The island of Vis: from an ancient Greek’s harbour to a modern yachting paradise

Published: March 9, 2014

Welcome to another Charter Novak’s blog post dedicated to some of the best sailing destinations in Croatia – this time we’ll take you to the island of Vis. Located in central Dalmatia, Vis is one of the outermost islands of the Croatian Adriatic. Two larger towns, Vis and Komiža, settled in the two best natural harbours of the island, while smaller villages are located inland. The site of Issa, today’s Vis, was an Ancient Greek colony and later a Roman town.

The Vis sailing route

Visiting Vis starting from Split is one of the best options, that will allow you to stop over on some of the most beautiful islands of central Dalmatia, such as Šolta, Brač and Hvar. But once you moore on Vis, choosing a couple of days stay is more than welcome. In fact, reaching the islets of Biševo, Svetac and why not, the outermost Palagruža, is a nice escape from the crowded marinas and an excellent way to get to know some of the beauties of the eastern Adriatic. Don’t miss the possibility to see the Blue cave on Biševo, a wonderful semi-submerged natural cave, where the sea filters the sunlight creating a unique blue light and a mystic atmosphere inside the cave. The Blue cave is easily reachable by tender.

Vis’ attractions

Navigating Vis’ shoreline, on the other hand, is an equally spectacular experience, during which you’ll be able to see wonderful natural sights and choose among countless bays where to chill and swim in solitude. And for the evenings, be sure to secure a mooring spot at Vis’ harbour, rent a refurbished VW Beetle and head inland, to taste some of the local specialties, such as octopus cooked under a baking lid, lamb roast or grilled fish in one of the local farmhouses. And don’t forget to taste the local Vugava wine, a white, but very strong wine native from Vis made from sun bathed grapes that still grow in the island vineyards.
On the other hand, if you choose to stay in town, you can choose among many gourmet restaurants and bars hidden among the narrow streets and located in the old palaces, or make it an allnighter at the club located at Fort George.

Nautical facilities

Vis’ town harbour and Kut mooring are located in the large Vis bay and can host about 80 yachts. Anchoring is possible but only outside the harbour area, but garbage collection service is organised and water tanks filling is possible if moorings becomes available. All moorings in the harbour and at Kut have water and electricity facilities.
Mooring and anchoring is also possible also at Komiža, where there are 30 mooring spots. At Komiža there is also a petrol filling station.