Komiza Travel Guide
Komiza, a wonderful town situated on the Vis Island, is one of the best tourist offers in Croatia. To reach Komiza you should get from Split to the island of Vis by ferry-boat, boat or catamaran, which will take you up to 2.5 hours, and then take a bus to Komiza.
Komiza's name was first documented in the second part of the 12th century. In 1600's the Castle Mazzolini was built by the Venetians in Komiza for safety reasons. In July 1866 the Italian fleet, which was sent to destroy the Austrian control of the Vis Island, bombarded the town three days in a row but failed to seize it. When World War II erupted and the government of Yugoslavia succumbed to the Germans, the localCommunist Party Committee of Komiza decided to attack the invaders. This event is commemorated on a memorial tablet in the Kucic family house.
Tourist attractions. Historians should spend their holidays in Komiza to tour Fishermen's Museum which is unique in Croatia. Located in the historical Venetian tower Grimaldi, it features traditional fishermen's tools and a replica of gajeta "Falkusa" which was exhibited at the 1998 World's Fair in Lisbon. Romantic souls spending their holidays in Komiza are advised to visit the well-known Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) situated on the Bisevo Island. History buffs would be happy to see St. Mikula' Convent also known as Muster (13th c.), a small Renaissance church Gusarica named after a woman pirate, Romanesque church (13th c.), Baroque sanctuary (16th c.). Other sights that cannot be missed during your Komiza travel are the cave where Tito lived during World War II, the Green cave of the desert island Budihovac, and Palagruza archeologoical exhibition.
Festivals and cultural events. Not only ancient charm and nature, but also events make Komiza travel popular. don't miss Komiza's Summer Festival, klapa singing, astounding ballet concert while being on Komiza holidays. The nightlife lovers won't get bored due to the Aquarius, an open-air disco on Kamenica beach. The Day of Saint Nicholas, the town's patron saint, is celebrated on the 6th of Dec., and this event includes the sacrificial burning of the traditional wooden boat "falkusa".
Restaurants. The traditional specialities are shrimp and white fish dishes which are served with excellent local wine. If you chance to make dinner reservations in konoba Bako, which sits on water, you will enjoy the best seafood, meat and pasta specialties to the lapping of the sea. The perfect place for your morning coffee or your late night wine, beer or cocktail is the cafe-bar Keke.
Beaches. The Stiniva bay has a very unusual sand pebble beach bordered by an old pine forest, which can be found near the Gusarica church. Other pebble beaches are Nova posta, Velo zalo, and Srebrna. Sandy beaches fans should go to Milna and Stoncica beaches. If you swim and dive in the Modra Spilja, it will surely be the greatest impression of your Komiza holidays.
Active vacations. Komiza travel gives active travelers many options, including paragliding, diving, surfing, sailing, fishing, mini-golf, boccia, basketball, volleyball, handball, soccer, horseback riding, mountaineering, trekking, hiking, and even cricket.