Sunday, 16 August 2020

Komiza - With No Cases of Infection, Hopes for Tourist Season Continue

The coronavirus pandemic has dragged Croatian tourism to its knees. Despite some surprisingly good tourists figures so far, especially in comparison to the dire predictions from before, there are still some being left behind. Komiza on the beautiful island of Vis hopes for a decent tourist season despite all of the many obstacles.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of August, 2020, the SDP mayor of Komiza, Tonka Ivcevic, explained that the argument for spending a holiday on this remote Croatian island is the isolation and the fact that no one, all these months, has been infected with the new coronavirus on it.

"We have very big announcements for both August and September. We're sure that we might have a tourist season at the level of last year's if there are no cancellations,'' explained Komiza's mayor.

She is conditional in her expression, however, as she is more than aware of what has been happening with the epidemic throughout Croatia over recent days, especially in Dalmatia, and it is no coincidence that at that same time, Austria changed its stance, asking Austrian citizens not to travel to Croatia.

"I'd agree that some decisions taken by the National Civil Protection Headquarters were delayed, because this doesn't create a good image for our county, and it could lead to cancellations." However, at least as far as she knows, there have been no major cancellations for Komiza so far.

"Komiza has become a hit destination this season. Vis is seen by people as a more isolated place, as an island where you have a place to get lost… You can stay all over the island, in many family farms, in many taverns,'' she added when in conversation with N1.

The advantage of not only Komiza but Vis as a whole is the fact that the island doesn't have a large capacity, there are only about 4000 beds, which, together with the guests, means a relatively low number of inhabitants in a relatively large area.

"If we add up the boaters, there are currently about 4,000 guests on the island. We don't have any bigger clubs, we don't have any bigger indoor spaces for guests. People have a place to get lost, we hope to remain a coronavirus-free destination,'' Komiza's mayor concluded.

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Thursday, 13 August 2020

Komiza Hit of Dalmatia, Some Renters Full Until Mid-September

August 13, 2020 - Komiza, the small fishing town on the island of Vis, is a Dalmatian hit this summer. 

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that it's not only Komiza seeing swarms of tourists, but the interior of the island is also full, as is the town of Vis, which in August recorded 80 percent of its figures compared to last year.

Large queues can be seen on the way to the ferry in Vis town, and if you wait to get your ticket until an hour before departure, thinking, "there won't be crowds?" Think again. 

The coronavirus has forced people into nature and agriculture, which is a bonus for visitors to Vis, who can enjoy more than 50 swimming pools on the island for guests thanks to luxury villas.

There are so many tourists that, at times, towns look as if they'll burst at the seams, but everyone is happy to be the hit of Dalmatia, expressed a local. 

"In Komiza, you can't pass all the people, some renters are full until mid-September. A miracle in a small town. How, why? We have no corona. We are a corona-free destination. That one case? It wasn't ours. People here are safe, calm, free, that's why they come to us," one Vis renter said.

Komiza Mayor Tonka Ivcevic confirms this year's boom, saying that luxury holiday villas sold out first.

The past two weeks in Komiza have been at the level of last year. There are a huge number of yachtspeople, and the novelty is the family guests arriving by car - and there have never been so many.

Another novelty is certainly a significant number of Croatian guests who have recognized Vis as the safest holiday destination.

"To our surprise, no one expected there to be this much tourism. We met them, and we lowered the price of the Blue Cave from 100 kuna to 70 kuna. We also introduced free parking in the city parking lot. We are very satisfied," says the mayor.

The Komiza Tourist Board and its director Bogoljub Mitrakovic are also under attack, stating that some landlords have relaxed too much and are not registering guests. However, Mitrakovic warns such landlords to stop illegal work as soon as possible, also because the Tourist Board regularly asks the State Inspectorate to visit them.

"We send inquiries to the inspectorate every week, even for situations from last year. But they don't answer; the inspector is nowhere to be found. We have 1900 beds, but also a lot of unregistered guests. And that's the problem. Hotel "Biševo" has excellent results, all 300 beds are full from August 1 until today, and official data give us an 80 percent result in August compared to last year. Apart from the domestic guests who took the lead in July, there are a lot of Slovenes, Italians have returned, there are a lot of Britons, Austrians, Germans, French, Serbs… There are a lot of Poles who love diving; they like to explore shipwrecks. The only ones missing from Komiza are those from San Pedro, and the corona blocked them from coming. We are telling everyone to come, Komiza is safe, we are very careful about the measures at all our events, and there are a lot of them. Summer in Komiza is a hit, and I think we succeeded in that because of excellent marketing," says Mitrakovic, who gives thanks to the City and the Nautical Center for their help in organizing the events.

One renter Petra Muric says that you have to walk along the entire waterfront several times to find somewhere to sit for coffee; that the city has become like a ripe pomegranate that will burst at any moment.

"There are so many boaters that the rocks where you tie ropes are also filled. And on the mainland, some groups come naively without inquiring first, so they have to sleep in their cars. Families come with children, godparents. And how will you help them? Everything is full. It got to the point that the couches also filled up. Five of our apartments started filling up about 15 days ago, and we are occupied until mid-September. We had 30 calls a day. This summer, there is a change, there have never been so many locals, but it is evident that they have much less spending power than our standard guests, Scandinavians, Swedes, Dutch, Spaniards, Italians," says Petra.

It is not difficult for foreign guests to pay extra costs, and Komiza is not cheap. However, it is not as easy for the locals. Thus, long columns are formed in front of fast-food restaurants, and the shops are so crowded, they even run out of groceries.

Petra Muric adds that many people openly asked to lower the price of their accommodation. Some Zagreb agencies even called and tried to convince them that their 70 euro accommodation must be reduced by 50 percent.

"I had up to 30 phone inquiries a day for accommodation. In the end, I had to put on the ad that the 70 euro price, which is ten euro less than last year, is final. We are all full, the worst accommodation on the island is full, the situation is to give whatever you have. We have not experienced this yet," says Petra.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Property of the Week: Luxury Apartments in Komiza on Gorgeous Vis

August 29, 2019 - Continuing our look at the real estate offers on the Croatian coast, a trip to delightful Komiza on Vis.

It is one of the true treasures of Croatia's Adriatic coast - the island of Vis. Closed to the world as a strategic military base during the Tito years, Vis has remained reassuringly far away not to attract mass tourism, and it has become a haven for those looking for a little more quality and the authentic Dalmatian experience as it once was. You can learn more about the charms of the island in the Total Croatia Vis in a Page guide

And now you can own your own luxurious slice of this gorgeous island, with our friends at Trgostan explaining how:

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

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It is our pleasure to present to you  a unique offer of exclusive apartments in the center of Komiža, a magical place on the island of Vis. Komiža is a new hit destination on the Adriatic! Beautiful landscapes,  intact nature, stunning beaches and the atmosphere of an untouched island, is waiting for you amidst the Adriatic Sea. Even the producers of the planetary popular movie ‘Mamma Mia! Here we go again’ recognized the magic surrounding Vis and shared its magical exteriors  with the world!

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Villa comprises 12 fully equipped and stylishly furnished apartments that can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding customers, especially those who want to become the owner of a luxurious holiday space. Every potential owner will definitely be attracted by the fact that when he becomes the owner of the apartment, he can enter it immediately, as in the hotel room and use it freely! The villa is planned to be fully finished in summer 2020.

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The difference between this business model and others is offering maintenance services of your property when you do not use it or when you want to rent it and make additional income. When you arrive, the apartment will always be ready for you. The island of Vis is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea. And not without a reason!

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Due to the preservation and variety of nature, visitors from all over the world come flock here all year long to enjoy the scents, the views and the sea. Because of its relative isolation, ancient architecture throughout the island has also been preserved.

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APARTMENT 1
​1st floor to the left
77,30 m²

APARTMENT 2
​1st floor in the middle
97,30 m²

APARTMENT 3
​1st floor to the right
95,47 m²

APARTMENT 4
​2nd floor to the left
54,80 m²

APARTMENT 5
​2nd floor in the middle
82,50 m²

APARTMENT 6
​2nd floor to the right
79,07 m²

APARTMENT 7
​3rd floor to the left
82,94 m²

APARTMENT 8
​3rd floor in the middle
87,21 m²

APARTMENT 9
​3rd floor to the right
81,69 m²

APARTMENT 10
​4th floor to the left
83,02 m²

APARTMENT 11
​4th floor in the middle
81,70 m²

APARTMENT 12
​4th floor to the right
80,14 m²

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• The LIVING ROOM, linked with a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen, also has a large dining table, a sitting area, and a state-of-the-art TV set.

• The BEDROOM is home to a large double bed, a fitted wardrobe and two comfortable armchairs.

• The BATHROOM is equipped with top quality ceramics and sanitary ware made by renowned manufacturers.

• THE SPACIOUS TERRACE provides a pleasant outdoor stay. It is partially covered and features a large outdoor dining table, an outdoor shower, and a sitting set for a relaxing break from sun and sea.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT APARTMENT EQUIPMENT

Apartments are equipped with all the necessary equipment to be categorized with 4 stars *

•    Air conditioning heating / cooling
•    Washing machine
•    Extendable couch
•    Wireless Internet
•    Internet
•    Bed sheets
•    Towels
•    Hairdryer
•    Baby cot with upfront arrangement
•    Ironing board and iron
•    Anti-theft doors
•    Video surveillance

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KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM:
•  Stove
•  Coffee machine
• Dishes and cutlery
• Refrigerator with a freezer compartment
• Toaster
• Cooking utensils
• Dish cloths and table cloths 
• Dishwasher
• Oven
•  Microwave
• Floors covered with Class 1 large format tiles
• Dining table

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LIVING ROOM
• Sitting area with the possibility of extension for sleeping
• A table
• A TV set


BEDROOMS
• Massive parquet flooring
•  Double bed
• Nightstand
• TV set
•  Built-in closets
•  Bed sheets


BATHROOMS
• Large-format high-quality tiles
• Shower
• Sink, bidet
• Bathroom cabinets with mirrors
•  Towels
•  Hairdryer


TERRACE
• Mini pool
• Outdoor shower
• Seating area on the terrace
• Dining table


ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER FACILITIES:
• Two TVs
•  Internet
•  Satellite / Cable TV
•  Garden

For more information and to book a viewing, visit the official listing.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Property of the Week: Waterfront Mamma Mia 2 Could Be Yours in Komiza, Vis

July 23, 2018 - Looking to hit real estate gold? How about a waterfront property on the island where Mamma Mia 2 was filmed?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Traditional Boats of Komiža Heading for 'Escale à Sète' Festival in France

Croatian maritime heritage will be presented in the biggest port on the Mediterranean

Friday, 29 December 2017

Split-Dalmatia County Presents Three New Tourism Projects

Split-Dalmatia County has presented three tourist projects which expect millions of kuna from non-refundable EU funds.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Vis Archipelago to Become Part of UNESCO Global Geopark Network?

A promising initiative for Vis island and its natural treasures 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

16th St. Nicholas Regatta Kicks off Tomorrow

The 16th St. Nicholas Regatta begins Sunday 3rd December. Here to tell us about it is Lari Lulić – the newest member to the growing TCN team. Lari is a professional journalist holding a Master’s degree in journalism; for the last 10 years, he has been ‘learning the ropes’ in the sailing world, covering sailing events, the boating industry and all manner of topics related to the yachting world and tourism. Lari was so keen to get cracking with a story, that we received his first article before his author bio, you can look forward to more from Lari over the coming months, in the meantime, on to the St. Nicholas Regatta...

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Smile, Fishie! Underwater Photography Cup to Take Place on Vis

We have announced the upcoming underwater photography cup that's about to take place in the waters of Biševo island near Vis months ago, but it doesn't hurt to remind everyone that the popular manifestation is finally around the corner!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Will the Filming of 'Mamma Mia' Affect the Island of Vis?

The island of Vis is getting ready for the 'Mamma Mia' invasion: after the initial rumours in June, it was recently confirmed that the sequel to the massively popular musical is indeed getting filmed in Croatia, at several locations on Vis island.

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