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.
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.
Both towns are stunning and are equally charming. Both towns have a beautiful harbor, cute stone houses, narrow cobblestoned alleys and lovely cafes.
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.
To me, the main difference is that Vrboska felt a little less polished and rougher around the edges than Stari Grad.
In Stari Grad all the historic houses were in perfect condition. While in Vrboska there several dilapidated buildings slowly falling apart or left unfinished.
Though that didn’t take away any of the charm of this enchanting village!
Isn’t this house adorable, with its crumbling stones and a roof that’s clearly no longer waterproof.
In Vrboska we often found ourselves being the only ones wandering the beautiful streets…
…discovering yet another pretty stone houses around each corner!
Also, Vrboska can rival Venice when it comes to pretty bridges…
… and it has an impressive fortress too, the St. Mary church!
This imposing building is a so called church-fortress, it offered refuge for the people of Vrboska in times of war.
The vibe in Vrboska was very laidback, it felt like time stood still in this old fishing village.
Though there were good-looking shops and funny art as well.
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.
A beautiful view, a lovely hike and good company. Life can be very simple sometimes…
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!