Vis is the most outpost island among large island of the south Adriatic. The archipelago of Vis encompasses islands like Biševo, Svetac, Ravnik and Budikovac. The island of Vis sparesly populated. Becouse of military reasons, it wasbanned for the tourist visits for decades. The largest settlements on Vis are Vis and Komiža. Vis is the old ancient town, while Komiža is large fishing harbor. Vis is especially attractive becouse of many bays and pebbly beaches. In the inland of the island, there is the large field covered with vineyards producing quality wine. There are also several family restaurants in the inland, where you can try the wine and delicious homemade meals.
When you get to Vis, give it the time it deserves — at least a dozen days, and sail into at least a few of its fifty-four coves. Only then will you experience the island in its full beauty.
Having left your vessel in the safety of Sveti Juraj (St.George) harbour, abandon yourself to enjoying Vis, a town with a rare atmosphere, wandering through its narrow streets and strolling alongthe harbour waterfront, tour the cemetery on the headland of Prirova where life and death meet in the midst of a large bay, enjoy the peace of cypress trees and the commotion of beaches and swimming areas. Tour the remains of ancient Issa and the thermal baths, the English and Austro»Hungarian fortifications, tour the museums, visit the pubs to sample the local bugava and plovac wines and enjoy what is possibly the greatest concentration of first class culinary delights.
The southern side of the island is unique in its unspoilt beauty. One cove follows another, Stoncica with the lighthouse on the headland facing it, Smokova, Milna, Zaglav, the fishing village of Rukavac, then Srebrena, and in the waters around them the islets of Greben, Parianj Veliki and Parianj Mali, and the rocks Pupak, Zuberka and Pločica, Budihovac (Budikovac) Veli and Budihovac Mali and Ravnik which encircle them and protect them, feeding their fishermen with still bountiful catches. Budihovac, the islet with one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Adriatic, and Ravnik with its Zelena spilja (Green cave) in which the light seeps through an opening at the top and refracts in the sea, are all tales unto themselves. The coves come one after another, each with its own history — Ruda, Velika Travna and Mala Travna alternate with rows of stone slabs set one against the other — as if laid down by the hand of some gigantic builder. There is Stiniva too.
The coves continue all the way to Komiža, with white strands between rocks and the old house on a barren rocky shore. Once you have moored in Komiža, take a dinghy to visit them, and have the beach all to yourself for a day. The fishermen of Komiža are to this day renowned for their fishing knowledge, boldness and catches. Their fleet is anchored in the harbour, and days of glory are recalled by the fishing museum in the tower and a replica of the falkusa type gajeta (a single-masted fishing boat) gently rocking in the waters of the port. If your route brings you here in late autumn, you will witness the ancient tradition of burning an old boat on the feast of St. Nicholas, to ensure safety and calm forthose who sail and fish, and the favour and protection of the honourable Bishop of Myra.