Dear visitors, we are very happy to welcome you to our travel portal about the island of Vis in Croatia. We are doing our best to keep you informed and updated with all information that is necessary for the organisation and preparation of your visit to our beautiful island. Let us first start with some general information about the island of Vis.
Vis is a small island, approximately 90 square kilometres in size, with rocky shore which is 77 kilometres long, with population of about 3 600 inhabitants, 94 percent of which are Croats. The island of Vis is located on the open sea, 45 kilometres from the mainland and it is surrounded by it's archipelago which consists of many smaller islands and islets. The highest peak on the island is Hum with 587 metres over sea level. You can get the general perspective of the location of the island of Vis by checking out the map of the island of Vis. The climate on the island of Vis is Mediterranean, and since it is located on the open sea, the minimum temperature on the island is always few degrees higher than on the mainland or other islands. Thanks to its climate the island of Vis is one of the best locations in Croatia for growing lemons and other citruses. Vis is connected with mainland with ferry connection that operates three to four times per day, and catamaran connections. We have prepared for you list of ferry and catamaran lines for the island of Vis. Since Vis is located on the open sea, some of the strongest winds in Croatia blow here, especially southern winds, which can reach fortitude of a hurricane level - up to 150 km/h and with waves more than 6 metres tall, it is always wise to check long term weather forecast for the island of Vis. These strong winds usually blow off the main tourist season, so you should not worry, but if you are visiting the island of Vis off main season, make sure to check the weather forecast.
There are two main towns on the island, the town of Vis and the town of Komiza and many smaller settlements along the coast and in the interior. In the past, Komiza was mainly fishermen's port and town of Vis agricultural and merchant centre. Both are located in well protected bays, and the ferry port is located in the town of Vis. There is a bus connection between Vis and Komiza, and many local taxies and taxi vans. On the island of Vis there is possibility of renting car, bycicle, scooter and boat. Vis is a small island so it is very easy to get around and explore local beaches, beautiful nature and flora and fauna of the island. Along the coast there are many small bays, and small tourist settlements with holiday houses and apartments available for rent. In the interior of the island there are several old villages which also offer accommodation in traditional houses. We advise you to also explore the interior of the island, because it has as much to offer as popular coastal destinations.
The development of tourism on the island of Vis began in 1990's. Since the island was designated as a military base during communist Yugoslavia, it was closed to almost all visitors, especially foreigners, and tourism did not develop. After the independence of Croatia, the tourism industry began to develop, and Vis today is amongst most popular island destination in Croatia, partly because it started to develop only recently, thus preserving its original charm and beauty, still unspoiled by modern tourist industry. There are no camping grounds on the island and only few hotels, so the accommodation is mainly available in private houses and apartments. We have prepared for you the most comprehensive offer of private accommodation on the island of Vis.