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Rab Town: A Tapestry of Timeless Beauty and Seaside Serenity

Rab town is a special place with its own magic, waiting for you to explore this green paradise in the Adriatic Sea. Covering just over 90 square kilometers, Rab island is famous for its vast pine forests and numerous sandy beaches. Unlike other islands in the Kvarner region, Rab has fewer towns. There are 8 settlements on the island: Banjol, Barbat on Rab, Kampor, Lopar, Mundanije, Palit, City of Rab, and Supetarska Draga. All settlements, except Mundani, are close to the sea and are considered tourist resorts. 

Rab Town

Rab enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, meaning warm summers and mild, stable winters. With approximately 2,600 hours of sunshine each year, Rab is an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation. 

If you’re thinking about visiting Rab, this guide has all the info you need. Here are details about the island, beaches, and campsites to insights into nightlife, travel tips, and a comprehensive list of activities to make your stay truly enjoyable. But, today, we will give you more information abut the heart of the island – Rab town. 

Explore the Charming Town of Rab: A Winner on the Adriatic

Rab, a town that has won many awards as the best tourist spot on the Adriatic, sits on a narrow piece of land surrounded by ancient walls. The old town has a unique look with four bell towers that make it resemble a sailing ship with four masts. These towers belong to the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the church of St. John the Evangelist (next to the ruins of the church), the church of St. Andrew the Apostle, and the church of St. Justin. 

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A bit further inwards lies the lovely Komrčar Park, boasting winding paths across wooded hills that lead down to Rab’s beautiful beaches. St. Christopher, the protector of Rab, is said to have saved the island from attackers, and his skull is kept in the cathedral’s reliquary. 

If you’re interested, you can visit the Franciscan monastery of St. Bernardina, home to a large collection of sacred art. Inside its two churches (St. Euphemia and St. Bernardin), you’ll find paintings, precious old books, valuable church art, ethnographic and numismatic collections, and much more. 

And There Are Also…

Rab’s Famous Rhapsody in Blue: Rab is renowned for its enchanting Rhapsody in Blue, an event that transforms the town into a vibrant sea of blue lights, creating a magical atmosphere. This annual spectacle usually takes place in July and is a visual treat for visitors. 

Festivals and Events: Throughout the year, Rab hosts various festivals and events celebrating local traditions, music, and cuisine. The Medieval Summer event, for example, transports visitors back in time with medieval-themed activities, performances, and markets. 

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Water Activities: With its crystal-clear waters and numerous beaches, Rab is an ideal destination for water enthusiasts. Visitors can indulge in activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and windsurfing. The diverse coastline offers options for both secluded coves and lively beach areas. 

Culinary Delights: Rab boasts a diverse culinary scene, with numerous restaurants and cafes offering delicious local specialties. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor Rab cake, a traditional almond and maraschino liqueur dessert that has become a symbol of the island. 

Exploration Beyond the Old Town: While the old town is a charming focal point, Rab’s other settlements also have their unique charm. Explore the different parts of the island to discover hidden beaches, quaint villages, and stunning viewpoints. 

Outdoor Adventures: Nature lovers can embark on hiking and biking trails, exploring the island’s lush landscapes. The diverse terrain, including forests and hills, offers opportunities for both leisurely strolls and more challenging hikes. 

Boat Excursions: Take a boat excursion to explore the nearby islands and hidden bays. These trips often include visits to neighboring islands, such as Pag or Krk, allowing you to experience the broader beauty of the Adriatic. 

Important figures from Rab

  • Marin and St. Leo: Founders of San Marino 

St. Marin and St. Leo, originally from Rab in Lopar, went to Rimini on the Adriatic’s other side for work. They were stonemasons and helped restore the port under the order of Roman Emperor Diocletian in 257. Marin settled on Mount Titan as a hermit, founding the first Christian community in honor of Saint Peter. Leo went to Monte Feliciano, later known as San Leo, with a group of people. 

Marin’s miraculous healing of a local lord, Verissimo, led to the conversion of Verissimo’s family to Christianity. The folklore says this event laid the foundation for San Marino, officially established in 301. St. Marino’s celebration on September 3 is the most important holiday in San Marino. The state faced a challenge in 1739-1740 when Cardinal Alberoni attempted annexation to the Ecclesiastical State. 

  • Markantun Dominis: A Renaissance Scholar from Rab 

Markantun Dominis, a Rab native, was a theologian, philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. He served as the bishop of Senj, metropolitan archbishop of Split, and Croatian primate. In England, he became the dean of Winsor. Dominis contributed to optical research acknowledged by Newton. He experimented with a glass ball, creating a rainbow, and scientifically asserted the moon’s role in causing tides, a theory later proven true. Dominis’ work raises questions about Galileo’s contribution to binoculars, suggesting Dominis may have been the true pioneer in this field. 

  • Stjepan Cernotta: A Vibrant Venetian Painter 

Stjepan Cernotta, a student of Titian in 16th-century Venice, stood out for his lively paintings, gracing prominent churches and palaces. He introduced realistic scenes into Venetian painting. 

  • Nimira Family and Rab’s Educational Legacy 

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Nimira family led education in Rab. In the 18th century, they formed the backbone of the Rab scientific academy, giving rise to the Rab patrician and later bishop Pacificus Bizza. 

  • John the Baptist of Rabljan: The Master of Bronze 

John the Baptist of Rabljan, also known as Johanes Battista De Tole Arbensis, was renowned for casting bronze tools, creating bells, and making cannons in Dubrovnik. His workshops, believed to be under the monastery of St. Antona, were crucial before he ventured to Dubrovnik. 

Ferry Travel to Rab Island

On the enchanting island of Rab, three ports await, seamlessly connected by ferries and catamarans. Simply choose the one that suits you best: 

  • Mišnjak Port (to the mainland)

This port in Stinica links Rab to the mainland. If you’re arriving by car, buses from Zadar, Rijeka, and Zagreb can take you there. Just be sure to let the driver know you want to stop on the main road as the port isn’t right on the way. Buses heading to Rab are an exception.

In the table below, you can find the ferry schedule and tickets for Mišnjak Port, all managed by Rapska plovidba.

 

| Mišnjak (Rab) – Stinica | Stinica – Mišnjak (Rab) | 

Rab Town
  • Lopar Port (to Krk)

The second port, situated on the northwest part of Rab near Lopar, connects Rab to the island of Krk. The ferry ride with Jadrolinija between these two islands takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

 

| Lopar (Rab) – Valbiska (Krk) | Valbiska (Krk) – Lopar (Rab) | 

  • Rab Port (to Rijeka and Pag)

At the end of the promenade in Rab town, you’ll find the small Rab Port connecting the island to Rijeka. There are also ferry lines to Novalja and Lun on the island of Pag. The journey between Rab and Rijeka takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, between Rab and Novalja 45 minutes, and between Rab and Lun only 20 minutes.

 

| Rab – Rijeka | Rab – Novalja (Pag) | Rab – Lun (Pag) |

| Rijeka – Rab | Novalja (Pag) – Rab | Lun (Pag) – Rab | 

Take a peek at the schedule and secure your tickets directly – ferry travel to Rab has never been simpler! 

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Embark on a journey to Rab town. This is where history, natural beauty, and vibrant activities converge. Let the magic of this Adriatic gem create unforgettable memories for you too. Plan your trip today and discover the allure of Rab – a destination like no other. Safe travels! 🌊🏰 #ExploreRab #AdriaticGem #TravelMagic 

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