Among the oldest towns on the Adriatic

The island of Vis will enchantyou completely. An island with irresistible Mediterranean charm, rich in time, because time has stopped here. An island where you live without stress and hustle, where unspoiled nature is preserved. An island you must visit and you will surely return to

One of the farthest and the most remote islands in the Adriatic is the island of Vis. By ferry from Split to Vis, you will arrive after two and a half hours journey. The ferry docks in the port, in the very centre of Vis town, which is the largest town on the island. The town of Vis is facing the mainland, and its harbour still provides refuge for many fishermen, seafarers, explorers and adventurers.

Vis does not have its own marina, but offers to yachtsmen the entire waterfront, and the possibility to become directly a part of the life of a small town – boaters can enjoy a stroll along the seafront, as well as the rich gastronomic offer in beautiful Vis restaurants that compete in superb local cuisine.

Ferry port in the town of Vis

During the summer season, in the evening, when you walk down the old road to Vis, it resembles some dazzling metropolis. The splendour of the city spreads from the waterfront to the outskirts of the town – from the north, on the islet of Host, the lantern flashes, and to the west shines the bay of Stonca, filled with fishing boats and sailboats, while to the east shimmers the old, Renaissance part of the town – Kut.

The town of Vis is extremely clean with well-maintained green spaces. Holidays and swimming on Vis island will give you an exceptional experience just because of the cleanliness of the open sea that surrounds it. Among so many fascinating beaches and bays, the only problem on Vis for you will be to choose the most beautiful one 😊. Do not miss visiting charming secluded coves and resorts, but you can refresh yourself on the main public beach, as well.

The island of Vis is rich in underground tunnels and bunkers, some of which are nowadays turned into real attractions, so we recommend you the Military tour and a Wine tour. Besides, while on the island, do not miss to visit the Blue or the Green Cave, explore numerous walking routes, visit rural households, try water sports, recreation grounds, cricket, diving or cycling.

Summer in the town of Vis has a long tradition made up of a series of cultural events, which during the season revive in a special way the whole insular area, and make it active.

Vis will be an ideal choice if you are looking for a place that will offer you silence and solitude, as well as entertaining and cultural events when you are in the mood for company and “party”.

We wish you a pleasant stay on our island and in the town of Vis!

History of the island and the town of Vis

In the beginning of the 19th century, in the town of Vis lived round 12,000 inhabitatnts, while today there are only about 1,500

The town of Vis, the largest settlement and the port on the island of Vis, is located in the bay of Saint George.The mild climate, fertile land and abundance of fish, provide rich living conditions, from the earliest days recognized by the Greeks, that in the 4th century BC., under the leadership of tyrant Dionysius I of Syracuse, founded  in the area of today’s town of Vis, an independent city-state: Polis Issa, considered one of the oldest towns in Croatia and on the eastern Adriatic coast.

Issa coins its own money, and the citizens trade all over the Mediterranean. Vis/Issa was so powerful in Hellenistic times, that even established its own colonies in the area of today’s towns of Trogir, Stobreč and Lumbarda on Korčula. Numerous archaeological remains speak of the development of the city. In the archaeological collection of the Vis Museum, located in the Austrian fortress Batarija, one can see the most beautiful example of ancient art on the island – the bronze head of the goddess Artemis. Issa gained special fame in the ancient world due to the excellence of its wines.

Gaius Julius Caesar, abolished the independence of Issa and since then Issa became part of the Roman empire. The Hellenistic and Roman periods are still visible today in Vis town, in the remains of spas/thermae, theatres and city walls.

In the 7th century, a new chapter opens with the arrival of settlers from the north, the tribes of Slavic origins – the Croats. The new inhabitants quickly acquired marine skills as well as the knowledge of growing Mediterranean crops. Vis is a part of the early medieval Croatian kingdom, and its inhabitants stand out for their maritime skills and even piracy, which is why 997 to 998. the Venetians destroy and plunder the Croatian city of Vis.

However, the town of Vis continues to live in a new settlement called Velo Selo. In the centre of the settlement, back then as well as today, is the shrine of Our Lady of Velo Selo, which is also the shrine of the entire island of Vis. The Aragonese, being in war with Venice, devastated Velo Selo in 1483. The experience of this assault, as well as the increasing threat of attacks by the Turks and Arabs, convinced the inhabitants that the island could only be defended if it had a strong settlement on the coast. The surviving residents descend again to the port of Sveti Juraj/St George, Kut and Luka and rebuild the present Vis.

Settlement Podselje – Velo Selo

At that time Vis was under the rule of Venice, and in the local sense it was part of the Hvar commune and within the Diocese of Hvar. From the 16th century, the nobility of Hvar and Vis raised their summer residences in the town of Vis, that still exist today.

After the fall of Venice, Vis in 1805 comes briefly under Napoleon’s rule. From 1811 to 1815, the English Navy seized the Vis from the French and made it the center of commerce in the Adriatic. Vis becomes the intersection of maritime routes in the Adriatic and a major exporter of wine, as well as a transit port for salt, and goods from the Balkans and the Middle East. The population reaches 12,000. The British built powerful forts on the island, which can still be seen today.

With the collapse of Napoleon, Vis became an integral part of the Austrian Empire from 1815 to 1918. The new government continued to fortify the island started by the British. This proved justified when the young Italian kingdom, in nationalist ecstasy, tried to occupy the eastern Adriatic coast as well. Invading Vis should have played a key role. In 1866, the Croats under the Austrian flag defend Vis from the newly founded state of Italy. On July 20th ,1866. happens a big Naval Battle of Vis (Viški boj). A large and modern Italian fleet under Admiral Persano attempted to occupy Vis. They were opposed by the few and outdated Austrian warships with the mainly Croatian sailors aboard, under the command of Admiral Tegetthoff. Despite the apparent superiority of the Italians, the Austrian fleet won a great victory. This stopped Italian claims to the eastern Adriatic coast for the next fifty years.

After the battle, a national revival followed, a multiparty system was introduced and economic boom began. While Vis was under the Austrian rule, roads, lighthouses, ports and sewers were built. Laws, a cadastre and a land plot were regulated – therefore, that was the “most orderly, most coherent” era of Vis history.

At the end of the First World War in 1918, Vis was occupied by Italy. The occupation lasted until 1921. From 1921 to 1941 Vis was a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia,  suffering dictatorship along with the rest of Croatia. Since the beginning of the 20th century, phylloxera disease has been destroying vineyards, so emigration and poverty have been a constant companion of the town until the beginning of the Second World War.

The fall of the Kingdom of Jugoslavia and the beginning of the WWII in 1941 has brought back the Italian occupation force. The occupation lasts until 1943, and ends with the capitulation of Italy.

On the same day of the Italian surrender, communists and partisans, who had previously been operating illegally, established authority in the city. Vis becomes the centre where the foundations of the new Yugoslav state are laid under the Communist rule. From then until the end of WWII, Vis is in the hands of partisans as well as of English and American soldiers, united by the war alliance against fascism. They used Vis in the conduct of many war operations, most of them airborne. In the central part of the island, an allied airport was operating at the time. At the runway of the war airport, in 1960, a vineyard plantation was planted, which is still there today.

Marinje zemlje

During the socialist period, from 1945  to 1990, the island was a JNA (the Yugoslav People’s Army) military base that is why it was closed to the foreign tourists until 1989. The population fell to half – economic development was reduced to the accumulation of past periods.

In 1990, the first free elections in Croatia were made possible. A sovereign and independent Republic of Croatia was established. Vis had to go through another occupation from 1990 to 1992; when both, the Croatian police and JNA military police could be seen in the town – the latter left on May 30, 1992, and the very next day arrived the Croatian army.

History was not generous to the town of Vis. Through the decades it led it from prosperity to neglect. The ‘consequences’ are still visible today: it remains preserved, untouched in its architectural authenticity, surrounded by unspoiled nature. What once were consequences, have now become advantages. With fishing and agriculture, in the last 15 years, tourism has developed as a leading branch of the economy, gaining its momentum.

The town of Vis is gravitated by the villages of the eastern part of the island: Ženka, Milna, Bargujac, Podstražje, Podselje, Plisko Polje and Marine Zemje.

We highly recommend you to visit the Archaeological Museum in the town of Vis, located in the fortress Batarija. Here, you can see the prehistoric artefacts from the Bronze and Iron Age, collected throughout the island. One of the most interesting exhibits is a copy of the bronze head of the goddess Artemis. The statue dates from the end of the 4th century BC, and represents one of the most significant Greek bronze monuments in Croatia.

Church of St. Jerome – Franciscan monastery

Of the sacred architecture and art, stands out the pre-Romanesque Church of St. George (St. George/sv.Juraj is a patron saint of the city), in the cove of the same name, near the Czech villa, as well as the Church of St. Mary, in the village of Podselje – the spiritual centre of the island, where the inhabitants of Vis go on a pilgrimage to the Feast of the Assumption of Mary/Vela Gospa, on August 15.

As for the other sacral objects, you should visit the Church of St. Cyprian and Justina, in Kut, the Church of Our Lady of Spilica, which connects Kut and Luka/the Port (two main parts of the town of Vis), and the Franciscan monastery on the Prirovo peninsula.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dear guests, and you who are about to become, during our years of experience in renting business and numerous encounters with you, dear people, from all the parts of the world, we were often asked almost some same questions. Hereby, we have prepared the information most requested. In case you do not find the information, you were looking for, or you need additional advice, feel free to contact us – we will be glad to help you.

Bus lines on Vis island

There is a regular direct bus connection between towns of Komiža and Vis, several times a day, including the line that is related to ferry and catamaran arrival and/or departure for/from Split.

Bus to Komiža is located at the Vis port, right side from the ferry ramp, and leaves after the arrival of ferry/catamaran. The drive takes about fifteen minutes. 

The tickets you buy on the bus directly from the bus driver, cash only. The price varies (off-season – summer season) 20 – 25 kuna.

Besides the direct line Vis-Komiža-Vis, there is the local line that drives through and connects the villages in the inner part of the island: Podšpilje, Marinje Zemlje, Žena Glava and Rukavac.

The valid bus timetable you will find at the bus stop in the port of Vis and at the bus stop in Komiža. The timetable changes several times a year, depending on the ferry/catamaran lines.

Car park and mechanic

Ifyou arearriving to Komiža by car, it is important to know that the centre is not allowed for vehicles. You could leave your car at the guarded car park, some 200m from the very centre, at a reasonable fee.

  • Car park ‘Rogači’, address: Komiških iseljenika 4, Komiza.


If you are in a need of a car mechanic, there are several in the town of Vis, well equipped for the eventual needs of your ‘beamer’ .

  • Car mechanic ‘CIPULIN’, address: Kranjčevićeva 14, Vis.
    GSM: +385(0)98 287 527
  • Car mechanic ‘CLIFF’, address: Zagrebačka bb, Vis.
    GSM: +385(0)98 784 610
  • Car mechanic ‘VATRICA’: address: Dubrovačka 13, Vis.
    GSM: +385(0)91 2766 130

Car, scooter, bike and boat rentals

  • Rent a car, scooter ‘Porat’
    Address: Hrvatskih mučenika 11, Komiža.
    GSM:+385 (0) 91 2713 518
  • Tourist Agency „Darlic & Darlic“: car, scooter and bike rental. Address: Ul. Hrvatskih mučenika 8, Komiža.
    GSM: +385 (0) 98 784 664
    Web: „Darlic i Darlic“
  • Tourist agency „Blue cave”: car, scooter, boat and bike rental. Address:Trg kralja Tomislava 10, Komiža.
    GSM: +385 (0) 91 520 3790
    Web: „Blue Cave“
  • Rent a boat „Zdenkica“: boat rental and taxi boat
    Address: Riva sv. Mikule bb, Komiža.
    GSM: +385 (0) 97 77 33 797
    Web: “ Zdenkica“
  • Rent a scooter „Goli“:
    Address: Ul. Vinka Foretića 9, Komiža
    GSM: +385(0)91 894 5568

Coffee shops, restaurants and pizzerias, shops

  • Taverns/konobe: Barba, Bako, Robinson,Jasmina, Koluna
  • Restaurants: Jastožera, Fish restaurant/Riblji restoran, Fabrika
  • Pizzeria: Charly,Hum
  • Pastry shop: Komiža, Cukar
  • Coffee shop: Corto Malteze, Orion,Speed, Škor, Keke
  • Grocery shop: Mini market ‘Komiža’, Golubjera, Studenac
  • Shop with nautical equipment: Frone trade, Perna
  • Green Market: here, at the local producers stall you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables as well as homemade jams, liqueurs, wine, olive oil, capers, essential oils and other local products. More on local producers and products you can find on our page: Click with homemede  


In Croatia the official currency is the kuna (KN). 1Kuna = 100 lipa. Commonly circulated banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 kuna. You’ll find silver-coloured five, two and one kuna, and 50 and 20 lipa coins, and bronze-coloured 10 lipa coins.

In Komiža there are Erste Bank and Pošta (Post office), where you can either withdraw or exchange money. There are also several ATMs in Komiža where you can withdraw money.
Most shops and restaurants accept credit cards.

Fish market

In Komiža you can buy fish at the fish market ‘Davor’, where hospitable, expert salesmen offer a great choice of fresh fish, sea food and clams from the Adriatic Sea.

Fish market ‘Davor’ you can find at the address: Trg kralja Tomislava 5, Komiza. On their fb page you could easily get informed of a day’s offer and book a desired choice:

Web: Fish market ‘Davor’

Gas station

There is only one gas station on the island, INA, in the town of Vis.
Address: Šetalište stare Isse 24, Vis. Phone: +385(0)21 711 176

GSM: +385 (0) 91 4971 255

Payment option: INA card, DC, EC/MC,VISA, DISCOVER, MOL.
Here, you can supply your vessel (seagoing draught to 2,5m)

  • Working hours during the summer season
    (from 1st June to 30th September) 07:00 – 21:00
  • Working hours during the off season
    (from 30th September to 1st June): 07:00 – 16:00

Hairdresser, laundry

In Komiža and Vis town, there are several hairdressers for women and men as well as a barbershop open during the whole tourist season.

  • Professsional Hairdresser & Barbershop:
    Address: Ribarska 50, Komiža. GSM: +385 (0) 98 784 615
  • Hair salon “Foka” : GSM: +385(0)91 576 8131

Professional and fast washing and ironing service provides the laundry in Vis town

  • Laundry you can find at the address: Trg 30.svibnja 1992, Vis
    GSM: +385 (0)92 189 1941

Health Care/Doctor’s offices

In Komiža and in the town of Vis, there are general practitioner (GP) and family practice (FP) doctor’s offices, as well as the dentist’s office.

For emergency cases – doctor on duty cell phone
GSM: +385 (0) 91 40 10 148

Dentist: GSM: +385 (0) 21 640 095

Pharmacy in Komiža is in the vicinity to the infirmary/doctor’s offices/.
Address: San Pedra 13, Komiža
Phone: +385(0)21 713 445

How to arrive to the island of Vis?

Island of Vis, with the island of Lastovo, is the furthest inhabited island in Croatian Adriatic. To the mainland Vis is connected by regular car ferry and a fast ship line/catamaran.

The ferry ride from Split to Vis lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The catamaran ride takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Catamaran boards passengers only.

Car ferry and catamaran lines between Split and Vis (and vice versa), during the summer season, are rather frequent (3-4 times a day). The tickets could be bought in advance – online, or at the Jadrolinija Agency in Split and Vis, before the departure.

Sailing schedule, prices and other information are available on the Jadrolinija web-site: Jadrolinija

When departing by your car to Vis, it is important to know that, when at the port in Split, you have to park your car in the queue for the ferry minimum one hour in advance. During the high season, it is rather crowded at the port, and if you have bought a reservation – a ticket, it is recommended that you park your car earlier (go get coffee/lunch in the meanwhile…) and return to the car 30 min before the ferry is due to go.

Note: catamaran from Split to Vis and from Vis to Split:

  • Tuesdays sails via town of Hvar – on the island of Hvar
  •  Wednesdays sails via Milna – on the island of Brač

Off season: Split → Vis

Pon 11:00 *15:00 18:30
Uto 11:00 *15:00 18:30
Sri 11:00 *15:00 18:30
Čet 11:00 *15:00 18:30
Pet 10:00 17:00 *20:30
Sub 11:00 *15:00 18:30
Ned 11:00 *15:00# 18:30#

Off season: Vis → Split

Pon 5:30 *7:00 15:30
Uto 5:30 *7:00 15:30
Sri 5:30 *7:00 15:30
Čet 5:30 *7:00 15:30
Pet 5:30 *7:00 14:00
Sub 5:30 *7:00 15:30
Ned 7:30 *13:00# 15:30#

Notice: #Trajekt: U razdoblju od 01.01.-24.02. i 01.12.-31.12., nedjeljom i blagdanom trajekt isplovljava iz Visa u 16:30 sati, a iz Splita u 19:00 sati. Dana 25.12. ne održava se putovanje s polaskom iz Splita u 11:00 i iz Visa u 16:30 # Katamaran: U razdoblju od 01.03 - 27.06. i 02.09. -30.11 utorkom iz Visa katamaran isplovljava u 7:15 sati, nedjeljom i blagdanom katamaran iz Visa isplovljava u 18:00 sati. U istom razdoblju polazak katamarana iz Splita, utorkom u 15:15 sati, a nedjeljom i blagdanom u 19:45 sati. Osim u periodu od 31.05. - 27.06. & 02.09. - 29.09. katamaran iz Splita isplovljava u 20:00 sati.

Library, open-air cinema and museum

In the very centre of Komiža there is a library named after a prominent Croatian writer Ranko Marinković, born in the town of Vis. In the library there are also the titles in foreign languages.

The library is at the address: Komiških iseljenika 1, Komiza.
Phone: +385(0)21 713 216


In the towns of Komiža and Vis, there are also interesting open-air cinemas. During the hot summer nights, the open-air cinema under the starry skies, definitely has a certain charm and a touch of romance.

In particular, the cinema in Komiža is one of the oldest cinemas in Croatia, and presents unavoidable part of a cultural offer in Komiža. Although being among the oldest, this cinema is equipped with modern digital devices – thanks to this, there are always the most recent film titles on the programme. (there is more on Mediteran cinema fb page)

Web: Cinema/Kino Mediteran

Open-air cinema, address: Hrvatskih mučenika 17, Komiza


Fisherman’s Museum, Komiža: This museum contains a rich collection of original items of fishing boats and fishing equipment belonging to the fishermen from Komiža, for centuries known as the best masters in the Adriatic Sea. There is also a displayed collection of fishing tools, used for fish processing, highly developed in the past. Amongst the exhibits, a special attention is drawn by a replica of the famous Komiža’s fishing boat – Falkuša.

Address: Riva sv. Mikule 4, Komiža. Phone: +385(0)21 713 019

Archaeological Museum, Vis: The museum is housed in “Batarija”, the main fortress built by Austrians, during their rule at the 19th -century. This museum has the largest collection of amphoras in Croatia. It is particularly interesting to admire the collection, uniquely exhibited in the same way as arranged in the ship’s lower deck, when transported across the Adriatic.

In the museum, there is a collection of Hellenistic monuments, among the largest ones in Croatia, and the artefacts from the prehistoric times.

In the museum there is also the Ethnographic Section showing the exhibits from the local people’s lifestyle – the items that tell the stories about the fishing, the wine growing, habitation, etc.

Address: Viškog boja 12, Vis. Phone: +385(0)21 711 729
GSM: +385(0)91 799 0276

Sport, recreation and diving centres

The island of Vis is quite an adventure. In case that your holiday consists not only of swimming and sunbathing, and you like a taste of adrenaline and action, Vis is your right choice. Sport admirers could choose between paragliding, windsurfing, kayaking, biking/cycling, stand up paddling, hiking and trekking in surrounding nature along the marked trails, cricket, and numerous excursions on the island or to the nearby islands, all the way to the Diomed’s Island – Palagruža. There are trips to Blue Cave, too, organized daily.

Detailed information on sport activities, trips/excursions and even more, you could find on our site under sections: What to see and Active holiday


Till 1995, island of Vis was a big military base. Army left, but what remained is the labyrinth of underground tunnels, the rocket base Stupišće near Komiža, military tunnel and the command base Vela Glava. There is also unavoidable Titova špilja/Tito’s Cave, the Marshal’s dwelling place during 1944. (WW2) – there is the increasing interest in military tours, offered by several agencies in Komiža and Vis town.

If you are interested in Vis Military Tour, tourist agency Alternatura organizes such trips. More about the Tour, as well as the booking you could find on the site:

Web: Alternatura, Military Tour

Address: Hrvatskih mučenika 2, Komiža
GSM: +385(0)91 945 8003


On the island of Vis there are several football fields, and basketball and tennis courts.

The Vis Island Cricket Club (named after Sir William Hoste) is the one among the only three clubs existing in Croatia. Founded back in 1809. carries the title of the oldest cricket club in Europe, outside (except) United Kingdom.
If you are interested, you could play cricket at Plisko Polje/address: Plisko Polje 17
GSM: +385(0)98 303 483


The waters around the island of Vis are rich in diving locations. If you would love to enjoy the submarine landscapes, you could dive on the northern side of the island and find out particularly rich submarine world. Except the natural beauties of the submarine world of the island, there are many traces of the rich and turbulent history Vis abounds in. At some twenty locations, it is possible to see sunken ships, airplanes, submarines…at the depth of only 12m to deeper 75m, which makes this underwater world the most attractive in this part of the Adriatic.
The Vis’ undersea you could admire with several well-equipped diving centres:

  • Issa Diving Centre: Address – Ribarska 91, Komiža
    GSM: +385(0)91 201 2731
  • B-24 Diving Centre: Address – Obala Pape Aleksandra III 8, Komiža
    GSM: +385(0)91 766 1415
  • Manta Diving: Address – Pod Gospu b.b.; Komiža
    GSM: +385(0)98 443 283

Taxi service

From Vis to Komiža (and vice versa) you may, also, arrive by a taxi – there are many taxi drivers available in the port of Vis.

Taxi service in Komiža is at the end of Riva/waterfront, in the harbour – you could also call one of the given cell phone numbers:

  •  TAXI – NIKOLA – GSM:+385(0)91 1623 177
  •  TAXI – TONKO  – GSM:+385(0)98 9556 908


Vis is one of the rare islands in the Adriatic having its own potable spring water. It is worth visiting (and seeing) the beaches where you could drink fresh water directly from its spring: The Kamenice beach, and Pizdica/Pištica beach (the old local name), where the water springs out of the rock right to the sea. Almost all the beaches have the fresh water springs in their shallow parts, you could feel that while swimming in somewhat colder sea, which is the sign that you have found another spring.

Water on the island is of extremely high quality, which is rare for a karst area – it is safe both for drinking and preparing food. Interesting detail is that this water is pumped by electric pumps from great depths, the unbelievable 170m, which is some fifteen metres beyond the sea level.