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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.