This seaside resort town is a popular destination not only for its tourist attractions but also for its pleasant, Mediterranean climate. We will show you what the weather will be like when you go sailing in Vis. In addition, we will give you some tips for planning a 1-week itinerary. Take our advice and make your holiday unforgettable!
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Vis, the furthest island from the Croatian land, can be found on the open sea. Its territory is 90 km2; its highest point is the 587-metre Mount Hum. The main settlements of the island are Vis and Komiža.
History of Vis
The island was even populated 3000 BC in the Neolithic period. Its other name, Issa, derives from this era. It was first a Greek, then a Roman colony in ancient times. The Croatians settled in between 7-8. centuries, although in 997 the Venetian Republic attacked the island. After the collapse of the Venetian regime, Austria, later France, England, again Austria and finally Italy occupied it. The fortresses built by the British still stand on the high point of Vis. During the Second World War, Josip Broz Tito general found shelter in one of the caves of Mount Hum and used it as a partisan headquarter. Since Yugoslavia proclaimed Vis as a closed military zone; therefore, no tourists could enter it. Nowadays locals deal with fishing and viticulture.
Weather in Vis
Tourists can enjoy the pleasant Mediterranean climate here. Summers are hot and dry; the highest rainfall is in November. The annual average temperature is over 16 °C. The temperature in summer goes beyond 24 °C, the Mistral wind cools it down a bit. The dominant winds of the Adriatic are Bora and Jugo which make the mooring harder. If you love swimming, the sea temperature in August is about 24.4 °C.
Main sights in Vis island
The most important landmarks in Vis town are the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Perast Tower, and you can find the Franciscan monastery on the Prirovo Peninsula. The latter was built on the remains of an ancient theatre. The remains of the Martello Fortress stand tall on the eastern side of Host Island, at the entrance of the port. You should visit the Island of Ravnik, known for the gorgeous Green Cave. Would you visit the main landmarks in Komiža? The Church of St. Michael, the Church of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows and the Fishing Museum are all important attractions. You can visit the breathtaking Blue Cave on Biševo Island lying on the south from the town.
Gastronomy of Vis
If you are craving a delicious meal in the town of Vis, the Lola Konoba & Bar is a great choice. We recommend trying the octopus from the menu. The restaurant has attentive, helpful service, and you can have dinner in a beautiful garden terrace. It is also worth visiting Restoran Pojoda, but the Kod Paveka on the promenade will not disappoint either. This restaurant offers fresh seafood dishes and delicious local specialities. The Barba Restaurant of Komiža offers high-quality dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and friendly service. The cosy terrace overlooks the beautiful sea. We also recommend the Restaurant & Wine Bar Hum with reasonably priced, delicious dishes and polite service.
Beaches in Vis
The Central-Dalmatian island can be proud of its fabulous sandy and pebbly coasts. However, you can find several tranquil, idyllic bays beside the busy coastlines.
The northeastern part of the island located the most popular beach in Vis is the pebbly Prirovo. It is 100 metres long, surrounded by tamarisk trees that provide shade from the sun. The beach has changing rooms, and you can rent beach umbrellas and sun lounges as well. As for water sports, we recommend diving. If you get hungry, or you are craving some refreshment, there is a restaurant and a café nearby. You can even discover the remains of the ancient port nearby.
The 60-meter long beach is located on the eastern side of St. George’s Bay. It has crystal clear water, and the tamarisk and pine trees enhance the beauty of this place. Grandovac Beach is particularly ideal for diving thanks to its rich marine life. The beach is very popular among young people. The beach bar often hosts concerts and other events.
The 70 metres long and 20 metres wide Stiniva is the most popular beach in Komiža, but it is hard to spot from the open sea. In 2016, readers of the European Best Destination website voted it the most beautiful beach in Europe. The pebble beach has crystal clear water, ideal for families with children. The tall cliffs embracing the beach provide shade on sunny days. If you are visiting, aside from swimming, we recommend snorkelling and kayaking.
This pebble beach lies in gorgeous natural surroundings. The pine, tamarisk and carob trees provide shade from the sun. Children can also swim in the slowly deepening, shallow water. Interestingly, the beach is located near the beautiful Church of St. Mary, built-in the 16th century. If you are craving a coffee or some refreshment, there are several cafés and bars around the beach.
Boat rental in Vis island
Vis is an excellent starting-off point for exploring the other islands of Central-Dalmatia. Here are the best marinas nearby.
The centre of the Island of Vis is the town of the same name, located in a large, protected bay. The marina can accommodate 70 boats, up to 20 metres in length. As for winds, the Bora and the Jugo can make berthing more difficult. When they are blowing stronger, it is better berthing at the southeastern side of the bay, at the nearby town of Kut. The depth of the seabed here is 2, 5-4, 5 metres. If you have to refuel, there is a refuelling station at Marina Vis. Information about sailing in Vis, or Vis boat rental
Komiža Town Harbour
The harbour of Komiža is on the northeastern side of a wide bay. It has 30 berths for boats up to 20 metres in length. The seabed is 6 metres deep. The harbour offers excellent protection from northern and eastern winds, but the southern Jugo can cause some waves. Information about sailing in Komiža, or rent a boat in Komiža
Marina Vela Luka
The marina on the Island of Korčula has 45 berths for boats up to 17 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. The yacht pier is right next to the refuelling station. Information about sailing in Vela Luka, or rent a boat in Vela Luka.
Marina Sveti Klement
ACI Marina Palmižana is one of the safest harbours on the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the northeastern part of Saint Klement Island, which belongs to the Pakleni archipelago. It is open seasonally, from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. There are 180 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 30 metres. The maximum depth of the water is 3–8 metres. They provide showers, Wi-Fi, cafés, and restaurants and you can even find a grocery store here.
Port of Hvar
This popular docking place of Hvar Island provides protection against the northern wind. However, southern and northwestern winds can cause significant waves. They offer several high-quality services including fuelling. Information about sailing in Hvar, or rent a boat in Hvar
Marina Stari Grad
The port of this cosy town can accept a total of 150 boats. The depth of the water is 13 metres near the entrance and 4–5 metres at the town pier. They offer cafés, restaurants and an information office as well. Information about sailing in Stari Grad, or rent a boat in Stari Grad
The port of Bol is located on the southern coast of Brač Island, about halfway between Milna and Sumartin. Because of its small size, it can be hard to find a free berth during the main season. The depth of the water is 6–7 metres near the entrance and 2 metres at the pier. They provide drinking water, electricity, laundry as well as cafés and restaurants. Information about Bol sailing, or rent a boat in Bol.
Upon sailing towards Vis, definitely visit the other splendid resorts in the vicinity. Komiža, Rukavac, the Stončica and the Vinogradišće bays, Hvar, Brusje and the Saint Clement Island also await you with unforgettable sites.
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The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Vis. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Vis shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Vis shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Vis island, and cruise around Vis island
Day 1. Komiža – Vis (Marina Vis) 19, 71 km (12, 25 mi), Day 2. Vis (Marina Vis) – Stari Grad(Mooring Bouys) 36, 41 km (22, 62 mi), Day 3. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Bol 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 4. Bol – Sućuraj 47, 28 km (29, 38 mi), Day 5. Sućuraj – Lovište 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 6. Lovište – Vela Luka 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 7. Vela Luka – Biševo-island – Komiža 65, 12 km (40, 43 mi)
Read more Komiža yacht itineraries
Day 1. Vis (Marina Vis) – Vinogradišće-bay 20, 00 km (12, 43 mi), Day 2. Vinogradišće-bay – Maslinica 34, 32 km (21, 33 mi), Day 3. Maslinica – Omiš 42, 58 km (26, 46 mi), Day 4. Omiš – Makarska 31, 86 km (19, 80 mi), Day 5. Makarska – Vrboska 31, 13 km (19, 34 mi), Day 6. Vrboska – Hvar 39, 64 km (24, 63 mi), Day 7. Hvar – Stončica-bay – Vis (Marina Vis) 27, 00 km (16, 78 mi)