Vrboska (Hvar)

Vrboska: The canal through the town, known as Little Venice

Vrboska: The canal through the town, known as Little Venice

This fishing village is known as “Little Venice” due to the canal with it’s low bridges that winds through the centre. For added authenticity, the Venetians actually invaded and left behind some appropriate buildings!

Vrboska is at the head of an inlet surrounded by slopes clad in pines, olive groves and vineyards.

The village boomed in the first half of the 20th century with the arrival of a large sardine factory but declined after its closure until rescued by the arrival of tourism.

As well as the charming village, visitors flock from across the island to the beaches on the Soline peninsula that forms the north side of the inlet. Though fine gravel or small pebble rather than sand, the beaches are backed by pines which make excellent sun shades.

Vrboska: The town, with yachts on the quay left, and the Church (fort) of St Mary centre right

Vrboska: The town, with yachts on the quay left, and the Church (fort) of St Mary centre right

There are several beaches on the south side of the peninsular and a nudist beach on the north side, all within a mile or so of the centre of the village.

If beaches aren’t your thing, there’s an interesting Fisherman’s Museum in the village, including a reconstructed cottage which gives an idea how tough life was. There are also several churches to explore, including the Church of St Lovinac (St Lawrence) which includes an exhibition of art from the island. you can also take a look at the 16th century Kastilac Tower.

A range of provisions are available in town where there’s also a bank, ATM,Post office and medical facilities. A good selection of restaurants, cafe’s and bars complete the essentials list.

 

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