Vrboska, An Enchanting Fishing Village In Croatia

Vrboska village Hvar Croatia

I spent a wonderful week sailing around Croatia with my family. The Central Dalmatian Archipelago truly impressed me, the landscapes were amazing and the Croatian people very welcoming. However, I was particularly awestruck by the picture-perfect villages on the islands Hvar, Vis and Brač.

Harbor Vrboska Hvar Croatia

I visited several stunning towns but I am still having a hard time choosing which village is my favorite… It’s pretty much a tie between Stari Grad and Vrboska.

Stari Grad, the most beautiful town in Croatia (and possibly the world)Canals and bridges Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Both towns are stunning and are equally charming. Both towns have a beautiful harbor, cute stone houses, narrow cobblestoned alleys and lovely cafes.

Harbor Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Even though Vrboska  isn’t as old as Stari Grad, it was ‘only’ founded in the 15th century while Stari Grad was founded 400 BC, it still has heaps of character.

Cute canals Vrboska Hvar Croatia

To me, the main difference is that Vrboska felt a little less polished and rougher around the edges than Stari Grad.

Old sardine factory Vrboska Hvar Croatia

In Stari Grad all the historic houses were in perfect condition. While in Vrboska there several dilapidated buildings slowly falling apart or left unfinished.

Old stone houses Vrboska Hvar CroatiaOld stone houses Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Though that didn’t take away any of the charm of this enchanting village!

Old stone houses Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Isn’t this house adorable, with its crumbling stones and a roof that’s clearly no longer waterproof.

Streets of Vrboska Hvar CroatiaStreets of Vrboska Hvar Croatia

In Vrboska we often found ourselves being the only ones wandering the beautiful streets…

Vrboska, an enchanting fishing village on the island Hvar, CroatiaOld stone houses Vrboska Hvar Croatia
Old stone houses Vrboska Hvar CroatiaOld stone houses Vrboska Hvar Croatia

…discovering yet another pretty stone houses around each corner!

Canals and bridges Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Also, Vrboska can rival Venice when it comes to pretty bridges…

St Mary Church Fortress Vrboska Hvar Croatia

… and it has an impressive fortress too, the St. Mary church!

St Mary Church Fortress Vrboska Hvar CroatiaSt Mary Church Fortress Vrboska Hvar Croatia

This imposing building is a so called church-fortress, it offered refuge for the people of Vrboska in times of war.

Harbor Vrboska Hvar Croatia

The vibe in Vrboska was very laidback, it felt like time stood still in this old fishing village.

Vrboska, an enchanting fishing village on the island Hvar, CroatiaVrboska, an enchanting fishing village on the island Hvar, Croatia

Vrboska, an enchanting fishing village on the island Hvar, Croatia

Though there were good-looking shops and funny art as well.

Beautiful bay of Vrboska Hvar Croatia

And as if the town itself didn’t offer enough beauty for a day, the walk around the bay through a fragrant pine forest made it even more perfect.

Beautiful bay of Vrboska Hvar Croatia

A beautiful view, a lovely hike and good company. Life can be very simple sometimes…

Beautiful bay of Vrboska Hvar CroatiaBeautiful bay of Vrboska Hvar Croatia

Observing all the beauty Croatia has to offer, I am certainly planning to travel more in East Europe. Even if the villages are only half as beautiful as Vrboska and Stari Grad it will be worth it!

Vrboska is an enchanting fishing village located in a beautiful bay on the island Hvar in Croatia. It’s a charming and pretty town with stone houses, a gorgeous little harbour and a laid-back atmosphere. A perfect place to moor your boat for a night during your sailing trip around Croatia!Vrboska is an enchanting fishing village located in a beautiful bay on the island Hvar in Croatia. It’s a charming and pretty town with stone houses, a gorgeous little harbour and a laid-back atmosphere. A perfect place to moor your boat for a night during your sailing trip around Croatia!

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4 Comments

  1. October 11, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Hi Lotte,

    Gorgeous! We planned to head to Croatia a few months ago but had to fly back to the US for a minute. Beautiful place. One of those discovered but not heavily covered gems that don’t grab the pub of other European countries, but it’s just as stunning. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

    • Lotte
      Author
      October 15, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Ah that’s too bad Ryan! I hope you have an opportunity to visit Croatia, it is a beautiful country indeed:-)

  2. Pat
    November 15, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Hi Lotte, we have spent the past 7 years holidaying in Croatia. 2 years on Korcula and the past 5 on Hvar. We love it, particularly Vrboska, Stari Grad and Jelsa. As you say, a very laid back vibe. This summer there were fantastic celebrations for the 2400 ‘birthday’ of Stari Grad and we spent a wonderful day and evening there. The people are friendly, we always go in September when it is still hot, but season is starting to wind down. Tremendous value for money and the most beautiful scenery and warm, clean sea.
    Regards,
    Pat

    • Lotte
      Author
      November 15, 2016 / 11:23 am

      I couldn’t agree more Pat! It’s a beautiful town and very friendly people. I was there at the end of September, which was perfect. Still a good vibe but not too busy. I wish you and your family many more wonderful trips to Croatia:-)

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