In the heart of historic Rab town, black-and-white views of which are framed and mounted around the interior, the Caffe Biser is the classic place to start the day. The coffee, of course, is top-notch, and there’s also a terrace garlanded with brightly coloured flowers where you can relax and peruse the daily papers also usefully provided. Many pass by during the day for the other stand-out feature of the café: its range of ice cream. Late opening also means you can enjoy a nightcap here after dinner.
The busiest of the islands dotted around Kvarner, Rab has been a popular tourist destination ever since Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson brought the world’s press here to watch them frolic nakedly in its waters in the summer of ’36. In doing so, they pioneered naturism, unwittingly setting up Rab as its hub. Fewer niche reasons for the swarm of tourists in high season are historic Rab town itself, and the regimented beaches of Lopar. Wilder, more secluded beaches and verdant hinterland can be found elsewhere.
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