Beaches Croatia offers are certainly a main ingredient for a family holiday, and island Rab has plenty of them.
Ranging from sandy beaches to rocky or pebble, everyone will find what they are looking for. Beaches on Rab island probably offer the best choice of beaches Croatia has in one single destination. We’ll try to enumerate and classify largest and most popular beaches on the island. However the complete selection is of course much larger as the whole island is encircled by them. Wherever you find yourself on island Rab, you are bound to be close to one of those places that make a summer vacation truly count.
Tastes vary from person to person, so one may find a white rocky beach of peninsula „Kalifront” more convenient because of it’s isolation and clear water. You may find them prevalent toward the tip of the peninsula. However one should note that the ones more secluded are not accessible by car but rather by bike or walking. Reason is because „Kalifront” is a protected forest zone and in most part except central driving is forbidden. Families with children may prefer large sandy beaches because they are shallow and warmer. Some of them also offer facilities for sports and entertainment. Such beaches can be found in regions Lopar, Kampor and Supetarska Draga. Beaches with fun and sports activities such as volleyball, pedaline, or beach clubs, bars and night clubs are also numerous.
Actually, island Rab has a lot of popularity to thank just to one of those beaches. It was Edward VII – the King of England accompanied by his mistress at the time – Wallis Simpson, that made nudism or naturism popular. Not only on island Rab because Rab already had a short history of naturism, but in Europe and worldwide. It was in year 1936, when King of England and his american wife to be Wallis Simpson, decided to jump into the water of Rab’s beach „Kandalora”. They left their garments of pointlessness out on the land to history. Naturism and FKK culture (Freikörperkultur) have in fact been existed decades earlier in the form of „Freikörperkultur club” in Essen, Germany. Also the nude beach on „island Sylt” in Germany, „Swedish baths” in the northern seas and „Naturist movement” that began in France. However at that time naturism remained much in anonymity or was even banned by the government in 1933.
Majority of beaches Croatia Rab provides are not naturist, but family oriented and with facilities such as restaurants and fun for kids. You should not be afraid that you will have to take your clothes off completely. Most of the nudist beaches have this option open, but it is not obligatory, except on beach Kandalora. Also note that most have a section designated for dogs, so number of beaches listed here that accept dogs officially, is smaller than in reality.
BEACHES ON ISLAND MAMAN NEAR DONJA SUPETARSKA DRAGA
Maman is a small island on the west side of island Rab. Access to the island is obviously not easy unless you are arriving by boat. It is possible however to walk to the island from the east side (from Donja Supetarska Draga) across a channel about 1 meter deep and with rocky bottom. Most of the shore of island Maman is rocky, but there are also two sandy beaches and they are most visited. There are no facilities of any kind on the island but that is exactly why most visitors will come. West part of the island has a steep cliff that is appropriate for jumping into the sea if you feel brave. You will experience real isolation here and there are no special rules to follow except keeping the environment clean. Island on the Southwest side has a particularly interesting sea bottom for diving, with various vegetation and rock formations, and also fishing.
BEACH FUZA ON THE WEST SIDE OF ISLAND RAB IN SUPETARSKA DRAGA
Beach Fuza is located in Donja Supetarska Draga on the west shore and toward island Maman. It was not easily accessible before, but a wider forest path has been created recently. It is possible to park your car on the hill about 300 m before the path down to the beach. On this beach you’ll find areas that are sandy, rocky, and with pebbles. Beach Fuza has traditionally been visited by naturists and nudists but not exclusively, so it is allowed but not obligatory. It is mainly popular because of the isolation and orientation toward the Southwest and island Cres providing the beautiful sunsets. Also the shallow sandy bottom with vegetation is interesting for shallow diving. It is possible to walk from here over the canal to the small island Maman.
BEACH GONAR IN DONJA SUPETARSKA DRAGA
One of the most popular and active beaches in the west part of island Rab is beach Gonar (locally also known as „Skoljic”). It is located between the coast of Donja Supetarska Draga and Kampor bay. Gonar bay doesn’t lack in summer activities and beach facilities. Inside the sandy bay is a small pictoresque island „Boljkovac” and a small peninsula suitable for spreading yout towels and beach amenities. In the vicinity there are 3 restaurants and beach bars with tables by the sea and a wonderful seaview. Restaurants it Gonar are popular on island Rab for their good Croatian food and for the fresh fish and other seafood.
It is possible to arrive by car and park in the parking lot free of charge next to the beach. There is also a diving center where diving tours can be organized as well as diving school teaching classes. In the diving center it is also possible to rent diving equipment for the experienced divers. Rental of boats is also available on the beach so you may use a boat to tour around island Rab or visit other beaches. Daily boat rental or renting a boat for half of a day is also possible. Ranging from small boats to speedboats or inflatable boats, you can arrange your rental right at the beach. Jet ski rental is also available at beach Gonar at the same place. Long pier where you may tie your boat leads straight to the restaurant and cafe bar at the center of bay. In front of the restaurant and bar terrace there is also a volleyball court in the sea. Soft sandy bottom about half meter deep is excellent for the game and allows for a fun volleyball competition.
BEACH LIVACINA ON THE EAST SIDE OF LOPAR NEAR SAN MARINO CAMPING
From the big selection of beaches in Lopar, beach Livacina might be in the golden middle. Although very close and almost connected to the huge beach „Paradise” to the right, beach „Livacina” is a little less crowded and sea temperature does not get too high. Reason for that is because part of the bay is facing the open sea and canal under the Velebit mountain. Plenty of facilities such as massage service „Massare”, exotic beach bar and a couple of restaurants can make anyone wish to spend a whole day here. Rental of pedal boats, jet ski, and a volleyball court in the sand can fill your day with lot of fun. If you are bringing a dog, rocky part of the beach is more secluded and dogs are allowed on the beach in that part. Shower as well as dressing rooms, toilets and a large parking lot behind the beach are available to guests.
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