JUNE IN LABIN AND RABAC

THE DOLPHINS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

It is said that to see the dolphins at sea means happiness. And really, when you see these beautiful and intelligent creatures joyfully jumping around the ship, you suddenly feel like diving among them in their joyful dance. Rabac travel agency 'Invicta' offers you an unforgettable experience encountering with dolphins in the waters of Rabac. Excursion boat equipped with sophisticated sonar equipment will take you to the 'Dolphin Safari', a unique experience that includes search for the dolphins around the blue sea all the way to the isle of Cres. Well experienced marine crew will introduce you with the lifestyle of dolphins, and if you want to play with the dolphins in the sea, the agency offers a diving course. The scuba diving course includes hiring all the necessary equipment for an undersea adventure, and for five day rent, you get one day for free.

Travel agency „Invicta“, Obala M. Tita bb, Rabac, Phone: ++385 52 880-240, Cell phone: ++ 385 98 715 1088.  www.divingcroatia.com, e-mail: invicta@pu.t-com.hr

LET ALL YOUR SENSES ENJOY

In the month with the longest days treat yourself with Slow Food Weekend in an elegant boutique hotel Villa Annette. In the Mediterranean garden with the most beautiful view overlooking the Rabac Bay at sunset enjoy the superb culinary delights with four courses complemented with the sounds of ambiental music and natural vitality drink. The Peršić family wine shop offers 120 sorts of premium wines, and let your taste buds get spoiled with white and black truffles from the near-by Čepić field, served with olive oil made of moraiolo and leccino sorts. End your romantic weekend by tasting the best Istrian wines in the local wineries with traditional food prepared in restaurants in attractive locations and learn interesting stories about the history, customs and food of eastern Istria. There are three different programs offering Istrian wine regions’ tours.

Hotel and restaurant Villa Annette, 24 Raška , 52221 Rabac, Phone: + 385 52 884 222, e-mail: villa.annette@pu.t-com.hr, www.villaannette.hr

ONCE UPON A TIME… ON MY GRANDMA’S MENU

The most popular summer culinary event in Rabac and Labin, ‘What Our Grandmas Cooked’, this year starts on June 19th and shall be held once a month during  summer. This all-evening-round party includes traditional local dishes and products with folk dance and pop music. Don’t miss the opportunity to have a taste of Istrian prosciutto, sausages, ombolo (smoked pork), truffle products, local wines and brandies, and the best olive oils in from the Labin area. If this is not enough, you can bring home home made sweets that smell like grandma’s kitchen, recipes, and maybe an occasional culinary secret which the local grandmas will be happy to share with you.
The event starts at 8:30 PM on the waterfront in Rabac.

DANCING WITH STARS

If your vacation includes top entertainment, four star Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence offers you an unforgettable dancing holiday. From June 9th the hotel guests have an opportunity to dance with Latin-American dance world champions Alice Guschelbauer and Balázs Ekker, stars of the Austrian TV show ‘Dancing with stars’. This entertainment package includes a welcome party, the spectacular dance show and live music, and the guests can enjoy in a variety of additional benefits, such as wine tasting and attractive tours. Glamorous dancing with the stars and romantic Rabac summer starry skies will remain in your memory for a long time because dance has always been the best expression of love. The attractive dance couple continues their show from July 9th and 18th, and September 21st .

Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence, Rabac bb, 52221 Rabac, Reservation Center Phone: ++385 52 465 200, e-mail: reservations@valamar.com, www.valamar.com/hr/bellevue-hotel-rabac 

SUMMER CARNIVAL JUNE 18th 2011

For those who missed this year's winter carnival madness in Labin, the local carnival association known as Labinjonska kumpanija ‘Domoća folšarija’ (‘Local Fools’) organizes the traditional summer carnival. A variety of carnival groups will gather at 7 P.M. at Narcis hotel and accompanied by musicians walk down the Rabac promenade to the waterfront, where the wild party starts followed by the presentation of all groups. Since they were at this year Rijeka carnival one of the most notable groups in their Robin Hood apparel, members of  Labinjonska kumpanija will entertain both the  foreign guests with their Hudi Robin program. The frisky group ends its journey at Girandella tourist resort beach where the carnival party with streams of local wine and food starts in the evening.

MIRROR FISHING

The largest number of art studios and galleries per capita among the Croatian old town cores is associated with the old part of Labin. At the very entrance next to the Sanfior town gate you will see picturesque storefronts, and at the very corner of Stari trg Square, heading to the parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary Nativity, there is an art studio Allegro, run by the local artist and art teacher Alida Blašković. Unique turquoise wavy mirrors inviting you like the waves in Rabac to take a look at them make this studio a must-see sight. Angels made of clay and ceramics, photo frames and sculptures of colorful local cats - trademark of Labin old town; smiling and sparkling fish are just some of Alida’s artistic souvenirs that can decorate your home.
Allegro studio and souvenirs, 4 Stari trg, 52220 Labin, Phone: + +385 98918-1031, Contact person: Alida Blašković