"Edward and Wallis? And much more!" Rab by KristaB

Rab Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 110 photos

Rab is famous for its charming medieval old town, dense black forests, numerous pebble beaches, and sandy beaches on the northern tip. Tourism began developing since the City council of Rab in 1889 established special comity to manage roads, rooms and beaches for tourists. Part of Rab's fame should be attributed to King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, who were formally allowed to swim naked. This gradually resulted in naturism becoming accepted along Croatia's coastline, without ghettos and high fences that would only provoke peeking.

The four bell towers are Rab's landmark. One belongs to the Monastery of St Andrija (built in 1675), the highest one to Romanesque Cathedral of St Marija, one is part of the St Justina Church (museum of religious art), and the fourth is St Ivan's bell tower (built during 10th and 11th century by benedictine monks).

View from 26 m high St Marija bell tower is stunning - you can see the whole town and large part of the island. The cross on top of the pyramidal roof contains five metal balls with sacred artifacts belonging to saints, amongst which there are also the "powers" of St Barbara, protector from the storms.

The Rab Musical Evenings, organized in the church of the Holy Cross (June to August), offer concerts performed by Croatian and international musicians. The most attractive summer event is the Rab Tournament, which used to take place as early as 1364, commemorating the defense of the town by the knights. The tournament takes place twice a year, on 9th of May and 27th of July.

  • Last visit to Rab: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Just finished reading about Rab, then found your page! Nice photo's of this lovely medieval Town.

  • kristofor's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2007 at 4:06 AM

    On your Rab restaurant recommendations: - Paradiso is higly overpriced. Wines, location, interiors good but food can be much better for what they charge for. - Kordic family "Hummerstation" does not have that restaurant any longer.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 1:48 PM

    nicely written and interesting. thanks

  • Slovenka's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2004 at 3:56 AM

    No, it's the same Rab!Just seen from another point of view. We spent most of or time in the "jungle" and we don't eat out. For me, Rab is where my heart is, like my second home, and I don't see it from the tourist point of view anymore. LP :-)))

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2004 at 3:09 PM

    So much great seafood in the Med.... Its so expensive here in the desert for some reason.

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2004 at 8:33 AM

    Please Krista, take me with you the next time you go. The food sounds wonderful. Everything sounds wonderful. Great pictures. Pa

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2004 at 2:03 AM

    wonderful, wonderful pages, I want an aromatherapy experience - and lobster - and all of this !there is so much of Europe still left for me to visit !

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2004 at 6:18 AM

    I know Cres, Krk and Pag but failed to visit Rab. Now that I have read your page, I know I have to go for jastog na shugo at Kordic's ... and have a look at other places in the island. Thanks !

  • alma_h's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2004 at 6:41 AM

    Vec se vidim na Rabu ovo ljeto...:) Gdje ste vi bili odsjeli?

  • KaiM's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2004 at 7:46 AM

    I really enjoyed reading your tip about the desert-like area north of Rab. Great page!


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