History

Originally settled by the Illyrian Liburnian people in around 360 BC, Rab was declared a city in 10 BC by the Roman emperor Augustus. It was Augustus who ordered the first walls to be built. The town first made its way into the history books in 70 AD, when Pliny the Elder referred to it as Arba (meaning 'Dark', 'Obscure' or 'Green'). It later became known as Felix Arba (Happy Arba).