The archipelagic uniqueness of Vrsar is best appreciated from the viewpoints of Vrsar. As Vrsar has been situated on a prominent hill by the sea since the Middle Ages, it boasts excellent viewpoints overlooking the local islands, islets, bays and inlets. The views of the island of Sveti Juraj, Vrsar quayside and marina, Church of St Mary of the Sea, and the abandoned Montraker quarry contribute to the value of the Vrsar viewpoints. The views of the old town of Vrsar, old stone houses built in the traditional style and distinct uniqueness of chimneys that dominate the houses in the old town centre are particularly cherished.
The largest and most beautiful viewpoint is located below the Church of St Anthony of Padua, just below the Small Gate of Vrsar, offering a wide view toward the southwest. It is one of the oldest and largest viewpoints of Vrsar. The viewpoint is situated in the shade of trees. There are benches, a stone table and traditional Istrian water cistern (šterna). Behind it, an intimate ambient of a small square in front of the Small Gate and the Church of St Anthony of Padua. It offers a beautiful view of the island of Sveti Juraj, historical quayside of Vrsar, modern marina and a part of the “Belvedere” tourist complex.
Water cisterns (šterne), like the one on the viewpoint, are a particularly interesting feature of both Vrsar and Istria as a whole. The following legal provisions of 1609 prove their historical significance for Vrsar:
Since oftentimes in summer there is a lack of water in our water cistern in the Castle, creating a great need for it and discomfort because it is used for the most basic household activities, we command that, at the request of our steward or other official of our court, every time it is required of them to do so due to a necessity of water, all women from this settlement aged 10-60 must go individually or send two rounds to the spring at the foot of the hill and bring up water to keep it in the said water cistern, and those women who fail to do that or are disobedient shall be subject to the penalty of 12 soldo for each time they fail to do as ordered. Similarly, we order that those persons who own donkeys shall make one trip and transport a certain quantity [of water], and more if needed, under pain of the aforementioned penalty and other [penalties] as well.