Visiting Vis is like stepping back in time. The island is famous for its fascinating history, which dates back to ancient times. Explore the remnants of the ancient Roman city of Issa, wander through lovely villages, or venture into hidden caves and coves that dot the coastline.

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Vis is a short sail from Split. Rich in history, pristine natural beauty, interesting natural resources, hidden coves, and islets. Moreover, many came and went from Vis: Old Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Austro – Hungarians, English, and French. Still, Vis continues to thrive.

After the second world war, Vis was a closed military island. It has a submarine base, several military tunnels, and allied cemeteries. A field in the island’s center was an important airport for the Allied forces during the second world war.

Things to Do on Vis

  • Visit the Fishermen’s Museum in Komiza and learn about the history of Vis fishermen.
  • See the mazes of underground tunnels of the former Yugoslav army.
  • Visit the Tito cave – named after Marshal Tito, commander of the resistance movement in WWII. In this cave in 1944, he negotiated the international recognition of Yugoslavia.
  • Visit Blue Cave on the nearby island of Biševo or Green Cave on Ravnik Island.
  • Rent a scooter and drive through the hinterlands of Vis.
  • Visit 200-year-old villages that resemble Tolkien’s stories.

Must-Visit Towns on Vis

When visiting Vis Island in Croatia, several major towns and villages offer unique experiences and attractions. Here are some of the must-visit towns on Vis Island:

Vis Town

As the main town and port of Vis Island, Vis Town (also known as Grad Vis) is a charming coastal settlement with a rich history. Explore its narrow streets, admire beautiful stone houses, and visit historical sites like the Archaeological Museum. The town also offers lovely waterfront promenades, inviting cafes, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.


Located on the western coast of Vis Island, Komiza is a picturesque fishing village renowned for its authentic charm. Stroll along the scenic promenade, known as Riva, and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.

Visit the Komiza Fishing Museum to learn about the town’s seafaring heritage. Komiza is also a great starting point for exploring the nearby Stiniva Cove and the famous Blue Cave on Biševo Island.


Situated on the island’s southeastern side, Rukavac is a tranquil village with stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Visit Srebrna Beach, which boasts a pebble shoreline and captivating turquoise hues. Explore the nearby hidden gem, Stiniva Beach, accessible by boat or a hiking trail. Rukavac is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of Vis Island.


Milna is a small village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in a deep bay on the island’s southern coast. This charming town offers a picturesque harbor and several beaches where you can bask in the sun and swim in the azure waters. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local wines and olive oil, as Milna is famous for its vineyards and olive orchards.


Tucked away in the heart of Vis Island, Podspilje is a quaint village surrounded by lush greenery and captivating landscapes. It is home to the impressive Green Cave, accessible by boat, where you can marvel at the mesmerizing emerald hues of the sea. Explore the village’s peaceful surroundings, go hiking or cycling, and immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty.


Wine tours and wine tastings are a must! The food revolves around dried, salted, and smoked fish and the creative use of local resources.

When on the island, ask for meals like Viska Pogaca (traditional dry cake made of salted anchovies ), Brudet, fish broth, marinated fish, fish on ‘gradele,’ octopus under ‘Peka’ or octopus halibut.

Bugava is the most famous wine brand known for its honey taste. Viski Plovac is one of the oldest known varieties of black grapes, Plavac Mali.