South of Krk and east of Cres, mainland-hugging RAB is the smallest but arguably the most beautiful of the main Kvarner Gulf islands. Its eastern side is rocky and harsh, rising to a stony grey spine that supports little more than a few goats, but the western side is lush and green, with a sharply indented coast and some beautiful coves. Medieval Rab Town is the island’s highlight, while the Lopar peninsula at the northern end of the island possesses some of the most glorious, sandiest beaches in the country. Rab is the jumping-off point for excursions to Goli otok, site of a notorious labour camp during the communist period.

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