Exactly opposite Valun,
along the range of plateaus that rise on the central part of the
island, and chained to the top of the hill is where the village
is situated, bravely resisting storms and wind gusts. The Romans,
therefore, named this place Hibernitia (meaning Winterly),
building an unassailable fortress that rises on top of a 378m
high cliff, sheltered from the east by a protective wall with
two doors. Once there, the first impression yu get is that you
are on deck of a firmly anchored ship, carrying you into another
time dimension. Traces of the village's glorious past are still
clearly visible, such as the gun slits and the port-holes built
in the fortress walls.
It's enough just to climb on the short wall that encircles the
city square to feel intoxicated, feeling like a seagull that freely
glides over the tempestuous surface of the navy-blue sea.
Concerts of classical music are being held
here during the warm summer evenings in an atmosphere of magical
concentration, and there is a multi-medial art centre in the works.
Standing next to the Church of St. Anthony, on the outskirts of
the village, one notices the motel, which was formerly the bell-tower's
atrium. There is another church nearby, the Parochial Church
of the Holy Virgin Mary, which used to be a canonical seat.
With the development of tourism they became
a well visited excursion centre because of the historic substance
and a wide panoramic view opening in all directions. The view
toward the west is especially impressionable, where, across a
deep and underbrush covered ravine, the sea and St. Ivan's bay
with a beautiful gravel beach are visible. On that side (toward
the sea), just a bit to the south, the Zanja cove with a beach
and the Modra cave refered to in the local dialect as "skuja
na Zanje", are situated. The Modra cave (modra=blue), about
20m long, originates from abrasion, i.e. a thousand year long
effect of the sea vawes.
Life in Lubenice
goes on continually since the bronze age. The geostrathegyc position
of the settlement was always important in its evolution and existance,
because it is possible to control the traffic through the Vela
vrata pass and organize effective defense in case of enemy attack
from the local mountain ridge. A wall and two city gates, one
on the southern road approach to the settlement and the northern
gate, are all that is left of the medieval fortification system.