Komiža, famous for its fishing traditions, is located on the western side of the island of Vis. You will find the most beautiful beach in Croatia here, called Stiniva, while at the nearby islands you can visit the breathtaking Blue and Green Caves. What to do in Komiža? Discover the best holiday activities this town and the region have to offer.
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Things to do in Komiža: Beaches and sports
- What to do in Komiža: Nature is calling
- Discover the highlights of the town!
- Events in Komiža
The town boasts several sandy pebble beaches. The most popular is Stiniva, which was voted the most beautiful beach in Europe by the readers of European Best Destinations in 2016. Pay attention when you are travelling to this pebble beach since it is very hard to spot thanks to the high cliffs and narrow entrance. We also recommend visiting Gusarica, Nova Pošta, Velo Žalo or Kamenica beaches. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, you can discover some secluded places. As for water sports, we recommend sailing, surfing and diving. Since there are several shipwrecks around the island, diving is a particularly exciting activity here. Do you prefer land sports? You can play volleyball or you can go for a nice walk on the beach.
The Island of Biševo is located south of Komiža. It is small in size, only 5, 8 square kilometres. The island is famous for its Blue Cave, discovered by Baron Eugen von Ransonnet. This natural attraction in Baluni Bay was originally only suitable for diving as the natural entrance is below sea level. However, in 1884 they built an artificial entrance for boats to enter the cave. The 15 metres high and 24 metres long cave is very popular among tourists. To experience its beauty, visit the cave around noon. The sunshine penetrating through the crevices of the cave paint the water a wonderful blue colour.
The Green Cave on the Island of Ravnik also awaits you with an unforgettable experience. The cave owes its lavish colour to the sunbeams playing on the water.
You can find the Clock Tower on the south side of the marina, next to beautiful, 16th-17th century Venetian houses. It is part of the Venetian Fortress, built-in 1585. Today it houses the Fishing Museum. Here you can see the fishing gear, nets, knots, and even the replica of a 20th-century fishing boat.
The town boasts many churches. We recommend visiting St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Church, standing next to the fortress. It was built between 1752 and 1759, and it is the youngest church in Komiža.
Another must-see is the Church of St. Nicholas on the hill above the town, dating from the 13th century. The Romanesque-style building was extended in the 16th and 17th century. It is surrounded by bastions and walls. The late Baroque altars are from the 18th century.
One of the most popular events in the town is the Goulash Disko Festival. The festival takes place across numerous stages. Croatian and international musicians play for tourists. The yearly Fishermen’s Night gives you an insight into the town’s fishing traditions. During the event, you can try some of the best fish dishes, you can buy fishing-related souvenirs and watch the beautiful fireworks. The kayak competition entertains the little ones.
Mediterranean cuisine is one of the healthiest diets in the world. In the town, you can enjoy typical local dishes such as grilled sardines or brodetto, a fish soup. Komiža is a famous wine-producing region, we especially recommend trying Vugava. It is very refreshing, and thanks to the fruity flavours, a glass of this wine feel very nice on a hot summer day. It goes well with seafood dishes.
As for restaurants, Konoba Barba is a great place to eat. It is characterised by high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and friendly service. In addition, the terrace offers gorgeous views over the sea. The Restaurant & Wine Bar Hum is also a great choice. The restaurant welcomes you with excellent dishes and wines, friendly service and reasonable prices.
Komiža and its surroundings are a truly idyllic place where you can discover the unique beauties of nature. In addition to the picturesque beaches, Komiža boasts beautiful churches and delicious seafood dishes. Read more if you plan Komiža sailing or rent a boat in Komiža.