ABOUT ISLAND RAB
Rab is an island in Croatia and a town of the same name located just off the northern Croatian coast in the Adriatic Sea.
The island is 22 km long, has an area of 93.6 km2. The highest peak is Kamenjak at 408 m. The northeastern side of the island is mostly barren, karst, while the southwestern side is covered by one of the last oak forests of the Mediterranean.
How to reach Rab from mainland?
How to get to Rab from mainland:
Old pictures of Rab
CULTARAL HERITAGE & EVENTS
Name: from Arba to Rab
The island of Rab was first mentioned in a Greek source (360 BC) and then by other Greek and Roman geographists by the name Arba. That name belonged to the Liburnians, so far the oldest known inhabitants of the island. Arba was also the name of the Liburnian settlement in the modern city of Rab. It is not certain how old this name is; it may be as old as the settlement, which means from the beginning of the Iron Age, since the Liburnians did not build the city walls on the island. The Illyrian-Liburnian word Arb meant 'dark, obscure, green, forested'. Therefore, name Arba should be comprehended as a toponym meaning Black island, due to the rich pine forests that once grew on the island.
The first record of name Rab is preserved only in the middle of the 15th century (in a Latin document relating to the establishment of the Franciscan monastery of St. Euphemia), since the major establishment of Croatian inhabitants in the city did not occur before the 10th century.
Rab's Fair / Rapska fjera
(July 25th - July 27th)
Visit the most famous medieval fair in Croatia!
July & August
Try the local cousine,
meet new friends
and have a good time!
Kantuni / Corners
(June & August)
Enjoy good music and drinks with spectacular lights!
King Edward & Wallis Simpson - pioneers of naturism
John Owen Dominis - husband of the last Queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani
Marco Antonio de Dominis - catholic archbishop, heretic, man of science
Slobodan Novak - croatian writer
St. Christopher - patron saint of Rab
St. Marinus - founder of the Republic of San Marino
Gašpar Bolković Pik - croatian painter
fra Ambroz Testen - croatian painter
NATURE & WILD LIFE - WHAT TO DO ON RAB
Experience Rab and Adriatic from another perspective!
Rent a bike or bring your own, visit all the beaches and have a fulfilled day!
There is a lot of hiking paths on Rab. Enjoy all of them but be careful - the temperatures during the day on the barren parts of the island go up to 60 degrees!
Rent a bike or go on foot - you'll find beautiful beaches everywhere!
Map of the island for cycling, hiking and beaches
The best map for island Rab is from HGSS - Croatian Mountain Rescue Service - and you can find it here.
When in distress, please call 112!