– Along the 21.6-kilometre route, the pilgrimage continues from Čižići via Soline and a woody inland area to the villages of Dobrinj and Sv. Vid Dobrinjski. It ends in Vrbnik, which you will reach from Risika. A coastal promenade connects Čižići with the neighbouring village of Soline, both situated in the shallow and warm Soline Cove. Between them lies Meline, a coastal area known for black medicinal mud. On the sheltered hill above Soline, one of the oldest settlements of the Dobrinj area, walkers will find a single-nave Romanesque church of Ss Philip and James. The route then climbs up through thick woods towards Dobrinj, the centre of the eponymous municipality, adorned by the St Steven’s Parish Church. Both its name and the name of the settlement were first mentioned in the oldest Croatian document written in the Glagolitic script, the Deed of Donation by Glorious Dragoslav from 1100. A prominent Baroque bell tower and the Holy Trinity Church are located not far from the parish church, where the old cemetery lies. After visiting Dobrinj and a short walk by the side of the road, the next pilgrimage point is located at the entrance to the nearby village of Sveti Vid Dobrinjski. This single-nave and single-apse church dedicated to St Vitus is unique for its massive stone bell tower built in front of the entrance façade some time later.
Further ahead are the remains of Dolovo (or Dolova), an abandoned village between Kras and Gostinjac. The route continues in the direction of south-east, taking you to the Vrbnik Municipality and Gradec, a castle hidden in the forest also known as Fort Rovoznik, the first estate of the Krk’s noble family of Frankopan. From the pleasant village of Risika, the route diverges to the coast again, where, in the middle of a small peninsula in St Marek’s Cove, you will find the remains of St Mark’s Church. Passing along the coast and through the forest, it leads all the way to Vrbnik, the most picturesque island settlement located above the sea, at the very top of a steep cliff. According to many, Vrbnik is extremely significant as the birthplace of the Glagolitic script – it is right here, in the Vrbnik’s Glagolitic scriptorium, that the majority of Glagolitic manuscripts preserved to this day were written. The Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary dominates its old town, which boasts many other religious buildings as well as noteworthy sites such as Klančić, the narrowest street in the world, the Vitezić’s family library, or the remains of medieval walls – one of many traces left in Vrbnik by the Krk’s noble family of Frankopan. The next section will take you to the Vrbnik’s port and a small church dedicated to St John the Baptist, while walking towards the Vrbnik Field you will discover another interesting site – the remains of St Maurus’ Church.
Section length: 21.6 km
Overall ascent length: 623 m
Overall descent length: – 590 m
The highest elevation: 266 m
The lowest elevation: 0 m
The average walking time: 5:00 h – 6:00 h
Type of terrain: asphalt, macadam road, forest path
The route is marked with signposts and you can also use a smartphone with a GPS file:
- First install Maps.Me application (for iPhone and Android)
- Then, on your smartphone open this web page and click on the link below. Download it and open it in the Maps.Me application.