Vis island has a special place in the hearts of many Croatians, who consider this a truly unspoiled example of the best of the Dalmatian coast. Its designation as a military base under Tito froze development for more than 40 years, allowing farming and fishing to remain the dominant activities.
Now tourism is taking over this remote spot, one of the farthest islands from the mainland. Vis has become a hot destination among those in the know who want a quiet getaway amid a gorgeous patch of clear sea, which provides great fish, swimming and diving. While the party scene here may not be as raucous as on Hvar, Vis island’s gastronomy can compare with any Dalmatian destination.
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Each summer, swarms of tourists descend upon Split, the main departure point to the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis. No longer just a gateway to the illustrious islands, Split’s popularity has mushroomed into a tourist industry entirely of its own being. And it’s not hard to see why. Split’s dazzling array of antiquities set a wonderful contrast to its vibrant street-life and contemporary restaurant and bar scene. The beating heart of the city, Diocletian’s Palace, is a maze of ancient cobbled streets lined with thoroughly modern restaurants, bars and businesses. It's what makes Split so seductive: you’d be hard-pressed to find a more handsome example of urban living in Dalmatia. With the arrival of UberBOAT – an on-demand speedboat service that’s just as easy as hailing a cab home after a night out, you can take in all the city has to offer at your own pace – before jaunting off to the sparkling pearl necklace of Adriatic islands Šolta, Brač, Vis and Hvar. Once you request a boat for between eight and 12 passengers, the app guides you to a nearby pick-up point where your captain will be waiting. There are two services to choose from: you can glide off to the nearby islands, or book your boat for a half or full day's worth of adventuring. The fare for the transfer from Split to Hvar on an 8-passenger speedboat is HRK 2,600, while a larger speedboat that fits up to 12 passengers is priced at HRK 3,300. With the half-day or a full-day option, you can design your own it
Vis island overview
Vis town was created through the union of the seaside communities of Luka, the working harbour area, and Kut, the neighbourhood with more food, fun and night-time action. Both sides are relatively quiet during daytime beach hours, and a lot of the restaurants only open around 6pm. The marina brings in a sizeable yachting crowd who support a growing number of gourmet restaurants. Students also come here for the fantastic nearby beaches and bars. Komiža feels slightly more bohemian. This is the place to enjoy an easy-going Mediterranean pace and excellent pebbly beaches. Many of Komiža’s servers are year-round residents, who tend to be more friendly and casual than summer workers after their tip. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, the village has some fancy, formal restaurants, as well as the island’s only disco to speak of, the beachside Aquarius, run by a husband-and-wife team who fell in love with Komiža. Refreshingly, there is no nightlife industry per se. Obscure historic remains relate to the island’s strategic importance since 500 BC. In Vis town, you can find Greek vessels, Roman baths and Baroque Austrian architecture. After passing to the Italians, in 1944 Vis was used as a base by Tito and his Partisans. It remained a military facility, off-limits to foreigners, until 1989. You can visit Tito’s cave headquarters, halfway up Mount Hum – just ask at any local travel agency. The major historical sights in Vis town are the Archaeological Museum in the Austrian fortress,
Restaurants in Vis
Vis restaurant guide
Vis restaurants benefit from a bounty of natural ingredients and a love of good cuisine, which help create a keener culture of quality restaurants, bistros and konobas than should be expected from such a small island. The landmark restaurant in Vis town’s is Kut Pojoda. In Komiža, a gastro enclave by Pol Kalafotovo beach contains the Konobas Bako and Jastožera.
Bars and nightlife in Vis
Vis bar and club guide
Vis is a happening destination when it comes to bars, with several solid places to enjoy a beverage. Bejbi, just across from the ferry, is where to sink a few with locals and internationals. In Komiža, Corto Maltese is a good choice for cocktails among the younger set, while hipster cafe-bar-cum-restaurant Fabrika is good for coffee and cocktails. Lunatic is the only place to truly party on Vis island, a club where traditional island life and big-city rave intersect.