Komiza (Vis)

Komiza: The church of St. Nikola sits on the hill above the town

Komiza: The church of St. Nikola sits on the hill above the town

Komiza has a reputation of being slightly rough around the edges and the locals like to keep it that way! Once the lair of pirates, the picturesque 17th and 18th century village of Komiza is a lively place to spend the night and a lot of Croats talk fondly of Komiza’s bohemian ways. Raise your colours and drop into Komiza on your sailing holiday for a different view of Vis.

More exposed than the port of Vis, at Komiza it is advisable to keep a weather eye out for wind changes and be prepared to leave if necessary to seek shelter elsewhere on the island. The harbour at Komiza can also subject to katabatic night winds so take care when mooring up and allow extra room or place more fenders between yachts to avoid damage.

There are several ways to spend the night in Komiza. There are about 40 mooring buoys laid around the harbour and there is a reasonable amount of room on the quay where power and water are available. Anchoring is permitted but holding can be poor in patches. (Note: in May 2016 the mooring buoys had not been laid)

Mooring buoys will set you back 200kuna/night (approximately 27€ 2013) for a yacht between 10-15 metres long.

Berths on the quayside are charged in accordance to the length of the vessel and what services you require.

In town you will find some excellent seafood restaurants, a supermarket and bars and cafes. A trip to the castle/fort is a worthwhile way to work up an appetite and the small fishing museum provides an insight into the history of this pretty little Venetian styled harbour.

Sited at the foot of the 587m high Hum Hill, Komiza is a fishing town that used unique wooden sailing boats called Falkusa’s. The last original Falkusa sank in 1986 but two replicas, the Comeza-Lisboa and the Mikula can often be seen in the harbour whilst the remains of the last original boat are in the Fishermans Museum.

Komiza was the site of the first commercial fish factory in Croatia/Dalmatia (Built in 1830). In more recent times, the fishing industry grew to merit a local processing plant, the Neptun, though this is now closed and the town is largely reliant on tourists drawn by the many nearby beaches. Wine and grappa, the local wine based spirit, is still produced locally, though mainly for personal consumption.

The town was home to a Benedictine monastery founded in the 13th century and the associated Church of St Nicola still stands. There is also an art gallery in town you can visit.

“Aquarius” is an open air “disco” on Kamenica Beach (east of Komiza) and is the go to place if you are looking to chill out during the day or party long into the night.

On first Saturday in August the skies above the town are ablaze with fireworks and a large feast is prepared to celebrate the fishermen of the island.

The dense buildings and alleyways around the quay house a good selection of restaurants and cafe’s, as well as a supermarket and other food shops. There is also a bank, currency exchange and ATM, as well as a post office.

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