You just have to see Vrbnik! Vrbnik is situated on the east coast of the island of Krk in Kvarner Bay. The old town settled above the sea is really enchanting. This ancient, stone-built town, that appears to be emerging from the sea and immersing into the blue sky above it, was built in harmony with nature. Vrbnik has around 1000 inhabitants during the winter period, and around 2000 inhabitants in summer. Vrbnik is the right choice for all who do not prefer mass-tourism but are in search of original Mediterranean charm. The one who experiences Vrbnik once always comes back... Find out why!
Vrbnik is also widely known by its autochthonous sort of wine grape called Vrbnička žlahtina. You can try that well known dry white wine, as other Krk specialties in one of numerous wine-cellars / taverns (konoba) and restaurants in Vrbnik.
The location of Vrbnik on the Island of Krk allows You to reach all the major places on the Island in 20 minutes drive only. That`s why Vrbnik is an ideal starting point for your discovery excursions on the Island of Krk.
We have prepared for you a wide choice of excursions by boat and by car in order to experience and explore our island and its surroundings.
We invite you to take a virtual tour of Vrbnik with interactive 360° panoramic photos.
Vrbnik has always been a place ideal for artists. Its beauty that inspires can be seen in hidden corners and unexpected places and many find inspiration for their artistic achievements here.
Many events are given in summertime on old town square Placa and on Škujica square – concerts, presentations, literary evenings, folklore festivals... There are several art galleries in the old town in which interesting exhibitions are organized during summer. During summer you can dance along with a live music band on Škujica square.
Vrbnik is one of the oldest settlements on the island. Its close area was inhabited in prehistory - the earliest archaeological artifacts found in Vrbnik's vicinity can be dated as early as 4000 years B.C. (Neolithic Age). Just opposite of Vrbnik, on a hill-top overlooking Vrbnik's harbor from the north, are remains of a Bronze Age settlement (1200 y.B.C.) whose thick dry-stone walls can still be seen. There is also material evidence of the Liburni tribe (Iron Age) and Romans living in the Vrbnik area. Many ruins of small churches and chapels can be seen in and around Vrbnik, some of them more than 1000 years old.
Vrbnik was first mentioned by that name in „Deed of Donation of Glorious Dragoslav“ dating from 1100.y.A.D. In 1388.y.A.D. Vrbnik got its Statute, a very important source of knowledge in Medieval law and also a splendid testimony on the high civilization level of the town in that period. Vrbnik is closely bonded with the Frankopan family- princes of Krk who played a significant role in the history of Krk and Croatia. It is said that they called their possessions in and around Vrbnik their patrimony, which may imply their Vrbnik origin.
Vrbnik is known worldwide for its exceptional Glagolitic cultural heritage. Glagolitic script is the oldest Croatian script dating from 9th century AD and it is very significant that one-quarter of all preserved Glagolitic manuscripts are from Vrbnik.