Today

    Thanks to its rich cultural and historical heritage, the island of Rab is today considered as one of the most attractive Croatian tourist destinations. Its northernmost part is the peninsula and the town of Lopar, boasting the most beautiful sandy beaches in the Adriatic. Long capes with gorgeous sand coves and warm sea make it an ideal place for full rest and relaxation. It is forbidden to carry outany construction in the major part of the island's beaches, tourist facilities included. So this truly is a return to nature. Nudism and naturism are things that the locals are proud of. At night, you can enjoy seaside restaurants and bar terraces, listening to music, dancing or sipping a drink or two. Discos and cocktail-bars are designed for the young ones.  
   Tourist boats can take you to the neighbouring islands of Sveti Grgur and Goli otok for a few euros or on a fish picnic, which is a mini-cruise with grilled fish accompanied by local wine, prepared on the boat or in a cove.
   Many festivities are held in Lopar throughout the year. The biggest one is celebrated 8 September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mala Gospa). Five-a-side football tournaments are traditionally held, as well as a bowling tournament and tug of war, lamb is baked and ox on the spit prepared, and you can also enjoy a wide variety of traditional fish and meat delicacies. A large tent with live music is the venue for evening entertainment, enriched by a varied programme where you can party until early hours of the morning.  
   In order to preserve folk customs and tradition, pass them onto new generations and present them to tourist, an event called "Loparska noć" (The Night of Lopar) is held in the town of Lopar. Curious tourists find the event quite thrilling. On this occasion, arts and crafts of the old days of Lopar are presented, together with tools people used in the past. Traditional dishes are served, mostly accompanied by wine. Folk performances and fishermen's feasts with grilled fish and music programmes are often organised for tourists in the season. Lavender days and days of the well-known Lopar potato are just some of the summer events. In wintertime, after the New Year, comes carnival time, revealing old carnival customs.

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