a long history of making fine wines. The island produces the white wine, Vugava, and the red, Plavac. It is also known for rogac (carob), used to make rakija (a potent spirit, drunk as a digestive). You’ll find an excellent selection of restaurants in Vis offering traditional local fare as well as seafood, Mediterranean, European, and vegetarian dishes.
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