The vicinity of the Plitvice Lakes, located only 120 km from Lopar, makes them a true attraction for tourists. The Plitvice Lakes is the biggest and oldest Croatian national park (it has been protected since 8 April 1949), inscribed in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in 1979.
Without any doubt, the most attractive excursion is the one to Goli otok (Naked Island) with its notorious former prison, among tourists also known as “Croatian Alcatraz”. Numerous buildings, prison cells and workshops have witnessed cruel destiny of convicts on island’s stone surface. Tourist facilities on the island: a small catering service for refreshment after the tour, small train for easier passing of island’s paths, and a souvenir shop.
You would like to see our beaches and underwater life, but you hate to get wet or you want to keep your hair dry? No problem! Boat excursion with our Glass catamaran Grga or with Moby Dick diving centar will enable you to look at the most beautiful beaches of island Rab and at the same time to enjoy in the seabed view, through the glass floor. That is if you can look two ways at the same time. Take the round trip around Lopar peninsula and enjoy the views! Three times per week you can take the excursion to Baška, island Krk.
Even though during the First World War, Russian prisoners were incarcerated on the island, the most tragic history of the island occurred during the period of “Informbiro” between 1949 and 1958, when political prisoners, the opponents of the then Tito communist regime and followers of the Stalinist regime were imprisoned and tortured. According to statistics, some 16,000 prisoners experienced the Goli otok hell (of which approximately 400 lost their lives due to exhaustion and disease), while at times there were over 3,500 prisoners residing in the prison at any one time.
Prior to the arrival of the first prisoners (09/07/1949), the island was completely bare, whereas the prisoners themselves forested and built the island. Strong winds in the winter months, and intolerable heat during the summer months, only added to their already difficult destiny.
In 1950 Camp R-5 was constructed in the Senjska cove where women carried out their sentences – political prisoners, while from 1958 Goli otok begins to receive other categories of prisoners (criminals…), once the regime had become somewhat more tolerable.
Escaping from the Goli otok was almost impossible (strict supervision, strong sea currents, distance from the mainland…), and all this occurred under the veil of the greatest secrecy, so that the truth only now began to see the light of day.
In 1989, administration of the Goli otok was undertaken by the then Municipality of Rab, HTP Imperial and GP Jedinstvo, with the island reorganized as a tourist destination, while in 1992 the island was closed due to the war resulting in years of devastation and abandonment.
In 1956 with the end of the Informbiro, the building was used for prison visits. Each prisoner who showed exemplary behavior was given the right to one visit per month and only by members of the closest family. Visits lasted between 2 hours and 2 days, depending on the prisoner’s behavior (completion of work tasks, obedience…).
The wood factory: the factory produced wooden furniture for export (America and Mexico). The prisoners on the island were trained for certain jobs, and manufactured high quality furniture (tables and chairs).
Metal factory: here various metal products were manufactured as a preparation for the metal industry (tractor chasses, flanges for pipes, parts for the ship industry…).
Rock factory: here high quality teraco tiles were manufactured, concrete blocks for walls… The rock was sourced from the various island rock quarries, was cut and processed for various needs.
Its beautiful coves, beaches, forests and the intact nature attract numerous seamen and visitors.
There is a newly-built catering establishment on the island of Sveti Grgur, and fallow deer which eat from people’s hands have become its famous attraction.
Lopar offers daily half-day boat trips with a glass bottom in the waters of Lopar and Goli Otok and Grgur.
Special features of Lopar
Rich culture and history
An oasis of natural beauty