About Komiza

Possibly one of the most romantic villages on Croatian coast, Komiza is literally the symbol of Vis Island. Surrounded by beautiful natural localities, such as magnificent Stiniva cove and Modra Spilja Cave, Komiza is known for its historical landmarks such as Venetian fort of Komuna, Palace of Zanchi Family and Gothic Church of St. Mary. Visitors can enjoy horse riding and scuba diving, or explore the remains of abandoned military bases, constructed during Croatia’s communist era. Wine routes and excursions to nearby inlets is also a possibility, not to mention prime gastronomical delight in Komiza’s numerous traditional restaurants, also known as ‘konobas’. A lot of swimming sites are present in the vicinity of settlement as well, some of them having natural spring water sources, thus providing unique way of refreshing visitors from summer sun. Sailors can easily reach island of Palagruza from Komiza, where they can visit a large stone lighthouse turned into an archeological gallery.

Komi┼ża, Croatia

Burning Boats for St. Nicholas Day in Komiza

In the rich world of unique Croatian traditions, rare are those that leave such visual impression as burning boats in Komiza. The impressive event takes place every year on the feast day of Saint Nicholas, which comes on December 6th. The aforementioned Catholic mystic is a patron saint of sailors, and since Komiza is located on Island of Vis, the locals have developed many spiritual ties to this Christian individual. Similar ties exist between Komiza people and their wooden boats. Not merely a mean of naval transport, boats are used to bring food to local families and keep them connected with coastal neighborhoods. The craft of building these vessels has been of huge importance to Vis islanders in the past,…

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