THE ISLAND OF RAB NATURIST
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The island of Rab is rightly referred to as the
pioneer of naturism on the Adriatic. The month
of August 1936 is frequently mentioned as the
official beginning of naturism in Rab, i.e. when
the English king Edward VIII stayed there and
the Rab authorities allowed him and his wife to
take a nude swim in the bay of Kandalora.
The musicale "The King is Nude" is based on this
story and it is performed in the "Komedija" theatre
However it is certain that naturism on the island
started long before that. The article "Trade in
nakedness", published in the Austrian economic
journal "Trend" no. 11/83 reports that the naturist
beach in Rab was officially opened as early as
at the transition to this century and that 50
beds in the hotels were reserved for naturists.
The same article mentions that the first naturist
beach in Rab was opened personally by Richard
Ehrman, the president of the International Naturist
Federation from Vienna in 1934. Naturism in Rab
is also mentioned in the article of the Czech
Josef Herman, in 1907 and of professor Günther
in 1912, which proves that the Rab people had
understood long ago the bright prospects of this
movement which, at that time, was a very bold
Rab is one of the most densely wooded
islands, has three hundred springs, and is a veritable
botanical exhibition, with plants not native to
the island. The Komrcar park, with its laurel,
poplar, cypress, Indian fig-tree, rosemary, pine
and hundred-year-old agave is now the pride of
The small town of Rab is encircled by medieval
walls, Romanesque church towers, churches and
palaces, stone streets and ancient facades. In
summer, the streets and squares are turned into
a huge gallery. Many painters exhibit their works,
some of them self-styled, others who will soon
exhibit in famous galleries around the world.
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