Vis is one of the Dalmatian islands in Croatia.
Vis is an historic and beautiful island, laying further from the mainland than other more famous islands such as Hvar, whilst still easy to reach. It's main town is it's namesake, also called Vis. Through the years, Vis has been part of almost all the empires and civilisations in this part of the world - British, Venetian, Ottoman, Yugoslav, Italian, etc - due to its geographic position. Yugoslavia's most famous leader Tito was ordered to hide here by Churchill. Nowadays, there is a relaxed and beautiful island that is a great getaway from the larger cities that connect Vis with the mainland.
There are 2 ferries that connect Vis and Split directly. The Krilo Jet catamaran ferry is quicker, but is only for foot passengers and costs around 55 kuna for a journey of 1 hour 25 minutes. The larger Jadrolinja car ferry takes around 2 hours 30 minutes and costs 54 kuna per person. The larger ferry also stops at Hvar, which is between Vis and Split. Both ferries arrive at the main harbour in the town of Vis. Both run twice a day, usually first thing in the morning and mid afternoon. If you want to got to Komiza on the other side of the island, it is possible to do that by boat, bus or taxi, with bus being the cheapest and, if going directly from the ferry, the most convenient. There are other ferries, mainly run in the tourist season, that come from other cities (e.g. Dubrovnik, Rijeka) and even Italy. Relative to the size of the island, the harbour is quite large and is frequented by many private boats and yachts.
The island has good roads, an inheritance of the previous status of the island as military base. The main road goes all around the island for about 30 km. Other roads cutting the island in the middle exists as well.
Vis is a small coastal town and you could easily walk everywhere. You can go to Komiza at the northern bay by bus (15-20 mins, 20 Kuna). Regular bus service connects Vis harbour to Komiza, this is scheduled according to the departures and arrival time of the ferry from the main land. Departure from Komiza are typically one houre before the scheduled departure of the ferry from Vis. The bus leaves Vis few minutes later the ferry arrival.
There are rental service for cars, scooters and bikes. Prices as of August 2009 are 500 kuna to rent a car for 4h, 350 kuna to rent a scooter for 24h and 150 to rent a bike for 24h. Taxis are available in the parkings of the two main towns, english is sometime not spoken, so be prepared. A 10 km return ride on day time costs about 300 kuna.
Many companies organizes excursion with their boats. Typicaly tours leave in the morning around 9 a.m. or according to weather conditions. Taxi boat service is more difficult to find and more expensive.
The island has plenty of superb beaches. Most of them are peaceful even in full season. In general, the seafront is not overly exploited and looks really natural.
On the south coast, close to the village of Rukavac, near the city of Milna, there is Srebrena beach or the Silver beach. This is a stunning white pebbled beach, which certainly deserves a visit. In the inner part of the bay there is the part of Srebrena covered with peebles. This part is typicaly more crowded, while the rocky part is just few meters away and look outside the bay and is certainly much more peaceful. You can find bars, and restaurant at ten minutes walinkg from the beach, close to the place where you have to leave your car.
Stoncica bay is located about 6km from the city of Vis on the north eastern shore of the island of Vis. It is probably the most popular beach among young people. There you can find a nice kiosk with ice creams and refreshments, a cosy restaurant and a beach volley playground. The beach can be crowded in full season. It is probably the best beach in the island as far as concerns facilities.
Nice beach are also at walking distance from the town of Komiza. Most notably the beach of Kamenica. There you can find a nice bay with peebles and a cosy atmosphere due to the Acquarius bar that on day time runs just few meters away from the seafront. No food is served, but you can find all kinds of refreshments.
Going further south from Kamenica you can find a nudist beach.
NW from the center of the town of Komiza there is the main beach of Komiza. There you can find many facilites like a bar and a restaurant. Really close by there is the diving center of the town. The beach is covered with peebles and is typicaly rather crowded for the local standards.
Visit many pebble beaches and private coves, diving, kite surfing and windsurfing. Trip with bicycles Vis – Komiža old road 20 kilometres distance (.
Food on the island can be really cheap compared to many western european countries. Pizza is rather popular but do not expect to eat the same thing you find in its homeland. However the italian influence in the food is rather strong and you can be surprised by some pizza you can find on the island.
Limoncello Vis - +385(0)911100312, The restaurant has its tables in in a charming garden pleny of a medirranean mood. Fish is excellent and the dishes cooked on wooden fire are so tasty that is difficult to tell. The choice is also good compared to other places on the island. A must.
Kantun - 16, Biskupa Mihe Pusica, Vis - Tel. 091 3711306 - Very popular restaurant with the atmoshpere of a fisherman house. Very good for "occasions". Reservation needed.
Barba - Tel. 00385(0)21713742 - Nice reataurant in Komiza with food cooked on wooden fire.
Jastozera - Tel. 091 5436422 - Pricey lobster house in the town of Komiza
Bako - - 4, Gunduliceva, Komiza - Tel. 098 577994 - Very cosy place in the town of Komiza. Food is quite good, prices are in the averace. The terrace is really nice, so close to the sea that you can really feel it.
Dionis (M. Gupca 1, 21480 Vis) serves great Italian and Dalmatian food at reasonable prices (main dishes around 8-12€). Try the calamari risotto!
Kolderaj (Ante Starcevica 2, Vis) is a small bakery at the coast where you can get coffee and tea as well.
Apartments are available in the town of Vis and Komiza, and in houses on the seafront. Prices are about 350 kuna for a 1 bedroom aprtment in full season.