|Municipality of Vrbnik |
|County||Primorje-Gorski Kotar County|
|• Mayor||Marija Dujmović Pavan|
|• Municipality||50 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||49 m (160 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Vrbnik is naturally separated from mainland Croatia by the Vinodol Channel, where the towns of Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski can be observed across the sea. Since 1980 the island has been connected to mainland Croatia via the Krk Bridge.
Originally a walled town, Vrbnik was established in medieval times. According to the 2011 census, the settlement of Vrbnik itself has a population of 948 with a total of 1,260 people in the municipality, which includes three other nearby villages; Garica with 156 inhabitants, Kampelje with 8 inhabitants and Risika with 148 inhabitants .
The Vrbnik Statute (Croatian: Vrbnički statut) was written in 1388, and confirms the status of Vrbnik as an administrative and political center. The town is also known through the folk song "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 List of Glagolitic manuscripts 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