Croatian islands and the features of people and environment can be found in the local “pot” of island Rab.
Abundance of sea and coastline, the barrenness of the rocky ground and of the hinterland, the wildness of the mountain, and the tameness of the valley. Instead of recommending what to taste, let’s just say that fish, crabs and shell come from the clear sea, vegetables and fruit grow on unpolluted soil and that lambs and game breathe fresh air. Healthy food is served in a restaurants here. Island food menu of a typical restaurant is predominantly seafood oriented, going well with the sea ambiance. Many restaurants pride with the fact that the owners are themselves fisherman or are provided first-hand. Same goes for the locally grown vegetables.
In order to get a more complete idea of the natural alimentary wealth that gave the regional cuisine its origins, we must make a distinction between coastal and mountain cuisine, their differences being attributed to natural and geographical conditions.
Croatian islands food, owing to its influences is based on fish, shellfish and squid, on lamb and wine.
Then pasta, vegetables, fruit and herbs, olives and olive oil. While the mountain cuisine is based on game, milk and cheese, meat and mushrooms, freshwater fish, vegetables-potatoes or cabbage in particular-wild fruits and spices. As well as on strong drinks, brandy, juniper and honey brandy.
In addition to the distinction between coastal and mountain cuisine, different methods of food preparation and recipes are also found in the micro-regions themselves. Each island, even each village, has its own meals, food ingredients and recipes.
While you are in Kvarner region do not miss a taste of either the island cheese (“paski sir” of Island Pag). Or the mountain cheese (“skripavac”), the smoked ham (“prsut”), green or black olives, lamb (roasted, or cooked under a baking lid: “pod pekom”), octopus salad and the local fish stew (“brodet”), shellfish and octopus, the well known “scampi”, grouper and venison, asparagus and mushrooms, the typical pasta “surlice” and gnocchi, and fritters (“fritule”).
Some of the traditional local specialties:
- „Prsut, otocki sir i masline“ – smoked ham, local cheese and olives
- „Slane srdele“ – salted sardines
- „Salata od hobotnice“ – octopus salad
- „Dagnje na buzaru“- mussels/shells buzzara – mussels in sauce of garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, white wine, parsley etc.
- “Janjetina pod pekom“ – Stone oven roasted lamb (or spit roasted), prepared with Mediterranean herbs
- „Hobotnica pod pekom“ – Stone oven roasted octopus
- „Škampi na buzaru“ – Shrimps buzzara (shrimps in sauce of garlic, white wine, parsley etc.)
- „Jadranske lignje“ – Adriatic calamari (fried in breadcrumbs, fried, or grilled)
- „Rižoto plodovi mora” – Seafood risotto
Croatian islands party life is growing popular for its high tempo and number of summer festivals and clubs.
On island Rab party life is mostly happening in the town of Rab and here you’ll find nightclubs, bars, cafe’s. Excitement of the summer party you can also find at the beach party in the popular island party club Santos at Pudarica beach. Then the night clubs in Lopar like Bamboocho on the popular croatian beach Paradise in Lopar. As well as in San Antonio disco club in Rab close to the town port, or in the many bars in the old center of town. For those who prefer intimacy and romance, you can find your moments in numerous coffee bars along the narrow passages and promenades surrounding the historical part of town..
San Antonio nightclub
Operating as a cafe bar during the daytime and a nightclub after dark, the San Antonio concept provides variety of attractions including summer party, fashion shows and many other different performances that are most numerous during summer months. Popularity of the Club is enhanced by the appearances and live performances of well known artists and musicians. San Antonio Club is situated by the main port side the town of Rab.
Santos beach party club
Santos beach club, is of the beach party clubs on the island of Rab at beach Pudarica. Beach party club was opened during the summer months of 2004. It is an ideal place for the afternoon siesta or wild party adventures. As there is a volley course on the premises. Santos also offers a beach volley recreation as well as the afternoon lounging by the pool.
During the summer months you can enjoy different programs such as: beach volley tours, Croatian or foreign DJ’s. Then concerts, fashion shows, and different theme parties. The idea behind the opening of this type of beach club is to bring closer the party style of people in other parts of the world.
Clubbing on beach Zrce near Novalja on island Pag
Zrce is a long white pebble party beach with nightclubs near Novalja on the neighboring Croatian island of Pag.
It is a popular summer party scene hosting popular DJ-s and with clubs working 24/7, like the popular island party club Papaya. On the same beach Zrce there are also clubs like nightclub Aquarius and a huge new beach party club Noa. It is a sort of a Croatian Ibiza with all three of the mentioned clubs being among Top 100 nightclubs in the world ! Spring break on beach Zrce on island Pag is becoming more popular with it’s growing lineup of DJ’s and performers. For transport from Rab there is a 45 minute ferry ride every evening from the town of Rab going to Novalja on island Pag.
More about island Rab travel options you can find at island Rab travel page.
Ferry is returning early the next morning back to the main port of Rab. Ferry tickets cost about 10 Eur per person each way. To go to Zrce beach where most of the largest nightclubs are there is a 10 minute drive from Novalja. Also there are shuttle buses that run all night long from center of Novalja to beach Zrce. In the town of Novalja one will also find a lively port with a large choice of restaurants. Also party life is rich in the town of Novalja along the port.