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VisThe Mediterranean communities even in the Neolithic times, 3 thousand years BC, inhabited the island Vis. The name of the island Issa originates from that time and that is the name that the island still holds in the croatised version. In the 6-5th century BC Issa is ruled by Ionius who established the first Illyrian state in the Adriatic. The local Illyrian population Dalmati learnt the more sophisticated and advanced way of land cultivation from the Greeks who came later. At the times of rule of Dionysius Jr. Issa becomes a free democratic polis “city-state”. Spreading its commercial and trade network and establishing its colonies such as Lumbarda (at the island Korčula), Tragurion (Trogir), Epetion (Stobreč), and at last Salona (Solin), Issa gets very powerful. The part of sepulchral findings from that period consists of vases, vine jars and terracotta plastics. The ancient Issa represents the oldest urban nucleus in these parts of the world. It was situated on the north part of the bay, on the locality called Gradina. As other Greek towns, it was encompasses by walls that are partly preserved, and it is supposed that it had a regular street schedule as other towns of that period. Thanks to favourable circumstances, Issa flourished for a very long time, until the conflict with the Illyrian king Argon and with queen Teuta ca 229 – 219 BC. Assessing that it would not be able to confront the attack of queen Teuta, Issa asked the Roman republic to help. The alliance with Rome and its assistance in the conquests, Issa and its colonies prospered economically. From the Roman era there are partly preserved thermae and the foundations of the ancient theatre.
Judging by the size of the theatre that could take 3,500 spectators, it is assumed that in the city of Issa and surrounding fields lived 12-14 thousand people. There are three localities found outside city walls. The one next to west walls got Slavic name Matvilo, next to east walls Vlaška njiva, while the south locality was situated on the area today called Luka. The urns from 1st century BC are the oldest traces of burials by cremation in Dalmatia.
When barbaric tribes started bursting into the Roman Empire the economic power of big centres declined. This happened to Salona with which Issa was closely connected. The island gradually gets weaker, the life of the city slowly but surely extinguishes, and communities continue living in the Roman Villae Rusticae scattered on the whole island. Some of these Villae later became bigger rural communities.
Island Vis, the beauty of limpid waters and protected submarine world rich with sunken ships and magic marine images that has been hidden for years.
Relax on secluded beaches of numerous peaceful bays, in transparent blue sea and under the hot sun of Vis. Spend your time in historic ambience of mediaeval cities of Vis and Komiža that echo the voices of a cappella singers and treat your soul with visits to Archaeological Museum and Museum of Fisheries.
Sail out with us to nameless bays, to Biševo, to the Blue Cave, the gam of the Adriatic, famous for its unique iridescent reflection of shades of blue and silver that delight the visitors.

The island Vis, main characteristics
Geographical position:
Surface of island Vis: 90.3 km3
Coast length: approximately 77 km
Highest point:Hum
Climate:
Atmosphere:
Settlements: Town of Vis, Town of Komiža, Podselje, Marinje zemlje, Podšpilje, Podstražje
Population: approximately 5,000 inhabitants
Local time: Middle European time
Road traffic: on the right side
Electric power: 220V/50Hz
Time change: according to the Middle European model

Administrative position of Vis
The Republic of Croatia (capitol Zagreb)
County Splitsko-dalmatinska (Centre Split)
Town of Vis, Town of Komiža
Language
Croatian (standard language and the local dialect that is quite different from the standard). For tourist purposes the languages most widely used are English, Italian and German.
 

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