Vis is a magical small island in the Adriatic Sea and the furthest Island off the Croatian Coast. it was one of the first settled land far around and It has drawn people to its coasts very early. Maybe its magic comes from its colorful history and ancestral spirits. Or the reason is in its exceptional geographical position and the presence of pure strong nature all around. Already in the younger stone age Vis was a meeting point for maritime roads, human groups of diverse backgrounds and thus diverse cultures.
The fertile fields in the middle of the island, the abundance of all the natural delicacies, oranges, lemons, olive trees, figs, grapes, herbs, mediterranean mild winters and a lot of sunny days, easy wind and coexisting with birds, hedgehogs and fishes in the surrounding sea… This are the main features of this island from ancient times to now.
HISTORY IN SHORT
Ancient Issa is witnessed by the remnants of thermal baths and colosseum of the great Roman period. From Ilyrian province at the end of the 6th century BC Kr. Issa soon became an independent greek city of the states (polis) that had its own money, whose citizens traded across the Mediterranean and founded its own colonies. Issa gained special glory in the ancient world with the excellence of her wines. When the Roman Empire collapsed the island ended its antique civilization. Economic difficulties, illness, population decline and barbarian attacks closed one chapter in the history of Vis.
With the arrival of immigrants from the north of Slavic origin – Croats, in VII. century, a new chapter opened. The new inhabitants quickly took over the naval skills of the indigenous people as well as the knowledge of the cultivation of Mediterranean agricultural cultures. Later on the island was conquered by Austro-Hungaria, France, Britain, Italy… Many battles followed, and the island continued to play the role of the military base in the socialist Yugoslavia. It has been closed for visiting foreigners. This has slowed down the development of tourism on the island, but it has also preserved the island from the stony construction of tourist facilities so characteristic of the sudden development of tourism. In May 1992, the Yugoslavian army left Vis and new developmental perspectives opened up for the city of Vis and the island as a whole.
HOW TO COME TO THE ISLAND?
Vis can be reached by direct ferry or speedboat (catamaran) from Split. The crossing takes 2h by ferry and 1.5h by catamaran.
If you travel with a car, bike or pets we recommend you to use a ferry. Please check the websites of Maritime Transport operators for information about the schedule. The price per person is app 7 euros and app 50 euros for a vehicle.
ferry – JADROLINIJA
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Jadrolinija car ferries run to and from Vis twice a day outside of peak season and three times a day during the summer. Times can vary depending on the day of the week, so check the timetables carefully to make sure you don’t miss your connecting ferry/flight on the way back.
Jadrolinija also runs a catamaran that takes an hour and fifteen minutes and costs no more than the normal ferry – please check their website for the latest sailing schedules. In the summer months, there are also ferries and catamarans connecting Vis to the islands of Hvar and Korcula, from where you can also catch ferries to Dubrovnik, or Istria in the north of the country. Tickets can be bought over the phone, via the websites or on the day; however, if you wish to book a cabin overnight, it is advisable to book well ahead.
If you are coming FROM ANCONA (Italy):
International lines Jadrolinija sail ANCONA/Split 3/4 times a week depending on the season, and arrive near 6-7am in the morning in either direction.
How to reach Split by FLIGHTS: