Island Vis region

Destinations Central Dalmatia

General information

This region covers the area of the island Vis. Vis is protruding Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, 45 km from the mainland. The total length of the coast of Vis is 77 km. Around the island of Vis there are many smaller islands and islets: Biševo, Budikovac, Brusnik, Jabuka (Apple), Ravnik, Svetac (the Holy One), and others. Like most islands in Croatia, this is a predominantly rural area.

Komiža, izvor: Stjepan Tafra
NATURAL BEAUTIES
"Blue cave is very interesting due to specific luminous effect. Arises refraction and reflection of sunlight from the seabed."


"Medvidina cave was the habitat of one of the most endangered mammals in the world - the Mediterranean monk seal."

Stiniva Bay is located on the southern part of the island of Vis. It is approachable from the sea through a narrow passage after which the bay broadens and ends in a beautiful beach. There is no road leading to the bay and for this reason it has managed to preserve its natural beauty.

Queen's cave is a wonderful natural cave on the north coast of the island of Vis in which were found archaeological remains from the Neolithic and Late Bronze Age. The name comes from the legend that says this cave was a home of Illyrian Queen Teuta. The ambiance of this cave is the "royal" - it is composed of 5 chambers and channels that connect them, with a total length of 60 m. Some cave channels have not yet been fully explored.

The Blue Cave is located on the island of Biševo. With regard to its geomorphologic characteristics the cave is particularly interesting and represents a typical limestone structure. The special attractions in the cave are the distinctive light effects created by the fracture and reflection of sun rays from the sea bottom. The cave today is a favourite tourist destination.

The Monk Seal Cave is located on the island of Biševo and has special geomorphologic characteristics. Its aperture onto the sea's surface is relatively large, but it gets steadily smaller towards the interior. The cave is 160 metres long and the end is incredibly narrow and low terminating in a small beach. This cave was the habitat of one of the most endangered mammals in the world - the Mediterranean monk seal, an extremely rare type of seal.

Kraljičina špilja,  Izvor: TZ Komiža
Modra špilja, Izvor: TZ Komiža
CULTURE AND SIGHTS

Dragodid is the village which was founded at the beginning of XIX.st., and it was declared as a cultural monument under protection. It is located northwest of Komiža. This place is a real gem in which time has stopped, displays the typical Dalmatian village of stone house and minimal living comfort of Komiža's fishermens.

Fishing Museum in old fortress displays ancient art of fishing.

Palaces of poet Peter Hektorović and Marina Gazarović, Gariboldi palace and house of the famous Croatian writer Ranko Marinković are of great importance for this region. 

Some of the churches which should be mentioned are church st. Cyprian, the parish church of Our Lady of Spilica, and the Franciscan monastery on the peninsula Prirovo.

Museum in the fort "Our Lady Batarija" has a rich ethnographic collection, folk costumes Vis, collection of ancient Greek objects, numerous ceramic pots and vases, a collection of amphora which testifies to the developed trade and shipping, and the like.



"Dragodid is the village where time has stood still, a real gem of the minimal living comfort of man"
Dragodid selo, Izvor: TZ Komiža
Izvor: TZ Komiža
EVENTS AND TRADITIONS

Day of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors on the island of Vis is special. Every year it is ignited an old wooden gajeta Falkuša, in honor of St. Nicholas.

Falkuša is a particular form of gajetas (marine craft) for fishing in the area Visa.

Falkuša, Izvor: TZ Komiža
GASTRONOMY AND WINE

"Viški hib" is a cake of figs. This is delicacy of island Vis, compound of figs, brandy and fennel, and the smell of laurel and rosemary gives it a special charm of ancient times.

Bugava is the most famous wine brand, famous wine of the same name varieties of white grapes, known for its honey taste. On the other hand, "Viški plovac" is the wine which was described the Greek chronicler Apartheid from Knidos, 300 BC. He said for this wine: "compared to all others the best."

"Viški plovac is the wine that was described Greek chronicler Apartheid from Knidos, 300 BC "
Vinograd, Izvor: TZ Komiža
Gastronomija, Izvor: TZ Komiža

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