Vis Town harbour
Ancient Vis Town is at the southern part of a wide bay on Vis Island and was created by merging two smaller settlements: Luka in the west and Kut in the eastern part of the bay. Here you'll see some typical 16th and 17th-century buildings such as the Gariboldi Palace with an inscription dating from 1522. There are also several 16th and 17th-century churches.
At the end of the western part of the bay is "Gradina" hill which contains remnants of the Greek colony of Issa.
Remnants of the walls that once surrounded the colony can still be seen. On the east and west sides of the slope are ancient necopolises and the remains of a Roman theatre are nearby.
All of Vis' sights can be appreciated in a short walk along the bay. A little further on are the beaches: Parja, Rogacic, Mala and Vela Svitnja. See more about Vis Island beaches.
Many of the archaeological finds from Vis Island are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum (www.mdc.hr/split-arheoloski/eng/issa.html) which is one of the most interesting on the Croatian coast. There's a huge collection of Greek pottery and jewelry excavated from the island as well as subterranean finds. The highlight is an exquisite 4th century bronze head of a Greek goddess that could be Artemis. Part of the museum is devoted to an ethnographic survey depicting typical island life. Opening hours are 10am-1pm and 5-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday May to October.
There are only a few hotels but a good assortment of private accommodation. Read more.
As elsewhere on the islands, fish and seafood are staple items on most menus. In addition to fresh grilled sardines and octopus, splurge on any dish with lobster which is abundant here. Also, try the flat bread, pogaca, which is a specialty here. Another favorite is viski hib, a fig dessert.
(tel 021-711 575, Don Cvjetka Marasovića 8)
The most revered restaurant among the locals, Pojoda has won a number of gastronomic awards. It's just a small tavern specializing in seafood but always prepared in traditional Vis style. Only in Vis is the traditional brodetto made with fish and beans. And how about an octopus burger?
(tel 021-711 755 , Nazora 24 )
Set in the gardens of a 16th-century mansion, the ambiance couldn't be more romantic. Now attracting a chi-chi crowd of yachties, prices are relatively high for the region, but the expertly concocted dishes are worth it.
Unfortunately, there are no longer any international connections to Vis but there are regular ferries and catamarans to Split, sometimes with a stop at Hvar. See more.
In Vis Town, the Vis tourist office (tel 021-711 017) is at Setaliste Stare Issa 2, next to the ferry dock.
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