May in Labin and Rabac
Enjoy the white sails and become a part of one of the most popular sailing cruise regattas in Istria and the Kvarner Bay. This traditional regatta, named after a famous local historical event, the proclamation of miners’ Labin Republic, starts in Rabac bay waters on Saturday, May 20 at 11 AM. After the whole day sailing, from 9 PM enjoy the entertainment show and live music. Regatta events are held in a tent on the new part of waterfront. To take part in the regatta, register personally from the Regatta Committee office located at Rabac port waterfront on regatta day, latest at 10 AM. For more information, visit the organizer’s web site:
Sailing club Kvarner
Oliva camping site, 10 Maslinica, Rabac
T +385 (0)98 234 667
Shrimps (scampi), considered as one of the most prized Mediterranean and global delicacies, are caught in the waters of Rabac bay. This indispensable sea delicacy on Istrian and Kvarner menus is at a promotional price available from the Second Kvarner Shrimp Festival held in Rabac on May 27. At this gastro event caterers prepare dishes exclusively with shrimps from the Kvarner Bay, caught by local fishermen, members of Alba Fisheries Local Action Group, the organizers of this event. Besides the shrimps, festival guests will be offered with local award-winning wines, made by the members of Istočna Istra Local Action Group: Goran Baćac, Lari Juričić, Vinogradi San Martino - Miljenko Vretenar and Romeo Licul, as well as Negri olive oil. Discover band duetto will perform live music.
Rabac waterfront, 5 – 10 PM
This summer Valamar Hotels & Resorts proudly presents a new jewel in their offer – the exclusive Valamar Girandella Resort 4*. The resort stretches around one of the most beautiful bays on the Istrian east coast. It is surrounded with pine forest rolling down to white pebble beaches which ensures natural shade. Resort is car free, so the guests can roam around not worrying about traffic. Rich variety of sports and fun activities available in daytime and several various restaurants open new possibilities for day and night entertainment, making Valamar Girandella Resort a perfect quality holiday destination. The resort offers three ranges of accommodation and facilities for three first-class vacation styles: family vacation, adults only vacation or premium villa vacation.
Girandella Family Hotel offers spacious family rooms, top-quality kids' entertainment, family beach, kids' pool, babysitting at Baby room, Family Lounge and a restaurant with kids' corner.
Girandella Adults Only offers rooms and suites only for adults, a restaurant, relax pool, beach and Beach club, also exclusively for adults.
For guests who seek to upgrade their vacation to a higher level there are Premium Villas with luxurious rooms with suites, infinity pool and kids' pool, fine dining restaurant and beach bar breakfast service.
Diverse range of accommodation, crystal clear sea, view to Kvarner bay islands and top-quality Valamar service will delight even the most demanding guests.
Booking and info:
T +385 52 465 000
Experience and celebrate life at Rabac Open Air festival of life held in Rabac from June to August. Rabac Open Air program is divided into four program units held in various locations. Music program called Special Events opens on July 7 with a free concert by Neno Belan & Fiumens in the popular The Beat Beach Club, and the festival closes on August 23 with live performance by Elemental, also a free concert in the new Sundance Club at Girandella.
On Wednesdays in July and August Rabac will be overwhelmed by the sounds of numerous local and international musicians who will be performing as part of Street Music program. Urban rock and dreamy jazz tunes performed by Croatian and foreign virtuosos will resound in numerous locations, from the favorite promenades to trendy restaurants. In the street Rabac Street Performance program on Tuesdays brings Circus in the City, with numerous jugglers, fire eaters, stilt walkers and many others entertaining passers-by and tourists on the seafront promenade. After a joyful walk of performers and their sketches, on the summer stage near the lighthouse below the hotel Valamar Sanfior follows the attractive Cabaret show. For the youngest, Sundays are reserved for interactive program called Princess Ball, in which children will get to meet the prince and princess, take a photo with their favorite cartoon characters and take part in dance workshop and a course in fencing.
On three Saturdays Cinema and Theater program brings an extremely popular scenic and educational attraction Istria Inspirit, which will along the promenade and by the lighthouse below the hotel Valamar Sanfior tell a thrilling pirate story and delight with the attractive fire show performance. Film lovers will enjoy Open Air Cinema at Casa Valamar Sanfior pool and Oliva pool in Maslinica Hotels & Resort in the cinema under the stars with free film screenings of various genres. The repertoire includes numerous family, animated, crime, adventure and other blockbusters, which will be enjoyed with popcorn and refreshments.
Special Events program brings Summer Carnival (June 17), Labin Art Republic (July 1 – August 31), and Street Entertainment Night (July 16) at the festival .
The program of this central summer event in Rabac will be complemented in the months ahead, and all the information and news can be found at:
Experience the purple magic of sage flowering on Labin area slopes from tourist- educational Sage trail. On the southernmost part of Labin peninsula in the village of Skitača from Skitaci mountain lodge towards Orlić hilltop (470 m) you’ll find slopes covered with fragrant and healing sage. Over the centuries, this melliferous herb was used to treat cough, throat and gum infections, for home-made medicinal brandy production and in meat dishes preparation, for better digestion. Head to the spa at Rabac hotels Maslinica Hotels & Resorts and Valamar Sanfior 4* and enjoy in massage with sage essential oil is for painful and tired muscles. Sea and mountain air rich in aerosol will remove any fatigue and stress.
Labin – Skitača distance: 20 km. From Labin, go to Brgod and Brovinje to Skitača.
Orlić hilltop: 5 min walk from the mountain lodge. Sightseeing area is located around the hilltop and on the right and on the left from the main road leading to Cerovica and Ravni.
T +385 (0)52 884 172
Hotel Valamar Sanfior 4*
T +385 52 465 000
If you’d you like to set off from the town of galleries, charming churches and baroque palaces to the infinity of spectacular views of the the Kvarner Bay and lightly rinse your eyes with the healing tears of Saint Lucy, choose the Bella Vista route. Take the road from Labin old town to Kranjci. The route will lead you through Gora Glušići to Skitača, the highest point of Labin area, offering a unique view of the the Kvarner Bay and on a clear and sunny day you’ll even see the outlines of Venice. Set only 1 km away from a renovated mountain lodge there is a hole in a rock, where according to a legend you’ll find a healing water spring, also known by the name ‘Tears of St. Lucy’. After you enjoy the unforgettable sight and breathe in the strong scent of sage growing on almost bare white stone, cycle down the road Ravni where you can swim and relax on its beautiful beaches, or simply enjoy the stunts of surfers who like to gather here. Passing through Drenje via Crni, you’ll come to the route that leads back to Labin old town where you started from.
Route length: 33 km
Level of difficulty: medium
Altitude: 670 m
Highest point: 510 m
Istria Bike Map: https://goo.gl/64jvnp