• July 29, 2023

Beautiful Rab, Croatia, is often called the “Happy Island,” and it’s easy to see why. With its sandy beaches, fascinating Old Town, and abundant activities, Rab Island will surely bring out your inner happiness. Explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of Rab Island. Dock at the beautiful ACI Marina Rab or ACI Marina Supetarska Draga.

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Sandy Beaches

Rab Island boasts some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Croatia. Here are some of the best:

  • Rajska Plaza: This long sandy beach is also known as Paradise Beach, and for a good reason. With crystal clear waters and plenty of bars and restaurants, it’s a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
  • Pudarica Beach: This secluded beach is perfect for those seeking privacy and relaxation. Located on the island’s southern side, it’s a great spot to escape the crowds and soak up the sun.
  • Suha Punta: The shallow water at this beach makes it a popular destination for families.
  • Lopar Beach: Lopar is home to one of Croatia’s most extensive sandy beaches. It’s a popular destination for surfing, jet skiing, and windsurfing.
  • Kampor Beach: Located in the middle of the island, Kampor Beach is a hidden gem with a calm, peaceful atmosphere.

The Old Town

Rab Island’s Old Town dates back to the 12th century. Its rich history is evident in the ancient architecture, stone walls, and narrow streets that lead to hidden courtyards.

  • Explore the city’s historic landmarks, such as the Church of St. Mary the Great and the Church of St. Justine.
  • Stroll through the town’s iconic piazza and witness the lively street performances.
  • Indulge in some traditional Croatian dishes from a restaurant in the square.
  • Visit the town’s Museum of Sacred Art, where rare exhibits showcase the island’s cultural heritage.
  • Stop by the Rab Town market and taste fresh local produce, olive oils, and wine.

Things to Do

  • Outdoor Activities. For adventure seekers, try kayaking, cycling, scuba diving, or even rock climbing. Take a guided tour of the island to discover its hidden coves, dramatic cliffs, and stunning vistas.
  • Explore History. For those interested in history, Rab Island is home to numerous archaeological sites and ancient ruins. Don’t miss the Romanesque bell tower, the remains of a Roman amphitheater, and the fascinating Kamenjak fortress. If you want to learn more about the island’s history, visit the Rab Town Museum or the Ethnographic Museum.
  • Look for Wildlife. Rab Island is also famous for its stunning nature reserves. Take a hike in the stunning forests and nature reserves, or explore the island’s incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Watch for wild rabbits, deer, and even wild boar.
  • Attend Cultural Events. If you’re visiting in the summer, attend one of the island’s many cultural events, including live music, theater, and dance performances.


Rab Island boasts a rich culinary tradition reflected in its restaurants and cafes. Fresh seafood is the show’s star here, with the island’s waters teeming with fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. If you’re a seafood fan, try the catch of the day at one of the local tavernas.

However, the island’s cuisine includes more than seafood. The restaurants here also serve delicious meat dishes, pasta, and risotto. Vegetarians and vegans will find that many restaurants offer meat-free options.


Rab Island has a great mix of local markets and unique shops. Head to the Old Town to browse souvenir shops and specialty stores, or wander the streets to discover local artisans selling handmade items like jewelry and ceramics.

For fresh produce and other local goods, check out the weekly farmers’ market, where you can stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, olive oil, and wine.

If you’re looking for something more upscale, head to the nearby town of Rijeka, where you’ll find a mix of international brands and high-end boutiques.

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