22 Sandy Beaches & Bays

Rab Island Croatia

Brits are starting to discover this beautiful little island. Arriving via the ten minute ferry crossing from the mainland, you might think you have arrived on the moon due to the rocky, barren terrain. Just a few minutes drive later, all is lush, green and sparkling coves. 

The island has 22 sandy beaches and bays, including Paradise Beach, almost 2 kms of sand on the Lopar peninsula (where we have introduced the aptly named Family Hotel Lopar just three minutes from the sands) and Pudarica beach, home to Santos Beach Club and top international DJ’s for the clubbing set. 

Rab Town is a beautifully preserved medieval walled town of alleyways, galleries, mansions and restaurants where juniper and palms sprout from every corner and four spires brush the skyline (there are 27 churches and 17 bell towers in the town). 

The Rabska Fjera is a three day festival (25-27 July) recalling a 14th century tradition and scenes from the Middle Ages with games, crafts, local produce and medieval workshops of weavers, shepherds and more. This is a massive, colourful event with parades, parties, heraldry and fireworks with many of the island’s 10,000 inhabitants taking part and a whole year of preparation. 

Suha Punta is a quiet spot 5 kms from Rab Town and the place for a truly lazy escape but close enough to the action if you want to join in. Small rocky and pebble beaches with sparkling blue sea and an away from it all feel. Getting round Rab using the local water-taxis is great.

In Short

♦ 22 sandy bays. Rare.

♦ Amazing old town.Four spires on skyline.

♦ Swiss style efficient water taxi system.

♦ Hidden bays.

♦ Fabulous open air summer cinema. Big screen.

♦ Swim to adjacent islands.

♦ One of Croatia’s best kept secrets.

♦ 2 km long sandy Paradise Beach. Reach it on foot-no cars.

♦ Treasures. Secret cinnamon cake.

♦ Massive Medieval Festival 25-27 July. Witches, shepherds, falcons. Amazing fireworks.

♦ Discover. fun and a super way to see the island’s coasts and coves.