The island of Rab has all the predispositions for a vacation destination perfect for all kind of tourists. Because of its great amount of different kinds of sight, the offer for tourists is wide making their time while visiting Rab rich and fulfilled. Type of sights you can see and visit on the island of Rab are natural sights, geological sights, cultural sights, nudist ones and traditional sights.
Located in the Mediterranean region in the Kvarner bay, the island of Rab shares natural beauties with this particular region. Known as the island of sun, sand, sea and beauty, Rab is famous for its sights of nature such as Kalifront peninsula, known for its karst relief. Some other nature sights are the Forest of Dundo with oaks older than a thousand years and the Komrčar park.
Also, you can find great geological contrast on the island of Rab - rocky and barren in the north and forests in the west. The areas of Lopar and Fruga peninsulas are under a significant impact of wind and erosion.
In the context of cultural and historic sights, the island of Rab has plenty to offer as it was under the direction of several administrations throughout its history which dates from the year 350 BC when the first Illyrians have inhabited the island.
The Kandarola bay on the island of Rab has been recognized as the starting point of naturalism and nudism in the Adriatic. Even Wallis Simpson, the bride of king Edward the VII enjoyed skinny dipping here.
When talking about the traditions on island of Rab, there is just to many events to mention. Probably the most famous is the Rabska fjera which brings more than 10 000 tourists every year. During those days (at the end of July) the streets of Rab become a stage for a medieval festival. One other traditional event on the island is Križi, an ancient pilgrimage custom held in the city of Rab and Lopar.
Sights of nature
Known as the island of sun,sand, sea and beauty, as well as one of the most verdant islands in the Adriatic, Rab is criss crossed by more than 100 kilometers of hiking trails and biking paths, allowing you to explore the beauty of the mediterranean landscape at your own leasurly pace.
The most beautiful part of this woody island must be the Kalifront peninsula, known for its carst relief as well as indented coast with many beautiful coves and bays hidden in the embrace of the pine forests, ideal for energetic hikes that can be enjoyed regardless of your age, as the highest peak of is only 94 meters above sea level. Rajska plaža (Paradise beach) located in Lopar, an endless sandy beach is so perfect that it got into the world top 10 beaches 2012 according to CNN.
Forest of Dundo, one of the rare preserved forests of evergreen oak ( or holm oak) which can grow older than a thousand years became a national botanical park in 1949. Another green wonder of the island is Komrčar park, planted and designed by a forester Pravdoje Belija in the 1883.
Rab is an island of great geological contrasts - rocky and barren on the northern side (due to Bura winds that can blow up to 200 km / h), yet covered in forests and very fertile on the western side. In the areas of Lopar and Fruga penisulas wind and erosionhave created canyons and other shapes in the sandy soil, as well as numerous sandy coves.If you care about geology and fossils, you should visit our Geopark, which is well marked on hiking trails called "Premužić path." after a well known forestry engineer and mountain afficionado.
The island of Rab has a great offer of cultural and historic sights since the island was first inhabited by the Illyrians in the year 350 BC. Throughout its history, the island of Rab was under the direction of several Croatian rulers, the Venetians, Napoleon, the Habsburg monarchy and the Republic of Croatia. One of the most famous inhabitants of Rab was St. Marin, the founder of the Republic of San Marino and the protector of the town of Lopar.
Being inhabited throughout many centuries, the architecture and places on Rab went through many art and historic periods and styles. Therefore, on the island of Rab you can find a small church of St. Euphemia from the early Christian period, some paintings and a crucifix from the late gothic period, romanesque cathedral bell tower, gothic and renaissance style tower at the Duke's palace, the city lodge built in the renaissance style and many other cultural sights. Such a diversity of styles in architecture and art is the result of many rulers the island of Rab has had throughout its history.
So, if you like to visit places with rich cultural and historical heritage, to explore the history and art of such place, be sure to find some time to visit all cultural sights on the island of Rab that are listed bellow:
Monastery of St.Anthony Abbot
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Cathedral bell tower
Monastery of St. Andrew
Church of St. Justine
Church of St. Cross
Bell tower and the ruins of church of St. John the Evangelist
Church of St. Christopher - Lapidary
Church of St. Francis at the cemetery
City walls - Tower of the bold (Kula smjelih) - Tower of St. Christophe
The City Lodge
Dominis Nimira palace
Monastery of St. Euphemia in Kampor
Church of St. Peter in Supetarska Draga
Church of St. Damien in Barbat
If you've seen the recently awarded movie "King's speech" you will be pleased to know that king Edward the VIII and his common bride, Wallis Simpson, enjoyed skinny dipping at the Kandarola bay which has since been recognised as the event that started naturism in the Adriatic.
There is a lot of traditions on Rab, but “Rabska fjera” brings in more than 10.000 tourists evey year. During those days (25-27. 07.) streets of Rab become a stage for a medieval festival, where artisans show their craft and produce, crossbowmen their skills and sharpshooting and everybody else just enjoys themselves.
Another great date comes around the last Sunday in April, when all citizens of Rab and Lopar celebrate Križi, an ancient pilgrimage custom started after a devastating plague outbreak in the 15. century, when it was thought that only God can save them from death. Pilgrims walk across the island all the way to the Cathedral of the Assumption in Rab, where they celebrate.
On the last day of the carnival, the Mardi Gras, people of Lopar celebrate a 150 years old ritual doning traditional masks (consisting of klobuk and vizera) and singing old folk songs, moving from one home to the other where they are greeted with food and drinks.
Other Lopar traditions and customs can often be seen during the performances of their folk culture and lore society “San Marino”, or at various ancient arts and crafts fairs held all over the island. If you get a chance try dancing the tanac or pojka, accompanied by mih, some kind of a local take on bagpipes.
Tourist Community of the Town of Rab
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