February in Labin and Rabac
This year Labin carnival group Labinjonska kumpanija, domoća folšarija marks its 35th anniversary by throwing a big birthday party in the craziest month of the year. One-month carnival rule began in late January when the masked crowd took the town keys from the mayor of Labin, and hung the carnival doll called Šontul at Labinskih rudara Square. Children's parade will pass through Labin on February 5, while the main carnival parade takes place on Zelenice Street on Saturday, February 25. On Shrove Tuesday, February 28 the carnival doll will be burnt followed by children's masquerade party.
This Valentine's Day the finest Labin and Rabac restaurants traditionally organize exciting Valentine menus. Whether you want an unforgettable romantic dinner, celebrate friendship or you're just looking for new culinary challenges, choose from a variety of romantic menus. From fresh Adriatic seafood delicacies: sea bass fillet al’ cartoccio, octopus’ buns, tuna prosciutto and marinated anchovies to gnocchi filled with Istrian ox meat and aphrodisiac truffles and delicious chocolate mousse. Go for elegant or modern ambience at top restaurants Velo Kafe, Peteani Hotel and Villa Annette, relaxed rural atmosphere at baron’s Kaštel Pineta and Tomažići Restaurant or seafood cuisine flagship restaurants, Due Fratelli and Nostromo in Rabac.
Sixteen years ago Zagreb artist Armano Jeričević, a dentist and graduate movie director student left the conventional urban life and moved with his family in the abandoned hamlet in the heart of Istria. By living the sustainability in accordance with the rhythms of his artistic reality, his life and art are a combination of philosophy and esotericism which is subtly reflected in his works. Exhibition Chasing the Clouds consist of printed photos and experimental video work on the subject of his personal conceptual act which he named ‘Sense Manufacture’. He runs his family farm under the same name, as well as a trans-modern art workshop - gallery in the abandoned Istrian hamlet. Jeričević has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Croatia and abroad (Marrakech, Grand Rapids, Grožnjan, Višnjan, Rijeka, Zagreb). His works are represented in printed project of the international art magazine Visions libres (Photography, Culture and Contemporary Art).
The exhibition is on display at Labin Town Gallery until February 25, 2017.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 to 14 and 17 - 20 h
Labin Town Gallery
1. Maja 5, Labin
T +385 52852123
Hotel Valamar Sanfior 4 * in Rabac is one of objects from Valamar Hotels & Resorts offering a variety of full service facilities for active recreation biking lovers. From the mountainous north through the magical inland to the picturesque south of the peninsula, from east to west coast, discover Istria on two wheels. Like a spider web, more or less regulated and unregistered bike paths cover the whole of Istria. There are also road and mountain paths for professional cyclists’ training, as well as those for passionate amateurs and families. Bike lovers face a sweet torment when they have to decide whether the hinterland paths are better than those at the coastline. Bike Hotel Valamar Sanfior 4 * in Rabac, as well as other Valamar bike hotels, offers a variety of services and facilities for cyclists - from bicycle storage room, bike washing area, organized cycling tours and free GPS map to set of tools for simple repairs.
Book accommodation to February 28th 2017 and a 10% discount will be included in the price. Discount is valid for bookings until November 1st 2017.
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After your romantic Valentine lunch or dinner at Nostromo restaurant in Rabac, enjoy a walk with your loved one down one of the most beautiful Istrian promenades along the Rabac coastline. When you leave the restaurant follow the promenade and go to St. Andrew’s peninsula with the 15th century chapel dedicated to St. Andrew, the oldest building heritage in Rabac. Take a photo next to the most attractive Rabac artistic sculpture ‘The Pearls’ by Vasko Lipovac, located on a rock beneath the chapel. The promenade leads on next to lanterna (a lighthouse in Croatian) with beautiful panoramic views of the sea and the nearby island of Cres. At the end the promenade passes to gravel road leading to a secluded Prižnja cove where the trail continues to Prohaska, one of the most beautiful parts of Rabac. Named after the Prohaskas, a merchant family from Rijeka, originally from the Czech Republic, who owned a holiday mansion in this place, which was destroyed in the past. Sea coves with white pebbles, crystal clear sea and air bathed in aromatic scents of pine and rosemary will create the moments you’ll never forget.
Trail length: 4.7 km
Duration: 2 hours
For twenty years now ceramics artists Roberta Franković and Aleks Klobas have been creating utensils, decorative and artistic ceramic products which are a well-known souvenir from Labin and Rabac. Decorative wall facades depicting Labin old town buildings, traditional Istrian jugs, bottles for Istrian olive oil, sea inspired jewelry sea and colorful Rabac boats are only part of range of the hand-made products from their Keramika A.R. workshop. In the workshop, you can see part of the assortment and order a design to suit your preferences. If you’re into home decoration, you can choose the original rustic and modern bedside lamps, chain pendant lightning or hand-painted ceiling lights.
Keramika A. R., utensils and decorative ceramics craft production
1 E. Štenberger, Labin
T +385 (0)95 8224 198, (0)92 2122 565