December in Labin and Rabac
Celebrate New Year by the sea, at Valamar Sanfior 4 * Hotel in Rabac , which, with its marine interior design blends with the magnificent view of the Kvarner Bay blue sea. Enjoy the memorable moments with your family or loved ones in the amazing Mediterranean with superb culinary delicacies, music, wellness and relaxation. New Year's Eve offer includes a welcome gift, luxurious New Year's Eve dinner rich with various gastro specialties and live music, festive party with fireworks, champagne at midnight, rich New Year's raffle (grand prize: a seven-day stay for two), indoor swimming pool, wellness center and fitness studio, and rich breakfast and dinner buffet.
New Year's Eve offer is available from 158 € per room.
T +385 52 465 000
Italian pharmacist Bartolomeo Giorgini who served in Labin in 1731 wrote down a local custom on the the first day of the new year. In order to symboliclly display freedom, on the first day of the new year citizens of Labin used to show a to the mayor a firecrest- the smallest bird they caught that morning. After the mass at the parish church ended, the bird was briefly held in a cage, and the honor to open it and free the bird was awarded to the rector. If the bird flew out and stopped at a large chapel, it was believed that the year will be fruitful. But if it flew to the Great Gate, it was a bad sign.
Experience the abundance of Labin and Rabac festive table at one of the best local restaurants Due Fratelli. On a hill near the road connecting the medieval Labin and Rabac, visit the restaurant run by brothers Valter and Damir Dragicevic. This family of fishermen brings famous Kvarner shrimps, squids, fresh anchovies and scallops directly on your plate. Don’t miss cod in white sauce, traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, minestrone with barley and corn, Adriatic squids in pan with potatoes in dark sauce, traditional Labin krafi (home-made sweet ravioli) for dessert and toast the New Year with the best wines of Labin.
6 Montozi, Labin
T +385 52 853 577
M +385 98 366 498, +385 98 334 030
This December marks the 172 years since the opening of the Little Theatre (Il Teatrino) at Labin old town. One of the most photographed Labin motives and one of the oldest theatre building in Croatia, was officially opened on 26 December 1844. The popular Tetarino originally served as a warehouse for grains (a granary) built in 1539, and since a clocktower rises above it, the building still resembles a church. The square in front of the theatre was named Piazzetta del Teatro after it and three centuries ago it was the central Labin square. In the theatre male and female roles were originally portrayed by men, as woman acting deemed improper. The first performances of silent films were held there in the early 20th century. After WWI theatre was even turned into a sports hall and a military warehouse but later it returned cultural functions. At the end of 1970s Labin painter Eugen Kokot restored the ceiling decoration made by Giovanni demori at the end of the 19th century. Teatrino is currently being restored to shine in a new light for the 21st century.
Step into the new year refreshed and fit and explore the longest Labin Prtlog bay (Porto Longo or Duga Luka in Croatian). Walk from Rabac on Terra Magica trail which stretches along the coast and picturesque groves over Gondolići to Prtlog, or visit it by car from Labin which is only 8 km away. By the 19th century Prtlog was Labin’s main port, which existed here from ancient times. The largest rise Prtlog experienced during Venetian governemnt with domestic products’ trade. But many locals experienced an unfortunate fate here. For serious criminal acts, offenders were sentenced to several years of slavery in the galleys and they boarded the galleys in Prtlog. Nowadays Prtlog is an oasis of peace lovers and a safe harbor for numerous family boats, and it is the most beautiful in May, when the sage covers the hills and blends with the blue of the sea which is one of the most beautiful scenes for many photographers visiting this area.
For your holiday tables select top quality Labin area wines from one of the oldest wineries of the eastern Istrian vineyards. The Licul family winery from Nedešćina led by the winemaker Romeo Licul, preserves the tradition of winemaking in Red Istria ever since 1850. Near the sea rich red soil (terra rossa) gives special quality to Romeo wines, so you can find wines of Istrian indigenous varieties of Malvasia, Teran and Chardonnay, Muscat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Family love and communion are transformed into multi-award-winning wines that you can taste in the winery and tasting room, and your hospitable hosts will tell you all about the process of wine production and offer home-made Istrian specialties.
Romeo Licul Family farm
67 Nedešćina, Nedešćina
T +385 52 865 401
M +385 99 744 1529, +385 98 759 032