Fun on the water
Many people visit Rabac, Croatia for the beaches. These pristine, white-pebbled stretches are caressed by calm turquoise waters. Girandella Bay, next to the promenade, is the most popular of Rabac’s beaches. You can easily spend a day here. Loungers and parasols are available to rent, and changing rooms and showers are also available. Beach-front restaurants and bars cater to your every need. There are also plenty of watersports available here, including banana-boating, waterskiing and diving.
If you’re looking for a slightly quieter option, Lanterna Beach is a nearby Blue Flag cove. It can reached from the town centre by following the paths through a shady wood. Lanterna also has a few bars, restaurants and other amenities.
Visit the Tears of St Lucia
There are lots of nature trails winding through the mountains and forests surrounding Rabac. If you’re feeling active, you can ascend to a nearby peak, such as Goli or Brdo, for spectacular views. Other, less strenuous hikes include a ramble to the Tears of St Lucia. According to legend, this natural spring is supposed to cure eye problems.
By far the most popular walk is the 40-minute trip up through steep cobbled streets to the town of Labin. Take time to explore this medieval village of brightly-hued houses and winding lanes. You’ll find lots of art galleries, museums and events here. There are also numerous local restaurants and cafés so you can rest and recharge after your walk.
Do a little island-hopping
Rabac holidays enable you to get out and explore some of Croatia’s most attractive and unspoilt islands. You can travel to the islands of Lošinj and Cres from the ferry terminal just 40 minutes away, or take a smaller boat trip from Rabac.
Cres is one of the most pristine islands in the Kvarner Bay area. The town is an elegant spot of pastel-hued houses and pedestrianised streets. Travel inland and you’ll find unspoilt green hills and a rugged wilderness area, which the rare griffon vulture calls home. Cres also has lots of pristine, sandy beaches and secluded coves where you can stop for a picnic.
Meanwhile, Lošinj is renowned for its chic towns and upbeat resorts. The waters around the island are populated by schools of dolphins.
Eat and drink like a local
You can always find a delicious meal in Croatia, and Rabac is no exception. Istria is renowned for its delicious olive oils and wines, and you’ll find both ingredients in many local dishes.
Buzara, a seafood stew made with garlic, parsley, olive oil and wine, is on the menu in Rabac restaurants. You can also enjoy scallops and lobster, fresh from the sea. Those with a sweet tooth should try krafi, a dessert ravioli with a sweet cottage cheese, raisin and lemon filling.
As well as a good dining scene, there are lots of nightlife options available in Rabac – from local taverns to beachfront clubs, there’s an evening out to cater to all tastes.
Rabac holidays offer tourists a little bit of everything. Brilliant beaches, cultural attractions, fantastic scenery and a lively nightlife. You’ll return from here feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. And once you’ve visited, you’re bound to come back again and again.