Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

“Driving on the island, in a few minutes the landscape all around will turn green, and a beautiful sight will unfold before you. Despite its small size (22 km long and 11 km wide), the island has countless natural beauties. You can travel between mountains and valleys, and its coastline is varied. Plenty of bays break up the coast: sometimes it is rocky, or with large pebbles, and sometimes there are long stretches of fine, yellow sand. If you want a lonely, romantic beach during your caravan holiday, there are many secluded coves waiting for you, where privacy is guaranteed.
The main city on the island is Rab, the trademark feature of which is its four bell towers. In this enchanting little town, you can walk along the seaside promenade, while in the harbor you can admire the many snow-white sailboats, but you can also spend plenty of time in the old town, on the narrow, secluded little streets. In this charming place, you will also find shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment facilities that satisfy all needs. At the tables on the terraces, you can also try the delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine, food, and drinks. From its port, you can easily sail to the surrounding islands and the mainland.” (2019)


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“The island is beautiful, but I have to say that there aren’t too many attractions, or at least not enough to detain you for a whole week. I would recommend it to someone who wants to swim and relax for a few day, and not do much else. We’ve been to Rab twice. Once in the afternoon (when it was pretty dead) and once more in the evening (I would recommend this more – the atmosphere was much better, and there was a bit more life). First, we went to Lopar and took a look at the sandy beach. We also took a bike with us because I read that it is possible to cycle on the island and that this is very popular, but it was a disappointment. There is no bike path at all – you can bike next to the cars on the main roads, but it’s not something I enjoy; it doesn't make sense to me that way. There were also stony dirt roads that I also wouldn’t recommend with a ‘regular bike’ – only perhaps with a mountain bike.
The Croats themselves are generally pleasant enough, but you can sense that much of their hospitality is directed towards German tourists (obviously for a reason...). Prices haven’t skyrocketed – it’s still quite possible to enjoy dinner and a cocktail at the beach bar.
However, it is annoying that you cannot park without paying a disproportionate amount of money. There is a parking fee from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. in the town of Rab (12 kunas per hour), at the beaches, and pretty much everywhere. Finally, I’d say they are really lucky to be blessed with such a beautiful natural environment, and everyone should see it at least once.” (2019)


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Attractions

Beaches

“The sandy beach in Lopar (Rajska Plaza) is very pleasant, but the downside is that you have to walk out at least a hundred meters before the water even reaches your knee. In summer the water is very hot and you can't go into the sea to cool off. The crowds are another disadvantage. By the way, though the sand on the beach is very fine-grained, it’s been so compacted that it feels as though you’re walking on concrete. The advantage of Rajska Plaza is that there are many water-sport opportunities, as well as a large selection of restaurants and bars. Livacina, the other sandy beach in Lopar, also offers a good range of amenities, but it is also crowded in the high season. The beach of Veli Mel in Lopar is less crowded, although there are few amenities, and here too the water is shallow a long way out.

We preferred to go further north and found rocky coves where it was much better to swim than on the more developed beaches. Our favorite was the beach in Suha Punta. It is neither sandy nor pebbly. It’s rocky. If you’ve come here, you should definitely bring a pair of bathing sandals. The seawater is wonderfully transparent, however, and you can get to the deep water quickly. The visibility and the living world you encounter underwater are both fantastic. You feel as though you’re at the edge of a forest. There are several smaller restaurants and bars. The disadvantage of Suha Punta beach is that there are sea urchins in the water here as well. Mel beach in Kampor is sandy, but the water is barely deep enough for a duck to paddle. Once we rented a speedboat and discovered some beaches that are difficult or impossible to reach by car: Cerika, Sahara, and Dubac. There you’ll never suffer the misery of crowds.” (Roby 2018)



Sahara Beach

“I’ve had enough of Sahara Beach. Ten years ago it was an oasis of tranquility. Nudists and those in swimming gear enjoyed the beach together, and it was a real paradise of nature.
That was still pretty much the case at around 11 a.m. today, and then the crowd boats started coming. By about 3 p.m. the bay was full, which in itself would not be so bad, but among them were a lot of trashy Germans. The techno blasted, the alcohol flowed, and it soon had the feel of a cheap bar. Until they lay out a string of buoys to close off the Sahara, it’s a no-no for me. 🙁  (What I don’t understand is, why are they coming to Sahara of all places? There are several bays next to it, Ciganka, for example, could easily serve as a party beach, but no, they just have to screw up the Sahara. 🙁)” (r.t., 2021)

Lopar

Rab Island - Lopar - beach - j.g. photo

Rab Island - Lopar - beach - j.g. photo (July, 2021)

Rab Island - Lopar - sea - j.g. photo

Suha Punta

Rab Island - Suha Punta - beach - a.e. photo

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