VRBOSKA: A MUST-VISIT SAILING DESTINATION IN CROATIA
Discover Vrboska, a charming gem nestled on the sunny island of Hvar’s north coast. This picturesque town offers a range of mooring options, including berths in its ACI marina and the city harbor. Before you arrive in Vrboska, why not choose one of the enchanting bays along the way and take a refreshing swim?
Vrboska boasts a unique shape, nestled along a winding fjord and tucked deep into a narrow bay, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and pine forests. Yet, it’s these very features that make it extraordinary.
Over the years, Vrboska has earned a few nicknames, including “Little Venice” due to its numerous small bridges that crisscross the village, earning it the moniker “The bridge to Hvar.”
EXPLORE BEYOND VRBOSKA
Just a stone’s throw away lies the equally charming town of Jelsa on the northern side of Hvar. Easily accessible by bike, scooter, or rental car, Jelsa offers more delightful experiences to complement your visit to Vrboska.
UNRAVELING VRBOSKA’S ORIGINS
Vrboska’s name may have originated from Vrbanj, an inland village whose residents used the bay as a fishing port. Alternatively, it could derive from the Latin word ‘verboscam,’ meaning ‘forested,‘ a fitting name for this picturesque bay.
RICH HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
Founded in the 15th century as a fishing harbor, Vrboska evolved into a thriving fishing village and later transformed into a quaint town. In the early 20th century, it boasted a sardine factory, a boat-building industry, and a vibrant community. Its architecture beautifully melds Gothic, renaissance, and Baroque styles, creating a charming labyrinth of winding streets.
MODERN AMENITIES & TRADITION
Today, Vrboska combines modern amenities with its rich heritage. It houses a well-equipped ACI marina and berths on the main promenade, offering water and electricity. With a population of just over 500 residents, tourism is a major livelihood, complemented by olive, fruit, wine cultivation, and the enduring tradition of fishing.
DISCOVER VRBOSKA’S TREASURES
Fishermen’s Museum: Immerse yourself in the lives of ancient fishermen at this museum, featuring a collection of tools, nets, and machinery used in the former fish factory. A reconstructed fisherman’s house provides insight into the town’s history.
Fortress-Church of St. Mary of Mercy: A remarkable architectural gem, this church was transformed into a fortress in the 16th century by locals to protect against invaders. It offers breathtaking panoramic views from its roof.
Other Notable Churches: Explore the parish church of St. Lawrence (Lovrinac) with its Renaissance treasures, the ancient St. Peter’s church, and the charming little church of St. Roch (Roko).
WHY VISIT VRBOSKA ON A YACHT CHARTER
Vrboska, nestled on the northeastern side of the UNESCO-protected Stari Grad Plain, captivates visitors with its fresh air, crystal-clear seas, sandy, and pebble beaches. The untouched pine forest and a small islet in the bay add to its allure.
If you seek solitude and natural beauty, the nearby Zečevo Island features a popular naturist beach, easily accessible by boat from Vrboska or Jelsa. The Soline beach is another idyllic spot for anchoring, swimming, and sunbathing.
Explore Vrboska’s rich culinary traditions with restaurants offering fresh fish and local produce, complemented by the region’s signature olive oil. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of local Hvar wine.
SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
Vrboska offers a range of activities, including scooter and bike rentals to explore the town and nearby Jelsa and Starigrad. Adventurers can rent a quad for island exploration. Organized wine tours and boat excursions to Zlatni rat beach on the island of Brač are also available.
ACI Marina Vrboska: This well-equipped marina welcomes yachtsmen year-round, providing excellent facilities for a comfortable stay.
Harbor Mooring: For additional mooring options, you can also consider berthing in the city harbor.
Vrboska awaits you with its rich history, natural splendor, and modern comforts. Plan your sailing holiday in Croatia, and experience the captivating allure of this unique destination.