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The captivating Island of Vis is the island located farthest away from the Croatian mainland. Throughout the years, the Island of Vis has maintained a serene, low-key identity. It was not even open to the Croatian public until 1989 because during World War II, the Island of Vis served as the headquarters for Yugoslavian military and naval forces.
On the Island of Vis, you can explore breathtakingly beautiful beaches, hidden coves, a fascinating history, and a rich cultural heritage. Vis Town has Venetian-style architecture with roads of the characteristic white limestone from nearby Brač Island.
There is a fishing town called Komiža which is known for Stiniva beach, a definite contender for one of Europe’s best beaches. You can also take a boat to the nearby island of Biševo to see the Blue Grotto, or Blue Cave. Prepare to be mesmerized by this naturally occurring light show. Many describe this as an unforgettable experience.
The Island of Vis currently attracts far fewer tourists than the other islands, not because it is not stunningly beautiful, but since it is not well-known. If you are looking for a secluded escape, Vis is the perfect option.
Vis At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Split 2hours 30mins
Population of Vis 3,600
What to See in or near Vis Stiniva Cave, Srebrna Bay, Mount Hum, Green Cave, Blue Cave, Zaglav Beach, Tito’s Cave, the Cricket Club, Archaeological Museum, Climb the Red Rocks
Towns & Islands to Visit near Vis Bisevo Island, Korcula Island, Hvar Island, Brac Island, Mljet National Park, Split, Makarska
Things to do in Vis
Vis Old Town
Vis Old Town is filled with Mediterranean influence and medieval architecture mixed with reminders of its military past. The town is situated in a protected bay, with cafes and bars dotted along the waterfront. The bay is beautiful with pristine, shimmering water. Vis has been only recently opened to tourists, and this town reflects a stress-free, relaxed aura.
You can explore the ancient ruins of Issa, originally settled by the ancient Greeks. An Archeological Museum houses Greek sculptures. Advancing through history, there are churches from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Fort George is a popular spot for cocktails and dining. This British fort was originally named after King George III after the British victory in the Battle of Vis in 1811. Now the fort contains a restaurant and bar, overlooking Vis Old Town.
It’s possible to view the cave Tito used as a military headquarters during World War II. Vis was the only part of Croatia not occupied by the Nazis, and Tito and his partisans communicated with the Allies from his post here.
Agriculture has always been a major part of Vis Island. There are pine trees, vineyards, carob trees, and citrus orchards. The island is known for producing two types of wine from its vineyards, the white wine Vugava, and the red wine Plavac.
Don’t Miss the Coastal Town of Komiza
The quiet fishing town of Komiža offers the chance to experience nature untouched by modern industry. The waters are clear and the natural beauty is everywhere. If you’re hungry, feast on delicious lobster or enjoy an authentic Croatian pizza.
If you are looking for some physical activity, there are red rocks behind Komiža with trails of varying degrees of difficulty from beginner to advanced. You can also hike to the top of Mount Hum, located 587 meters above sea level. The panoramic views are amazing, with the entire island of Vis as well as all the surrounding islands visible. This is a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss.
The Blue Grotto, or Blue Cave, is almost an hour away by boat from Komiža. As the sun is reaching its peak, a natural phenomenon causes the cave to be flooded with mesmerizing blue light.