The island of Rab, located in Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic, is a true paradise for nature lovers and guests who want to enjoy its authentic atmosphere. The island's timeless beauty was recognised way back in history by the Romans, who called it Felix Arba or 'The Happy Island of Rab'.
Today, visitors are still attracted by Rab's fantastic nature and the numerous sandy beaches on the Lopar peninsula, impressive secluded coves on the Kalifront peninsula, preserved holm oak forests, fertile valleys, and the rocky peak of Kamenjak, which protects the island in the wintertime from the bura wind.
The enchanting town of Rab is recognisable by its four bell towers and medieval walls. This is the main centre of the island, and its streets and squares entice visitors to explore its rich culture and history. In the summer, the old town hosts the Rabska Fjera medieval summer festival, which attracts numerous visitors every year.
With its natural and cultural landmarks, the scent of pines and aromatic plants, and the irresistible taste of freshly caught fish or the famous Rab Cake, the island of Rab is truly the happiest choice for a holiday.
Island of Rab Climate
The island of Rab has a Mediterranean climate, which means long, warm and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. The Kamenjak mountain chain protects Rab's resorts from the cold bora wind, characteristic of Kvarner. Snow on Rab is rare. With an average of 2,417 sunshine hours a year, the town of Rab is one of the sunniest parts of Europe. The average temperature is 23.7 °C in summer, 7 °C in winter, and the average sea temperature from May till October is above 20 °C. Due to its pleasant climate, Rab has been extremely popular amongst tourists for 120 years. Particularly well-visited are the sandy beaches on the Lopar peninsula: there are 22 of them, three of which are nudist.
Position of the island of Rab
The island of Rab (Croatia) is part of the Kvarner group of islands, and stretches in a northwest-southeast direction. It is 22 km long and 11 km wide, separated from the mainland by the Velebit Channel. The island of Rab is specific for its geomorphologic characteristics, which consist of ridges and valleys. The highest part of Rab is the Kamenjak massif, parallel with the Velebit mountain, and is 408 m high. Kamenjak is a natural protector from the cold bora wind. In fact, all of Rab's settlements are located on its side, facing the warm sun and wind.
Island of Rab nature
The Adriatic Sea is one of the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean, and it is precisely due to this clean sea that Rab has attracted numbers of tourists to this island for more than 120 years. The well-kept beaches offer various facilities: you can relax in the bars with some refreshments or walk along some of the paths. If you enjoy an active holiday and want to sample more activities than just swimming, you will find many cycling trails which you help you explore the island of Rab.
The warm sea attracts bathers to many rocks and the pebbly, as well as sandy beaches, for which Rab is especially well-known. The Barbat and Banjol beaches are well-known, but the favourite sandy beaches are those of Kampor and Lopar, and of course, after the renowned, kilometre and a half long Rajska (Paradise) Beach.
The blue sea is not Rab's only natural beauty. Rab itself, in fact, took its name from its forests (the Illyrian name for the island is Arba, which means “forested”, “green”). One quarter of the island is still forested, and the most famous forest is called Kalifront or Dundo. The Kalifront peninsula holds one of the rare preserved Mediterranean holm oak forests. The forest of the largest island oaks in Croatia is crisscrossed with trails for hiking. The hiking trails are easy, so that older people can enjoy them, as well as those who are less physically able. If you take a walk through the Kalifront peninsula, you will not only be delighted with the rich Mediterranean vegetation but also with the clear sea and some of the numerous coves which make up the peninsula.
Along with the forests, numerous parks also adorn Rab. One highlight is the Komrčar Park, which stands at the beginning of the Rab peninsula. On the former pasture at the beginning of the 20th century, many trees were planted: coastal and black pines, cypress, ash, holm oak, fir, evergreen shrubs, agave and Indian figs.
If the remaining natural beauties of Rab attract you, take a walk along the Premužić trail. Built in the 1930s, this educational trail passes through the most interesting parts of Kalifront, and partially through the area of the northernmost part of the island, Lopar and Fruga. On this trail, you will see some of the endemic plant species of the Kvarner region, as well as some of the 162 bird species, many of which live on Rab.
If you're looking for a holiday with a blue and clean sea, natural beauty and want to enjoy taking a walk through the rich Mediterranean vegetation, choose the island of Rab. Its parks and Kalifront forest are waiting for you, just as its sandy beaches are.