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.The island is a favourite destination of bathers, with the bathing season lasting from May to October and offering an abundance of sandy, pebbly and stony beaches, with something for all: families with children, skilled swimmers and divers, the handicapped and those in the their middle or later years.
Rab also took on a special note with the beginnings of naturism. It was 1936 when English king Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson, their yacht Nahlin anchored off Rab harbour, visited the old town centre. The city fathers then decided to offer them an excursion to the Frkanj peninsula, which the royal family accepted, and went on to enjoy the first nude swim in the inlet of Kandarola. These were the beginnings of naturism on our island, and the inlet and peninsula have become a paradise for all naturists. The diversity and scattered nature of the island archipelago provides amateur sportsmen and women with a place to enjoy leisure, wellness facilities and a healthy way of life: 157km of cycle paths, 144km of walking trails, 5 diving centres, twenty tennis courts, five all-purpose courts, a sports hall, sea kayaking, hunting and fishing and marine sports. In addition to these leisure facilities, there is a flotilla of large and small, fast and slow boats available for charter. These can get you to some secret inlet in no time at all, and your enjoyment of an active holiday can really begin.
Owing to the geographical location and size of our island, there is a multitude of nearby spots to visit and complete your experience, such as few other destinations can boast of. For example, the one-and-a-half hour tour of the old town centre is an experience everyone will remember, not to mention the tour of the whole island and the boat trips (half- or full-day) around the whole island or to neighbouring islands, all offering the chance to bathe too and truly experience being on a boat at sea. Then there are options to visit the Plitvice and Paklenica National Parks and the Northern Velebit National Park – three pearls of the Velebit range and Lika region, rearing up behind Rab, and a stone’s throw away.