the island Rab is the most southern island in the North Adriatic Sea. It stretches over 91,000 km2 of land and is located under the Velebit mountain range, at the foot of the Kamenjak hill which protects it from the cold Bora dashes but also gives the wrong impression of the island. At first sight Rab’s bare face gives it an unpleasant appearance but after Mišnjak, a somewhat savage ferry dock, a whole new landscape appears. Although Hvar bears the title of the sunniest Croatian island, Rab can boast an extremely pleasant Mediterranean climate and with up to 2,600 sunny hours per year occupies the second place on the list of Croatia’s sunniest islands. In the midst of rich Mediterranean vegetation you can enjoy the song of crickets and the pleasant fragrance of immortell and other low-growing plants, while numerous forests, full of ever green trees, mean that, even in the winter season, the island is not completely bare.
In the winter season the Kamenjak hill protects Rab from cold winds, while in the summer the mistral wind blows over the island, providing refreshment in the midday swelter and bringing joy to numerous sailing fans.
Rab is surrounded by various smaller islands and cliffs. Its capital is the antique town of Rab but there are other towns located on the island: Supetarska Draga, Lopar, Banjol, Barbat, Mundanije and Palit. There are 9,000 inhabitants living in the island’s 7 towns but during tourist season the number grows much bigger. Fishing, wine-growing, olive-growing and tourism are the main economic activities. Tourism started developing 120 years ago, in 1889, when the municipality council proclaimed Rab a tourist town. There is no industry on the island and the traditional economic activities are carried out with a great care for the environment.
The town Rab lies in the centre of the island. It was once a Roman settlement, called Arba, a name derived from the Ilyrian word arb, meaning green or forested. Seen from the air, Rab has the shape of an old sailing boat with its four bell towers resembling a foremast. The town is the home of many cultural and historical monuments, which – along with the beautiful nature – are the island’s main tourist attractions.
The clean and clear sea spilling over Rab’s shores makes the whole island suitable for swimming and all of the towns have breathtaking beaches which will satisfy any taste.