November in Labin and Rabac
Get ready for winter and protect your immunity with homemade honey products at the traditional Labin Honey Days organized by Pčelarska udruga Labin (Labin Beekeeping Association). Take part in educational workshops at this international honey exhibition, get honey products at the sales exhibition, taste dishes and desserts with honey prepared by the local caterers. Throughout November, special menus are offered by the restaurants in Labin, and you can also walk to the educational Town Apiary in Labin, where you will find many useful information about beekeeping and honey.
The Labin National Museum has recently enriched its collections with one of the last wooden troughs used during the olive oil production process. The trough is approximately two hundred years old and was located in Drenje village. There were several family oil mills in the villages of Drenje and Ravni, and one of them belonged to the Blažina family who also owned the said trough. On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppina Martinuzzi, the most famous woman from Labin, a teacher and a revolutionary, the Town of Labin and the National Museum are in the process of returning a part of the legacy of her library which she wilfully donated to her hometown. So far, the library inventory of 415 volumes with 773 titles has been in the University Library Rijeka. To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, which is being celebrated next year, the National Museum is also renovating Matthias Flacius Illyricus Memorial Collection and the Franković Palace, which houses the Collection.
Within the EU project Inspiration, which deals with the revitalization of town with rich industrial heritage: Labin, Rijeka, Trbovlje and Slovenska Bistrica through the development of cultural tourism, indigenous souvenirs, dishes and experiences on the subject of Labin's mining heritage have been selected. For the indigenous souvenirs a yellow mining badge by Labin artist Ivona Verbanac and a 3D key ring with the mine shaft motif by the author Marko Ambroš have been chosen. Taste the indigenous Mining Menu: Maneštra s trukinjicu (minestrone soup with corn), Boškarin (Istrian ox) beef cheeks in Teran sauce with gnocchi, and Labinski krafi (dessert) with walnuts at the Kvarner Restaurant. And the students of Mate Blažina High School, Petar Dundara and Martin Šverko, with their mentor Majda Milevoj Klapčić, designed an indigenous treasure hunt experience called Lov na blago.
Rabac Lanterna (the lighthouse) is an unavoidable motif of Rabac, part of its rich maritime history, and the beach that stretches beneath it is also named after it. The stone tower-like lighthouse was officially completed on July 1, 1871 and was built by Governo Marittima, the then Naval Administration from Trieste. The original lighthouse was erected on Cape St. Andrea, which was named after a nearby church of the same name. It consisted of a metal structure placed in front of a small house. A small tower next to the ground floor tower was erected seven years later, and the tower floor was built around 1930. At that time the lighthouse was next to the villa of the Fillinich family of Trieste, and on the night of 24-25 April 1945 it was demolished by German soldiers on their retreat from Istria. The name of the first lighthouse keeper in Rabac is unknown, but world travel writer Sir Richard Francis Burton in his records from Labin area mentions the oldest lighthouse keeper Andrej Peternel. The new unmanned lighthouse was rebuilt after WWII. The modern Valamar Sanfior Hotel, built on the site of a previous villa, was named Lanterna. Lanterna is an unavoidable point of the Hidden charms promenade that leads you to the most beautiful views of Rabac.
Autumn colouring is the ideal scenery for strolling through Dubrova Sculpture Park, a unique outdoor gallery. At the entrance to Labin, along the main road Pula - Rijeka, next to the Dubrova country estate, inside of which is the Franković-Lazzarini baroque palace, is one of the most beautiful Croatian sculpture parks. With 33 hectares of land with 68 sculptures by the most famous Croatian and international artists, 16 sections of Bijela Cesta (White Road) and Dolac amphitheatre, you are given unique moments of experiencing art and nature. Surrounded by drywall, natural valleys and rich and varied Mediterranean flora, the sculptures are restored with the removal of the patina of time, shining in the original white stone of Istrian stone. In addition to the restoration of the artworks, the Mediterranean Sculpture Symposium Association also organizes additional facilities and programs in the park. So recently Mosaic as Painting for Eternity workshop was held under the guidance of academic painter and professor Zdravko Milić, followed by an exhibition in Labin. An educational walk was organized for the World Tourism Day with the aim of getting to know the cultural heritage of Labin, and Terra Albona recreational gastronomic bike ride passed through the park. You can follow the news from the park on: