Rab near the centre of the Kvarner island group, is one of the most enticing islands in the Adriatic. The more densely populated south-west is green with pine forests and dotted with sandy beaches. High mountains protect Rab's interior from cold north and east winds, olives, grapes and vegetables to be cultivated. The Lopar Peninsula in the north-east corner is a fertile oasis offering the island's best beaches along its two wide bays. The north-west peninsula, which emerges from Supetarska Draga, is fringed with coves and lagoons that continue on to the Kalifront Peninsula and the Suha Punta resort. Medieval Rab town is built on a narrow peninsula between the bay of St Euphemija, and the port, Gradska Harbour. The oldest part of town is Kaldanac on the south-eastern tip of the peninsula, which was settled before the Roman conquest. In the 14th and 15th centuries the town expanded to include the Varos section, further north, and, as an important military outpost for the Venetians, it became surrounded by defensive walls, some of which are still visible. Trg Municipium Arba divides the two sections and you'll notice a difference in architectural styles. Besides the old stone buildings and streets, the town has richly endowed churches that often host concerts and art exhibitions. When you get 'churched-out', there are excursion boats to whisk you off to beaches and coves around the island.

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