Island of Rab

Island of Rab

This island is proud of its naturist bathing traditions that famously took off after an event in 1936, some fifty years after the official start of tourism on the island. The spur came from a family of blue blood: Britain’s King Edward VIII and the love of his life, Wallis Simpson, who, after having visited the old town of Rab, went to the Frkanj peninsula and swam naked in Kandarola bay. The rest is history. Lopar is situated in the north of the island. It has the greatest number of the most natural beaches on the Adriatic, and where, according to legend, Saint Marinus was born. He was a stonemason and founder of the oldest republic in the world, the Republic of San Marino, with which today this region maintains friendly relations. One of the campsites and the hotel complex are named after the saint. Banjol is a small tourist town situated facing the town of Rab, two kilometres from its historic centre. It is spread over a hill overlooking the main road and has three bays called Padove, and is known for ecological agricultural products. Campsites there offer interesting opportunities for sports and recreational activities.