December in Labin and Rabac
Don’t miss this year's magical Advent atmosphere and numerous events in Labin. The Christmas magic begins on Thursday, December 19 at 5 pm with the Mendula Association humanitarian lottery in collaboration with TZG Labin and LAG Eastern Istria with performances by Klapa Labin, City Orchestra and Labin Majorettes. From 8pm Diego Zulijani and Laguna Band perform, and from 11pm have fun with the DJ program.
The traditional festive brunch (marenda) of Labin caterers takes place on Friday, December 20, from 10am to 12 noon, followed by the Duo Ex-New group concert at 8:30 pm, and at 9:45 pm a musical treat, a concert by the legendary Bajaga. Bajaga's many hits will introduce us to midnight fireworks followed by dancing with DJ Haris.
On Saturday, December 21 take your kids to the Teatar Naranča show from 10am to 1pm and Santa Claus’ Fun Train. The festive atmosphere continues in the evening at 9 pm with the Pink Floyd Tribute rock concert, and from midnight to 2am there is a party with the DJ.
A new boutique hotel Terra Residence 4* has been opened in the heart of Labin Old town, a few steps away from Tito Square at the address 2 Božo Štemberga. The design hotel with seven double rooms is decorated in a modern style in the basic colours of Istrian land, stone, sea, olives and lavender. The interior is decorated with paintings by Labin artist Ivona Verbanac, and guests can enjoy a beautiful garden with a preserved old well. The architectural project was made by local architects Darijan Čekada and Vanja Vidulin.
The traditional Tomažići restaurant in a quiet rural setting in Nedešćina near Labin has refurbished its interior and menu. In addition to the popular Istrian dishes, the menu now includes five types of home-made burgers with spicy homemade Forto sauces and whiskey and rib-eye steak. The best Istrian and Croatian fine wines are available from their Wine Bar, open from 6pm to midnight.
For the fifth consecutive year, the world's most influential guide to the world's top extra virgin olive oils, Flos Olei, has declared Istria the best olive growing region in the world. In its 2020 guide, 77 oils from Istria are ranked among the top five hundred olive oil producers in the world, and Olea BB from Rabac, the olive grower Duilio Belić with a rating of 98, was awarded the flattering world title in the "Company with Heart" category. Negri Olive oil of Labin olive grower William Negri was awarded a high score of 95, placing him in the extra class.
December 4, the feast of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners, is ideal for visiting the youngest Istrian town of Raša. Get to know the rich mining history of Raša and Labin area at the Visitors Centre - Arsia Mining House and on the St. Barbara trail Labin - Kapelica - Raša. Start with a tour of Labin Old town and discover the beautiful buildings preserved from the time of Venice: San Fior town gate, the town loggia, the Franković, Manzini, Scampicchio, Negri and Battiala-Lazzarini (National Museum) palaces. Labin National Museum will delight you with a unique model of mine in this part of Europe, after which you will head to Raša. The trail runs past Karlota, a quarry and one mine shaft that introduces you’re coming to a mining town. Raša, like the backdrop of a calm scenery, will fascinate you with its regular series of houses, which, when embedded in the landscape of the Raša valley, seem almost unreal. Built in 1937 according to the project of architect Pulitzer Finali, Raša was a modern town designed for the needs of miners and their families with all the necessary facilities (school, hospital, cinema) and a church dedicated to the patron saint of miners, Barbara, built in the shape of a twisted wagon, and its bell tower is reminiscent of a mining lamp.
Trail length: 4.4 km
Duration: 1.5 hours
In the border area of the Učka Nature Park, in the village of Šušnjevica, only 20 km away from Labin, the Interpretation Centre Vlaski puti was opened. Šušnjevica is known for its Romanian-speaking language, or Vlach, which is protected as an intangible cultural heritage of Croatia. Since the natural transfer from parents to children has been interrupted, this language has become extremely endangered, so the aim of the centre is to preserve the history, tradition and culture of the area. The museum with a médiathèque is located on the ground floor of the renovated primary school, where you can see thematic roads across Učka called Contraband Roads. The contraband took place in the 1930s when the local residents used to sell agricultural products across Učka to the duty-free zone in Kvarner. They carried 50 kilos of hens and chickens on their shoulders in cages, and they would walk across the inhospitable mountainous terrain for 2 to 3 hours to reach Lovran and Rijeka.