Introduction

Perched on a 48m cliff overlooking the sea, Vrbnik is a beguiling medieval village of steep, arched streets. It’s not a real secret (tour groups pass through from time to time), but most of the year it’s a peaceful, unhurried place.

Vrbnik was once the main centre where the Glagolitic script was used and was the repository for many Glagolitic manuscripts. The script was kept alive by priests, who were always plentiful in the town since many young men entered the priesthood to avoid serving on Venetian galleys.

Now the town is a terrific place to soak up the vistas and sample the žlahtina white wine produced in the surrounding region. After wandering the tightly packed cobbled alleyways, head down to the town beach for a swim.