Vis is a historic and beautiful island, further from the mainland than other more famous islands such as Hvar, whilst still easy to reach. Its main town is also called Vis.
Through the years, Vis has been part of almost all the empires and civilisations in this part of the world - British, Venetian, Ottoman, Yugoslav, Italian, etc - due to its geographic position. Yugoslavia's most famous leader Tito was ordered to hide here by Churchill. Nowadays, it is a great getaway from the larger cities. As the most distant inhabited island, it is not as influenced by mass tourism, making it an ideal destination for relaxing and peaceful vacations.
Vis is 17 km (11 mi) long and 8 km (5.0 mi) wide, with an area of 90 km2 (35 sq mi). The highest peak of the island is Mount Hum with 587 m. It is the ninth largest Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, southwest of Hvar, west of Korčula and northwest of Lastovo. Of all the inhabited Dalmatian islands, it is the farthest, about 45 km, from the Croatian coast, 50 km in a straight line from Split, and about 150 km from the Italian coast. Off-limits to foreigners from the end of World War II until the breakup of Yugoslavia, because it was a Yugoslav military base. Therefore it was, until recently, spared much of the destructive development typical of mass tourism elsewhere in the region. It is still less frequently visited by foreign tourists than other islands in the Adriatic.
Get in edit
By ferry and catamaran edit
The island can be reached 3 times a day by the Jadrolinija ferry from Split for 8,23 euros and Catamaran for 9,5 euros, except on Tuesday when also catamaran from TP Line also accesses Vis. The crossing takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes with ferry and about 1,5h with catamaran. You'll arrive at the port of Vis on the eastern side of the island in the center of City of Vis.
Get around edit
On foot edit
Vis is a small coastal town, and you can easily walk everywhere, though some paths might not be fully wheelchair accessible.
By bus edit
Regular bus service connects Vis harbor to Komiža (15-20 minutes, 3,5 euros cash). The bus schedule is coordinated with the departure and arrival times of the ferry from the mainland. The bus leaves Vis a few minutes after the ferry's arrival, and departure from Komiža is typically one hour before the departure of the ferry from Vis. You can also travel to the western coastal town Komiža by bus.
By car edit
The island has good roads, an inheritance of its previous status as a military base. The main road goes all around the circumference of the island for a distance of about 30 km. As well, there is another major road cutting directly across the middle of the island.
There are rental services for cars, scooters, quads, and bikes. Prices are around 100 euros to rent a car for 4 hours, 50 euros to rent a scooter for 24 hours, and 20 euros to rent a bike for 24 hours (Aug 2023).
By taxi edit
Taxis are available in the downtown parking lots of the two main towns. English is sometime not spoken, so be prepared. A 10-km return ride during daytime costs about €40.
By boat edit
A number of companies organize boat excursions. Typically, tours leave in the morning around 09:00 or in keeping with weather conditions. Taxi boat service is more difficult to find and more expensive.
The island has number plenty of superb beaches. Note that these are rocky (or pebble) beaches, not sand. Most of them are quiet and peaceful even at the peak of the tourist season. In general, the seafront is not very developed and looks quite natural.
The town of Vis has a substantial beach of its own and also three textile-optional beaches, which are somewhat out of the way and require some clambering up and down rocky hillsides.
Stoncica Bay is located on the island's northeastern shore about 6 km east of the town Vis. It is probably the most popular beach among young people, and it can get crowded during high season. It is perhaps the best beach on the island in terms of facilities, featuring a beach volleyball court, a restaurant, and a kiosk for beverages and ice cream
On the island's southeast coast, past the village of Milna and close to the village of Rukavac, lies Srebrena Beach or the Silver Beach, a stunning white-pebbled beach that certainly deserves a visit. In the inner part of the bay is the part of Srebrena Beach covered with pebbles. It is typically more crowded, while the rocky part outside the bay is just a short distance away and is certainly much more peaceful. It also includes a textile-free area. You can find bars and a restaurant within 10 minutes' walking distance of the beach, near the area where you have to park your car.
One of the most extraordinary and stunning inlets of the entire Adriatic is Stiniva Bay on the island's southern shore. The beach is not directly accessible by car, and you have to walk a difficult and steep path for about 30 minutes.
Nice beaches are also within easy walking distance of the town Komiža, most notably Kamenica Beach on the bay just to the south. A few meters away is the Acquarius bar that serves beverages (no food) during the daytime.
Continuing farther south from Kamenica Beach you will enter a clothing-optional area.
Just northwest of the center of Komiža is the town's main beach. There you can find many facilities, including a bar and a restaurant. Nearby is the diving center of the town. The beach is covered with pebbles and is typically rather crowded by local standards.
Boat trips to the beautiful Blue Grotto and Green Grotto take place daily during the summer, with departures from both Vis and Komiža. The Blue Grotto is at the island of Biševo, located 5 km southwest of the island of Vis and about 4.5 nautical miles (8.3 km) from Komiža The Blue Grotto is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic and a popular destination because of the glowing blue light that appears between approximately 10:00 and 13:00.
Popular local products include olives, capers, anchovies, and wines.
Food on the island can be inexpensive compared to many Western European countries. Pizza is rather popular, but do not expect exactly the same thing you find in its homeland. All in all, an Italian influence in the food is rather strong, and you may be pleasantly surprised by some of the pizzas you can find on the island.
- Plaza. is one of the best (and cheapest) pizzerias in the town of Komiža. It is located near the hotel and the main beach. The price for a meal was about €9.50. (2017)
- Barba, ☏ . Nice restaurant in Komiža with food cooked over a wood fire.
- 1 Dionis, Matije Gupca 1, 21480 Vis, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. serves great Italian and Dalmatian food at reasonable prices. Try the calamari risotto! main dishes €8-12.
- Kolderaj, Ante Starcevica 2, Vis. is a bakery at Vis harbor where you can get coffee and tea as well. It also features a sit-down restaurant on the waterfront with an Italian-inspired menu.
- Kantun, 16, Biskupa Mihe Pusica, Vis, ☏ . Very popular restaurant with the atmosphere of a fisherman's house. Very good for "occasions". Reservations required.
- Jastozera, ☏ . Pricey lobster house in the town of Komiža.
- Bako, 4, Gunduliceva, Komiza, ☏ . Very cosy place in the town of Komiža. Food is quite good, prices are average. The terrace is quite nice, so close to the sea that you can really feel it.
Apartments are available in the town of Vis and Komiža, and in houses on the seafront. Prices are around 100 euros for a 1-bedroom apartment in high season. Camping is officially illegal but somewhat tolerated at few places.
Post office edit
The post office in Lissa town (next to the town hall) works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (in summer until 9 p.m.), while the office in Komiža works from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturdays only until 1 p.m.). Stamps can also be purchased at newsstands.
Internet access can be found in Komiža in the town library, and in Vis town in caffee bars and bistros. The cost is around 5euros per hour.