The island of Rab-Natural heritage

The island of Rab is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. Most of the island is covered in pine forests and the holm oak. Situated between 44.41′ and 44.51′ north latitude, the happy Island of Rab sits in the middle of the Gulf of Kvarner, accompanied by dozens of other Croatian islands. Like the Croatian coast itself, this 22 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide island stretches northwest – southeast and is separated from the mainland by the Velebit channel.

Weather on the island of Rab is pleasent as warm summers take turns with gentle winters, amounting to a special kind of Mediterranean climate. With around 2600 hours of sunshine a year (that is only 9 overcast days in the entire summer) Rab is a great location for a holiday.  Temperatures range between 8 and 17 C in April,all the way to 17-28 C in July and August, with average sea temperature of 25 C.
Oh, and most important of all. Rab is an island with abundance of water, so please, drink it and don’t buy it in plastic bottles. Help us protect the environment we live in and you love to visit.

More than 30% of the island of Rab is covered in all kinds of plant life from aromatic shrubs along the slopes of Kamenjak carst to lush pine and oak forests housing rabbits, pheasents, birds of prey, even deer on a nearby island of Grgur. Some refer to it as the Emerald isle, due to all that deep green nature of Rab.  Waters around Lopar are home to several pods of friendly dolphin, whose photograpsh make ideal holiday memories.

The most beautiful part of this woody island must be the Kalifront peninsula, known for its carst relief as well as indented coast with many beautiful coves and bays hidden in the embrace of the pine forests, ideal for energetic hikes that can be enjoyed regardless of your age, as the highest peak of is only 94 meters above sea level. Rajska plaža (Paradise beach) located in Lopar, an endless sandy beach is so perfect that it got into the world top 10 beaches 2012 according to CNN.

Forest of Dundo, one of the rare preserved forests of evergreen oak ( or holm oak) which can grow older than a thousand years became a national botanical park in 1949. Another green wonder of the island is Komrčar park, planted and designed by a forester Pravdoje Belija in the 1883.

Rab is an island of great geological contrasts – rocky and barren on the northern side (due to Bura winds that can blow up to 200 km / h), yet covered in forests and very fertile on the western side. In the areas of Lopar and Fruga penisulas  wind and erosionhave  created canyons and other shapes in the sandy soil, as well as numerous sandy coves. If you care about geology and fossils, you should visit our Geopark, which is well marked on hiking trails called “Premužić path.” after a well known forestry engineer and mountain afficionado.

With 30 sandy beaches Rab is a really „Happy island“ with a lot of tiny, picturesque coves, recognised by tourists from all over the world almost 125 years ago, to this day, due to the crystal clear, warm and shallow sea, great for the entire family. Everyone can find their own private beach on Rab based on their preference: there are naturist beaches, solitary coves, beaches for dogs and beaches for single people looking for a bit of…love 🙂

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