LOPAR
 
LOPAR is the furthermost village on the island, a picturesque tourist place 14 km away from the old town of Rab. 

The prehistoric site on its promontory Zidine ( Walls) and liburnian hill forts scattered all over the peninsula bear testimony to its' being populated in the ancient times. 
Lopar people are most strongly connected with the past, they kept the lifestyle and most important - their dialect. 
They are particularly proud of their fellow ancient villager, carver Marin who founded the 1st republic, a small town- state Republic of San Marino on Mount Titano in Italy.
In Lopar there a a couple of shops, ambulance, post-office, laundry, tourist information centre, sports ground 
and a small port. Nowdays tourism has changed the face of this village considerably. 
Due to its favourable natural position and beauty, the tourism on this part of the island is well developed, with numerous private houses with quality accommodation in hotels and in private accommodation; rooms or apartments. 

Accommodation in Lopar: Imperial chain hotels in San Marino, small family hotel, private accommodation in apartments.
Restaurants: San Lorenzo, Feral, Laguna...

Besides the fertile valley, Lopar has a huge sandy beach: after Bol on island Brac in Dalmatia, here we have the most famous beach on Adria: Paradise beach in San Marino area. It is ideal for non swimmers and children. It takes about 500 m until the sea comes half the  waist of an adult. In summer this is the most crowded and the most popular beach on the island..

Luckily, this is not the only sandy beach in Lopar: all the other bays  are sandy, surrounded by the pine trees. 
Old Lopar towards the ferry is much quieter area in comparison to the San Marino side, with a small park and a small sandy beach and a seaside walk after the ferry point..

Beaches in Lopar;
- sandy beach in old Lopar with a caffe and children’s playground
- sandy bays Crkvena, Sice, Stojan
- Paradise sandy beach and Livacina beach in San Marino with the sun chairs, sports ground 
and other facilities
- NE side with mainly naturist beach / Sahara
 

Heritage highlights: 
 

 
  • LOPAR carnival 
  • Lopar is also well known nationally for its traditional carnival costumes. The carnival has a tradition of 
    150 years already.  The acient pagan rituals of spring festivals survived through this to the present day. 
    The costume consists of a black  jacket, a white shirt, a necktie, white pairs of pants and black shoes, 
    high hat, a cloth, a cane, gloves and a bell. The masks go about dancing and singing through the village 
    provoking and amusing the villagers and guests.  Song, music and dance last until late.

    Link: Repubblica di San Marino

  • Legend of the St. Marin - The founder of San Marino Republic 
  •  
    Marin was born in Lopar on island Rab more than 17 centuries ago and trained to be a stonecutter. 
    According to legend, he left the island with his life friend Leon at his young age and went to another side 
    of the Adriatic Sea; to the coast of the Apennine peninsula, in town Rimini. 
    The two young man left the native island in order to find job. 
    As both were diligent and virtuous, the christian community there became very fond of them. Marin became 
    a deacon to the bishop Gaudientium and made a admirable career. 
    However, he was persecuted because of his  christian sermons so he fled to the hill Titan and built a small 
    church, which soon became a gathering place for others and many found their new home and laws in it, 
    thus founding a new community. That was the beginning of the today's city and the state of San Marino, 
    named after him. 

    A humble stone-cutter, who founded a small community of simple, poor and believing people on Mount 
    Titano left as his main legacy freedom and christianity, a value which enabled Sammarinese to safeguard 
    their community to present day. 
    The official date of foundation of the Republic dates back to 3 September 301 AD.
    Marin was buried in the small church he had built and got recognized a Saint by the population and by 
     the Church.  

    San Marino is the Europe's oldest existing republic.
    Today people San Marino and Rab cherish a close friendship and in Mai 2004 community of Rab erected 
    a monument to St.Marin in the town Rab. 


     


    Lopar Paradise beach
    Old Lopar - towards Ferry
    Old Lopar - towards Ferry

    north side beaches

    Lopar childrens playground












     

    PHOTO:

    Livacina Sandy beach San Marino

    Paradise beach San Marino
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    Bay Lopar - side towards ferry

     Lopar -bay in old Lopar
     Lopar bay 
    Lopar panorama

     bay Lopar - side towards the ferry

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