Attractions and sights

 

Nederlandse

 
Nederlandse
         
Nederlandse

 

 

Sightseeing on the island Rab

KAMENJAK

 

With its peak at 408 m, Kamenjak is the highest and largest limestone massif that protects the island from the cold northern influences. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Velebit mountain range and of the nearby archipelago including the islands of Cres, Losinj, Silba, Olib, Krk and Pag. On a clear day, when the visibility is extremely good, you can see the mountain Ucka, which is the highest peak of Kvarner, Sis, which is the highest mountain peak of the island of Cres, as well as the islands of Uelian and Molat, which are almost 40 miles away to the south.

The broadest and the best panoramas of the island of Rab can be enjoyed from the top of Kamenjak.

The settlements of Barbat and Banjol are located at the foot of Kamenjak, along the coastline and the Channel of Barbat, towards the south.

The southwest of the island has some spectacular geological features. Woodland covers the karst peninsula of Kalifront, while the flysch valleys of Supetarska Draga-Mundanije and Kampor, separated by a flysch reef, are situated in the centre of the island. A flysch area of the peninsula of Lopar, with its numerous sandy beaches, is located in the northwest of the island. The Bays of Supetar and Kampor are also worth a mention for their extraordinary beauty.

 

 

Forest Dundo

  

The peninsula of Kalifront is famous for its Holm oak, which can be found in the Dundo forest, one of the rare preserved forests in the Mediterranean. It is also the most important forest on the island of Rab. In 1949 the Dundo forest was declared a natural treasure and was placed under the protection of the Department for Natural Heritage Protection as a "special reserve forest - botanical reserve" (forest vegetation).  Holm oak (Quercus ilex) is an evergreen oak which can reach a thousand years of age. Several impressive examples are preserved in the Dundo forest.

 

 

Path of Premuzic 1

The path of Premuzic was built around 1930 by Ante Premuzic, an engineer holding a BSc in Forestry and a famous architect and constructor of forest roads, mountain-tourist paths and stream management.
Path of Premuzic on Peninsula KALIFRONT It begins left from the source of Pidok and follows a mild slope. The path then reaches the entrance of the special reserve forest Dundo - botanical reserve (forest vegetation). It crosses the asphalt road to Dundo and extends along a private forest, which is enclosed by stonewall. It finally reaches the forest-ranger's cottage Dundo and ends in the Bay of Christopher. Marked on the map with numbers 9 and 10.
 

 

 

This flyer can be get at the tourist office.

 

 

Path of Premuzic 2

 Path of Premuzic in the area of SUPETARSKA DRAGA-LOPAR The length of the path is 5,170 m. It begins in the settlement of Matkici near the village of Supetarska Draga, on the bridge above a dam which regulates stream waters of Vela draga. The sea altitude of the bridge is 12 m. The path slowly climbs along the left flow of the stream Vela draga. At the very beginning there are four large stream dams. Some sixty years ago alpine trees were planted around and in the stream. The path then exits to the plateau at the sea altitude of 120-130m. On the left side of the path there is a plateau with private properties and on the right side there is a rare Holm oak forest Suhanj. Here you can also see an impressive example of Holm oak tree. The path proceeds to the forest area Fruga. Before reaching the rocky carst area, on the left side of the path there is a ground eroded in the flood, which is a nice example of the climate factors' influence on the ground and the significance of the vegetation for the protection of such ground.
 

There is also a "Roman path", a part of the pathway which indicates the construction methods of the Roman Empire. The path reaches the rocky carst area and here you can enjoy wonderful views from the peninsula of Lopar, the islands of St. Gregory and Krk. Mountain Velebit can be seen in the background. Due to bora impacts the vegetation in this area is quite scarce. The path lowers towards the bridge-dam of the stream area Jamina, next to the fence of the campsite San Marino in Lopar. Marked on the map with numbers 1, 2 The influence of erosion on the flysch ground and its vegetation is best seen on the examples of unusual forms of ground in the area of the path of Premuzic. Some of the forms which resemble towers and pyramids reach the height of 5 m.

 

More information on sportfacility.

 

 

Sveti Damjan

To this day on the Kamenjak slopes of the hill of Sveti Damjan in Barbat, you can see imposing ruins that have inspired the imagination of local inhabitants and inquisitive explorers for centuries. The central building within the complex, with its single nave and wide semicircular apse on the eastern side, was undoubtedly a church. The original form of the church can be reconstructed only in the ground plan as the north and south walls have been partially demolished and the facade has been completely destroyed.

Until now experts and researchers have taken conflicting stands regarding the dating of the ruins of this historic complex and have cited them as Early-Medieval, Pre-Romanesque or even High-Medieval, Romanesque or Gothic. Only lately has it been recognized that these remnants are parts of one in a series of Early Byzantine fortresses dating from the first half of the 6th century. At this time, the Emperor Justinian the Great, his army commanded by Belize, re-conquered this part of the Adriatic coast and built a series of magnificent fortification systems to secure the borders of the Byzantine Empire. This fortification was one of the largest, and was a centre of defense, control and shelter.

 

 

 

 Sv. Eufemije
 

 

The Monastery of St. Euphemia can be found at the end of the bay bearing the same name, in the area of Kampor. The complex includes two churches. The older, smaller Church of St. Euphemia dates from the 13th century, but it has almost entirely lost its original appearance. The Church of St. Bernardine is small Gothic basilica, but 17th and 18th century reconstructions substituted semicircular Baroque windows for the Gothic ones. The church contains a number of valuable paintings as well as a noteworthy crucifix and candelabra. A large well, several inscriptions on the walls and a beautiful sarcophagus can be admired in the cloister.


    The small monastery museum displays a number of interesting cottage industry products, works of sacred art, valuable old books including five famous hymnals on parchment, a number of objects found on the island and belonging to different historical periods, and a valuable coin collection.

The alternative campground Zidine

Tired of overcharging camping sites, littered with countless caravans, overcrowded with tents and parked cars? On the northern Lopar peninsula, there’s something completely different: the oasis of Josip Olipa. See it, and you'll understand what we mean.

What you see is so intense and pure, narrow paths decorated with imaginative handmade ceramic vases, the pine trees covered with ivy and large red flowers. Under your feet a soft rustling carpet of pine needles and sand, the smell of that special aroma, a real incentive to enjoy this earthly realms. The alternative Zidine site contains about fifteen wooden bungalows and thirty tents. It is best reached by boat, quad, bike or on foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Association of the Crossbowmen

The Association of the Crossbowmen of the Island of Rab was founded on 15 February 1995. The Association brings the medieval history and culture of the area to life, chiefly with the restored Knight Games, first held on October 28th the same year. Since then, as many as 143 tournaments of knights have been held on the island of Rab, as well as in many other Croatian towns and across Europe. The association includes 156 members divided into groups such as crossbowmen, trumpeters, buglers, flag bearers, dancers, music players, gunners and squires.

The games take place in the town of Rab and in some twin towns such as San Marino and Königsbrunn on Victory Day (May 9), Statehood Day (June 25), St Christopher’s Day (July 27) and the Feast of the Assumption (August 15). The crossbowmen and trumpeters of Rab wear authentic costumes, designed by costume designer Dijana Boureek of the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb, based on historical research by Dr Jelka Radauš Ribarić.

The crossbows are made by the crossbowmen themselves with assistance of crossbowmen of San Marino (balestrieri). They weigh from 18 to 25 kg. The target (cocoon-like) should be hit from a distance of 36.5 m by an arrow weighing 0.15 kg. The flags symbolize the fraternities of Rab, i.e. the counties and town of Rab, whereas the leading flag is the flag of the Republic of Croatia. The trumpets were designed in Italian workshops by special request, while the cannons were made in Croatian workshops.

 

Rapska Fjera:

Unique in Croatia, the medieval summer fair called the Rabska Fjera was first held on 21st July 1364. It was revived in 2002 as a town holiday. Its greatest role is in safeguarding and developing local and traditional values.
The Rabska Fjera municipal holidays were instituted by the Grand Council of the Town of Rab on 21st of July 1364 in honour of King Ljudevit the Great, who liberated Rab from the Venetians, and in honour of St Christopher, patron of the town of Rab, and his powers, which according to legend saved the town.

There are artisans and craftsmen on the island of Rab who make a living from crafts that have existed and provided a living for people since the Middle Ages. There are also clubs and societies that voluntarily keep traditional crafts alive, cultivate traditional values, make home-made products and help preserve a way of life. These artisans are the main participants in the revived Rabska Fjera, which is held in a shortened form over three days: 25th July (St James’ Day), 26th July (St Anne's Day) and 27th of July (St Christopher's Day), between 9 p.m. and half past midnight.
The significance, purpose and effect of the event have thus far best been described by Croatian academic Slobodan Novak in the foreword to the Rabska Fjera catalogue, from which we have taken the following quote:

The Rabska Fjera

“… is, on the contrary, a dignified celebration, just as it was when it was inaugurated, six-and-a-half centuries ago. And it is not some vain, glitzy parade, but a true expression of the desire to penetrate, even if only by intuition, into the dimness of centuries gone by, where the shadows of our ancestors can still be recognized; to perceive our roots, to confirm and affirm our identity; despite being interconnected and liberated/entangled by the sophisticated technologies of today, to remind ourselves of the beauty of work carried out by hand, the skill of fingers, calluses instead of gloves, of the essential connection with nature, with the land and with the sea; of the spiritual and material creative legacy of our forefathers, their individual, lone creativity, which this time of teamwork, production lines and machine manufacturing has somewhat forgotten."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attractions around the island of Rab
(this is obviously only a few of the options)

 

Goli otok

The naked island did not get its name from its bare, vegetation-free surface as many people believe. In fact it is so-called simply because the island was a secret destination for nudists in years gone by.

Goli is located in Croatia's touristic center between the beloved holiday-islands Krk and Rab, and directly next to Grgur, a former prison-island for woman.

In the former Yugoslavia, Goli-Otok was a prison-island for male political criminals. The island was abandoned in 1989 and since then it is accessible for all visitors.

Goli was TOP SECRET!

As my questions continued to go unanswered, I found myself becoming really nosy about Goli-Otok.
But there is not much information to be found. It seems all affected people, like guards, civilian workers, or others, were forced to forget all about Goli. Additionally, I don't understand the Croatian language, which could have made conversations much easier.
So, in most cases my trip will be based on tales, speculations and things I saw with my own eyes. I would be really thankful to anyone who could help me with facts, stories and ideas, but also with critical statements.

 

 

 

 

 

Sveti Grgur

Only a mile to the north west of Goli is Sveti Grgur. Its past was not much jollier than Goli’s - it was a women’s prison.

On Grgur there is only a single bay that can be recommended for mooring. Isn’t it rather strange that on an island as small as this the name of the island and its only bay should be the same? Grgur Bay on Grgur Island. Or actually, St Grgur Bay on the equally pious island.
The concrete wharf in the centre of the bay is about 40 meters long. Only the south-western end of it has a decent depth, of about 4 meters. At the other end, the depth falls to about 2 meters. The quay borders the beach, which would be beautiful if the ruins of the aforementioned women’s correctional facility weren’t such an eyesore.


Zavratnica

  • Zavratnica is probably one of the most beautiful coves of the Croatian Adriatic. It is only 15 minutes’ walk along the coast from Jablanac. The cove is 900 m long and between 50 and 150 m wide within a 100-meters high canyon. Because of its beauty, Zavratnica has been designated a "protected landscape".

    To be seen in the cove are the remains of a sunken German warship, a magnet for the numerous divers that come here in the summer.
    There is a trail which is open to hikers only.

    Individuals:

     

    • daily ticket: 15 KUNA / 2,08 euro
    • tree entrees: 30 kuna / 4,16 euro
    • seven entrees: 50 kuna / 7 euro
  • Children up to age of 7: free entry
  • Organized tourist groups: 10 Kuna/ 1,40 euro per person

 

 

Košljun
 

Košljun is a tiny island in Puntarska Draga bay off the coast of Krk, facing Punat in the Adriatic Sea. It is approximately 300 meters in diameter and covers an area of 6.5 hectares, but is rich in vegetation. Nowadays, the only inhabitants are a group of Franciscan monks living in St. Mary's Monastery. 


 
 

The church presently on the island was built by the Franciscans in 1480, but the earliest known settlement on Košljun was a Roman villa rustica belonging to a landowner of the Roman settlement on Krk. A written record from 1186 implies the existence of a Benedictine abbey built on the foundations of the villa. The Benedictines remained on the island until the 15th century. After the death of the abbot Dominick, the title of Abbot of Košljun was passed to a Venetian priest. The abbey was abandoned in 1447.

Soon after, a pair of Franciscan monks complained to the Pope that the monastery was sitting empty. At their request, the Benedictine monastery was abolished and the island of Košljun given to the Franciscans by the Frankopans, a family of Croatian nobles. The Franciscan monastery remains there today.

 

Island Cres

 

By size the first island in the Adriatic, Cres is located in the northern part of the Bay of Kvarner. Its southern part, the town of Osor, is linked to the island of Lošinj by a trestle bridge. Cres is a hilly island, 66 km long and ranging in width from 2 to 12 km. The island's 248 km-long coastline is indented; its western and southern part have a plenty of bays and pebbly beaches while the northern and eastern part are characterized by steep cliffs and rough rocks.

The highest tops of the island - Gorice (648m) and Sis (638) - offer a unique view of the Bay of Kvarner which will take your breath away. The fresh water lake of Vrana, which covers an area of 5.75 square kilometers, also deserves attention as an unusual natural phenomenon. The level of the lake is above the level of the surrounding sea, and its bottom is below sea level only at a depth of 74 m.

The landscape of Cres owes its beauty to a sharp contrast between the northern submediterranean part, covered with high and thick woods of oak medunac (Quercus lanuginosa), hornbeam, elm, and chestnut trees, and the middle and southern parts which are covered with bare grazing lands and dense macchia shrubland. The island’s rich biodiversity will delight all nature lovers: Cres has over 1300 species of plants and animals, an exceptional number of which are endemic to the island. This is also one of the last habitats of a rare bird species – the griffon vulture.

 

 

 Island "Krk"

There are 1185 Croatian islands but only one of them is golden: the Insula Aurea – the island of Krk. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it has long been one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position and wealth of natural and cultural beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name "golden island". Its cultural heritage has given it another name – the cradle of Croatian culture, while at the beginning of the 20th century it gained the name the “sixth continent”.

The 45th parallel passes through the island, whilst its longest part is 38 km and its widest 20 km long. Its coast is around 190 km long. At its closest, the mainland is only about a hundred meters away. Its nearest neighbours are the islands of Cres, Goli and Rab; a few smaller islands are also nearby, the largest being Plavnik, which has 17 km of coast, and the smaller Školjić with just 400 m of coast. It has an unusual and varied relief, climbing from the north-western part to the south-eastern part – from picturesque gentle coves and lagoons, along fertile fields and dense forests with sub-Mediterranean vegetation, to the parts of bare limestone and rugged mountain landscape.

On the island of Krk there are three streams and two lakes. On the highest mountain top, Obzovi (570 m), visitors may forget that they are actually on an island. Here some very special phenomena can be found. The flora in Krk includes around 1400 species of land plants, almost half of the total in Croatia. One plant unique to Krk is the “Barbašova lazarkinja”, one of the world's rarities, which grows only in the Baška lagoon.

Amongst its fauna, too, we can count rare species. The bird population, for example, ranges from eagles/vultures to the oriental steppe "vrški tić". To all this complex abundance of natural characteristics we should add a Mediterranean climate – hot summers and mild winters, a cold continental wind that blows from the north-east (the bura), the humid jugo, and a pleasant summer wind (the maestral) that blows from the west.

You can get to the island of Krk however you wish: from the land – over the Krk bridge; from the sea – by boats into the ports or small marinas, and by ferry to the Valbiska harbour; from the air – by plane to Rijeka's airport which is located close to Omišalj.

The island of Krk is just 30 kilometers away from the city of Rijeka – which is the traffic, business, commercial, university and cultural centre of Kvarner. No matter which road you choose, when you arrive on the island of Krk, you will certainly find that the golden island has been blessed with the uniqueness of variety – and is a connection between present and past, modernity and the antiquated, legend and reality.

 

 

   
" Plitvice" Lakes

Plitvicka Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) is Croatia's well-known national park, listed in UNESCO's Register of World Natural Heritage.  Plitvice is a group of sixteen small lakes - Proscansko, Labudanovac, Ciganovac, Galovac, Kozjak... – connected by numerous large and smaller waterfalls. Plitvice waterfalls are created by deposition of travertine – a kind of limestone that created this unique and attractive wonder of nature. Plitvice National Park, the area surrounding the lakes, consists of dense forests of beech, fir and spruce, watered by various springs of the Korana River. Plitvice National Park also includes several caves and flower meadows. Brown bear are among the animal species that find their home here.
 
The Plitvice Lakes are is paradise for walkers and hikers as well as nature lovers. The lakes are lovely and cool in summer, icy and calm in winter, yellow and ochre in autumn, green and fresh in spring – at any time of the year it is a privilege to be here! Plitvice Park is conveniently located near the main road that connects Zagreb and Croatian Adriatic coast. It is easily accessible by public transport as well as by bicycle, from Karlovac, Zagreb or Split. Due to its popularity among Croatians as well as other visitors, there is plenty accommodation available in and around Plitvice Lakes.
 
For the guests of the island of Rab, the Plitvice Lakes are definitely worth a visit. Take the morning ferry and head forwards to Senj, there follow the signs to Plitvice. Enjoy a day of walking beside the lake and return back again in the evening, where a good meal will await you in Pivac restaurant. Don’t forget to check the timetable from the ferry for your return home.