VRLIKA, a town in the region of Cetinska Krajina, close to Perua Lake, 40 km northwest of Sinj; elevation 444 m; population 1,334. Economy is based on farming, livestock breeding and production of threads. Vrlika is located on the main road (M2, E71) Knin - Sinj; the regional road connects it with Drni.
Above the town are the remains of the fortified town of Prozor, with the ruins of a spacious residential building, a water tank and a chapel. The fortification was built in the 15th century by Hrvoje Vuki Hrvatini, probably in order to safeguard the village of old Vrlika (Vrhrika) si-tuated on the location of the present-day Cetina village, next to the source of the Cetina river. The inhabitants of that village settled in the present-day Vrlika in the second half of the 15th century. - On the location of Zdu, a large early Croatian graveyard (7th-9th c.) has been found.
Tourist association: see Sinj
Located in the vicinity of the source of the Cetina river and of Perua Lake, Vrlika is famous for its springs (spring water was used by the royal court in Vienna), as well as for its ozone-rich healthy climate of the Dinaric Alps. It features a rich folk heritage - "Vrliko Kolo" (wheel dance), danced without instrumental accompaniment, is very famous. Embroideries from Vrlika region are also famous: folk costumes, rugs, caps, bags. Folklore and folk songs of Vrlika inspired the Croatian composer Jakov Gotovac to create his opera Ero s Onoga Svijeta (Ero from the Other World).
The traditional festivity is Vrliki Dernek (Fair) (26th-27th of July ). The surroundings of Vrlika are also attractive, especially the source of the Cetina river, with the famous nearby church of the Holy Salvation.
Vrlika is the birthplace of the Croatian writer Milan Begovi.