Places on Rab Island
Places on the island of Rab: Banjol, Barbat, Kampor, Lopar, Palit, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga
One part of Banjol is spread out over the hills above the road, while the other part, the one below the road, extends to the shore and its four coves, Padovas. Banjol, as well as all other villages on the island, offers accommodation in very beautiful and modern houses. The village is uniquely known for its Padovas (protected coves) swarming with bathers during the day and small boats returning from fishing in the evening. Houses by the beach, small piers along the coast, a view of the old town with bell towers, and a promenade that stretches along the coast, make Banjol a place to return to time and again.
After the completely denuded Mišnjak, the first place you will arrive at is Barbat. The people of Barbat have spontaneously blended the modern with the traditional. In their family inns, you can enjoy delicious fish and seafood dishes. Many accommodation owners in Barbat are also employed in farming, sheep farming, beekeeping, and winemaking. A large part of their homegrown products ends up on the table in front of their guests. Additionally, the proximity of the sea, many small sandy beaches, and the safety of the Barbat Channel, which separates the elongated islet of Dolin from the mainland, attract many visitors, surfers, and boaters in particular. Therefore, there is a marine supply store in Barbat as well as a modern shipyard with a speedboat repair service, a mobile crane with a lifting capacity of 30 tons, and a 120-ton capacity slipway. Ancient ruin lovers will enjoy the remains of an early Christian church and a Greek military fortress on the hill of St. Damian. When you leave Barbat, you will remember the ethereal scents of Barbat magriz (immortelle), the blue color of the sea, and the echoes of the past that resonate through the atmosphere of the whole island.
Of all places on the island, Kampor has best preserved the character of an old fishing village. The proximity of the Kalifront forest and the long beach, the old and the brand new houses under the hill, fish and local green products, all this is Kampor in a charming game of old and new that suits all the needs of a modern man. At the entrance to Kampor, there is an old Franciscan monastery built on the edge of the Bay of St. Euphemia. The Franciscans settled in the monastery as early as 1445, so the five hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its existence was marked not that long ago.
Lopar is one of the settlements on the Island of Rab which is located in the Kvarner group of islands. The distance from Lopar to the administrative center of Rijeka is 110 km and from Lopar to Zagreb is 190 km. Lopar can be reached by the ferry Jablanac-Mišnjak. The ferry ride takes about ten minutes. The village can also be reached by the ferry line Baška (on the island of Krk)-Lopar. This beautiful ride takes about fifty minutes, and guests find it more and more interesting due to its proximity to Rijeka and the airport. Traveling to Lopar by car from the direction of Rab, you will first see the landmark of St. Marin, stonemason and founder of the Republic of San Marino, born in Lopar in the 4th century. In his honor, the hotel complex and the camp are named "San Marino". Lopar is home to many beautiful sandy beaches. There are as many as 22 of them, 3 of which are nudists (Ciganka, Sahara, and Stolac). The largest and most famous among them is the 1.5 km long Paradise Beach, along which the most important tourist facilities of the place can be found. In 2003, this beach was awarded the Blue flag, an international symbol of quality, environmental protection, and swimmer safety.
Mundanije is the only larger settlement on the island that is not located by the sea. In the rich and fertile valley, the inhabitants traditionally grow vegetables and fruits. Most of the green products sold at the town market come from here. In many segments of life on the island, it is still possible to do without industrial products. We invite all the natural and healthy food lovers to stay in Mundanije. Although there are no beaches in the village itself, you will still be able to enjoy everything that the sea has to offer. The sea is always just a few kilometers away from anywhere on the island.
Palit is partly located along the Bay of St. Eufemija, enclosed by the Frkanj peninsula. The coves and somewhat-wild nature of the wooded Frkanj are a draw for tourists. The next peninsula after Frkanj is Kalifront, where the protected forest of the native Holm oak, Dundo, is. On the western side of the island, there are many coves edged by dark pines.
Less than 5 kilometers from Mundanije, is Supetarska Draga, situated in an equally fertile valley. The Draška bay (creek) is separated into two coves, Gornja and Donja draga. The people of Draga have mixed a modern and traditional way of life, which is reflected in their tourist offer. Along with regular guests who return to the same hosts every year, new ones arrive in Supetarska Draga and they take a liking to the local people and the place. Draga is also interesting for boat owners because they do not have to stay close to the coast but can easily get to one of the nearby islands, like Maman, Srednjak, or Sailovac. On the islands, as well as along the coast, the beaches are sandy, clean, and protected. Draska Bay is also protected, shallow, and quiet; that is why many birds nest and spend the winter there. There used to be salt pans there. In the 11th century, in the Draška valley, the white Romanesque Basilica of St. Peter was built. Its simple beauty attracts both believers and art lovers.