8 secret islands of Croatia
Location: Royal favourite nestled behind the Istria peninsula
Off the radar rating: 2/5
This former Venetian outpost had an unanticipated 15 minutes of fame in 1936 when the new King Edward VIII visited on board 91 metre Nahlin, which he had chartered for a spin around the Adriatic with his married lover Wallis Simpson. “The royals sashayed along our island’s quays in white suits,” says island tourism chief Luka Perčinić. Edward and Wallis then took a tender to Kvarner beach on Rab’s southern shore. Daring Simpson reportedly stripped off, causing the world’s first royal skinny dip sensation.
Rab’s 150 kilometres of hiking and biking trails, which criss-cross the bucolic interior, are recommended, as is a prior call to the harbourmaster, who in 2016 hosted his busiest ever superyacht season.