Town of Vis
The island’s original settlement, the Town of Vis, is located on the North-East side of the island and lays around a wide horseshoe-shaped bay, covered in sun, surrounded by the blueness of the sea. Town of Vis developed from the former settlement Kut and Luka, which became one town in the 16th-century by building the church ‘Lady of Spilica’. There are numerous archeological remains in Vis, which tell the story about how the town came to life. During summer the ferries and sailing boats with tourists give a boost of activity to the peaceful town with it’s coastal promenades, crumbling 17th-century houses and narrow alleyways twisting uphill from the seafront. Enjoy an early morning walk into town for a coffee, fresh bread and domestic products from the small market place. Along the promenade many small tourist agencies offer you organized trips to explore the island or offer you transportation to make your own route. Sailing boats will head out for another island while at the end of the day new boats moor for the night. As Vis is a Mediterranean island the town really comes to life at night. Bars and restaurants open their doors for drinks and dinner and on the little squares and open air theater in Luka and you will find concerts and traditional festivities throughout the summer. The Town of Vis counts just over 1900 inhabitants.
On the other side of the island, in the West, just 20 minutes by car from the Town of Vis Komiža is located in a deep cove at the foot of Mount Hum, the highest peek of the island. Just as the Town of Vis Komiža is a typical Mediterranean town with stone houses, small narrow streets and a protected harbour. On both sides of town you will find small pebble beaches to enjoy the sun and take a swim. Originally the people of Komiža were engaged in fishing and viticulture, nowadays income from tourism is common, while the tradition of fishing is held high by both the older and the new generation
Along the promenade you will find many boats offering tours to the Blue Cave on Bisevo. Best to go is around noon, the light within the cave is magical. Or stay in town and stroll through the narrow alleys and visit the local fishermen’s museum in the Venetian tower. And if you are lucky you can see a traditional Flakusa boat, which is known for its high sailing speed, entering the port.
As the sun sets, the bars in the harbour get busy; it’s a great place for watching people. Or take a seat in one of the local restaurants, fresh seafood such as lobster and octopus that have been caught by the local fishermen that same morning are on the menu.