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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.
Rab At A Glance
How to get there: Fly to Rijeka or Zadar, take a catamaran to Rab
Population of Rab: 8,065
What to See in Rab: The old town walls, Town Loggia, the Bell Tower, St Mary’s Church, Kalifront Forest, the Franciscan Monastry of St Euphemia, Paradise Beach
Towns or islands to visit near Rab: Krk, Lopar, Losinj, Mali Losinj, Cres
Cruises to Rab
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Things to do in Rab
Explore The Historic Old Town
Surrounded by ancient walls, Rab’s Old Town instantly transports you to yesteryear. In the Santa Maria main square, you’ll find a majestic mansion that dates back to the early 1800s. Visit the Church of St Justine, and explore the Museum of Sacred Art that is located there. Some of the sacral treasures on display are 1,000 years old. The Franciscan Monastery of St Bernardin also features a selection of gems that you must seek out.
Enjoy A Day Trip To Kornati Nature Park
Kornati Nature Park is a designated nautical paradise that boasts a spectacular and unique landscape. On a day trip, you can explore the caves and grottos that embellish the karstic terrain, and admire the stunning white rock formations. Venture through the forests of evergreens and holm oaks, and enjoy a nature ramble in Croatia’s largest and densest archipelago. You can look out for the perfect lunch picnic spot, and cool off in the crystal-clear sea.
Sample Delicious Traditional Treats
When visiting the island of Rab, it’s customary for tourists to sample a delicious traditional treat. Rabska Torta (also commonly known as Rab cake) is a sweet pastry made with marzipan that is flavoured with Maraschino cherry liqueur and grated citrus fruit. The thin and flat, spiral-shaped cake is decorated with tiny ruffles, and dusted with icing sugar. Modern versions of Rab’s famous treat may feature alternative shapes, but the recipe remains authentically the same.
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