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Location of Komiža
This seaside town is in Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County. It lies on the coast of the semi-circular Komiža Bay, under the steep slopes of the 587 metres high Mount Hum.
History of Komiža
Komiža is much younger than the other major town on the island, Vis. According to the tradition, the name comes from ‘Com Issa’, referring to an area next to Issa. This settlement was founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC on the site of present-day Vis. Although it is probable that after the Greeks, Romans settled in the Bay of Komiža, there are no archaeological finds to confirm that fact. Written sources first mentioned Komiža in 1145 as Val Comeza in the charter of the Zadar count Peter, who ruled over Central Dalmatia at the time. Interestingly, in 1177 Komiža was the first Croatian town a pope visited.
Thanks to fishing, the town was developing rapidly during Venetian times. It became a major fishing centre. The revenues made it possible to build fortresses, churches and palaces. Venetian rule lasted until 1797. After that, Austrian forces arrived in Dalmatia. In 1805 the Island of Vis was under French rule, and in 1811 the English took control. After Napoleon’s final defeat, Austria seized Vis once again. Komiža became a town and administrative centre.
In 1918 Italian troops had taken over until 1921. Later, it was ceded to the new Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian State before becoming part of Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav period meant economic stagnation, a decline in fishing revenues and ferry traffic to Split was also suspended. Yugoslav soldiers did not leave the island until 1992. In 1993, the independent municipality of Komiža was re-established, and in 1997 it was incorporated as a town again. In addition to traditional fishing, tourism plays an important role in the economy.
Weather in Komiža
The port city has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters. In July the highest temperature can reach up to 29, 1 °C. Winter months have more rain than in the summer months. If you like swimming, the temperature of the sea can reach up to 25, 2 °C in August.
Landmarks around Komiža
Be sure to visit the beautiful islands around Komiža. Biševo hides the breathtaking Blue Cave, while the Island of Ravnik is famous for its 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.
Gastronomy of Komiža
Are you craving a delicious dinner? The Barba Restaurant 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 Komiža
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.
Rent a boat in Komiža
The popular town on the island of Vis is the perfect starting point to visit other Central Dalmatian towns and beautiful islands. Discover the best ports in Komiža and in the region.
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
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
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, restaurants and you can even find a grocery store here.
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
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
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
If you are sailing to Komiža, visit the other beautiful holiday destinations in the region like Rukavac, the Bay of Stončica, the Bay of Vinogradišće, Hvar, Brusje, Sveti Klement or Vis. Find yacht routes in Vis island or choose another boat rental in Vis island.
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 Komiža. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Komiža shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Komiža shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Komiza, and cruise around Komiza
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).
Day 1. Komiža – Rukavac 17, 98 km (11, 17 mi), Day 2. Rukavac – Stončica-bay 9, 35 km (5, 81 mi), Day 3. Stončica-bay – Vinogradišće-bay 16, 19 km (10, 06 mi), Day 4. Vinogradišće-bay – Hvar 5, 58 km (3, 47 mi), Day 5. Hvar – Brusje (Hafen Stiniva) 16, 14 km (10, 03 mi), Day 6. Brusje (Hafen Stiniva) – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) 14, 11 km (8, 77 mi), Day 7. St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmizana) – Vis (Marina Vis) – Komiža 42, 91 km (26, 67 mi).
Read more about Komiza sailing or Vis island sailing itineraries