The history of Vis begins in the year 390. BC under the name Issa - the Greek colony. Together with Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, Vis is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia.
Through history Vis was conquered by many different rulers and that points out its strategic importance and its natural beauty. Issa was ruled by Greeks, Illiryans, Romans, Byzantium, Croats, Venice etc., and for about fifty years in the 20. ct. it was under the jurisdiction of the Yugoslavian Army. All these conquerors left their traces: thermae, fortresses, coats of arms, mosaics, graves or tunnels. You can visit all these localities together with the unique lungomare (waterfront) that connects two smaller settlements - Luka in the Western and Kut in the Eastern part of the bay. Numerous monasteries, churches and villas represent basic feature of this marble town situated in the shade of palm trees.
If You are antiquities enthusiast we recommend that You visit Archeological museum where You can find the largest collection of Hellenistic exhibits in Croatia and large collection of amphorae. The museum is situated inside the Austrian fortress Gospina batarija (built in the beginning of the 19.ct.) in the city centre.
Modern history enthusiasts can visit the remains of military objects that reveal many military secrets since Vis was Yugoslavian military base. More and more tourists wish to visit deserted military objects that are connected by grid of underground tunnels which served as shelters for the former Marshall Tito and his ministers in case of nuclear war.
Pirovo peninsula and small island of Host shelter the playful and deep Sv. Juraj bay (St. George), situated on the North East side of the island and overlooking the Pakleni islands and Hvar island, from Northern winds and the open sea.
Vis has always had the urban status combined with the island admixture and this makes it attractive for various guests and visitors. Whether You wish to enjoy a family vacation filled with swimming and sunbathing, or having great time with Your friends enjoying night life, adrenaline challenges and alternative music, or maybe Your goal is to spend romantic summer filled with long walks and memorable gastronomic pleasures - Vis is the place that fascinates and captures Your attention.
LAVISH GREEN OASIS OF THE ADRIATIC
Cloaked in deep blue sea, Vis island represents the lavish green oasis of the Adriatic. It is a place filled with aromas of original Mediterranean plants and herbs: lavender, sage, heather, aloe, carob, laurel and as many as 12 authentic plants. Mild climate has made Vis island the island of palm trees and even today it is one of the biggest palm trees nurseries in Croatia. That same intact, original and preserved nature inspired World Wide Fund for Nature to insert Vis island on the list of ten most preserved islands of Mediterranean. The abundant flora and fauna is surpassed by the magical underwater world, up to recent times home to one of the most endangered mammals in the World - Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus).
Besides blue fish which during the centuries was served as the main course in most of the island's homes, in taverns in Vis and Komiža You can enjoy different types of crab meat, bluefin tuna or different types of white fish.
With various local fish specialities You should taste domestic wine! The authentic wine sorts such as top quality red wine Plavac mali and famous white wine Vugava. Viticulture is the key culture of Vis island, and its various products - prosecco, grape brandy(lozovača) and herb brandy(travarica), combined with the beautiful ambiance of wine cellars and wine roads present non-commercialised experience for fastidious tourists.
Vis island is the farthest island of the Central Dalmatia. It served as a military base so it was closed off for foreign visitors for fifty years. This historical injustice made Vis what it is today, unspoiled original rarity in touristic offers. Vis is the destination You cannot visit just one time, once You experience it, You will come back!
The Vis archipelago is made of series of smaller islands scattered around like pebbles in the big blue of the Adriatic. Those islands are: Budikovac with its beautiful pebble beach, Biševo island with its fantastic geomorphological attractions the Blue Cave (Modra špilja) and the Medvidina Cave (Medvidina špilja), Ravnik island with the Green Cave (Zelena špilja), Sv. Andrija island (St. Andrew) also known as The Saint (Svetac) and Brusnik - the island of volcanic origin situated near Komiža, there is also the volcanic islet of Jabuka, the out of reach islet inhabited by various endemic species and last but not least Palagruža island the biggest island in this group.