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Rab

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Located in the northern Adriatic, between the islands of Krk and Pag, Rab is the greenest island in the Kvarner Gulf. It also has two different sides to it: the east, grey and arid, with long pleasant hiking trails right up to the Kamenjak Massif, and the west, with abundant vegetation and a long succession of pretty coves perfect for swimming between the capes of Kalifront and Frkaj.
There are a lot of people on the island but it is nevertheless possible to find some quiet places and small coves.
Benefiting from more than 249 days of sun per year, it is one of the sunniest places in Europe, which explains why olives trees, grape vines, and vegetables are all grown here.
Boasting four characteristic bell towers, the picturesque capital of Rab is a typical town from the Middle Ages, with its large ramparts that have kept numerous historic monuments from the pre-Roman era well preserved. There are many galleries and street exhibitions held in its narrow laneways.
Besides the town of Rab, the island has seven other townships. Lopar, Mundanija, Supetarska Draga, Kampor, Banjol, Palit and Barbat are all worth a visit, as hospitality is something that the island's 9,000 inhabitants don't take lightly. Each and every holidaymaker is welcomed like a friend here!

To see

The bay of Supetarska Draga: here, modern and traditional life blend together and you can easily get to the small islands of Maman, Srednjak, and Sailovac.

To do

A hike on Mount Kamenjak: there is a magnificent view of Velebit and the Adriatic from the mountains. By climbing the western side, you will discover a beautiful view of the town of Rab.

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To think about

Rab is the pioneer of nudism in Croatia, with more than 30 officially-recognised nudist complexes and beaches; get more information about the coves you are interested in and make a choice according to your tastes.

To avoid

Starting at the end of August, the Bura winds (icy winds descending from the north-east) often arrive unexpectedly and are rather strong. Keep in mind that the Croatians know best when it comes to the sea here: avoid going out to sea on small boats if you are inexperienced. What's more, don't leave any boats in the water overnight unless they are docked in a port!

To try

Fresh fish, because fishing, like tourism, agriculture, and naval construction, constitutes one of the island's main revenues.
The specialities are 'Prust', air-cured ham, 'Paski Sir', cheese made from ewe's milk, 'Osoljena', a salted fish, and 'Istarka Supa', a traditional soup made with red wine.

To bring back

For souvenirs, we recommend you bring back some olive oil and some lavender. These Mediterranean specialities have been cultivated for centuries and are of exceptional quality.
Gingerbread hearts are also typically Croatian. These richly decorated hearts have been prepared in Croatian monasteries since the 6th and 7th centuries.
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