Islands

The island of Šolta

Šolta is an island situated in Dalmatia region, just south of the city if Split and west of the island of Brač. It is a small island, with a population of only 1700 inhabitants. The island is a perfect destination for all those in search of crystal clear sea, secluded beaches, and delicious fresh food offering ideal conditions for a relaxing and quite holiday.

Solta island view

The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and for the first time, it is mentioned by Pseudosilakhs in the 4th century BC under the name Olyntha. Residents were engaged mainly in olive oil and wine production, and fishing which today is more of a sport rather than necessity. As a tourist destination Šolta is interesting to nature lovers, sailors as well as to diving, sport fishing, and hunting lovers.

Solta Rogac

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Located on the northeastern coast, Rogač is the main port of the island, situated in a small, charming bay and it is connected with Split by ferry and catamaran lines. Rogač is situated near the islands biggest and oldest settlement Grohote. Other mail inland settlements are Gornje Selo, Donje Selo, and Srednje Selo, while Maslinica, Stomorska and Nečujam are small fishing villages, very popular among tourists. These beautiful picturesque villages with traditional Dalmatian stone houses and narrow streets will surely enchant everyone who visits them. Maslenica is a small fisherman village, located in a bay on the western coast of the island.

Solta maslinica

Near Maslenica bay there are seven other small islets, all uninhabited, but on the biggest one, Stipanska, there are remains of the Benedictine monastery from the 5th century. Nečujam is the most famous tourist destination on the island. The smallest bay of Nečujam was used by Diocletian, the famous Roman Emperor who built his palace in Split, as a fishpond and the ruins are still present under the sea.

Solta Necujam

Well, if your main goal is to enjoy the nature at its best and relax on a beautiful beach, then you have found your next ideal holiday destination. Šolta abounds with natural beauty, stunning peaceful bays, and coves surrounded by pine trees and beautiful beaches bathed by a crystal clear sea. Some of the most stunning bays are Šešula, Poganica, Zaglav and Tatinja bay, all located on the southern coast of the island.

Solta bay beach

When it comes to food, the best thing you can do is to try some specialties from traditional Dalmatian cuisine, and there are so many. Traditional Dalmatian dishes are rich with herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano. There is a significant use of extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Šolta like many other Dalmatian islands is famous for its olive oil and wine. The most famous dishes are prepared with fresh fish and shells. Some of the traditional dishes we recommend you to try are: Dalmatian smoked ham, Black risotto, Octopus under the lid, Fish brudet, Dalmatian pasticada (stewed beef in wine with prunes and vegetables) and various types of fresh grilled fish with vegetables. Don’t forget to taste the wine made of islands indigenous grapes called Dobričić.

Black risotto

There is a small island of Mrdulja, located between the islands of Šolta and Brač. The legend says that the inhabitants of Šolta and Brač disputed over whom Mrdulja belonged to, so they used a rope in the attempt to pull the island closer to theirs. In honor of that legend, there is an annual competition called “Pushing Mrdulja” held between two crews from the island of Brač and Šolta.  The island is rather small and uninhabited, but there are remains of an old tower fortification. Mrdulja is also famous for the homonimus annual regatta, held in October, which is also one of the oldest regattas in Europe.

 

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Island of Krk

The island of Krk is located in Kvarner Bay in the northern part of Croatia. The island is connected to the mainland by the Krk Bridge and it is located around 40 kilometers from the Croatian third largest city of Rijeka. In the ancient times, Croatia’s biggest island Krk was known as the “golden island” thanks to its natural characteristics. Nowadays, many people visit it for various reasons: either to enjoy its natural beauties, explore its rich cultural heritage or simply to relax during the holidays enjoying the island’s beaches, bars, clubs and similar.

Krk bridge
For many years the island was associated with the number 7, as it was inhabited by the Croats in the 7th century, it survived successfully seven pirate attacks, the 7th Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk and there are 7 administrative units on the island today. Several works of literature in the Glagolitic alphabet were created and in part preserved on Krk, like Baška tablet, one of the oldest preserved texts in Croatian, dating back to the early 12th century and found in the Church of St. Lucy the nearby Jurandvor, the remains of a Roman settlement.

Krk roman ruins

What to visit

The island of Krk is proud of its rich historical and cultural heritage that can be seen and admired at every step. The “main” place of the island is the town of Krk, known for its two thousand years old walls that are also the third largest walls in the country. Visit Frankopan castle built in the 13th century and somewhat younger City Hall that dates back to 16th century. The town is dominated by the magnificent Krk Cathedral.

Krk town
On the north-east part of the island, close to Silo, is located Biserujka Cave that has been adjusted to tourists to give them the opportunity to go in and admire some marvelous decorations made by nature – stalagmites, stalactites and calcareous sinters. Another interesting monastery and a church are situated in Glavotok, a small settlement on the western tip of the island. Don’t miss out on visiting the town of Omisalj and Vrbnik as well, as the latter is famous for the production of the excellent local wine Žlahtina. Baška village is another spectacular small settlement, where you can admire old stone houses, narrow streets, and its rich historical heritage. When in Baška don’t miss to visit the early Christian archaeological site from the 5th century,  local museum in Baška houses an ethnographic collection and Baška aquarium.

Krk Vrbnik

Malinska is also very popular tourist destination on the island, as it is home to many incredible beaches and great places where to enjoy the tastes of the region. A beautiful panoramic view of Krk Bridge can be enjoyed from the harbor Voz.

Nearby the island of Krk, there’s a little charming and unique islet named Košljun that not many people know about. It is around 300 meters in diameter and its main inhabitants are Franciscan monks that live in a 600 years old monastery and take care of the islet.

Krk town aerial

Beaches

The island of Krk has numerous stunning beaches and many of them have a Blue Flag. This is one of the few Croatian islands that offers sandy and pebble beaches, so there is something for everybody’s taste. Beaches near the town of Krk and small villages are usually crowded during the summer, but there are numerous hidden bays and charming coves, where one can enjoy peace and tranquility while sunbathing and swimming in the crystal clear sea.

Krk Baska beach

There is a sandy beach in the Soline bay known for its healing mud baths, with shallow water, so it is also perfect for children and nonswimmers. Other than beautiful “Blue Flag beaches” mostly located in town of Krk, Baška and Malinska, we also recommend you to visit Vela Luka beach, Golden Bay beach and Oprna beach.

Food

The cuisine of the island consists of typical Mediterranean food, rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish, with a sprinkle of local olive oil. Other than tasting traditional regional dishes like seafood specialties – octopus under the lid, black squid risotto or grilled fish with seasoned vegetables, we absolutely recommend you to taste presnac, specialty made from sheep’s milk cheese, homemade pasta (šurlice and makaroni) and lamb dishes. Some of many gastronomical events organized during the year on the island are “Žlahtina festival” in Vrbnik in July, “Fig days” in August, “Šurlice days” in July, “Krk Wine days” in August and “Lamb and cheese days” in May.

Krk Vrbnik wine

Krk town aerial view

Krk island beach

Krk island town

Krk hidden beach

Krk bays aerial

 

 

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Telašćica Nature Park

Telašćica Nature Park occupies the southeastern part of Dugi Otok island. It is covered in a thick forest of pine, fig and olive trees, dotted with steep cliffs, coves, and islets. The total surface area of the Nature Park is 70.50 km2, with 25.95 km2 on Dugi Otok island and the neighboring islets, and 44.55 km2 at sea. The park is characterized by a Mediterranean vegetation, and it counts more than 400 plant species and also various species of sea life can be found along the coast of the park and the island, 300 animal and 250 plant species including the carnivorous sponge and red corals. Steep cliffs, also called “stene” (stone walls), rise to 200 meters above the sea level and descend to a depth of 85 meters. Telašćica gained the status of a protected area in 1980, then in 1988 was proclaimed nature park, thanks to it valuable flora and fauna, geological and geomorphological phenomena and impressive beauty. The bay was inhabited since the ancient times, as evidenced by the ruins of the Roman Villa Rustica from the 1st century.

Telašćica

Telašćica bay is considered to be one of the largest and safest natural ports on the Adriatic and it is surrounded by 13 islands and islets, and 6 of them are located in the bay itself. Maybe the most interesting islet is Taljurić, which resembles a flat board with a diameter of only 60 meters. There is an amazing salt lake, called Mir (Peace) with curative mud, located at 146 meters above the sea level. Its salinity is above average and it is much warmer than the surrounding sea water. The Mir lake is also a habitat of the endemic species of eel called “Bižat” or “Kajman”. In the park, you can take many organized tours like diving, cycling, climbing, safari or fishing tour.

Dugi otok aerial telascica

Croatia is one of the most wanted nautical destinations and Telšćica Bay is a true paradise for sailors. Other than visiting this amazing Nature Park, Kornati National Park is less than a mile away and it is absolutely worth visiting, sailing around its many fascinating islands.

Read more about the Telašćica Nature Park on their official web page.

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Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok (Long Island) is the seventh largest island in the Adriatic Sea, located in Dalmatia region, west of Zadar. The name of the island derives from its shape as it is almost 50 km long and between 1 and 5 km wide. The island is sparsely inhabited, as there are only around 1500 inhabitants living in 12 villages. All the villages are clustered on the coast of the island facing the mainland and the part of the coast facing the open sea is uninhabited. The island is characterized by a dramatic landscape of great contrast, with steep slopes, thick pine forests, numerous sandy beaches, hidden bays, and coves. It is a perfect place for those in search of tranquility and relaxing holidays, swimming in the stunningly turquoise sea, enjoying sea, sun, and summer.

Dugi otok aerial view

Although the island is principally a destination for relaxation and tranquility, there are several sites and monuments you can visit during your stay on Dugi Otok. The island was mentioned for the first time in the 10th century by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII in “De Administrando Imperio“, the Latin title of a Greek work. There are archeological finds from the Middle Stone age and numerous remains of the Illyrian settlements, some of them with fortified characteristics. During the excavations in the cave Vlakno remains of a human skeleton were found and its age was estimated at 11 000 years ago. During your stay on the island don’t forget to take a tour to the amazing cave Strašna Peć, that due to its vicinity to the cave Vlakno, was probably a home for early human populations of the island. Wandering around the island you can visit all the fabulous, picturesque villages, as there are only twelve of them and are well connected. You can admire an interesting residential architecture and churches from the Pre-Romanesque period. Also visit the imposing lighthouse, located near Veli rat, built back in 1849. It is the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic with its 49 meters. Near the lighthouse, there is a small chapel dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors.

Dugi otok sailing

The nature park, Telašćica, covered in a thick forest of pine and olive trees, occupies the southern part of the island. Telašćica gained the status of a protected area in 1980, then in 1988 was proclaimed nature park, thanks to it valuable flora and fauna, geological and geomorphological phenomena and impressive beauty. Telašćica bay is surrounded by 13 islands and islets, and 6 of them are located in the bay itself. Maybe the most interesting islet is Taljurić, which resembles a flat board with a diameter of only 60 meters. In the park, you can take many organized tours like diving, cycling, climbing, safari or fishing tour. There is an amazing salt lake, called Mir (Peace) with curative mud, located at 146 meters above the sea level. Its salinity is above average and it is much warmer than the surrounding sea water. The Mir lake is also a habitat of the endemic species of eel called “Bižat” or “Kajman”.

Dugi otok aerial telascica

Dugi Otok has numerous stunning bays and beaches, hidden gems where you can find peace and tranquility. The most popular one is Sakarun beach and for its exceptional beauty, it became a trademark of the island. Sakarun beach (800 meters long) is located on the northwest side of Dugi Otok, near the village of Božava. It is best known for its white sand that is not very common in Croatia, where the beaches are usually completely pebbly.  The beach is located in a bay, surrounded by pine trees where you can find beautiful shady areas to relax and hide from the midday sun.

dugi otok sakarun beach

This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, but also one of the best-kept secrets. The water is calm and shallow, and that makes it a perfect place for families with children. On the beach, there are two facilities that offer food and drink, but besides that the entire western coast of the island is not settled, giving you the experience of pristine coastline unspoiled by man.

dugi otok sakarun sailing

The island of Dugi Otok is also a perfect place for water sports lovers. There are many marked paths on the island for trekking and cycling, many mountain tracks, and climbing areas. Other than swimming and sunbathing on one of the islands many stunning beaches, walking, trekking, and cycling are a great way to spend warm summer afternoons. Snorkeling is for many the best way to have water sports fun while on holiday. It is absolutely fun, affordable and easy way to discover the wonders of the abundant underwater life and sites. On the island, there are four diving schools, so other than snorkeling you can explore the underwater wonders scuba diving. There is an interesting shipwreck of an Italian merchant ship, wrecked in 1984 and located near Veli Rat. Stand up paddling or kayaking are two great ways to enjoy islands stunning bays and admire the island’s coast from a different angle.

Dugi otok shipwreck

Dugi otok sailin nature park

Dugi otok cliffs

Dugi otok sakarun sea

Dugi otok fishing

Dugi otok brbinj

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The Island of Lošinj

The island of Losinj is situated in the Kvarner region and in the past, it used to form a unique island together with the island of Cres. With the arrival of Romans, however, the artificial channel was dug between the two, and the islands today are connected by a small bridge. The biggest towns on the island known for its mild, pleasant climate, rich vegetation, and clear sea are Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj. Its importance was recognized long ago, in 1892, when both towns won the status of the climatic health resort after a scientist named Ambroz Haracic in the 19th century studied the local climate and concluded that the island was the healthiest spot in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Losinj Mali Losinj

Although the island, through the years, has become a popular tourist destination, you can still find numerous hidden bays and beaches where to enjoy perfect tranquillity and pristine nature.The island offers great opportunities to enjoy relaxing holiday, indulging in some slower-paced lifestyle, but it also offers a great number of interesting things to see and visit and many activities for sports lovers and adrenaline junkies.

Losinj mali losinj marina

What to visit

The first larger settlement on the island was Veli Lošinj (Big Lošinj), known for its health resort that dates back to the 13th century, is actually smaller than Mali Lošinj (Small Lošinj). Wandering around the island, you will surely come across many beautiful old churches (Church of St Martin, Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, Church of St Nicholas), monasteries, basilicas from the ancient times and Renaissance buildings. At the Gallery Fritzi (Mali Lošinj) are stored two rich art collections donated by artists Vid, Mihicic and Piperate.

Losinj town

To dive in deeper into the island’s history, visit Kula (the Tower) which is a museum-gallery space in Veli Lošinj which collection testifies to the maritime tradition of its inhabitants. Other than the permanent exhibition that introduces you to the island’s history, there are many temporary art exhibitions that take place throughout the year. Other exceptional museums worth visiting are the Museum of Apoxymenos, dedicated to the famous sculpture of a Greek athlete found in the Losinj underwater in 1999, and the Town of Osor, an outdoor museum that is more of a town-museum with parks and gardens in which you can admire artworks from artists from all stylistic epochs. It is particularly well visited during the summer time due to the Osor Musical Evenings that take place there.

Losinj island

Food

The island of Lošinj is famous for its fresh and tasty seafood and lamb, combined with aromas of the local aromatic herbs, spices, and olive oil. We absolutely recommend you to try buzara, black risotto, octopus salad, famous shrimps from Kvarner Bay and lamb under the lid. Also, don’t forget to try homemade sheep milk cheese, pršut (prosciutto), homemade pasta and fresh salads with wild herbs from the island. Enjoy local specialties in one of the numerous restaurants on the island or if you are not up for experimenting, there are many places offering non-traditional dishes.

Losinj lighthouse

Losinj bay

Losinj Big Losinj

Losinj mali losinj architecture

Losinj blue bay

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The Island of Vis

Vis is a small island in Central Dalmatia, known for its stunning landscape, amazing caves, beautiful beaches like the Stiniva beach, cultural heritage and gourmet delights. It is a perfect place for those in search of relaxation, excellent food, and wine. The island’s two largest settlements are the town of Vis and Komiža, where you can discover the rich cultural heritage of the island as it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period.  In the 4th century BC, the Greek tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse founded the colony Issa on the island. After which the island became an independent polis founding its own colonies, but it didn’t last long. Just as other parts of Dalmatia, over the centuries, the island was under the rule of many different empires that have left a legacy which is still evident.

Island Vis town Vis

What to visit

There are many amazing places to see and things to do on the island other than enjoying in the sun on some of the island’s most beautiful beaches like Stiniva (read more about the beach here) or  Kamenica beach. Explore the cultural heritage of the island by visiting the rests of antique Issa (thermae, necropolis, theater, parts of the port), Hellenistic Necropolis, fortresses, impressive military tunnels built during the WWII or scuba dive near the wrecks of the tugboat Ursus or heavy bomber aircraft wreck.  You can visit the archaeological museum in the town of Vis and an interesting finishing museum in Komiža.

Vis fortress

The town of Vis, situated on the north-eastern side of the island, developed from the former settlements Kut and Luka. Together with Komiža, the town of Vis is the most developed part of the island with many bars, restaurants, and cute local shops. Also on the eastern side of the island, there are many beautiful villages worth visiting, such as Podselje, Plisko Polje, Milna, Podstražje, Zenka and Marine Zemlje.
On the western side of the island is situated already mentioned Komiža with its stunning beaches and narrow Mediterranean streets. Some of the most beautiful beaches near Komiza are Nova posta, Velo zalo, and Gusarica.
If you want to enjoy the glorious view of the town and nearby island from some higher point, don’t miss out on climbing the Hum, the highest point of the island at 587 meters above the sea level. For those interested in the history of the island, the underground caves and tunnels used by Josip Tito’s partisan fighters is definitely something worth seeing and experiencing and you can do it both by yourself or with a guided tour.

island Vis church
Another amazing place you should not miss is the Fort George or so-called “Fortica” built by British long time ago and nowadays it represents both a great historical monument and a hype place to go out during the warm summer nights.

Vis small beach

Sport & Recreation

The island of Vis is a perfect place for an active holiday. Other than swimming and sunbathing, snorkeling and scuba diving are two fantastic ways to explore the underwater life, sites, and wrecks. Two of the most famous wreck near the island are the one of the Tugboat Ursus and the wreck of a heavy bomber Boeing B-17. What better way to explore the island than through an exhilarating cycling experience, as there are numerous marked paths walking you through the amazing landscapes. Vis is a fisherman island, so it is the perfect place for those who wish to learn how to fish, experience the open sea and enjoy the sun. It is a unique experience, guided by local fisherman who will provide you all the equipment

There are many other outdoor activities that you can practice like cycling (on numerous off-road paths on the island), beach volleyball, laser sailing, quad tours, basketball, boccie, table tennis and much, much more. You can also take a tour with a small submarine and admire the rich local marine life.

Scuba diving

Food

On the island of Vis, you can enjoy Dalmatian cuisine which is typically Mediterranean. Traditional Dalmatian dishes are made with herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano. There is a large use of extra virgin olive oil and garlic.  When visiting the island, you must absolutely try the traditional Sardines Round Cake (Viška ili Komiška pogača) ancient recipe of stuffed bread, brought on the island by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 BC. There are two types of this bread, one is Viška pogača which is prepared with sardines and onions and the other one is Komiška pogača prepared with sardines, onions and tomato sauce. Other than the famous round cake, we recommend you to try are: Dalmatian smoked ham, Olives and nearby islands famous goat cheese as an appetizer, Mussels buzzara, Black risotto, Dalmatian pasticada (stewed beef in wine with prunes and vegetables) and grilled fish with vegetables. Locals mostly eat in small, intimate traditionally Dalmatian restaurants called Konoba, that prepare fresh local food and usually have lower prices than upscale restaurants. The island of Vis has also its own distinct grape vugava, cultivated since ancient times.

Vis peka

Nearby Destinations

Blue cave or Blue Grotto (Modra Špilja) is situated in the Balun bay on the small island of Bisevo, near the island of Vis.  It is one of 26 caves on this small island and one of the most famous caves on the Mediterranean.  This small but amazing cave was formed is formed in limestone, by the action of water. It is 24 meters long, 14 meters high and 12 meters deep, so you can clearly see the bottom and the fishes. The cave, with its natural entrance, was accessible only by diving, but back in 1884 Baron Eugen von Ransonet, who first described it, suggested to make an artificial entrance above the sea level. So it was made an entrance big enough for small boats to enter, that measures 1.5 meters high and 3 meters wide.

Blue Cave

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Cres Town – Island of Cres

Often being called “beach and nature paradise”, the Island of Cres is the biggest Croatian island situated at the northern tip of Kvarner gulf. It is scarcely populated and covered with deep forests and untouched nature. The town of Cres is situated in the northeastern part of a large bay and thanks to its long history that dates back to the ancient times, it is full of monuments, monasteries, old town walls and other interesting historical sights.

Cres nightsky

What to visit

The town of Cres is much alike a petite Italian village. Get lost in its tiny streets in the old historical center and explore its medieval architecture. The main sights in the town are the town walls and the Venetian Tower. In the center of the town, there’s an open piazza (town square) that has been the place of all events and happenings both during the past as nowadays. In the mornings, local men and women gather at the square to sell their fresh produce – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, honey etc. Another beautiful place to visit is the Church of St Mary and the Municipal Loggia, both of which date back from the 15th century.
To chill in the afternoons, go to some of Cres’s magnificent beaches with crystal clear sea and indulge in the sunbathing and water sports.

Cres tower

Cres street

Sport and Recreation

If all of this idyllic calmness of the island is a bit too much for you and you crave some excitement, don’t worry as you can do many of alternative and adrenaline-pumping sports here as well. Those include free climbing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sea kayak, and spearfishing. On the other hand, if you just wish to lightly move your body, you can rent a bike, go for a jog or swim or explore the rich marine life trying out some scuba diving.

Food

Foods that the island of Cres is known for are lamb, homemade sheep milk cheese, crabs, shrimps, fresh fish, prosciutto and side dishes made of fresh veggies. All of these, of course, seasoned with local olive oil, rosemary, basil and parsley. Try out some local specialties in one of the numerous restaurants or, if you are not up for experimenting, there are many places offering non-traditional dishes.

Nearby Destinations

Needless to say, you can easily leave the town and go explore other places around the island. Some of the most popular ones are Lubenice, Beli, Martinšćica and Valun. Furthermore, there is a quite interesting place called Vrana Lake, covered for ages with some gloomy legends about the origin of both the lake and caves that surround it. The myth says that mostly fairies lived in those caves. Go and find out yourself whether it’s true! Hiking in the Tramuntana Woods is another great idea for nature-lovers and adventurers.
There are many lovely islands nearby as well and you can easily take a boat tour and visit them. Trips to the island of Susak, Ilovik, Unije and Plavnik are organized almost daily during the season.

Cres beach

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Fascinating island of Vis in photos

Vis is a small island in Central Dalmatia, known for its stunning landscape, amazing caves, beautiful beaches like the Stiniva beach, cultural heritage and gourmet delights. It is a perfect place for those in search of relaxation, excellent food, and wine. The island’s two largest settlements are the town of Vis and Komiža, where you can discover the rich cultural heritage of the island as it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period.  In the 4th century BC, the Greek tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse founded the colony Issa on the island. After which the island became an independent polis founding its own colonies, but it didn’t last long. Just as other parts of Dalmatia, over the centuries, the island was under the rule of many different empires that have left a legacy which is still evident.

There are many amazing places to see and thing to do on the island other than enjoying in the sun on some of the island’s most beautiful beaches like Stiniva and Kamenica beach. You can visit the archaeological museum in the town of Vis and an interesting finishing museum in Komiža. Explore the cultural heritage of the island by visiting the rests of antique Issa (thermae, necropolis, theater, parts of the port), Hellenistic Necropolis, fortresses, impressive military tunnels built during the WWII or scuba dive near the wrecks of the tugboat Ursus or heavy bomber aircraft wreck.

One of the best ways you can immerse yourself in a culture of a state you are visiting is through the food. Local delicacies will answer many questions about the history, nature and the way people lived there. On the island, you can taste many fresh seafood specialties, like the famous Vis and Komiža flat cake (Viška or Komiška pogača), an ancient recipe brought on the island by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 BC. There are two types, one is Viška pogača which is prepared with sardines and onions and the other one is Komiška pogača prepared with sardines, onions and tomato sauce. The island of Vis has also its own distinct grape vugava, cultivated since ancient times.

Town of vis aerial view

island Vis church

Vis fortress

Vis Hum

Vis lighthouse

Island Vis town Vis

Vis traditional house

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Vis terace view

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Vis promanade

Vis port

Vis military tunnel

Vis peka

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Vis grapes

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Monk Seal Cave Bisevo

Blue Cave

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Vis street

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Stiniva beach island Vis

Vis stiniva beach aerial view

Vis small beach

Vis town island of Vis

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Town Rab – Island of Rab

The town of Rab is located on a small peninsula on the southwestern side of the island of Rab. It has a long and rich history that dates back to 360BC and it used to be a part of the Roman Empire. The town is full of churches and is recognizable from afar by the four church towers: bell tower of the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, bell tower of St John the Evangelist, the belfry of the church of St Andrew the Apostle and the bell tower of the church St Justine.
The plague that reached the town in 1456 killed many people and it remained in common memory as one of the worst disasters in the town’s history.
Nowadays, Rab is famous among tourists, earning the name of one of the best tourist destination in the Adriatic, offering lots of interesting and fun things to do, see and enjoy.

Rab peninsula

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What to visit

The most popular sights on the island are located in the town of Rab. As mentioned previously, the town bursts with beautiful old churches worth visiting even if you’re not an art lover. Other than four already mentioned above, you can also visit the Benedictine convent of St Anthony that dates from the 11th century, the church of Holy Cross where you can enjoy Rab Musical Evenings and St Christopher church that today is a museum and lapidarium. There are many Renaissance palaces as well, like Nimira palace, Dominis palace, and Tudorini palace. To take a break from the sightseeing, relax in the Park Komrcar where you can see the monument of the forester Belia or in the Park Dorka with the monument of St Marino – the founder of the Republic of San Marino. When ready to proceed, we recommend visiting some galleries, such as Rector’s court, Zubak, Arba or Nimira.

Rab town

To take a break from the sightseeing, relax in the Park Komrcar where you can see the monument of the forester Belia or in the Park Dorka with the monument of St Marino – the founder of the Republic of San Marino. When ready to proceed, we recommend visiting some galleries, such as Rector’s court, Zubak, Arba or Nimira.
Of course, being an island on the Adriatic coast, Rab has many stunning beaches, both rocky and sandy and the most famous of those is Paradise Beach, ideal for families with children. Rab is also popular for the naturist tourism and there are many beaches where you can go if you are into that kind of thing, the Sahara Beach being the most well known.

Rab church

Sport and Recreation

If you want to stay active during the holidays, don’t worry as you can do it so easily on the island. Thanks to the diversity of its nature, there are many possibilities to get that workout in whichever way suits you the best. There are 157km of cycle paths, 5 diving centers, 20 tennis courts, 144km of walking trails, paintball field, sea kayaking, hunting, fishing and some marine sports. And, of course, you can always go for a swim or run on your own or do your usual yoga sequence outside, while breathing the fresh air and soaking in the warmth of the sun.

Rab beach

Food

The cuisine of the island consists of typical Mediterranean food, rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish, with a sprinkle of local olive oil. Make sure to try sočivo, which is Rab’s famous lentils dish and finish with some of the traditional sweets as Rapska torta (Rab’s traditional cake) along with the homemade brandy often enriched with honey or fragrant herbs.

Octopus salad

Souvenirs

Rab has a long artisanal history and is known for its production of art and beautiful everyday objects, so you shouldn’t have problems with finding some cute souvenirs for your loved ones.

Nightlife

During the summer time, the island offers a big number of night clubs and discotheques. The town of Rab hosts various concerts of rock, classical and pop music as well as evenings of traditional a cappella singing known as klapa music.

Rab islets

Nearby destinations

You can explore around the island outside the town or Rab and visit some of its magnificent beaches, parks and natural sights. If you have the chance and time to leave the island and explore the nearby destinations, visit the islands of Pag, Losinj, and Krk. Also, you can easily reach some the most beautiful Croatian national parks like The Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica national park and Sjeverni Velebit national park.

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