Rapska Fjera

Rapska fjera is the biggest annual festival on island Rab in Croatia

Rapska Fjera is a festival that includes concerts and party events held on the last week of July. This festival summons all that the historical island and town of Rab is about. However, placed in medieval times. It is an enactment of life in the Middle Ages, lasting for three days, where a big number of local organised groups, as well as artisans have their performances. This includes dressing in medieval clothes, and the entire old town being decorated as well in that fashion. With the popular four towers, narrow stone streets, churches and high stone walls constructed to protect the town, Croatian Rab town looks medieval as it is. But on an event like Rapska fjera there is a life given to it, with smoke rising from the traditionally prepared fish, bread made from corn flour that is being milled right there at the streets, by a hand operated stone mill you may also try.

Music of those times going on in the background makes Rapska fjera even more alive. Smith working on iron or stonemasons working on a new mill will be glad to show you their art. Artists are here with their galleries, as painters, or sculptors are many on island Rab, finding the island to be a place of inspiration. Maidens will teach you to braid hair in their salon along the stone street, and olive oil producers will show you how it was done before modern machinery. Rapska fjera chefs will persuade you to try some of Rab’s traditional pastry or meals, like Rapska torta (Rab cake), or salty cheeses, like the goat cheese of the island, and olives. Wine of the island, of course, will go along with all of these. Streets of the old town are many, but as one strolls in such an atmosphere, he forgets about time, and enjoys the present. Pretty much, that is the point of holidays.