Island of Vis

Details about the island of Vis

Vis, Issa in early Greek, is an island of exceptional beauty and special atmosphere that preserved the authenticity of the Mediterranean. Its rich history is marked with numerous changes of rulers from the early Greek period, the Venetians, the French and the English to the Habsburgs, including half a century of isolation when it was a military island. All of this has left a mark and gives this island special charm.

Vis is not a large island. It covers an area of 90.3 km, whilst its coastline is 77 km long. From the inland it is about 45 – 55 km, depending on the measuring point. The island belongs to the Adriatic type of the Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters. The medium average annual temperature is above 16°C. The average summer temperatures are one to two degrees lower and the winter temperatures are in average up to two degrees higher than on the land. Plantations of palms, oranges and lemons, as well as oleanders and other sub--tropic plants are the best proof of a very pleasant climate of the island of Vis.

The island of Vis is represented by a clean and lovely sea, numerous coves, pebble and sand beaches and hidden small bays, real oases of peace. Many small reefs and islands of which island Biševo stands out with its Blue Cave, represent a specific jewel. Due to the untouched nature and numerous coves of Vis, the World Nature Organisation rated Vis amongst the ten best preserved islands of the Mediterranean.

Besides lovely nature, the island of Vis offers historical sites, many opportunities for sightseeing and excursions. The remains of an ancient city, Roman thermal baths, the Issaean necropolis, many renaissance villas, churches and Tito's Cave from more recent history are waiting for you to discover them to tell you their story!