With its glimmering turquoise waters, pretty terracotta roofs and sweeping green mountains, Croatia can’t be missed. And if you want to escape the “It-crowd” and avoid the hustle and bustle, this beautiful country offers one unassuming Adriatic gem that has to be explored.
The little-known Rab Island – once a favourite with Edward VIII, and Wallis Simpson – is perfect for a quiet, relaxing break. As one of the smallest of Croatia’s islands, it has only a handful of settlements, making it the ideal remote getaway.
Where to go:
If you’re holidaying at your timeshare resort in Croatia soon, try to see Rab for a day. The miniature capital, Rab Town, is breathtakingly beautiful, with its jumble of medieval buildings, honey-coloured walls and small harbour.
The peninsula opens out to turquoise waters and the nearby cove of Saint Euphemia, while four ancient bell towers overlook the town.
We’d recommend exploring the cobbled, winding alleyways by foot and getting lost in the crooked side streets. There’s plenty to take in, from colourful gardens to Romanesque churches and pretty squares.
It’s also worth stopping by a café or local bakery and sampling the island’s delicacy, Rab Cake. This delicious, shortbread-like bake contains almonds, lemon peel and cherry liqueur, and is baked to an 800-year-old recipe.
Beach bunnies will also be pleased to hear that the island is surrounded by sandy shores (although Rab Town only features a pebble beach), as well as secluded coves. In fact there are 30 sandy beaches in total, all with crystal clear waters…
How to Get There:
The island’s nearest airport is Rijeka, with flights landing from both Heathrow and London Stansted. From there, you can hop on a daily catamaran service from Rijeka to Rab Town, or take a local bus and ferry service from Rijeka, crossing to the island from Stinica.
Like the sound of Rab? Check out http://www.rab-visit.com for more information.