May in Labin and Rabac
Join the cycling fans at a cycling weekend and 2015 Valamar Terra Magica race. All contestants register for one race, and then choose race length: 75km, 55km or 35km. The routes go through attractive locations in Rabac, Labin and Istrian hinterland. XC Marathon with various length races starts on Saturday, May 16th at 10.30 AM, offering something for everyone. MTB Orientation race, Mini Trail and Family Cycling around Rabac take place on Sunday. Valamar Hotels & Resorts prepared special offers with popular accommodation prices. Allegro Hotel 3* provides complete technical and logistic support for you to enjoy the most of cycling paths, hills and valleys of the beautiful Istria. The hotel offers safe bike storage, special high-energy meals, bike route maps, rent a bike, and information on locations, opening hours and contact of the nearest mechanics’ in case of higher damage. Double rooms available from 48€/per night.
This year the sailing cruiser regatta race named after a famous strike organized by Labin mine workers celebrates its tenth anniversary organized by Sailing Club Kvarner Rabac. The program starts with opening welcome party on Friday, May 15th, at the waterfront in Rabac upon arrival of the first crews, with live performance by Night Express starting at 9PM and a photo presentation of the previous races. On Saturday, May 16th, before the first race starting at 11 AM, enjoy the performance by Labin Majorettes, and between 10.30-12AM, head to kids’ sailing art workshop. The entertaining program starts at 9PM with live music. The third race, introduced by Labin Town Orchestra concert, starts at 10AM on Sunday, May 17th. The closing ceremony is scheduled after the final, fourth race. Enjoy the gastronomic specialities and Istrian wines at the waterfront. Outdoor activities’ fans will enjoy Outdoor Expo fair open from 9 AM on Saturday at the waterfront in Rabac. Outdoor Expo Zone presents leading equipment brands specialized in outdoor activities. You’ll find bikes and cycling equipment, clothing and footwear for running, and climbing, kayaking and stand up paddle surfing.
Throughout the year at Maslinica Hotels & Resorts special attention is given to landscape design in front of their four hotels in the most beautiful Rabac bay known as Maslinica. Along with olive groves with the camping site Oliva, whose guests with their hosts pick olives and make olive oil in autumn, the guests will notice the luxurious horticulture round the hotels. Colourful rose bushes, closely cropped grassland, magnificent palm trees at hotel entrances, magnolias and fragrant rosemary all make guest want to return to Rabac. In the most floral month of the year book your accommodation at hotels Narcis 4*, Mimosa 4*, Lido Palace 4* and Hedera 3*, and visit Flower Fair in Labin which will be held May 8th-9th in Trg labinskih rudara. Find seedlings and decorative materials for your garden and have fun with live music, dance program and promotional gastronomic offer.
Enjoy spring in its full glory on Sentona’s trail connecting Labin and Rabac. The most beautiful tourist trail in Labin area provides an ideal and easy trekking along waterfalls, streams, springs, the mysterious Negri’s cave and rich Mediterranean plants growing in this protected landscape. Yellow Spanish broom, which, thanks to the strength of its stem was once used for making ropes, intertwines with laurel trees, which relaxes and cleans airways, pomegranate bushes and fig trees adorning Pećina stream waterfalls. There are seven small bridges built across the charming rapids for which this trail was named in honour of the local goddess Sentona, the patroness of travellers. Back in the past, spring water was used to run an old mill whose ruins are located next to the highest waterfall pouring into turquoise lake in the stream valley in Maslinica bay.
Trail length: 2.4 km
Duration: 1 h downhill, 2h uphill
Elegance, exclusiveness, tradition- these are just a few of the irresistible characteristics and charm of Villa Annette 4* Hotel & Restaurant in Rabac, one of the top four hotels in Istria. As if it emerged from the silence, Villa Annette is surrounded with peaceful olive trees on a protected part hill slope above the Rabac Bay, with a spectacular view overlooking Kvarner islands Cres, Lošinj and Unije. At the pool deck or on the lawn in olive trees’ shadow, the Peršić family will provide you with the memorable experience with traditional specialties, wines, truffles from near-by Čepić fields, a story of unique Kvarner Bay shrimps, Istrian history, customs, scents and colours of olive oil from their own Villa Annette Selection. Discover the rich tastes of Essentia Mediteranea, aromatic Lecino, spicy taste and fruit scent of Frantoio and why delicate Buža has such a specific taste. These olive oil sorts are available from olive oil presentation & tasting during Dani šparoga (Asparagus Days). Find more on special accommodation packages from:
There are more than thirty professional artists living in Labin and the Old town is full of art galleries and studios. Discover Labin and Rabac spring colours at charming Allegro atelier located in Stari trg and choose ceramic miniatures of Labin in the clouds and playful Rabac fish in various colours. At rustic pottery studio Merania the Jenkel family preserves the tradition of producing ceramic pottery once widely used in the Labin area. You can try your hand at the potter’s wheel and buy the original Istrian jugs decorated with colourful ornaments. Enjoy the depth and beauty of the sea transformed in strong emotional experience from Deep Blue collection at the art studio of visual artist and performer Ivona Verbanac. The studio is located on the main road leading to Labin Old Town. The visual artist Adalgisa Narcisa Škopac will cheer you with expressionist motifs of mystic wavy petite stone houses and colourful cypress trees, symbols of Labin and Rabac.
Alida Blašković, Allegro Atelier & Souvenirs, 4 Stari Trg, Mobile: +385 98 918-1031
Ivona Verbanac Art Studio, 8/1 Aldo Negri, Labin Old Town, Mobile: +385 91 5197-333, e-mail: email@example.com
Adalgisa Narcisa Skopac, Atelier Uno, 7/III G.Martinuzzi, Labin Old Town, Mobile: +385 98 890 041