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
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,
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.
in Lopar: Imperial chain hotels in San Marino, small
family hotel, private accommodation in apartments.
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..
- sandy beach in old Lopar
with a caffe and children’s playground
- sandy bays Crkvena, Sice,
- 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
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
The costume consists of
a black jacket, a white shirt, a necktie, white pairs of pants and
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.
Repubblica di San Marino
of the St. Marin - The founder of San Marino Republic
was born in Lopar on island Rab more than 17 centuries ago and trained
to be a stonecutter.
to legend, he left the island with his life friend Leon at his young age
and went to another side
the Adriatic Sea; to the coast of the Apennine peninsula, in town Rimini.
two young man left the native island in order to find job.
both were diligent and virtuous, the christian community there became very
fond of them. Marin became
deacon to the bishop Gaudientium and made a admirable career.
he was persecuted because of his christian sermons so he fled to
the hill Titan and built a small
which soon became a gathering place for others and many found their new
home and laws in it,
founding a new community. That was the beginning of the today's city and
the state of San Marino,
stone-cutter, who founded a small community of simple, poor and believing
people on Mount
left as his main legacy freedom and christianity, a value which enabled
Sammarinese to safeguard
community to present day.
official date of foundation of the Republic dates back to 3 September 301
was buried in the small church he had built and got recognized a Saint
by the population and by
Marino is the Europe's oldest existing republic.
people San Marino and Rab cherish a close friendship and in Mai 2004 community
of Rab erected
monument to St.Marin in the town Rab.
Lopar Paradise beach
Old Lopar - towards Ferry
north side beaches
Lopar childrens playground