Banjol is a lovely little part of the island Rab. Know for it’s three sand beaches called “Padova” as well as the local hiking path that connects this part of the island to the beautiful, historic, Rab city center. There you can enjoy local products and enjoy a rich gastronomic offering.
Visit Banjoj from the 5th of august, when “Šištovica” or “The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major” – a feast day in the General Roman Calendar, optionally celebrated annually on 5 August with the rank of memorial is in town.
A city more than 2000 years old – a living museum
Awarded many times as the best tourist destination in the Adriatic, the town of Rab sits on a narrow sliver of land protruding towards the mainland, bounded by ancient city walls and recognizable by four church towers that form the familiar outline, depicting Rab as a ship with four masts;
1. bell tower of the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the cathedral,
2. the bell tower of the church of St. John the Evangelist (located near the ruins of the Church),
3. the belfry of the church of St. Andrew the Apostle
4. and the bell tower of the church of St. Justine.
where you can find all sorts of interesting, historic assets like paintings, valuable old books, precious works of church art, an ethnographic and numismatic collection, and much more.
Further inland from the old town is a beautiful park called Komrčar, whose numerous paths wind around wooded hills down to the beaches of Rab.
Saint Patron of Rab, St. Cristopher supposedly saved the island from attackers, earning the right to have his skull preserved in a reliquary within the Rab Cathedral.
If you like, you could visit a large collection of sacral art at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Bernardin with two churches (St. Euphemia and St. Bernardin) where you can find pictures, valuable old books, ecclesiastical art, ethnographic collection, coin collection, and a lot of other things.
The peak of the summer in Rab is marked by the so-called “Rapska fjera” – an unique, medieval fair in which local trade and craftsman, as well as cultural and artistic societies revive a set of various traditional crafts and values by showing them to the public visitors.