We cannot speak of Rab and not mention the legend of St Christopher, patron of the diocese and later of the whole island, whose relics are jealously preserved to this day by the people of Rab. Then there are St Marinus – founder of the Republic of San Marino – mathematics professor, theologian, physicist, bishop and archbishop, Marco Antonio de Dominis, and all the living island legends and personalities. Rab was a Roman settlement, awarded the status of a town by Emperor Octavian Augustus who pronounced it a municipium 10 years before Christ. It is the duty of us islanders to ensure that they are not forgotten, together with all the values of our civilisation
that we will talk about later, for Rab is an island of long memory, a town of living history. We also cannot speak of Rab and not mention the three beautiful town parks and the quartet of bell towers which have for centuries stood guard over the town, and which differentiate it from lesser towns. As always, looking back to the past illuminates our present, and that of all the picturesque places on the island: Barbat, Banjol, Kampor, Mundanije, Palit and Supetarska Draga, which with their unique characteristics, hospitable islanders and tourist services draw in everyone who visits.
Rab is one of the island of the Kvarner Bay archipelago in the north of the Croatian Adriatic Sea. In addition to the ancient town of the same name, there are seven other idyllic places scattered over the island: Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga and Lopar. There are about 9 thousands inhabitants on Island Rab mostly by agriculture, fishing, shipbuilding and tourism. Rab has tradition of organised tourism for more than 112 years. Rab is linked to the mainland with good road-ferryboat connections. To the south, ferryboats on the route Mišnjak - Jablanac (a place 105 km. far from Rijeka) ply 8-20 times a day (even more frequently, if necessary) during the whole year. The journey lasts 15 minutes. From Jablanac roads branch off towards Zagreb, Pula, Ljubljana and Trieste. The internal part of the continent may be reached through the so called "Jozefinska cesta", a road leading from Senj (50 km. far from Rab), through te saddle of Vratnik, Velika, Mala Kapela and Lika, to Karlovac and Zagreb.
To the north, the island is connected by ferryboats plying on the route Lopar-Senj and Lopar-Baška (Krk) 3 - 8 times a day during the tourist season. "Jadrolinija's" ships connect Rab with Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik several times a week, in both directions, during the whole year.A coach line connects Rab with Rijeka throughout the whole year and also with Zagreb, in the summer period.
The island is one of the most densely wooded islands in the Adriatic and is a veritable botanical exhibition, with plants not native to the island. The Komrcar park, with its laurel, poplar, cypress, Indian fig-tree, rosemary, pine and hundred-year-old agave is now the pride of Rab. Its more than 300 freshwater springs provide a valuable water supply to the population of the island--which, in contrast to most of the Adriatic islands, is increasing, in part because of good communications with the mainland. Because of these numerous springs, Rab is considered to be the greenest island in the Adriatic. Rab belongs to the group of Kvarner Archipelago Islands of the North Adriatic. Its winters are pleasant and mild, and the summers warm, with about 2500 hours of sunshine a year. The mean air temperature is 26C in the summer and 10 C in the winter. The Kamenjak range (408m) protects the greater part of the island from cold north-eastern winds (bora or bura), and the temperature hardly ever drops below zero (centigrade). In the summer the mistral wind has a cooling effect on the the island.
In the Kvarner Gulf, right between the islands of Krk and Pag lies stunning Rab Island. With almost 2500 hours of sunshine in Rab, it ranks as one of the sunniest corners of Europe. Yet it rains enough to keep the island lush with greenery.The highly indented coast is filled with pine-rimmed coves especially in the southwest. The northeast has Lopar with two of the best beaches in Croatia. The interior is rural with vineyards, olives and vegetables but most people flock to scenic Rab Town or one of the six other villages: Mundanija, Supetarska Draga, Kampor, Banjol, Palit and Barbat.
It's easy to stop in Rab if you're island-hopping in the northern Adriatic. There's a car ferry from Lopar to Valbiska on Krk Island that runs all year but more frequently in the summer. Contact LNP for the schedule and booking information. Otherwise, there's a daily catamaran all year from Rijeka to Rab, going on to Novalja on Pag Island. If you have wheels, there are numerous daily car ferries from Jablanac on the mainland to Misnjak. The ferry is run by Rapska-Plovidba which handles all bookings. You can also catch one of the two daily buses from Rijeka to Rab.