Island Vis - holiday apartments and houses

Island Vis is an island in the central Dalmatian archipelago. Vis has an area 90,3 sq km (length 17 km, width up to 8 km) and a population of 4338 inhabitants. The highest peak is Hum with 587m. The vast Komiza Bay, with sandy bottom, is situated on the western coast of the island. The southern coast is characterized by several smaller inlets (Travna Vela, Travna Mala, Stiniva, Ruda, Teleska Vela, Ploce, etc.). The town and the port of Vis lie on the northern coast of the island with many cliffs, of which Gradac Cliff is most impressive (100m). The islets of Ravnik, Budihovac, Parzanj and Greben are situated off the south-eastern shore. The island of Vis is exposed to the north-westerly and south-easterly winds. The average air temperature in July is 24 °C (75,2 °F), and in January 8.8 °C (47,8 °F); the annual rainfall reaches 557mm (only around 40mm in the summer).

The island has no fresh water sources, apart from several springs near Komiza. Water is supplied in the summer by ships and kept in cisterns. Limestone crests used to be covered with macchia. Fertile valleys, covered with red soils and interspersed with sand dunes, are cultivated with vines. The main settlements on the island, Vis and Komiza, are connected by a road and ship lines. Apart from viniculture (modern wine production plants) and vegetables (early vegetables), fishing (fish cannery in Komiza) is also important. The island has a palm-tree nursery. Tourism is increasingly gaining on importance.

Authentic quality is especially significant in Komiza, in the south of the island, the centre of which is dominated by the Grimaldi Tower. The most important church in Komiza, dedicated to St Nicholas, is located above the town, and from there views towards the open sea and the most distant of all the Adriatic islands, Bisevo, Sveti Andrija and Palagruza, are breathtaking. Even more beautiful is the view from the tiny churches built still higher above Komiza. The sea around Komiza is always teeming with fish, which is why the town is one of the main fishing centres on the Adriatic. The town has a special Museum of Fishing, while its fish restaurants exude a very special atmosphere.

The town of Vis is located in the north of the island, in a wide bay which is a very popular anchorage for yachtsmen. The town has a number of old churches and finely-made stone-built houses, and sits on the site where, in the 4th century BC, rose what was then most important town in Dalmatia: the Greek colony of Issa. Findings from Issa are housed in the Archaeological Museum in Vis, also known for its large collection of amphorae and other pottery items. The most famous exhibit, and practically the symbol of Vis, is a bronze head of the Greek goddess Artemis.

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