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Croatia's Ultimate Island

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A September 2000 trip to Rab by mfs

Hotel Istra Photo, Rab, Croatia More Photos
Quote: Rab has a lot to offer: a beautiful medieval town full of winding passageways, gorgeous secluded coves, great restaurants and a party atmosphere!

Croatia's Ultimate Island

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Sunset over Rab Town Photo, Rab, Croatia
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Renting a boat, exploring secluded coves and snorkleing in crystal clear water; dancing with locals at the nightly outdoor "dance hall," exploring the ruins of St. John's; walking the winding passageways of Rab Town.Quick Tips: There are many parts of the island that are unreachable by car and difficult to see on foot. To see the real beauty of Rab Island, rent a boat and explore it from the water - you can weigh anchor anywhere and just start exploring!Best Way To Get Around: The only way to get around Rab Town is on foot - the town is almost 100% pedestrian-only. A car will be needed if you would like to check out the large resorts that dot the island. Rental boat is a great way...Read More

Hotel Istra

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Hotel Istra Photo, Rab, Croatia
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Hotel Istra, Rab Town The Istra is not glamorous by any stretch, but it is one of the few hotels on Rab that is located in Rab Town that is not a large resort complex. The dorm-like rooms are plain and have very small bathrooms. Be sure to ask for a room with a balcony (you will have a nice view of the harbor). The young staff is very helpful, and breakfast is decent. Located at the head of Rab Town''s harbor, the Istra is just steps from all the sights, activities and restaurants the tiny town has to offer. Rab Town occupies a peninsula, and one can walk around the entire town in a matter of minutes. So, if you are interested ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2001

Hotel Istra
Setaliste Markantuna Dominisa
Rab, Croatia
(385) 517-2434

Church of St. John the Evangelist (Sveti Ivan) Photo, Rab, Croatia
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My favorite of Rab Town's four bell-towered churches, Sveti Ivan Evandliste dates to the early 7th century. Little more than a ruin today, the church still has the ability to captivate. The columns of the apse still stand, as does the 13th century bell tower. Several guide books we had stated that the tower could be climbed, but it was closed when we visited and locals told us that it is rarely open due current preservation efforts. Several grave plaques are still embedded in the ground, and it is possible to discern where the columned aisle and other parts of the church once stood. It is truly fascinating. We visited several times during our walks around the town. The remains of thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2001

Church of St. John the Evangelist (Sveti Ivan)
Gornja Ulica
Rab, Croatia

Rent a Boat and Really See the Island

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Our Boat - Anchored Across the Bay from Rab Town Photo, Rab, Croatia
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Renting a boat is a must on Rab Island - there are dozens of secluded coves and inlets and ice-blue waters just begging to be explored! The first thing you must go to in order to rent a boat is acquire a Croatian Captain's License. This is not as tricky as it seems. Just go down to the Harbormaster's office (Lucka Kapetanija) located on Obala Kralja Petra Kresimira (the road which runs along the harbor) -- towards the end of the road (and the end of the peninsula) you will find this office. A license costs about $15 USD. Once you obtain the license, you are ready to hit the high seas. We rented our boat (a small 4-seater with steering wheel) from the Numero Uno Travel Agency on Oba...Read More

Dancing in the Square

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Dubious at 1st, Rob Eventually Joined the Dancers Photo, Rab, Croatia
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One easy observation can be made of Croatians - they love to dance! Each town seems to have its share of outdoor cafes that feature dancing and a live band. Rab Town takes this national pastime one step further - in a small square just off Trg Kristofor, a local band plays an odd mix of current American and Croatian pop, standards, and traditional Croatian music for a lively crowd. Everyone dances - from young children to teenagers to grandparents. Young couples danced around their sleeping babies' strollers. The same band played all three nights that we were in town, and there was always a sizable crowd even though it was mid-week. It was a really fun way to spend an evening. After dinner...Read More
Gornji Ulica, with View of St. Mary's Bell Tower Photo, Rab, Croatia
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Rab Town has very unique beauty that sets it apart from just about every place I have ever been. It is the largest town on Rab Island, it is still a very small and intimate place. Part of the Kvarner Island Group, it is the ninth largest island in the Adriatic. It has a reputation of being one of the sunniest and one of the most heavily forested islands in the Adriatic as well. The town was established during the Roman Empire, when it was made a municipality by Emperor Augustus in the 1st century b.c. The Latin axiom "Felix Arba" - the happy place - is still used today to describe this idyllic island. The town itself is built on a peninsula that juts out from the central southwest coast of Ra...Read More

Catching the Car Ferry to Rab Island

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On The Jablanac-Misnjak Ferry Photo, Rab, Croatia
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Croatia has a very good ferry system, and ferry schedules are fairly reliable (just be sure you double check any ferry information you get off the web once you arrive in Croatia). Rab Island was one of many stops we made along the Croatia's coastal road as we headed south from Opatija to Dubrovnik in our little rental car. The tiny town of Jablanac is where you catch the Car Ferry run by the Rapska Plovidba Ferry company to Misnjak on Rab. It's a short ride - about a 15 minutes, and the cost is minimal - about $8 USD per car (70 kuna); plus an additional $1 USD (9 kuna) per person. Ferries run regularly on the hour, but it is a very good idea to double check the ferry schedules before you plan your...Read More