Vis is the out most inhabited island of the Adriatic sea, some 50 km from the Croatian coast (2h by a car-ferry from the largest Dalmatian city of Split). Due to its very recent and moderated tourist expansion prioritising natural, architectural and ecosystem preservation Vis is in many touristic magazines designated among the most protected and authentic touristic locations in Europe. In deed the islands land, water, flora and fauna is to an impressive extent kept as it was centuries before. Vis island and Komiza (Komiza has ~2000 permanent settlers) on the other hand offer everything that a modern visitor might need, from reliable road and sea transport, good telecommunications, bank service as a EU member, grocery stores, restaurants, caffees, bakeries, small green market, medical assistance, various sport activities from most popular ones to more demanding sports demanding a professional assistance and sophisticated equipment as sea diving, paragliding, cave exploration, mountain-bike roads all around the island...Komiza is also a yachting port with all modern infrastructural support. The climate on the island is typically Mediterranean with long, hot and dry summers and short and mild winters, with the average annual temperature of about 16° C. Sea temperature permits swimming typically from Mai to October.
Dominant architectural impression in Komiza is a traditional Adriatic stone house. Thick stone walls give a pleasant isolation and shade inside the houses during long summers and stunning longevity of the whole town core. Most of the accommodation on the island is based on this traditional housing.
Some of the characteristic things that we strongly recommend when in Komiza:
- Beaches just in front of the house and in Komiza are perfectly placed for everyday use (jump in the sea in front of the house before the morning coffee or for the evening splash) but it is also worthwhile visiting some of the unusual beaches around the island, sandy beaches, some hidden, some stone beaches, (we can provide you with the car if needed for such trips, or boat transport can be found)
- Blue cave on the Bisevo island
- Some of the traditional or even domestic type restaurants (some are in 'hidden' beaches).
- Island products like vine, olive oil, salted fish (anchovies)...
- Visit fresh fish market early in the morning, by directly from fishermen and make on the barbecue in our garden.
- Our kayak for two persons is beautiful way to see Komiza from the sea and row around Komiza coast.
- If you are diving you know for Vis underwater attractions but there are numerous sport possibilities. All kids who like sports play every afternoon football, basketball and other sports on Komiza sport playground. There are tennis courts, bike roads in the island nature, try very popular Mediterranean type of bowling,
- Several tourist agencies organize visits on the island or on the smaller surrounding islands excursions related to nature (caves, wine yards, bays), history (antique, middle age or from the modern period), or even one day visit to a very popular Hvar island/town
- You can enjoy open-air cinema in Komiza, including one children movie each day.
- Throughout the year there are a quality cultural happening like concerts, theatre expositions...Visit some of the churches in Komiza.
- Younger visitors like open air, beach café/disco/club with evening concerts, dj-s..
Vis archipelago consists of several smaller islands like Biševo, Sveti Andrija, Jabuka, Brusnik and Palagruža and a number of islets, reefs and rocks. The closest islands to Vis are Hvar (18 km – 1 hour by a ferry), Korčula (33 km) and Lastovo.
On the opposite sides of the island there are two small towns - Vis (founded on the remains of the antique settlement Issa) and Komiža. Vis city with its Renaissance and Baroque palaces, stone houses and churches from 16th and 17th century is a picturesque place. Komiža town is a traditional old stone city and Adriatic's most famous fisherman port. The interior of the island with hills and valleys, vineyards and olive-grows is full of small villages and settlements. The 76 nautical miles long, indented shore it abounds in sandy and pebbly beaches, rocks, sea and mountain caves.
Vis archipelago has been identified as biodiversity hot-spot. The island of Vis is also rich in history, and ancient sites and ruins (Illyrians, Greeks (IV BC) and Romans). Different ceramics artefacts, amphorae, the remains of the therme (I BC) wall remains and mosaics can be seen on site or in the Archaeological museum. Due to Yugoslav Army's presence (up to 1992) Vis was closed for visits of any foreigners. This 50 years long isolation, ironically, helped in keeping the island as one of the most pristine place in the entire Mediterranean.