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.
Why you should visit Vrboska on the island Hvar
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.
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…
How to get to Vrboska?
Unfortunately there are no direct ferries to Vrboska. However, you can easily take a ferry to Stari Grad (from Split) and hop on a bus from there (tickets can be bought on the bus). The ferry to Stari Grad costs 39 Croatian Kuna (€5) and takes about 2 hours.
Things to know about Vrboska
Update February 2019: I received a very extensive comment from a reader with lots of fun facts about Vrboska! Did you know that:
- Croatia’s first revolutionary, Matija Ivanic was born in Vrboska? And that it was because of him that the Venetians built the oldest public theater in Europe in the town Hvar?
- Gary Gabelich, record pilot of the Blue Flame rocket car, had roots in Vrboska (his father was Croatian)?
- You can find original paintings of the famous Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto and Tizian school in Vrboska?
- There are two UNESCO-protected hereditaries in Vrboska? Curious which two? It’s the 400-years old Easter Cross Procession and the oldest, continual farmed wine field in the world.
- You can find the best fishing museum of the Adriatic Sea in Vrboska?
- Vrboska has the oldest church of Hvar Island (Saint Peter)?
- Two British film series were made in Vrboska in 2018?
- In Vrboska’s neighboring town you’ll find the find the roots of Croatians premier?
You can read more interesting facts about Vrboska at Villa Triptih.
Altogether there are more than enough reasons to visit Vrboska! And seeing all the beauty Croatia has to offer, I’m 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!
Also read my Croatia sailing budget guide