Vrbnik (village on the island of Krk, Croatia

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Vrbnik, Krk: A Comprehensive Guide for Visitors

The picturesque town of Vrbnik on the east coast of the Croatian island of Krk is known for its rich history, impressive architecture and beautiful beaches. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Vrbnik offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. This comprehensive guide will help you discover the best attractions and things to do in Vrbnik, ensuring an unforgettable visit.

Day trip to Vrbnik

Almost every tourist on Krk with a car or motorbike takes a day trip to Vrbnik. The old town has many sights to offer on a mountain near the coast. The highlight for most visitors is walking through the narrowest street in the world in Vrbnik (old town), just over 40 cm wide. Not for very fat people!

In high season, you can have problems with parking near the old town of Vrbnik. The parking spaces are always full. But with a little patience, we always found a parking space after a few laps in the parking lots. These parking spaces near the center of Vrbnik cost 3 euros an hour, perhaps the most expensive on Krk. However, you can easily visit the old town and the narrow alley there in 1-2 hours.

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History of Vrbnik

The history of Vrbnik dates back to the Middle Ages and was first mentioned in writing in the 12th century. The town’s strategic location made it an important trade and defense center. The narrow, winding streets and old buildings reflect the town’s long history, as many of the structures date back centuries. Today, Vrbnik is a charming town that has preserved its historic character while offering modern amenities.

Getting to Vrbnik

Vrbnik is accessible by air, sea and road. The nearest airport is Rijeka Airport on the island of Krk, about 25 kilometers from Vrbnik. Visitors can also arrive by ferry from the mainland or other Croatian islands. By car, the island of Krk is connected to the mainland by a bridge, making Vrbnik easily accessible from the larger cities of Croatia and Germany.

Boat tour Krk

In Punat at the harbor in the center a few kilometers from Krk town, the most popular boat tour on Krk (day tour) among tourists starts, the “5 island tour”. You can see several islands, often vultures and the famous Blue Cave. There are also stops for swimming and much more. Well done and varied. Great atmosphere. About 6 hours, price of the boat tour 45 euros per person in 2024.  >>>  More information and booking

Sights in Vrbnik

Vrbnik Old Town
The heart of Vrbnik is the charming Old Town with its narrow cobbled streets, old stone houses and historic churches. Walking through the Old Town will take you back in time, as every corner offers a glimpse into the town’s rich history. Now very busy in summer and very touristy. But still worth seeing.

Klančići Street
One of the most unique attractions in Vrbnik is Klančić Street, known as the narrowest street in the world. With a width of just 43 cm at its narrowest point, this tiny street is a must-see for every visitor and a popular place to take photos and experience the quirky charm of Vrbnik.

Church of St. John the Baptist
Built in the 14th century, the Church of St. John the Baptist is one of Vrbnik’s most important landmarks. The church is characterized by its beautiful Gothic architecture and rich interior decorated with religious artifacts and frescoes. The bell tower also offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Vrbnik Wine Cellars
Vrbnik is famous for its wine, especially the local white wine Žlahtina. Several of the town’s wine cellars offer tours and tastings, giving you a delicious insight into the local winemaking tradition. Popular wineries include Vinarija Katunar and Vinarija Šipun. In the area surrounding the town, you can see many fields of grapevines.

Frankopan Castle
The ruins of Frankopan Castle, once an important defensive structure, are located in the Old Town. The castle was built in the 13th century by the noble Frankopan family. Today, only part of the castle remains, but it offers a fascinating insight into Vrbnik’s medieval past.

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Beaches in Vrbnik

Most visitors come to Vrbnik for the Old Town and its narrow streets. But there are also beautiful beaches:

Zgribnica Beach
Zgribnica Beach is Vrbnik’s main beach and is located just below the old town. The pebble beach offers clear waters, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The beach is well equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and nearby cafes, offering all the amenities for a relaxing day by the sea.

Kozica Beach
Kozica Beach is a secluded pebble beach located a short walk from the town center. Surrounded by lush vegetation and with a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea, this beach is ideal for those looking for a peaceful and natural environment. The crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Potovošće Beach
Potovosce Beach is a beautiful pebble beach located about 2 kilometers from Vrbnik towards the south. Known for its crystal clear waters and tranquil atmosphere, this beach is popular with locals and visitors alike. It is a great place to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Mala Javna Beach
Mala Javna Beach is a hidden gem located just a short drive from Vrbnik. This small pebble cove offers a peaceful setting and stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and sea. It is a great place to escape the crowded beaches and enjoy a peaceful day by the water. 3 km north of town.

Marak Beach
Sv. Marak Beach is located just a few kilometers from Vrbnik, also heading north, and is one of the few sandy beaches on the island of Krk. The water is often warm, making it ideal for families with small children. The beach is well equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and a beach bar.


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