OCTOBER IN LABIN AND RABAC
Enjoy the noble tastes of olive oil at Palazzo Negri located in Labin Old Town. Starting from October 24th, you can go to extra virgin fresh olive oil tasting, guided by the local olive grower William Negri. His top quality extra virgin olive oil Negri is listed in the current issue of a prestigious world’s best olive oil Flos Olei 2012 guide. At the art & gastro gallery located in the 17th century palace dominated by a well decorated with the Negri family coat of arms, try some prosciutto and home-made cheese and see artistic works made by Anessa A.Negri, and then treat yourself with a special edition of extra virgin olive oil dedicated to Labin’s goddess Sentona-the saint patroness of travellers. During the Fresh Olive Oil Week olive oil tasting is available every day, from 10 AM to 10 PM (closed between 2-4PM).
Negri Art Gastro Gallery, Palazzo Negri, 11 G. Martinuzzi, 52222 Labin, mob: +385(0)98 219-524, tel: +385(0)52 875-280, www.negri-olive.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all those cycling fans MTB club Istra Bike organizes a Labin Bike Marathon in October. This unique event stands for three bike marathons that will be held in one single day. Enjoy the beautiful nature and breath taking views at Labin area in one of three marathons happening at the same time: 50km round road race, 25km MTB small and 60km MTB. Cyclists start at 11 AM from Oliva camping site in Rabac, with the finish line at the place.
Registration and info: www.istra-bike.hr
Istra Bike Shop- Service-Rent–a-bike, 20 Aldo Negri, Labin, tel: +385(0)52 855 485, mob: +385(0)98 420-504
Labin’s saint patroness of travellers brings you autumn fruit from her menu at Velo Kafe Restaurant and Café in Labin Old Town. Listen to the sound of open fire in the restaurant area and enjoy the taste of nettle gnocchi with mashed pumpkin covered with chestnuts. There’s plenty of boletus and trooping funnel in the woods around Labin so you can choose fuži (home-made pasta) with boletus or home-made cheese with truffles served on toast and covered with truffle oil and dry figs. For a total autumn gastronomic experience have a glass of some of the finest local wines, Romeo Licul’s Muscat or Malvasia and Merlot from San Martino winery.
Velo Kafe Restaurant and Café, 12 Titov trg, Labin, tel: +385(0)52 852-745, e-mail: email@example.com
Enjoy the autumn walk down St. Florentius’ trail, saint patron of the synonymous Romanesque church near the village of Kranjci. Following the tradition on October 27th a holy mass will be celebrated in front of the small church dedicated to the bishop St. Florentius. The church building is listed on the Republic of Croatia Protected Heritage List, due to its valuable 6th century altar and stone plates decorated with braided ornamentation. There’s a legend associated with this church, according to which the wealthy Greeks during the Byzantine era buried gold treasure near the church with a secret vow which was never revealed. After the mass enjoy a glass of Malvasia, Teran or Merlot from Kranjci at family farm taverns Juričić-Šikul, Glavičić and Živolić. On you way back, have a break at a near-by Rogočana tavern and try Sentona’s home menu- maneštra (minestrone) with beans and barley, fuži (home-made pasta) with pork ribs’ sauce and egg cream with sweet Muscat.
How to get there: Distance: 3 km from Labin, follow the road from the old town to St. John’s cemetery and Koromačno. Trail length: 20 minutes from the village Kranjci
Rogočana tavern, 1 Rogočana, tel: + 385 (0) 52 856-576, www.konobarogocana.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trails and paths map download available from: www.rabac-labin.com/en/79-divine-paths-and-walking-trails-around-the-labin-area
Let your senses feel the scents of autumn in your private spa ritual with unique hand made ceramic fragrance lamps from Labin. With a few drops of home made lavender essential oil produced from the fields in Sveti Martin near Labin, the fragrance lamps made in warm earth colours will bring warmth in your home. Fill your aromatherapy ritual with Sentona’s natural cosmetics line: salt baths with essential oil of lavender, bay leaf, rosemary and cypress, almond massage oil and scented soaps with lavender, bay leaf, rosemary and sage. These products for a pleasant autumn spa ritual are available from Butega souvenir shop, Labin Old Town, 1 Paolo Sfeci, mob: +385(0)97 751-7782. Opening hours: workdays and weekends from 9:30-7 PM.
Home made ceramics Keramika A.R., 8 Starci, 52220 Labin, mob: +385(0)92 2122-565
Spend your romantic vacation at Hotel Valamar Sanfior located near the sea overlooking the beautiful Rabac bay. Relax in the pleasant interior of this hotel and enjoy in the unforgettable moments with your loved one while experiencing a combined Sentona’s wellness massage with natural ingredients from Labin area: olive oil, lavender, rosemary, bay leaf and sage essential oils an St. John’s Wort oil. End this 90 min treatment with relaxing energetic-therapeutic balancing of vital body centres. The package includes: a romantic welcome package-flowers, champagne and strawberries in chocolate, romantic bed linen and heart-shaped pillows, wellness centre use-Finnish and Turkish saunas, infrared sauna, relax room, indoor whirlpool and swimming pool with a spectacular sea view, daily rich buffet breakfast and dinner, possibility to upgrade your room. This offer is available for a period up to November 10th 2012, with a 3-night-minimum stay.
Hotel Valamar Sanfior**** www.valamar.com/sanfior-hotel-rabac/romantic-breaks
Reservation centre: +385 (0)52 465 200, e-mail: email@example.com