Welcome to the island of Rab
Welcome to the island of Rab, a town and island of marvellous scenic diversity, a variety of beautiful beaches, a cultural milieu dating back to pre-Roman times, with its four characteristic bell-towers, a town of rich historic heritage further refined into a complete experience for the senses, long pleasant walks, more than 120 years of experience in organised tourism and to cap it all, the kindness, hospitality and diligence of the island’s people.
A bountiful sea, rich in natural healing herbs, fertile fields, vineyards and olive groves but also, first and foremost, the people of Rab, genuinely glad to see every guest, each of whom they receive as a dear friend. That is what makes this Mediterranean Adriatic island a top holiday destination all year round.
We cannot speak of Rab and not mention the legend of St Christopher, patron of the diocese and later of the whole island, whose relics are jealously preserved to this day by the people of Rab. Then there are St Marinus – founder of the Republic of San Marino – mathematics professor, theologian, physicist, bishop and archbishop, Marco Antonio de Dominis, and all the living island legends and personalities.
Rab was a Roman settlement, awarded the status of a town by Emperor Octavian Augustus who pronounced it a municipium 10 years before Christ. It is the duty of us islanders to ensure that they are not forgotten, together with all the values of our civilisation that we will talk about later, for Rab is an island of long memory, a town of living history.
We also cannot speak of Rab and not mention the three beautiful town parks and the quartet of bell towers which have for centuries stood guard over the town, and which differentiate it from lesser towns.
As always, looking back to the past illuminates our present, and that of all the picturesque places on the island: Barbat, Banjol, Kampor, Mundanije, Palit and Supetarska Draga, which with their unique characteristics, hospitable islanders and tourist services draw in everyone who visits.
One of the oldest island villages, with a particularly rich nautical tradition, surrounded by nearby islets full of sandy and pebbly beaches, good restaurants, traditional produce, accommodation on land and sea and everything the small-scale mariner might need. Supetraska Draga is home to the oldest Benedictine convent on the island and to the Church of St Peter, which with its beauty attracts both the faithful and lovers of art, while on St Peter’s Day (29th June), the Dražani, as the locals are known, will surprise you with a programme of culture, sports and entertainment.
One of the villages to have best preserved the appearance of an old fishing village, nestling in the abundance of the Dundo Forest nature reserve on the Kalifront peninsula, an oasis for hikers and bikers, with its variety of stone and sandy beaches, eco-friendly farm products and good restaurants. All this is Kampor – a charming play of old and new, just what the modern man is looking for. Particularly unique to Kampor is the Franciscan monastery of St Euphemia, patron of the parish and village, with its ethnographic museum, gallery of the works of Friar Ambroz Testen, one of the oldest stores of written Croatian works in this part of the Adriatic, while for the Magdalenino (Our Lady Magdalene) holiday, Easter Monday and the 16th September on St Euphemia’s Day, we can all enjoy the cultural events and entertainment put on in the village.
A tourist village close to and with a view of the old town centre, known for its sandy inlet beaches – Padova I, II and III – and also featuring the Lungo Mare promenade, and especially its rich cuisine, eco-friendly farm products, wide assortment of accommodation and in the midst of it all the proud figure of its patron St Lucia. Also,while on 5th August, the holiday known as Šištovica (Our Lady of the Snow), visitors can expect traditional entertainment and culture.
When you get off the ferry, the first place that awaits you is Barbat, recognizable for its pebble beaches, rich fishing tradition, good restaurants, eco-friendly farm products, small boat building and above all its tourism. This town is heaven for lovers of the sea on a small scale. Those interested in the history of Barbat can take a trip to the ruins of an old Christian Greek military fortification on St Damien’s Hill, on the Karmenica holiday (festival of Our Lady of Mount Carmel), celebrated on the 16th July, guests and locals alike can revel in the delicacies that are Barbat’s fruits of the earth and the sea.
What Umbria is to Italy, Mundanije is to the island of Rab – a village situated in the central area of the island, the only one with no direct access to the sea. It draws people in with its tranquillity and healthy, untouched natural surroundings and organic farm produce, while one of the main attractions is the path leading up to the highest peak on the island, called Kamenjak, from which a beautiful panorama extends over almost the whole island.
The youngest place on the island, right next to the old town centre itself, known for the shopping to be done in the Poslovni Centar, good restaurants, proximity to the town’s stony beach called Škver and the peninsula Frkanj, favourite bathing spot of guests of Rab and to the oldest naturist beach in the Adriatic, in the Kandalora bay.
Rab is the island of sun, sea and beauty and it is one of the greenest islands of the Croatian Adriatic. Numerous promenades and cycling paths will show you the way to the attractive island locations and they will offer you a possibility of enjoying outstanding natural beauties of the picturesque Mediterranean landscape and an active and recreational holiday. Rab is the ninth largest island of the Croatian Adriatic. The island counts 22 km in length from the cape Sorinj to the cape Glavina. The island’s width is 11 km. The total length of cycling paths on the island of Rab is 157 km. The total length of walking paths on the island of Rab is 144 km.
The town of Rab was founded as an ancient Roman municipality in the last decades of the 1st century B.C. A deed of gift given by the emperor Octavian Augustus 10 years before the end of tho century endows this already formed urban Liburnian colonial community with walls and towers. It develops successfully, skilfully and fortunately and the evidence for this is given in the time of Emperor Septimus Severus – “Felix Arba” the only town along with Salona in the eastern Adriatic that became the capital of the province of Dalmatia.
It became the early-Christian centre whose citizens in the period between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th centuries were St. Leo. St. Marin (the founder of the Republic of San Manno) and bishop Titian who is said to have been the third in Dalmatia on the synods of Salona in the beginning of the 6th century.
The town within the Byzantine and the Dalmatian theme was important until the 11th century but it witnessed the biggest prosperity as a free Adriatic commune from the second half of the 11th and during the 12th and the 13th centuries. During this period it acknowledged the alternating authorities of Croatian and Venetian rulers. The Venetian Republic bought it in 1409 along with the entire Dalmatia. ruling this area until its fall under Napoleon’s conquers in 1798.
After a brief period of French and the first Austrian predominance, it became a part of tho Austrian province of Dalmatia until the end of the First World War. After a two-year Italian occupation it fell under the governing of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and after the Second World War to its mother country Croatia within the Yugoslavian Federation. Ever since 1990 it has been a part of the Republic of Croatia.