Rab Island is locally known as ‘the happy island’. The island is located off the northern coastline of Croatia and is well known for its mild climate that differs from the mainland, due to three ridges that protect it from cold winds. One of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, Rab is covered with lush scented pine forests and beautiful sandy beaches. In 2008, its diverse landscape earned Rab geopark status. For many people, this is considered to be the best tourist destination in the Adriatic Sea.
The charming Old Town of Rab sits on a narrow sliver of land that juts out towards the mainland. It is bounded by ancient city walls and is distinguished by four magnificent church towers that form a ship’s mast outline high above the town. Admire the bell tower of the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the cathedral and bell tower of St. John the Evangelist, the belfry of the church of St. Andrew the Apostle, and St Justine’s Church’s looming bell tower.
Visit Komrčar Park and meander through the winding paths that lead you from Rab’s scenic wooded hills to the spectacular golden sandy beaches that are located on the Lopar peninsula. Rab boasts 30 beaches, including naturist beaches, and lots of tiny picturesque and peaceful coves. The aquamarine sea is shallow and crystal clear, and perfect for swimming and enjoying all kinds of watersports. If you visit Rab during high season, you are invited to attend the annual medieval summer fair of Rabska fjera. The event is the first and largest medieval summer fair in Croatia, and is based on a tradition that was started in 1364. It honours King Louis the Great who freed Croatia from Venetian rule, and also St. Christopher, patron saint of Rab.
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