Vis is a town located on the northeast coast of the island, in the bottom of the large bay. It has been populated even in prehistoric times, reaching its major growth in the period of Greek colonization of the Adriatic sea. In 16th and 17th centuries Vis became the first real urbanized settlement on the island, when population from island's interiors migrate to the bay of Vis and Kut (corner) and Porat (port) merged, two separate settlements on the opposite sides of the Vis bay.
Kut settlement, on the eastern part of the bay, was formed by Hvar island aristocracy and local wealthy citizens. The coastal part of Kut with staircase and the church of St. Cyprian, as well as the area around it with irregular grid of street, bears the characteristics of urban building types.
Meanwhile, on the western shore of Vis town bay, on the opposite side to Kut settlement, Porat settlement was developed. It consists of a so-called Vela (large) and Mala (small) Banda with three long parallel roads that stretches from the sea to the slopes of hills that surrounds Vis bay. Houses are of urban types, some of them representative palaces with richly designed facades and balconies.