Vis, Croatia – visitor information
At the bottom of an indrawn and sheltered cove on the north-eastern side of the island lies the town of Vis. The town developed from older settlements Kut and Luka that were unified by building a church of Our Lady of Spilica in the 16th century. In the Second World War the island was a military zone and considering the fact tourism started developing after the demilitarization after the Croatian war of independence – when the town and the island opened for tourists and visitors from abroad.
The town has 2000 inhabitants while the whole island has a population of 3500 people. Many visitors, out of which yachtsmen are the most numerous ones, visit this island more and more every year. The island became a synonym for escaping the daily routine and busy life. Citadels and other stone remains stand as proof of the thousand years long inhabitation of the island, and remains of a theatre that have been built into the foundations of a Franciscan monastery on the Pirovo peninsula, antique thermae or the Hellenistic cemetery confirm that the town of Vis is one of the oldest urban centres in Croatia. The town Vis, antique Issa was founded in the 4th century BC as a stronghold for Greek colonisation of the Adriatic. A Dionis settlement was located in the part of town that is today called Gradina on the peninsula Pirovo. Numerous archaeological remains tell us about the level of development of the settlement. In the archaeological collection in the Vis museum, that is located in an Austrian fort Batarija, you can see the most beautiful examples of antique art on Vis – a bronze head of the goddess Artemides. Other valuable antique pieces of art such as the busts of men and woman, various ceramics, a unique collection of amphora taken out of the sea in the vicinity of town and other are also valuable artefacts worth seeing.
Natural conditions and tradition determined the development of town’s economy. Because of the big surfaces of fertile ground, especially on the fields around Vis, agriculture was always the main economic branch. Viticulture was also the most important economic branch in antiquity. On the other hand areas rich in fish had impact on the development of fishing.
The town of Vis is rich in cultural heritage from newer times as well. There are numerous palaces, summer houses and forts located on this area. If you start from Kut, meaning the south-eastern part, towards Luka you will pass by the Jakina palace, palace of poet Petar Hektorović, Petrinović palace, birth home of one of the biggest Croatian poets Ranko Marinković, Prdvarič palace and Gazarović palace. Further along are Garibaldi palace and the famous Vila Kaliopa and Austrian fort Batarija. In Luka you can see Mardešic, Radoši, Vukašinovac-Dojmijeva palaces and the Tramonatana palace along with the Perasti fort. English forts Terjun, Fortica and Velington are located outside town. From sacral architecture and art we would mention the pre-Romanesque church of St. George (Crkva Sv. jurja) in the vicinity of a Czech villa and St. Marys church in Podselje. Other sacral objects worth visiting are: St. Cyprian and Justin church in Kut, Church of Our Lady of Spilice that links Kut and Luka and the Franciscan monastery on the Prirovo peninsula.
Vis also offers numerous recreational possibilities: a sport-recreational centre with 4 tennis courts, a basketball and a small soccer court. Also a sailing, croquet and paragliding clubs are operational. It is also possible to dive in company of professional divers in the two diving centres "Anma", or go hiking and bicycle riding.
You also mustn’t miss out on visiting one of the dozens of restaurants in town or one of the taverns that are located as a part of agro tourisms in the town vicinity, there are: restaurants "Val",Villa Kaliopa, tavern Vatrica, restaurant Pojoda and many others. You should taste some of the local specialities such as Viška pogača (traditional type of pie), hib or grilled fish. During the year a series of interesting events take place from which we mention the New Year’s celebration in the open, masquerade ball, International amateur theatre festival in May, Vis cultural summer with concerts and theatre performances during the summer months and the sailing regatta in October
Vis – basic information
Vis – population: 1700, Vis - day/ saint: saint : Juraj, 23.04.
Distance from bigger centres
Vis - Makarska. 120km, Vis- Split: 58km, Vis - Pula: 570km, Vis - Rijeka: 474km, Vis - Zadar: 213km, Vis - Šibenik: 149km, Vis - Dubrovnik: 323km, Vis - Zagreb: 466km
Possibility of accomodation
private accomodation, apartments, rooms, hotels, pensions
Facilities and authorities
emergency, self-service shops, bakery, gas station, post office, bank, exchange office, internet caffe, call shop, taxi, bus station, farmacy, souvenir shops, dental practice, market, fishmorgen's
Sport's and recreative offer
football field, mini-football field, volleyball in the sand, basketball court, tennis court, rent a car, rent a motor, rent a bike, diving school, walking, jogging tracks, routes for cyclists
restaurants, traditional croatian taverns, pizzerias, fast food restorants, saloons
musical evenings in the town, coctail bar, cinema, theatre
croatian natural reservation nearby, organised trips to nearby islands, promenade along the sea, organisation of entertaining and cultural events by the tourist board, organisation of folk entertainments, nautic tourist port in the place
Vis – why choose this destination
clean sea, beautiful beaches, pine wood by the beach, beaches in the place, sports facilities near the beaches, nudistic beaches, secluded beaches, rich gastronomic offer, rich night and entertaining life in the place, rich cultural life in the place (exibitions, shows, music evenings), organisation of cultural summer, place rich with cultural and histirical monuments, numerous museums and galeries, interesting diving sites, possibility for departures on interesting trips, possibility for sailing around islands, vine roads nearby, genuin gastronomic offer nearby, numerous events in the place (fashion shows, fairs, sports events, parties, concerts)