Rab Island is located in the Croatian region called Kvarner, halfway between Rijeka up north and Zadar down south.
The island of Rab in Croatia is in my opinion a beautiful island that is definitely worth a visit. Rab is exactly the image we create in ourselves when thinking about Croatia, the real postcard with its pretty beaches and stone villages.
The island of Rab has something special that many of you will love, it has the best sandy beaches. Indeed Croatia is not very famous for its sandy beaches, Rab will prove the contrary!
The town of rab
The town of Rab is a magnificent town, with stone houses and red roofs, and small cobbled streets. The typical Croatian village as we imagine it.
We are talking here about the old town of Rab. It is surrounded by stone walls built during Middle Ages between the 12th and 13th century.
While walking in the old town you will cross pretty squares including the Saint Christopher square (Sveti Kristofor) with its beautiful stone staircase, the municipal square Arbae (Arba or Arbe, name of Rab during Antiquity), you will also cross the Dorka park with the statue of San Marino from Rab.
From the top of the walls you will have a breathtaking view on the sea and the islands.
I advise you to go first to the tourist office which is located in the old town, on the promenade along the sea, to get a map of the old town.
Komrčar Forest Park
In Rab do not miss a walk in the Komrčar forest park which is just by the old town. Take a walk in the shade of its forest or walk along the sea.
A part of Komrčar forest is designed for sports activities, there is a fitness trail and an outdoor bodybuilding and fitness park (or street workout).
Kampor and its monastery
At Kampor stop at the Franciscan monastery dedicated to Saint Euphemia. The Church of St. Euphemia is from the 13th century.
There you can visit a museum, the church and the cloister.
Other villages of the island
As far as I am concerned the other villages on the island are of little interest. They are more like an agglomeration of houses and apartments built most of all for tourism.
On the other hand, if you are looking for an accommodation on the island you will have a lot of choice… Supetarska Draga, Barbat na Rabu, Banjol, Palit, Lopar are the main villages of the island. You will find there small rocky or sandy beaches and a beautiful clear sea.
Marin (Marinus or Marino) was a stonemason who lived on the island of Rab. He was born in Lopar in 275, and he died in San Marino in 366.
Around the year 300 Marin left his island for Rimini in Italy and later he moved to the nearby Mount Titano. He built a church there and little by little many Christians who fled the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian came to join him. A Christian community get formed.
Emperor Diocletian was living in Split in Dalmatia at that time and this great wave of persecution against Christians began in 303.
In 313 Marin was ordained deacon by the bishop of Rimini and he was given Mount Titano. This territory will expand over the centuries to form the Republic of San Marino as we know it today.
Sandy beaches in Croatia are very rare. This is why it is really surprising when arriving on the island of Rab to see so much sand.
Here are the ones I recommend:
Sandy beach ‘Rajska plaža’
Rajska plaža means paradise beach, it is really like paradise there. It is a very beautiful sandy beach located in Lopar, facing south. Along the beach there are games for children, bars and restaurants, you can spend the whole day there without missing a thing.
Sandy beach ‘Pudarica’
The sandy beach Pudarica is a much smaller beach than Rajska plaža but it has a lot of charm. It is a short drive from Mišnjak where the ferry will leave you. There is a bar on the beach.
There are many other sandy beaches on the island including Sahara beach in the northern part of the island, Lopar beach, Mel beach in Kampor, or Suha Punta beach also in Kampor.
‘Rabska torta’ speciality of Rab
Rabska torta is a specialty of Rab. A cake made with almonds, butter, sugar, lemon and orange zest, and Maraschino cherry liqueur. It’s a delight!
The traditional shape is that of a snail, but they come in all shapes and sizes.
In the town of Rab go to the Delicije / Natura Croatica shop not far from the tourist office, you will find delicious Rab cakes from Vilma brand.
How to get there
Take the ferry from Stinica to Mišnjak, the crossing takes 15 minutes.
More info on the website of Rab Ferry Company ‘Rapska Plovidba’ at https://www.rapska-plovidba.hr/
There are also connections from the islands of Krk and Pag.