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About the town of Vis*

Vis has always been a town and for a short period a state as well.

At the beginning of 19th century 12,000 people lived here from all over Europe. That influenced Vis’ language where you can find, besides the derivates of the Venetian dialect, English, French, German and even Hungarian words.

Compared to Hvar or Korčula, Vis faces the land and is open to everything coming from there. Its port even today offers shelter for many fishermen and seamen, lost researchers and other dejected adventurers.

That is how the Greeks from Syracuse found the port of Vis which reminded them of home.

Hvar poets created Kut (the Corner) as the sun caressed them from the west during the winter months.

In contrast, Vis land workers constructed Mola bonda e Mijurovac for the sun to wake them up from the east at dawn.

After Englishman fortified the hills around the bay, diligent Austrians raised the Batarija fortress to bond the town finally into one unit.

Today when, at the beginning of August, you drive on the road to Vis, it really looks like a metropolis. Its shiny illumination extends, like at Christmastime, from the waterfront around the entire bay over the decorated masts, to all the town suburbs, where the lantern on the islet of Host flashes to the north. To the west, like a suburb the Stonca bay illuminates the cove always full of fishermen’s boats and local sailing boats whilst to the east the Renaissance town of Kut appears. The peaceful idyll of Kut encounters the summer turbulence of the port in Our Lady’s Batarija. A concert currently takes place within the Austrian fortress, a little owl can be heard and under its walls, Spanish visitors are usually the loudest there. A number of people come out in front of the summer cinema once the animated film has just finished, and the feature film is about to begin. On the waterfront new elements and toys shine. There are lasers, led lamps and a variety of coloured stroboscopes. Under the stern of the mega yacht called Aikea Guinea, the arctic neon glares and under it the flathead mullet have party, the two of them together are really big catches. Even the saxophone can be heard around here, “Fly me to the moon” whilst in front of the bank a boat karaoke show is moored. A French band plays In Bejbi and under the reflectors over Issa’s necropolis, someone has scored a goal.

And everything brings back memories of the golden 1812 although at that period the economy was blossoming and nowadays we are dealing with a recession, but there again steam boats sailed into the port then and another illuminated “town” came to Vis.

NAUTICAL TOURISM

Navigation experts, a colourful society of sailing lovers, more or less accidentally come together in original crews of pretty uncertain sustainability, who are responsible for exposing Vis as a prime destination in the most favourite tour of central Dalmatia for sailors in at least 5 working days.
Some of them will head from the land directly to Vis and some of them will visit Šolta, Brač and Hvar first and then sail to the most prominent settled island in the central Adriatic and choose later: Lastovo or Korčula, or maybe will first visit some of the closer islands: Biševo, Brusnik or Svetac.They are sure to decide tomorrow.
Moored one unusually accessible Vis’ waterfront, lulled in their boat living rooms, navigation experts will, put on a long sleeve sweaters at night, whilst many of them will feel as if they have come home for the first time and will be tempted to include a day or two off in their sailing itinerary. This is how Vis is made. Invented to change your itinerary plans. Yachtsmen like to rent scooters and get lost somewhere in the island’s interior. They like it when members of the Roki family take them by bus to the Plisko polje where are offered finest gastronomic specialties.
I know of a number of navigation experts who in this way bought land on Vis and changed their course forever.