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Naturism as a movement and trend was born at the beginning of the 20th century as concept of returning to nature and creating equality.
Clothes-free beaches on the island of Rab have served those who wish to take part in this kind of holidays for many years now.
Actually, from its very early days, Rab was very popular with naturism members.
The first naturist beach in Rab was opened personally by Richard Ehrman, the presidentof the International Naturist Federation from Vienna in 1934.
Since then and specially after 1936 when english King Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson enjoyed the first royal nude swim in the bay of Kandalora on Frkanj peninsula during their visit to Rab, what became the oldest nudist beach on the Adriatic.
In 1974 International Naturist federation defined naturism as "Naturism is a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through personal and social nudity, and characterised by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment" and the movement grew from elitist small groups to popular mass-movement in the mid of the 20th century.
Most known Kandalora FKK beach on Frkanj peninsula, the 'island of love' as is called, is based on german model of naturism promoting naturist family and recreational sports ( Frei Korperkultur) environmentaly friendly. In time other beaches became naturist beaches too so now naturist lovers can find other beautiful beaches to enjoy freely;
beautiful shallow lagoons of Sahara or Ciganka in Lopar or pebble beach near Pudarica in Barbat.
On island Rab there is no nudist camp, nor the separation of naturists in enclosed resorts. All beaches for naturists are sufficiently distant from the public beaches so that freedom without clothing can be enjoyed unmatched. The largest part of the 'Rab naturists' are long- time guests staying in private accommodation so that besides nature they establish closer relations with the local population as well.
Naturism on the island was popular from its very beginning and as new environmental movements, eco and sustainability environmentalists and alternative lifestyles appear, naturism experiences a new boom , specially with heliotherapy.
All the nudist beaches on the island of Rab are out of the settlements, a little further away in nature.
A short overview of the beach type;
Frkanj - Kandalora; rocky, crystal-clear coves, plenty of shade, has facilities; a restaurant, showers, toilet
Barbat Pudarica; fine gravel, no shade, no facilities close-by but some 500m distance minimum
Lopar beaches; sand, no shade, very shallow natural coves, with no facilities