Island Vis - Tourist guide

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Vis is the foremost island on the Adriatic, an island in the central Dalmatian archipelago with the highest point at the altitude of 587 meters, Hum. There are 13 settlements with about 5 000 inhabitants. You can easily get there by ferry line Split – Vis.

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. 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 one. The islets of Ravnik, Budihovac, Parzanj and Greben are situated off the south-eastern shore

The island of Vis (formerly known as Issa) have had a turbulent history, which can be seen by the numerous buildings and archeological sites, like ruins of an old town placed on the slope south of the town of Vis. You can also find on the island two burial grounds dating back to ancient times and ruins of a Roman theatre on Prirova peninsula.

There are also some famous historical buildings like the Renaissance palace Gariboldi and the summer residence of Marin Gazarovic. There are two important churches like the parish church from the year 1500 and Sv. Ciprijan church from the 16th century. Many artifacts are nowadays part of the permanent exhibition of the Archeological Museum in Split.

Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Vis is also known for its beautiful landscapes. In the island's interior, on the road towards the town of Komiza, there are many vineyards where grapes for Viska vugava, Plavac and white wines are grown.

The nature on the island of Vis is untouched because, until recently (1989), the island was not opened to tourists. Therefore, it is a great place for a quiet and pleasant holiday.

Several summer events and traditional music evenings take place on the island of Vis in July and August. Those interested in sports can play basketball or tennis, while the underwaters of Vis are rich in fish and have many splendid diving sites.

There is no fresh water on the island except a few springs near Komiza. Water is supplied in the summer by ships and kept in cisterns. 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 the asphalt road. The most important economic branch is fishing (fish factory in Komiza), viniculture (modern wine production plants) and vegetables (early vegetables). The nursery of palms is also on the island.

South-west from the island of Vis is the island of BISEVO, famous of its Modra Spilja (the Blue Cave). There is a ferryboat connection with Split (Split - Vis) and the ship connection between Split and both Vis and Komiza.

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