|— Town —|
|• Mayor||Ante Acalinović|
|• Total||52 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Metro density||38/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Vis is a town on the same-named island in the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. It has a population of 1,920 residents (as of 2011). The town is also the seat of the eponymous Vis municipality, one of the two municipalities on the island (the other one being Komiža) which both administratively belong to the Split-Dalmatia County.
The first settlement in the place of today's town of Vis was built in the fourth century BC by Greek colonists from Sicily under the name of Issa.23 Greeks were attracted by Issa's geographical position because it enabled control of shipping in the Adriatic Sea. Antique Issa developed as the urban and economic center of Dalmatia and also served as a military base for colonization of places near the present-day town of Split, such as Stobreč (Epetion) and Trogir (Tragurion). Issa functioned as an independent polis until the first century BCE, when it was conquered by the Roman Empire. After the Roman conquest Issa lost its significance until the late Middle Ages when it was mentioned in several historical sources.
The town of Vis is located in a relatively large and protected bay (Croatian: Uvala Svetog Jurja,4 English: Bay of Saint George) on the north-east side of the island facing the island of Hvar and the Dalmatian mainland. The port of Vis is located in the south-west part of the bay. The port is protected from open sea influence by the islet of Host (named after William Hoste) and the peninsula called Prirovo (sometimes spelled "Prilovo"). Other ports are smaller and located in Kut.5 and Stonca, which are also parts of the town of Vis.
Vis is isolated from its fields (Dračevo polje and Velo polje) thanks to 250–300 m high hills which are important for the local citizens as the main source of incomes from viticulture. Other official parts of the town on the south and south-east coast are villages located on bays such as Milna, Rukavac, Srebrna, Stiniva, Stončica, although some of them have a tendency to become new towns. These bays and villages are, besides the town of Vis itself, the main source of tourist income for the whole island.
Vis experiences warm and temperate winters with warm to hot summers with the landward breeze making it the most moderate climate in the Republic of Croatia. The climate allows for Tropical and Mediterranean vegetation, including palms, carobs, olives, grapes and lemons. The average rainfall is about 750 mm (29.53 in) per square meter. The island of Vis has a number of natural sources of drinking water from the natural spring water reservoirs. The island is also home to twelve distinct types of island vegetation. Vis has been marked as one of the ten most environmentally preserved islands in the Mediterranean by the World Organization for Environmental Protection.
Formal area of town of Vis is whole eastern part of the island. Western part of the island is under the authority of Komiža. Area of Vis embraces eight villages: Dračevo Polje, Marine Zemlje, Milna, Plisko Polje, Podselje, Podstražje, Rogačić and Rukavac. Town's council consists of eleven councilors divided currently in three groups; five councilors from SDP - HNS - HSS coalition, three from Independent list of Ante Acalinović and three from HDZ - HSP coalition. Ascendancy is currently held by HDZ - HSP coalition in alliance with the Independent list.
Until the middle of the twentieth century the main sources of income were vineyards and wine production.6 Recently more and more people work in tourism. The town is also famous for its greenery of palms, the only example on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
- Niko pl.Giaxa (Jakša)(1845-1905) first national major of Vis
- Ivan Farolfi (1892–1945), high-ranked official and former mayor;
- Ranko Marinković (1913–2001), Croatian poet born in Vis;
- Vesna Parun (1922–2010), acclaimed Croatian poet who was born in Zlarin but spent her childhood in Vis;
- Rests of antique Issa (thermae, necropolis, theatre, parts of the port)
- Five Roman Catholic churches (Župna crkva Gospe od Spilica, Crkva svetog Ciprijana, Crkva svetog Duha, Franciscan monastery on peninsula of Prirovo and Crkva Vele Gospe)
- Residences of Hvar and Vis noble families (Hektorović, Jakša, Gariboldi, Dojmi Delupis)
- War forts dating from various time (from old Venice to Austria-Hungary)
- British Military Cemetery (dating from the British presence during 1810s)
- Vis Primary school
- Until the 1960s secondary schools existed in the villages of Podselje, Podstražje and Marine Zemlje but these were eventually closed because of the lack of students due to drastic emigration that affected the island as a whole. In 1975 a secondary school named after Antun Matijašević - Karamaneo was built. It remains the sole centre of secondary education on the island.
- Cricket Club, named after Sir William Hoste, Bt.
- ŠRC Issa (sport and recreation club Issa)
- bowling club Vis
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- "Stanovništvo prema prisutnosti u naselju popisa – Grad Vis". Census. Croatian Bureau of Statistics. 2011.
- An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen,2005,Index
- Dalmatia by Dmitar J. Culic. page 106
- Footprint Croatia by Jane Foster. page 258
- Migration and Population Decline in the Island of Vis, Croatia 1910-2001 by Ivo Nejasmic & Roko Misetic.page 116. The paper discusses the population dynamics of the island of Vis, Croatia and the geo-graphical, demographic and social characteristics linked to the process. Demographic sta-tistics and the results of the research show the substantial population decline of the island of Vis.