Vis Island Cuisine: Exploring Authentic Mediterranean Gastronomy

Vis Island Cuisine: Exploring Authentic Mediterranean Gastronomy

Vis traditional pie

Where Military History Meets Mediterranean Culinary

Due to the island's historical significance as a military base during Yugoslavia, off-limits to tourists, Vis now stands as a sanctuary of untouched nature, rich cuisine, and fascinating history.

Nestled in the Adriatic, this Croatian gem spans 56 miles (90 km2), inviting exploration that promises a blend of unspoiled landscapes, culinary delights, and intriguing narratives.

Accessible either by ferry or with your own boat, be it private or chartered, this charming island has become a sought-after stop for sailors en route to Dalmatia in the southern part of Croatia, thanks to its unique blend of fishing villages, ancient ruins, and pristine beaches, all while retaining its authentic essence.


Once on the island, Vis reveals a network of well-connected roads that make exploration effortless. A scenic drive from one end to the other covers approximately 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your chosen route, providing ample opportunities to uncover the island's treasures.Among the numerous bays gracing the coastline, Stiniva Bay takes center stage as the most renowned.

Characterized by a narrow entrance and a concealed pebble beach, Stiniva Bay offers a picturesque setting for relaxation and exploration. Other beautiful bays, including Stoncica Bay, Srebrna Bay, and the enchanting Blue Lagoon on Budihovac Island, contribute to Vis's reputation as a remarkable destination for those in search of natural beauty and tranquility.

Stiniva cove

Gourmet Paradise

Vis isn't just a visual delight; it's a gourmet paradise boasting culinary treasures that elevate the Mediterranean dining experience.

Treat yourself to these must-try gastronomic delights served in traditional family restaurants across the island.

Grilled fish

Traditional Delicacies to Try

We have curated a list of centuries-old famous dishes from the Island of Vis that have never lost their popularity in this part of the Mediterranean

"Komiska Pogaca" - Vis Traditional Pie

Indulge in the authentic flavors of Vis with this savory pie, brimming with salted anchovies, onions, tomatoes, and Mediterranean herbs. An ideal choice for a quick and delightful snack that encapsulates the essence of the island's culinary heritage.

 "Pasticada" - Braised Beef Vis Style

Slow-cooked beef stew, marinated in a tantalizing blend of wine and vinegar. Paired elegantly with gnocchi or pasta, it's a savory delight that captures the true essence of traditional Croatian cuisine.

 "Soparnik" - Traditional Pie from Komiza

This traditional pie comes in variations filled with salted anchovies, onions, and Swiss chard—a delightful blend of savoury goodness.

Octopus or Lamb under the Bell

For a truly authentic taste of Vis, don't miss the opportunity to relish Octopus or Lamb prepared under the bell. This traditional method of slow-cooking imparts a rich flavor, making it a must-try culinary experience that complements the island's centuries-old gastronomic legacy.

Grilled Fish

Vis is renowned among fishermen, making it a paradise for seafood enthusiasts. We highly recommend indulging in the locally caught fish, prepared with a touch of simplicity that perfectly captures the essence of the island's coastal flavors. Seasoned with local olive oil, salt, and pepper, the grilled seafood is a staple dish that showcases the freshness and quality of the catch.

Fresh fish

Restaurant Hotspots

Our absolute favourite spot for a sunset view and good cocktails is Fort George near the town of Vis. It was built by the English commander of Vis, George Duncan Robertson, in 1812 and was named after the British King George III. A true Croatian gem where gastronomy meets history and art.

Another highly recommended place for everyone visiting Vis and seeking to experience the tradition of local food and wine is the family-owned restaurant and winery Roki's, situated in the middle of the island. Don't worry, they will pick you up and drop you off on your boat!

It is especially renowned for its dishes cooked "under the bell" or, in Croatian, "pod peku", which, we dare say, are the best in Dalmatia. Their octopus and meat cooked under the bell are an absolute must-try.

Octopus under the bell

Combine your gourmet adventure with yacht holidays

Exploring the island of Vis can be included in a South Dalmatian yacht charter itinerary, spanning nearby islands such as Solta, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, and Lastovo. Depending on your budget and boat preferences, explore our yacht charter options, and let us help you find the perfect match for your ideal experience.

Photo credits:

Vis Traditional Pie: Maja Danica Pecanic