Lopar, Rab, Paradise Beach
Lopar has many beautiful sandy beaches. There are 22, 3 of which are for the nudists (Ciganka, Sahara and Stolac). The largest and most famous in Lopar is the "Paradise Beach", 1.5 km long, along which the most tourist facilities are located, and since 2003 it boasts with a "Blue Flag", international symbol of quality and preservation of the environment and the safety of bathers. Paradise beach is especially interesting for older people, families with children and bad swimmers, but also for young people keen on sports and entertainment. In peak season it is a real success to find a free place for sunbathing on this beach, because in more than 50% of Rab's tourists come here and we do not have to mention the visitors of Lopar.
Lopar is situated on the island of Rab, which situated in the Kvarner archipelago. It is 110 km from the administrative centre of Rijeka and 190 km from Zagreb. Lopar can be reached by ferry Stinica-Mišnjak and the trip takes ten minutes or by ferry Lopar-Valbiska on the island of Krk, which is becoming more interesting to the guests because of its vicinity to Rijeka and the airport. Coming by car from the direction of Rab, we first encounter the mark of St. Marino, the sculptor and the founder of the republic of San Marino, who was born in Lopar in the 4th century. In his honour, hotel complex and auto camp are named "San Marino".
THE ISLAND OF RAB
The island of Rab, together with the adjacent islets, makes island group that belongs to the Kvarner area and is located in an extremely favourable geographical, transport and tourist position. Unlike other islands of Kvarner, Rab has only eight settlements including: Banjol, Barbat, Kampor, Lopar, Mundanije, Palit, Rab and Supetarska Draga.
The natural wealth, the rich history and cultural and historical heritage are the basis of tourism, which is a major industry with a tradition of over 120 years, both on the island of Rab and in the municipality Lopar. The development of tourism on the island of Rab has reduced the share of the agricultural population, which had hitherto been the main activity and now tourism employs many people, which is also the reason why Rab is one of the few islands in the Adriatic that does not record a decrease in population.