The area of Lopar on the north of the island of Rab has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and the wind, sea and bursts of water formed an interesting indented landscape with incredible beaches. The peninsula of Lopar is special for its geological diversity and uniqueness compared not just with the rest of the island, but the entire Adriatic coast. The cultural entertainment project closely related to sand, or the so-called “Lopar mel” is the Sand Sculpture Festival next to the great Rajska plaža (“Paradise beach”). Lopar is known for pure and untouched nature, but also as the birthplace of St. Marinus, a stonemason and founder of the world’s oldest republic – San Marino.
Nearly 1,300 people permanently reside in Lopar.
Asja Bakić is a Bosnian author born in Tuzla in 1982. She is the author of a poetry collection “Može i kaktus, samo neka bode” (“A Cactus Is Also Fine, As Long As It Stings”) of 2009, and a collection of short stories “Mars” of 2015. She was one of the editors of ”Muf”, a portal for feminist readings of pop culture. She was selected as one of the ten new literary voices of Europe in 2017. She was involved in the European poetry platform “Versopolis”. Apart from writing, she also pursues literary translation. The English edition of “Mars” will be published by the Feminist Press publishing house at the beginning of next year. She writes for the weekly journal Express and is currently working on a new book of short stories.