December in Labin and Rabac

New Year’s Eve at Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior- Rabac

Celebrate New Year by the sea in Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior 4*, where the marine interior design blends with the stunning view over the blue sea of the Kvarner Bay. Enjoy the memorable moments with your family or your loved one on the amazing Adriatic with superb colinary delights, live music, wellness and relaxation. Special New Year’s Eve package offer includes: a lavish New Year’s Eve dinner rich with various gastro specialties with live music, indoor swimming pool, wellness center and fitness studio use and a rich breakfast and dinner buffet. Book your holiday and let the Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior 4* staff takes care of all the details while you enjoy the unforgettable holidays in Rabac. New Year’s Eve offer starts from €228 per room., E-mail:, Phone: +385 (0) 52 465 120


Holiday Romantic Chic

Feel the Christmas atmosphere at the newly opened Velo kafe restaurant tavern in Labin Old town. The unusual blend of romantic chic and indigenous rustic details, including vintage dishes and selected global cookbooks, is a real lure for all culinary enthusiasts. Standing at the door you’ll feel the warmth of Christmas gathering with the smell of apple, quince and pear strudel served with orange ice-cream. The wilderness of Labin forests and vineyards blend in the enchanting tastes of roe shoulder in Merlot and mushroom sauce with warm home-made polenta. For the seafood lovers, there’s fresh monkfish from the Kvarner Bay gratinated with truffles. Winter in Velo kafe cannot go without zarebanjak (dried pork loin) with sauerkraut, pork fillet, porcini mushrooms and home-made kale.
Restaurant and Café Velo kafe, 12 Titov trg, Labin, phone: +385 (0)52 852 745, e-mail:


New Year Wellness

From 28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015 enjoy in wellness relaxation, New Year’s cocktails and coffee overlooking the sea in hotels Narcis 4*, Mimosa 4* and Hedera 3* located in Maslinica bay in Rabac. Sail into New Year feeling relaxed with the scents of Rabac natural cosmetics and choose one of seven original massages by Sentona goddess - the local saint patroness of travellers. Surrounded with hundreds of olive trees, enjoy a walk near the sea up to Rabac waterfront and St. Andrew’s chapel, or hike up Sentona’s trail to Labin and discover the winter magic of waterfalls and brooks.
Maslinica Hotels & Resorts, Rabac, phone: +385 (0)52 884 150, E-mail:,


Winter Lanterns

Let the light of Labin lanterns follow you throughout the entire new year, and before you step into the happy new 2015, book your table at family restaurant Ferali (Lanterns in Croatian) in Štrmac, on the main road leading to Labin. For many years this restaurant’s been a favorite stopover for numerous tourists travelling to Rabac, an ideal place for pre-holiday family lunch or dinner. From a simple retro ambience for lunch, to the elegant interior for evening enjoyment in the local winter delicacies, in Ferali you’ll feel like at home. Dinner plate of fresh tuna served on arugula salad, hot-cold cuttlefish tagliata (sliced steak) and fish carpaccio are perfect for a light dinner, while beefsteak with truffles, fuži (home- made pasta) and pomegranate followed by chestnut and caramel cake will certainly make you want to visit Labin again and again.
Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast Ferali, Štrmac bb, phone: +385 (0)52 851 840, E-mail:


Dubrova Open Air Sculpture Park

Make the most of your holidays and enjoy a walk around Dubrova, one of the most beautiful sculpture parks in Croatia, founded 45 years ago. The park is located at the entrance to Labin near the main road next to restaurant Dubrova, in a mythical grove at the border of baroque country estate once owned by the Frankovićs, the 17th century patrician family from Labin. There are ninety-four sculptures made by famous Croatian and international artists, including Raul Goldoni, Dušan Džamonja, Marija Ujević and Joost Barbiers. While in the park, stroll down the White Road, a special-artistic project in progress made by the eminent Croatian artists as part of the International Sculpture Symposium. Step out of your personal boundaries with the sculpture Break-through by Jozef Jankovič or hug a loved one next to The King and Queen by Zvonimir Kamenar.


Labin Christmas Recipes

The noble families of Labin once served krafi (sort of ravioli) with lamb meat sauce and cheese topping, while nowadays recipes include krafi with cheese and raisins with caramel topping, or currently popular version with truffles and walnuts. On Christmas Eve dinner consisted of dried cod in the so-called white sauce, pasutice with brodetto (traditional dried cod fish stew), Savoy cabbage side dish and minestrone made of lentils, broad beans and beans. Before attending the midnight Mass housewives used to bake fritule, kroštule and blenci (sweet pastry). A popular and abundant winter dish even nowadays is jota, made of sauerkraut, beans, barley, ham, dried meat and potato.