Awarded many times as the best tourist destination in the Adriatic, the town of Rab sits on a narrow sliver of land protruding towards the mainland, bounded by ancient city walls and recognisable by four church towers that form the familir outline, depicting Rab as a ship with four masts: bell tower of the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the cathedral, the bell tower of the church of St. John the Evangelist (located near the ruins of the Church), the belfry of the church of St. Andrew the Apostle and the bell tower of the church of St. Justine. Further inland from the old town is a beautiful park called Komrčar, whose numerous paths wind around wooded hills all the way down to the beaches of Rab.
Saint Patron of Rab, St. Cristophor supposedly saved the island from attackers, earning the right to have his skull preserved in a reliquiary within the Rab Cathedral.
If you like, you could visit a large collection of sacral art at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Bernardin with two churches (St. Euphemia and St. Bernardin) where you can find pictures, valuable old books, ecclesiastical art, ethnographic collection, coin collection and a lot of other things.
Most preserved fishermen village on the island, Kampor, is neatly wrapped in the forest reservation “Dundo”.
Filled with beaches (Mel is our favourite, for the finest sand and the nicest sunsets) as well as hiking and biking trails, Kampor combines modern with traditional, organic food production with rustic restaurants.
Kampor also houses one of the oldest libraries and archives of Croatian writing in this part of the Adriatic, collected by father Ambroz Testen during his stay at the franciscan monastery of St. Eufemia, now an Etnographic museum.
Barbat is a quaint little town right after the ferry port. Surrounded by pebble beaches it is known for its fishermen supplying local restaurants. We emplore you to try the famous Kvarner prawn or at least some of the locally grown vegetables.
Famous for its shipbuilders, Barbat is loved among the nautical crowd, while land lovers can enjoy an interesting excursion to the early christian military fort on top of mount St. Damjan.
Barbat has its fiera “Karmenica” which falls on the 16th of July and is well known for its gastro delights.
It is connected to the Old Town by a 6 km long seaside promenade, ideal for a morning bike ride or a jog if you like that kind of thing.