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.

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.

Below the Hum hill in a deep bay of Vis island, facing West where the Sun meets the horizon, entangled in fishing nets and longlines lies Komiža. The first mentioning of Komiža dates from the 13.ct when Benedictines from Biševo came to the new St Nicholas monastery in Komiža and 300 years later near that same monastery the first fishing village was established. One part of the inhabitants turned to wine-growing as their main source of income while the other part lived off of fishing. Fishermen from Komiža dominated the Adriatic through history. They are even famous in North and South America where many of Komiža emigrants established numerous fishing villages along the Pacific coast.
Komiža fishermen proved their skills by building the Komiža fishing boat gajeta falkuša in the 17. ct. This boat was famous for its endurance, speed and mobility. The ancient custom of burning falkuša in honour of St. Nicholas (Sv. Mikula) - patron saint of Komiža, continues today, so every year on December 6th (St. Nicholas Day) people of Komiža and their guests gather around to honour the patron of travellers, seamen and fishermen.
Komiža has always been proud of the fishermen's history whose remains can be found in the Fishermen's museum where traditional fishing tools are displayed.
Komiža is especially proud of its 15 beautiful beaches and each one of them is special in its own way. Kamenice beach is located on the volcanic rocks and on hot summer days You can refresh Yourselves in the cold drinking water springs, and after dark this beach turns into a dance floor ready to welcome anyone keen on having a great time... Naturist beaches (FKK) are: Nova pošta, Templuž, Stara Pošta and Baluncić. Vartalac is a pet friendly beach. The biggest and easy accessible gravel beach is Gusarica, located near Biševo hotel, it offers various contents for families with children and it is specially adapted for disabled persons. For those who wish to dive into underwater caves or sunken ships we recommend Bajažićovo beach where Diving centre Issa is located. Velo žalo is the beach that You can only access by sea and it has many drinking water sources, and Pizdica is the small beach where the first public waterworks system was built.

The uninhabited Brusnik island is one of the farthest parts of Croatia (13n/m of the coast of Komiža) from where on a sunny day You can see both Croatian and Italian land. The area of the island is 4.5 ha and in 1951 it was declared a geological monument of nature. It is of volcanic origin and its bare stony surface resembles the surface of the Moon. Even though it is rock-bound You can access the island with a boat on the Southeast side and on the North side You will discover the unique black pebble beach. Brusnik island serves as a resting place for many birds, it is also a habitat to rabbits and lizards (there You can find the type of lizard taht is endemic) and its underwater world is filled with various types of fish and crab.

Among the islands of the Vis archipelago the most famous is Biševo island with its many caves. The most beautiful is the Blue Cave.
The Sun rays penetrate the cave during midday and their eternal dance creates the effect of planetarium. The Blue Cave was opened for public in the year 1884, when the surface entrance was drilled.