DECEMBER IN LABIN AND RABAC

New Year’s Eve at Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior- Rabac

Relax and step into the new 2014 with a special Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior**** New Year’s Eve package. Discover the winter magic of Rabac staying at the hotel which with its marine-style interior design blends with the stunning view over the blue sea of the Kvarner Bay. Enjoy the special New Year’s Eve package offer that includes: a diner gala with live music, indoor swimming pool, wellness center and fitness studio use, relaxing 25 minute partial massage, welcome bottle of champagne and a rich breakfast and dinner buffet.
www.valamar.com, e-mail: reservations@valamar.com, Phone: +385 (0)52 465-120

Labin Advent Meals

Feel the warmth of Advent in Labin with the traditional meals available from Velo kafe and Kvarner restaurants located in the Old town Labin. Enjoy the pre-Christmas delicacies that our grandmas used to cook, such as dried cod with pasutice (home- made pasta), jota -the most abundant meal during fall/winter season, made of sauerkraut, beans, barley, ham, dried meat and potato, or the authentic local dessert called krafi with cheese and raisin filling and caramel sauce. The noble families of Labin once served krafi with lamb meat sauce and cheese topping, while nowadays recipes include krafi with truffles and walnuts. On Christmas day dinner consisted of dried cod in the so-called white sauce, pasutice with brodetto (traditional dried cod fish stew), Savoy cabbage side dish and minestrone made of lentils, broad beans and beans.
Restaurant and café Velo kafe, 12 Titov trg, Labin, phone: +385 (0)52 852-745, e-mail: alvona@pu.t-com.hr
Restaurant Kvarner, Šetalište San Marco bb, Labin, phone: +385 (0)52 852-336, info@kvarnerlabin.com, www.kvarnerlabin.com

Brand New Travel 'In Search for Sentona's Treasure'

Enjoy the gifts of Labin’s goddess Sentona all year round. Mel Travel tourist agency from Zagreb has created a brand new three day travel ‘In Search for Sentona’s Treasure’ for all those seeking adventures in nature, gastronomic excitements in indigenous menus, wellness relaxation with natural hand- made cosmetics and exploring the unknown and exciting historical and cultural attractions in the area of Labin. The three day package includes a rich program including a direct destination experience. Start your adventure at Sentona’s Narcis**** hotel and botanical photo safari on Sentona’s Rabac- Labin trail. After the walk treat yourself with Sentona’s heavenly massages with the local essential oils. The gastro mini tour starts with Sentona’s menu tasting at Velo kafe restaurant and ends at Tomažići authentic restaurant. The direct destination experience includes visiting a pottery workshop at Merania studio and Drijade farm with goats and boškarin, the genuine Istrian bull. Itinerary available from www.rabac-labin.com.
Minimum booking: 8 people
Mel Travel
15 Kneza Domagoja, Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)91 6410 307
Phone: +385 (0)1 461 66 88
www.meltravel.hr

The Taste of Christmas in Original Ceramics

In the picturesque pottery studio Merania, located in Old town Labin, the Jenkel family preserves the tradition of ceramic tableware once used in the area of Labin. A ceramic peka (baking lid) was the basic part of cooking utensils used to prepare food in the open fire. It was placed on the cast iron trivet, with embers put under the pan and on the lid specially designed to keep the embers. After adding the spices and wine, it took an hour and a half to bake the food in that way. Other than this classic-style peka, Merania offers baking lids for bread, various pots, tableware and boccalettas hand painted depicting motifs from Labin, all sorts of cooking and baking vessels. The studio occasionally hosts potter’s wheel workshops.
Merania Pottery Studio, 1 1.maja, Labin, phone: +385 52 852 466, Mobile phone: +385 (0)91 5444 918, e-mail: merania@pu.t-com.hr

St. Lucy’s Trail - Skitača

Spend the feast of St. Lucy- the patroness of eye sight, eyes and light- on the eponymous tourist trail in the village of Skitača. St. Lucy, whose day is celebrated on December 13th, is the patroness of the parish and the church built in 1616 in the village located in the southernmost part of the Labin peninsula. The legend says that St. Lucy asked the locals to build the church dedicated to her on the site. They kept postponing her wish so the saint climbed the near-by hill, sat on a rock and started crying. Tired and exhausted, she eventually fell asleep. When she woke up the next morning she noticed a small pit (školnica) filled with water, so she washed her face. Since then, water from this pit has never dried up, and numerous pilgrims, the blind and visually impaired, visit the well. The well is situated above the village, near the Brdo hill top, overlooking the islands Cres and Lošinj, cape Kamenjak and the Raša river mouth. On the other side of the village, a five minute walk from the mountaineering house, you’ll reach the Orlić top (470 m) offering the most beautiful panorama view over Labin, Rabac, Učka and the Kvarner Bay.
Trail length: 1.5 km

The Mine of Culture - Labin City Library

The cultural offer of Labin has recently been enriched by the new city library. The library is integrated in an authentic mining heritage ambience and is part of the protected industrial complex heritage called Pjacal. The monumental Marble Hall inside the Istrian coalmines Raša head office building, where the miners received wages and rose strikes, was transformed into a functional space with contemporary architectural and design solutions created by Ivana Žalac, Margita Grubiša, Igor Presečan and Damir Gamulin. The spacious area is covered with glass brick roof, side platforms cushioned chairs give the atmosphere of a living room, and a computer room with translucent curtains and the mining interior of the cafe upstairs join the future and the past in a futuristic design. Multi-purpose hall and departments for children and parents, young people and students are decorated with paintings by the local artists, thus making the library a must-see point in cultural sightseeing of Labin.