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It is impossible to start any story about the history of Dobrinjsko, the territory encompassed by the Municipality of Dobrinj, without mentioning the town of Dobrinj first. This is not only due to the fact that Dobrinj has for centuries been an administrative, religious and cultural center of Dobrinjsko, but also because the recorded history of the Municipality of Dobrinj starts exactly with the mention of the town of Dobrinj.


One of the most significant Croatian documents written in the Glagolitic alphabet, Listina slavnog Dragoslava (literally: Deed of Gift of Dragoslav the Famous), dating from 1100, was drafted "...just in front of Dobrinj, next to the Church of Saint Vitus..." ("...pred Dobrinjem, poli crikve svetog Vida..."). The document mentions the community (komun) and parish of Dobrinj, and the Parish Church of Saint Stephen (Župna crkva svetog Stjepana).

A few centuries after Listina slavnog Dragoslava was drafted, a folk song called Dobrinj is a White Town (Dobrinj je bijeli grad) was written. It metaphorically describes the geographic position of Dobrinj. And Dobrinj is really a town in the true meaning of the word. It is situated in the middle of an island and from whatever side you approach it, you must cross a stream.

The so-called Lower Town (Donji grad), where a line of houses plays the role of the town walls, reminds of the time of the princes of the Frankopan family from Krk. The religious and ethnographic museum collections remind of the time before and after the Frankopan family, as do the old bell-tower and the nearby garden called Jardin.

The main square called Placa, which is surrounded by sycamore trees, represents the soul of this small town that still radiates the authentic spirit of its past. „Are there more museums or citizens in Dobrinj?“ is a clever, funny question asked by a tourist alluding to the rich historical treasure kept in this not so big town. The answer is: „The ratio is the same“. And it really is so. Dobrinj is, in the most simple terms, a synthesis of past and present. Dobrinj is a town-museum.

Soline bay

In the past few years, the healing effects of mud from the Melina beach have been officially proven on the basis of concrete cases (it mitigates or fully eliminates various types of bone aches and skin diseases), turning the Soline Bay into an increasingly attractive summer destination.

Besides the already mentioned village of Meline, the bay area also encompasses Soline, Čižići and Klimno. The names of the villages situated in the bay area were partly determined on the basis of their natural significance: in the ancient times, the village of Meline was the center for exporting sand and it later became known for its brick factory; the widely known saltpans of the princes of the Frankopan family from Krk were located in Soline; Klimno, a shipbuilding center, was named after the Chapel of St. Clement (Crkvica svetog Klementa); while the origin of Čižići remains unknown. Due to its geographic position (a closed bay with a shallow sea) and the climatic features (always pleasant sea temperature), the bathing season in the Soline Bay starts early in the spring and lasts until late fall which is, in addition to the healing mud, yet another selling point in the tourist offer of this region.

A village of Rudine, located only a few kilometers from Čižići, is a village preserving the century-old (or even older) architecture almost fully intact. Besides by the discovered treasure, i.e. the authentic folk architecture and the nearby sandy beach, Rudine also attracts with its hidden treasure which rests, as the legend says, in the Biserujka Cave, one of the most visited caves in Croatia.