Rab's history dates back to progressive Roman times, when Octavian Augustus built the town walls and made Rab a municipality. In the Middle Ages, Rab was part of the Byzantine Empire, was then briefly owned by the Kingdom of Croatia, followed by rule under Hungary, Venice, Austria, and Yugoslavia. During WWII, the Italian Fascist Regime installed a prisoner camp on Barren Island, just off the Rab Old Town Peninsula. The camp closed in 1943. Tourism then returned to Rab, and vineyards, olive groves, vegetable farming, and fishing again became the focus, along with tourism. In 1991, Croatia's independence paralleled the opening of the Eastern Block countries, boosting Rab as a tourist destination for Europeans. Today, vineyards, olive groves, vegetable farms, resort hotels, and restaurants welcome throngs of visitors from all over the world. They come to view the four Venetian campaniles, or bell towers, and walk the cobbled streets while enjoying all the benefits this beautiful island has to offer. Ferries connect passengers from Stintica on the mainland to Misnjack on Rab, or from Valbisca on the island of Krk to Lopar on Rab.
Where is Rab Island?Rab is an island (and a town) just off the northern Croatian coast in Kvarner region of Croatia. The island is 22 km long, has an area of nearly 100 km² and 10,000 inhabitants.
Rab Island Tourist BoardTrg Municipium Arba 8, Rab
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Attractions and Activities in Rab Island1. Old Town: Unique small town that has the port on one side and a lovely coastal walk on the other
2. Monastery of St. Anthony: Founded in 11th century as a refuge for aristocrats; art gallery
3. Beaches: There are many beaches with Kandalora as its top one, called “a slice of heaven”
4. Forest of Dundo: National botanical park; one of the rare preserved forests of evergreen oak
5. City Walls - Tower of the Bold: Built in the 15 century on the ruins of medieval walls
6. Medieval Summer Festival Rabska Fjera: Knight tournaments, local crops and homemade foods
7. Cathedral Bell Tower: Beautiful tower built in the Romanesque style in the 13th century
8. Duke's Palace: Built in the 13th century; Gothic and Renaissance style dominates
9. Art Colony: At the grounds of Suha Punta there’s an art colony where the artists work outdoors
10. Geopark: Perfect spot for fossils and geology lovers, marked on hiking trails as ‘’Premuzic path’’
Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Rab Island1. Restaurant Velum: Croatian cuisine; Palin 71, Rab; www.velum.hr
2. Konoba Marenda: Croatian cuisine; Supetarska Draga 320A, Gonar; http://gastro-brand.hr
3. Restaurant Barbat: Croatian cuisine; Barbat 366, Rab; www.hotel-barbat.com
4. Konoba Riva: Mediterranean cuisine; Kneza Branimira 3, Rab; www.konoba-riva.hr
5. Restaurant Eufemija: Croatian cuisine; Kampor 66, Rab; www.erab.info/eufemija/
Hotels and Accommodations in Rab Island1. Arbiana Hotel: Beautiful hotel; 4-star; $$; Obala k. P. Krešimira IV 12, Rab; http://hr.hotels.com
2. Tourist Resort San Marino: Nice Resort; 3-star; $; Lopar 608, Lopar; www.imperialrab.com
3. Hotel Carolina: Beautiful hotel; 4-star; $; Kampor 82, Suha Punta; www.imperialrab.com
4. Residence Astoria: Apartments; 4-star; $; Trg M. Arba A.D.X.A.C. 7, Rab; www.astoria-rab.com
5. Hotel Padova: Lovely hotel; 3-star; $; Banjol 322, Banjol; www.imperialrab.com/hotel-padova
Camps near Rab Island1. Mini Camping Lando Resort: Nice sandy beaches; 4-star; Lopar 2, Lopar, Rab; www.lando.hr
2. Camp Zidine: Nice beaches; 2-star; Kampor 321 (Uvala Mel), Rab; www.zidine-lopar.com
3. Camping San Marino: Nice beaches and modern; 4-star; Lopar 488, Lopar; www.rab-camping.com
4. Camping Padova: At the beach; 3-star; Banjol 496, Rab; www.rab-camping.com
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