The ancient town of Vis sits at the foot of a wide, horseshoe-shaped bay. Ferry arrivals give spurts of activity to an otherwise-peaceful collection of coastal promenades, crumbling 17th-century town houses and narrow lanes twisting gently uphill from the seafront.
The town is a merger of two settlements: 19th-century Luka (meaning 'port'), where the ferry docks, and medieval Kut, on the opposite curve of the horseshoe. A harbourside promenade runs scenically between the two. Vis' long and complicated history has bequeathed it the remains of a Greek cemetery, Roman baths and an English fortress.