Welcome to the island of Rab, a town and island of marvellous scenic diversity, a variety of beautiful beaches, a cultural milieu dating back to pre-Roman times, with its four characteristic bell-towers, a town of rich historic heritage further refined into a complete experience for the senses, long pleasant walks, more than 120 years of experience in organised tourism and to cap it all, the kindness, hospitality and diligence of the island's people.
A bountiful sea, rich in natural healing herbs, fertile fields, vineyards and olive groves but also, first and foremost, the people of Rab, genuinely glad to see every guest, each of whom they receive as a dear friend. That is what makes this Mediterranean Adriatic island a top holiday destination all year round.
Rab is a focal point for many top-class cultural events, especially in summer. The Rab Musical Evenings feature top musicians both from Croatian and abroad. The churches and squares of Rab are transformed into stages, each creating its own special atmosphere.Besides a very wide range of musicalevents, from classical music, to music for young people, to promenade concerts, Ran in hte summertime is also an open air studio for numerous painters. The town's narrow streets are tran sformed into an open-air painting exibition, which lends the town a special colour and atmosphere. The programme of cultural and entertainment events is designed to provide for the interests of all of Rab's guests.
The island is a favourite destination of bathers, with the bathing season lasting from May to October and offering an abundance of sandy, pebbly and stony beaches, with something for all: families with children, skilled swimmers and divers, the handicapped and those in the their middle or later years.
Unique in Croatia, the mediaeval summer fair called the Rabska Fjera was first proclaimed on 21st July 1364 and revived in 2002 as a town holiday, and its greatest role is in safeguarding and developing local and traditional values.
The Rabske ferije municipal holidays were proclaimed by the Great Council of the Town of Rab on 21st of July 1364 in honour of King Ljudevit the Great, who liberated Rab from the Venetians, and in honour of St Christopher, patron of the town of Rab, and his powers, which according to legend saved Rab. Participants of the Rabska Fjera are artisans and craftsmen on the island of Rab who make a livelihood from crafts which existed and provided a living for people in the Middle Ages. There are also clubs and societies which voluntarily keep alive traditional crafts, cultivate traditional values, make home-made products and help preserve a way of life. The revived Rabske Fjere are held in a shortened form and last three days: 25th July, (St James’ Day), 26th July (St Anne's Day) and 27th of July (St Christopher's Day), between 9 p.m. and half past midnight.