|County||Primorje-Gorski Kotar County|
|• Mayor||Marija Dujmović Pavan|
|• Total||50 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||49 m (160 ft)|
|• Density||24.9/km2 (64/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Vrbnik is naturally separated from mainland Croatia by the Vinodol Channel, where the towns of Crikvenica & Novi Vinodolski can be observed across the water. Since 1980 the island has been connected to mainland Croatia via the Krk Bridge.
Originally a walled town, Vrbnik was established in medieval times. The town itself has a population of 944 (2001); there are a total of 1,245 people in the municipality of Vrbnik, which includes three other nearby villages (Garica with 149 inhabitants (2001), Kampelje with 6 inhabitants (2001), and Risika with 146 inhabitants (2001).
The Vrbnik Statute (Croatian: Statut Grada Vrbnika) was written in 1388, and confirms the status of Vrbnik as an administrative and political center. The town is also known through the folksong "Verbniče nad moren" or "Verbniče nad moru" (Oh Vrbnik over the Sea), sung as far away as White Carniola in Slovenia.
Places of cultural significance include the Vitezić library, the Gothic Chapel of the Rosary and the Chapel of St. John in the Parish Church of the Assumption, and a collection of ancient manuscripts and Glagolitic documents housed at the parish church.
Vrbnik is known for its indigenous varietal of white wine called Žlahtina.
- Josip Bozanić - Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal-Priest of Saint Jerome of the Croats
- Zlatko Sudac - Roman Catholic Priest, known for his Stigmata