Island of Rab
Island of Rab
The island of Rab is by all means one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea. Beside the historic town of Rab, seven other idyllic places need to be mentioned: Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga and Lopar. Residents of Rab boast over a hundred-year-long tradition in tourism.
The town of Rab was first mentioned in a Roman document in 10 BC when the emperor Octavian Augustus gave Rab the title of municipium and thus it gained independence. The town was even back then higly developed and its residents could enjoy in the luxury of running water and bathing resorts, a theatre, temples and well-planned streets. It is to assume that Rab had been founded way back than it was first mentioned in the document. The history of the island goes back to the ancient times when the Greeks, while sailing through the Adriatic Sea, reached Rab and named it Arba. Marino or Saint Marinus, who later founded the state of San Marino, originated on Lopar seventeen centuries ago. As a Christian preacher in Italy he was persecuted and later escaped to the nearby Monte Titano where he built a small church and thus founded what is now the city and the state of San Marino.
A rich cultural and historic heritage are not the only appealing reasons for visitng the sunny island of Rab: captivating lagoons with sand and pebble beaches, lush Mediterranean vegetation, flora and fauna, diversity of underwater for passionate scuba divers, romantic promenades by the sea and numerous little islands scattered around the island of Rab. A Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters is an additional reason for visiting the island of Rab throughout the year.