Rab island in Croatia, with it’s sandy beaches and the old town have made Rab one of the best holiday places in Croatia.
Ministry of Tourism of Croatia awarded Rab island as the “Champion of tourism” destination and the “Blue Flower” award for quality in tourism in the categories of cities, indigenous souvenirs and beautiful environment.
Holiday apartments and other accommodation from our listing can be booked here for your holidays in Croatia. Send us a BOOKING REQUEST and we will reply with the best accommodation available for your request. Or browse through the accommodation list below for an apartment or house by the sea, with swimming pool, boat mooring etc, and request a booking specifically for an apartment. Click on a chosen house to see photos, availability calendar and prices for each apartment.
Island Rab is part of the archipelago of Croatian islands between Kvarner bay and Dalmatia in the Adriatic sea. Apart from the old historical town there are situated 7 other regions located in different parts of the island: Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga and Lopar. Rab island Croatia has approximately 9000 inhabitants. Tradition of organized tourism on Rab Croatia in the form of private rent apartment or hotel is more than 120 years old in the region history and is prevalent also in similar form in regional islands Pag, Krk, Cres. Also Istria and Dalmatia with Hvar, Brac, Korcula or Adriatic coast towns Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar or Rovinj.
Island tourism started as a “Society for the promotion of the island and its environment”, which was founded in 1889. Reasons for the development of tourism on Croatian Adriatic island that are still authentic are the pleasant climate, unique seaside landscape, favorable conditions on Croatian islands affecting respiratory diseases and heart..
Such a long tradition of providing high quality services that are offered, not just the result of skill, experience and the hospitality of locals, that is transmitted from generation to generation. Traditional hospitality, Mediterranean culture and multilingual population will make you become a part of their family !
Rab island is situated in the Kvarner bay group of north Adriatic islands. Island stretches from northwest to southeast at a distance of 22 km from Cape Sorinj in the northwest to the southeast of the Cape Glavina. Maximum width is 11 km. The Velebit canal separates the island from the mainland and the nearest to the mainland is the far southeastern tip, at about 2 km distance. From the neighboring Pag to the southeast, island is divided by the channel Pasko tijesno, in the west to Cres and Losinj by Kvarnerić, and from Krk to the north-west by Senjska vrata. In addition to main island there is a number of smaller ones like Goli otok, Grgur, Maman, Dolin …
A locally initiated movement that is becoming stronger in the community of the island is ECO oriented way of living. Such activities include ECO oriented actions like cleaning the seabed and coast during out of season months from the summer season pollution, with kids actively engaged. There are local Eco associations like “Eko Odred Rab” that do their best to keep Rab Croatia ECO-friendly and self-sustainable and not manipulated by intrusion from big business or industry.
Other means of ECO awareness is production of locally and organically grown vegetables and products like homemade jam from figs, Eco-honey with input from Mediterranean herbs like Salvia, Rosemary, essential oils, Eco olive oil, Eco soaps, creams, liquors etc. There are also Eco related events like the ECO – Ethno festival in Lopar and other Gastro and Etno manifestations. More about events on island Rab and schedules can be found at Rab Tourist Board.
RAB CROATIA WEATHER
Island has a very pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and moderate to hot summers. Such a climate can be thanked to mountain chain Kamenjak that protects it from cold northern wind in winter and early spring. In addition to storms from the Southeast in the fall is a hot and humid wind – “Jugo”, regularly bringing rain. In the summer months, usually there is a mild breeze blowing, a pleasant breeze that moderates the summer heat. Island Rab has approximately 91 completely sunny days and is in one of the sunniest parts of Europe.
In summer there are only 9 cloudy days on average. Number of sunny hours is 2479 a year, or 6 hours a day. In July the average is 12 hours of sunshine a day. Rab Croatia has annually around 1042 mm of precipitation. The sea temperature is relatively high, which favors the development of tourism, because it is pleasant to swim from May to the end of October. The average annual temperature is 15.75 ° C. The average sea temperature from May to October is over 20 ° C, 12 ° in winter – the average temperature of the year: 16.8 ° C – average air temperature in summer: 26 ° C , and average air temperature in winter: 8 ° C..
SANDY BEACHES OF ISLAND RAB
Characteristic and unusually beautiful in the landscape is the rhythm of hills, fields and valleys. Uplift, which begins at peninsula Kalifront, is connected through a shallow and low Kamporska Draga field with somewhat bigger hills, extending from northwest to southeast, from Gonar to Kaldanac in the town and or to Banjol and Barbat. Kamenjak massif is the highest part of the island, whose direction is parallel to the huge Velebit massif on the land and has the highest peak in the 408 meters. From the top Kamenjak slopes steeply down to the Velebit Channel on the sea, making a natural barrier and protection from the cold northern wind called “Bura”.
Coast of Rab island is not equally structured. The most rugged and rocky is the northeastern coastline that is one part of the massif Kamenjak. Peninsula Lopar has numerous wide shallow sandy beaches in the many bays, some of them hard to approach. Western part of the island has two large bays: Supetarska Draga and Kamporska draga, also filled with numerous sandy beaches. Rab island sandy beaches have many times been called the best beaches in Croatia or the best beaches of Adriatic. One of the most interesting regions of the island is the part from Cape Kalifront to Cape Frkanj, strung with a number of lovely small beaches and bays for swimming and relaxation. Around the island is a large number of small isles and reefs, which, along with numerous bays and coves contribute to the charm of the island. Island Rab sandy beaches are another reason why many have been returning to spend their summer here again.
HOLIDAYS ON ISLAND RAB
Since members of the aristocracy of the old European structures have noticed the health benefits and beauty of the entire region. Travelers To Istra, Kvarner bay, Dalmatia and the Adriatic coast have basically started the tradition of Croatia holidays. From Opatija to Croatian islands, members of the Austro-Hungarian royalty have been spending their free time here. Nowadays, especially for families, this region has become a holidays center for thousands due to family friendly type of accommodation in Croatia, beaches and entertainment.
Another reason is that owners of holiday rentals have adjusted their infrastructure, apartments and private rooms for vacationers staying in their island Rab holiday apartments. Typical Rab island apartment is a perfect setting for holidays in Croatia with dog. On island Rab apartment by the sea with boat mooring is also very popular. For this reason hotels on island Rab Croatia are less frequented by summer tourists and apartments became dominant. On the Adriatic coast and larger towns like Opatija, Rijeka or Split that include also business clientele and are not so dependent on summer holidays, one will also find many successful and popular hotels. However on Croatian islands of Kvarner bay and Dalmatia it is not quite so as private Rab Croatia rental apartments and private rooms have shown advantage for a visitor and therefore have flourished.
Beside the beach sun and fun, visitors will hardly miss the chance to visit and experience the attractions of the old town. This is one of the advantages of choosing Rab for Croatia holidays. Rarely will you find even on the Adriatic, such a large number of quiet sandy beaches surrounded by thick forest, and a town that has a special evening atmosphere and scenery. After a day full of beach activities, sports or adventures on a hot day, anyone is set for a relaxed stroll through the timeless narrow Mediterranean stone-streets of the town. The popular four towers of the churches by the town center are a wonderful night setting especially on one of the intense moonlit nights. Not short of the many Rab restaurants with sea oriented choice of food, or music filled bars and their terraces, the town Rab experience is guaranteed to be remembered by any visitor.
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION LIST OF RAB HOLIDAYS
Accommodation presented on the website includes information about apartments rent for Rab Croatia holidays, holiday homes and private rooms for rent. Majority of private accommodation type offered are holiday apartments by the sea. Whether 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartments, they have shown to be the best option for families spending their summer in by the sea. Among the choice of private accommodation offer on the website, most are apartments directly by the sea, or close to it in walking distance. Take a look at some holiday apartment rental offers or send us a request and we will reply with a list of availability so you could choose best suited Rab apartments or cottages for your desired period.
Rab island home for holidays is generally consisting of several apartments, and in most cases a rent apartment includes staying in a holiday house with another group or family. Typical island Rab apartment in a holiday house has a separate entrance door, as well as terraces, parking, grill area so maximum privacy is provided. You will also find holiday homes Croatia that are single unit so there are no other guests occupying. Likewise there are Rab island apartments whose owners are not living in the same building. In case these issues are of larger importance for the appropriate accommodation to be provided, such requests should be specified in the booking request.
RAB CROATIA HOLIDAY APARTMENTS AND HOUSES IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
Various units for one, two or a large family or more families that can enjoy their Croatia holidays together. Rab island Croatia residents have a very long tradition in providing private accommodation and certainly know what are requirements for a pleasant week or a few weeks in an Rab Croatia apartment by a sandy beach. Also regarding what have shown to be priorities through the past, most Rab island apartments for rent have a setup meant for spending family time by the beach. That means large terraces, barbecue, cultivated gardens where you may even help yourself with fresh vegetables or fruits while enjoying the view of the sea in most of the accommodation offered. But besides the grill and sea view, the necessities of the new way of living have also been taken care of, so in most Rab Croatia rentals you’ll find Wi-fi internet access available.
Rab Croatia vacation apartments for rent are the dominant form of accommodation and has become most suited for Croatia family holidays on the islands. Especially for families, this type of holiday arrangement is more affordable and cheaper as many Rab island holiday homes are designed for large number of people and offer a lot of space when compared to hotel rooms. In most hotels in Croatia families will be charged per person and the booking would mostly take more than one hotel room. Apartments rent on Rab offer a more relaxed choice regarding whereabouts and dining options during Croatia holidays. Therefore such apartments in Croatia also became prevalent as the best choice for families.
Private accommodation on the listing, among Rab Croatia houses and apartments to rent, includes also private rooms for rent. They are very convenient for smaller groups or families and couples of two or three persons. They offer all that a studio apartment rent or island Rab apartments directly by the sea does for Croatia holidays. Largest part of private rooms offered have a private bathroom and a balcony or a terrace. Considering typical Rab island rental apartments are also part of a holiday house, private rooms as well present a great option for summer and have all the holiday house features included. Some holiday homes Croatia Rab presented on the website that have private rooms to offer, also have a breakfast as an option for an extra charge. Some Rab island bed & breakfast establishments have a restaurant on premises open for outside guests, however house guests have a reduced price for daily breakfast, lunch or dinner.
ADRIATIC ISLAND AS A TOURIST DESTINATION
Much as the Croatian Adriatic island tourism commonalities can be found on website offer of accommodation, so can Croatia as holidays destination be outlined. Naturally there are major differences on what the continental regions in Croatia and maritime coastal destinations offer and include. Ranging from even the winter-tourism oriented resorts of the mountain regions including ski resorts around Zagreb, or Gorski Kotar, to peaceful plains of Slavonia and amazing lakes of Plitvice (Plitvicka jezera), Croatia certainly doesn’t lack in amazing natural beauty.
With their subtle differences in perhaps the modern or more contemporary type of accommodation of the Northwestern part of the Adriatic (Istra, Krk, Pag, towns Pula, Rijeka, Opatija), compared to the more traditional Southeastern part (Dalmatia, Hvar, Brac, towns Split, Dubrovnik, Trogir), there still remains the connecting link which is a typical carefree mentality and lifestyle. Generations of fisherman that continue their craft and share to their children re-enlivening their interest, sports and recreation enthusiasts who explore the ways to reconnect with amazing nature of the region, or just people who dwell in this unique mixture of somewhat isolated seaside life with that of the contemporary world, Adriatic culture is still there.
Coast of this part of Adriatic sea in Croatia has a number of towns that are important as transit points, but also represent Croatia family holiday centers. Opatija and Rijeka are some of them. Generally when traveling to island Rab Croatia from Italy, Germany, Austria, or Slovenia one would have to travel through some of these towns. Coastal part of Kvarner also has other towns interesting to tourists like Lovran, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski. In comparison to culture and architecture to the other regions in Croatia, one can notice an Italian influence, in a combination with Austro-Hungarian culture. Reason for this is that this region was many times in history ruled by Italy (Rome) and other empires.
LOCAL CUISINE OFFER AND RAB RESTAURANTS
Much has been said about the health benefits of Mediterranean food and the ingredients of the meals as well as recipes. Croatian islands and the coast with Istra and their local cuisine along with the islands of Kvarner and Dalmatia have plenty to teach about food and cooking. Dominant seafood specialties with octopus, crabs or fish and the input of the rich and almost medicinal world of herbs that is being used in preparation is worth exploring. Food of this region can add another dimension to your Croatia holidays.