Culture & history in Rabac
Early 19th century - The people who lived in Rabac were focused on the sea – fishermen, boat owners and sailors - and fishing was the main activity. Mid-late 19th century - first summer residences started to be built in Rabac. The most famous was that built by the Prohaska family who were traders from Rijeka and originated from the Czech Republic. Although their summer residence was destroyed during the Second World War, one of the most beautiful parts of Rabac has been named after the Prohaska family.
First hotel in Rabac opened in June. It was located in the house of the Višković family near today’s atelier Orlando and was called Quarnero. A regular guest to the hotel, which then only had a few rooms and a bar on the ground floor, was the Austrian officer Kaiser, who some time later purchased the Dubrova Estate (in Labin).
The beginnings of tourism in the Rabac area, when the Austro-Hungarian heir-apparent Prince Ferdinand visited Rabac.
First big hotel in Rabac was built. It was called Trieste (today Primorje). The renting out of accommodation in private houses begins.
Hotel Dopolavoro was built and tourism in Rabac developed in the 30 years that followed.
Due to its natural beauty, Rabac earns the flattering title 'the Pearl of Kvarner', a name that is still used today. It was then, when Rabac started to be a tourist centre, that all the remaining hotels, tourist settlements, apartments and campsites were built.