APRIL IN LABIN AND RABAC
Experience the most beautiful Istrian landscapes following the adventure race 100 Miles of Istria. The longest ultra-trail race in Croatia starts in Labin Old town at 5 PM on April 11th. Five hundred and fifty contestants take part in this 166 km long endurance race which, in its first part, leads through spectacular countryside of Labin area. From the Old town runners follow Sentona’s trail near the streams and waterfalls to sea and Rabac, and then climb over Kosi and Plomin to Učka mountain tops and run further through Istria finishing the race in Umag. Learn how to overcome your own endurance limits in Istria- this week trail centre of the world. All information on the longest race and 105km Ultratrail, 65 km Trail and 1 Mile Istria Kids’ Trail available from www.istria100.com and www.facebook.com/100MilesOfIstria
Enjoy the indigenous Istrian tastes at a traditional gathering of Istrian restaurateurs, winemakers, olive oil producers and family farms. The 8th Tastes of Istria open in Trg labinskih rudara in Labin at 11 AM on April 11th. Visitors will be able to buy a ceramic plate (30kn price) for unlimited tasting of the meals served, and a wine glass (20 kn price) providing no limit wine tasting. The programme includes cooking show with experts judging asparagus dishes. Near-by the two-day 6th Labin Flower Fair opens on the same day.
The traditional boat race in Rabac brings the spirit of charming local rivalries, lots of fun, music and local seafood specialities. Preserving the tradition of Rabac fishermen, its inhabitants compete in popular voganje (rowing in Rabac dialect) starting from the waterfront and finishing on the right side of the Rabac bay at Teleferika- ruins of an old railway once used for bauxite transport from Labin mines. With the loud support, teasing and lots of laughter, the party continues at the waterfront with a traditional rope pulling competition, delicious grilled sardines, local wines and live music.
Spend the unforgettable Easter with your family at Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence in Rabac. Situated right above the white pebble beaches and rich Mediterranean flora, surrounded with kids’ parks and promenades, Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence provide a perfect setting for fun and entertainment. Welcome gift included a sweet Easter pastry known as pinca. Along with the rich Easter gastronomic offer, the hotel organizes Easter egg hunt for children and Easter luncheon with traditional Easter specialities.
Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence 4*, Rabac, www.valamar.com, e-mail:
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Labin Old town is famous for its medieval palaces which were built at the beginning of the 16th century following the rise of Venetian Republic. One of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces belonged to a prominent aristocratic family Scampicchio who gave several intellectuals and town mayors. The prominent town representatives were also entrusted the town archive which was kept in their family palace where they also preserved a collection of geological rarities from Labin area. Antonio Scampicchio, Labin Mayor and a member of the Istrian Parliament, was interested in geology and archaeology, and founded the first Istrian museum collection within the palace. The palace was built in the 16th century next to the parish church, and the family coat of arms is preserved on the front façade. In 1582 the family donated a part of their property for the church to be extended, and in turn for that were given a permission by Pope Urban VIII to connect the palace with the church i.e. to build their private passage to the church which is nowadays on of the most popular motifs while taking photos in the Old town.
With a fresh sea breeze, try the colorful spring menu at Nostromo Restaurant in Rabac. Enjoy the fresh spring menu by starting with sardines in savor, bruscetti with shrimps and arugula emulsion. Feel delighted with natural colors and light tastes of the main course. Let yourself be seduced with the freshness and colors of the sea bream fillet on potato pottage and glazed vegetables, spinach and Mediterranean plants chips. And for dessert-soft amaretti with sweet potato mousse, dried figs and apples with a pinch of pepper and toasted in olive oil will make this culinary experience simply unforgettable.
Nostromo Hotel & Restaurant, 7 Obala maršala Tita, Rabac, Phone/fax: +385(0)52 872 601
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