Known as the emerald isle, Vis is a green and lush enclave which is the furthest inhabited island from mainland Croatia. It’s strategically important position has been recognized throughout history as the key to controlling the Adriatic. Ownership has changed hands down the ages leaving a wealth of architectural and historical treasures. From fortifications built by the British in the 1800s, such as Fort George which sits in a commanding position overlooking the entrance to Vis town, to the tunnels hewn from the rock by Tito’s forces up until 1980.
Scattered round the island are numerous wrecks of ships and planes, evidence of centuries of battles to control the land now providing a home for marine life and a big attraction for divers. For details of the island’s best diving and snorkeling sites, read the Under the Surface blog.
Across the island is Komiža, a relatively untouched town that will show you a different side to Croatia. There are plenty of activities for adventurers, with attractions such as the green cave and blue grotto around the coast, and climbing the red rocks on the side of mount Hum. Make sure to take a trip to the top for a fantastic view over the town and to enjoy watching the sun set over the sea.
Location: Croatia, Europe
Population: 3.600 (2011)
- Time zone:
Winter – UTC+1
Summer – UTC+2
Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
1 EUR = 7,5 HRK
1 USD = 5,9 HRK
Phone n. in case of Emergency: 112
Fort George (Vis)
Archaeological museum (Vis)
Military tour ( guided tour of Tito’s tunnels)
Blue grotto (Modra Špilja, Biševo)
Scuba dive to see wrecks such as the Flying Fortress or Vassilios
Hike up mount Hum (587m)
Climbing at Crvene stijene (the Red Rocks, Komiža)
Vela Smokova (sandy beach)
Sailing yacht/Catamaran (moor your boat in Vis harbor)
Ferry/boat (Catamaran ferry or Jadrolinija line will drop you off in Vis town’s port)
Car (there is a Jadrolinija car ferry from Split to Vis town)
Spend a few days of your sailing holidays on Vis
When visiting Vis town, moor your boat directly onto the town quay where there are around 40 berths. If the spaces are all taken, there are a further 30 spots on the quay wall of Kut to the east, with a pleasant 15 min walk round the bay back into town.
In the evening dine on fresh local fish at a restaurant in front of your yacht or treat yourself to a romantic meal in Lola, hidden away in the back streets.
Address: Ulica Stara Issa 6, Vis, Croatia
VHF Channel: 17
Tel: +385 (0)21 711 111
Fax: +385 (0)21 717 565
40 berths on town quay (another 30 on the Kut quay to the east)
At the base of the Hum mountain (600m) is the port of Komiža where you can moor your boat to the quay if one of the 30 spots are free. Alternatively, there are some additional buoys in the east end of the harbor. Visit the untouched village and enjoy the unique local food, where lobster is the speciality.
Routes that include Vis
Vis is well worth including in journeys from the Split/Trogir region and a stop on either side of this emerald jewel is justified. It is on the itinerary of both the circular trip to Hvar and Vis, and the more sailing centered voyage that also takes in Korčula. Week-long sailing routes from base marinas further up Croatia’s coastline, such as Šibenik and Primošten, can also include Vis in their itinerary.
Address: Škor ulica 1, Croatia
VHF Channel: 17
Tel: +385 (0)21 713-085
30 berths on town quay (additional buoys in the east of the harbor)