Vis is a town in Croatia, the largest settlement of the island of the same name and a community within the municipality of Split-Dalmatia. Vis is located in the Bay of St. George (Uvala Svetog Jurja) on the northeastern shore of the island. It is connected by road to Komiža (Komizha) and by ferry to the island of Hvar and the mainland Split.



Vis is one of the oldest cities in Dalmatia. It was on the site of modern Vis that Issa, the first Greek colony on the Adriatic, was founded in the 4th century BC.

In the 3rd BC came under Roman rule. In the 8th century, the Slavs came to the island, who assimilated with the Greco-Roman population of the island.

Vis, Croatia

In the Middle Ages, Vis was under the control of Venice. In 1815, the island along with the Dalmatian coast fell to Austria. In the 19th century, two major naval battles took place near Vis, which went down in history as the 'Battle of Lissa'.

In 1918-1921, the island was occupied by the Italians, after the WWI it became part of Yugoslavia. In the post-war period, a number of naval facilities near the island restricted foreigners from visiting these places.

The ban was lifted in 1989, a year before the breakup of Yugoslavia, after which the island became part of independent Croatia.

What to see

Ruins of the ancient Greek settlement of Issa

The Franciscan monastery of the 16th century, built on the ruins of the Greek and Roman theaters

16th century Franciscan Monastery, Vis, Croatia

Churches and palaces of the XVI and XVII centuries

Military fortifications of historical periods from Venice to Austria-Hungary

Beach holidays

Stiniva Beach, Vis Island, Croatia

There are many beaches on the island for every taste: both equipped with developed infrastructure and wild.


The beach of Zaglav perfectly combines all the parameters to be considered one of the best beaches of the Croatian Adriatic.


Stoncica is located on the territory of a fishing village. The beach here is sandy, the infrastructure with all the accompanying entertainment will satisfy fans of a comfortable beach holiday. Fishing enthusiasts can rent a boat and go fishing in the sea.

Tepluš (Teplush)

Teplush beach will appeal to family tourists with children — there is clean water and a gentle entrance to the sea.


For lovers of privacy and relaxing holidays, Grandovac Beach, located in a beautiful bay is a great choice.


Stiniva is one of the beaches in the western part of the island. A very serene and secluded place.

Vela Smokova

Located on the southeastern coast of Vis, it can be described as a nice small beach for a relaxing holiday.

Bili Bok

Bili Bok attracts attention with huge stones on which you can sunbathe and enjoy the views.

Mala Travna

A secluded and quiet beach located in a bay where there are very few tourists, here you can enjoy the clear sea and a beautiful bay.

How to get to

Get to the Split International Airport, the nearest airport to Vis Island.

From Split airport by bus get to the main city port, from where there is a ferry to Vis, the journey will take about an hour and a half.

Ferries depart about twice a day, it is worth checking the schedule on the Jadrolinija website in advance.


February 15, 2024

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