November in Labin and Rabac
On Saturdays and Sundays in November AZRRI - Agency for Rural Development of Istria Pazin and Agritourism farms of Istrian County organize Agritourism Open Door Day. The goal of this gastro event is the promotion of rural households and their estates as a trademark of the rural part of Istria. This year Labin area includes Kaštel Pineta agritourism from Sveti Martin. The picturesque estate is dominated by a large house with a tower that once belonged to the noble family Battiala - Lazzarini, and today it houses the agritourism that owes its name to the nearby pine forest. Just as one of the Lazzarini's houses, which the locals call Baronov kort (Baron’s yard) was the seat of a large agricultural estate, today it is also the place where many delicacies can be tasted from the Radičanin family estate. The family breeds goats, hens, rabbits, sheep and horses, grows fruits and vegetables, and their vineyards are home to Malvasia, Merlot and Teran. More information about the program and booking are available from:
Feel the romantic autumn spirit in Labin Old town. Its medieval core is a museum in the open offering numerous historical attractions and exclusive relax and resting spots. On your way up to the Old town you will be welcomed by the boutique hotel Peteani 4 * in a renovated early 20th century villa with carefully designed interior and top-quality kitchen. At the most beautiful promenade of San Marco there is a restaurant Kvarner with rustic rooms with an unforgettable view of the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Mirakul Residence 4 * offers a special blend of medieval atmosphere and modern ambience in five rooms. The interior was designed and made by a local artist Roberta Razzi, with prevailing relaxing colors, wall murals, stone floors, and various elements giving the space exclusivity and high comfort. Along with the offer of products from the local family farms, the interior is enriched with the divine fragrance of domestic lavender.
In November, don’t miss the celebration of St. Martin, the patron saint of winemakers, whose feast is marked on 11 November by the baptism of the must in the cellars on the Wine Road of Labin area, too. The tradition of wine-making in Labin dates back to the 19th century, and it originated in the village of Sveti Martin and the surrounding area of Pićan, where they still produce multi-award-winning Malvazija, Merlot, Teran and Muškat. On Ripenda Breg above Rabac at Markus restaurant you can taste hundred-year-old wine sorts, while the friendly hosts at Romeo Licul family farm in Sv. Nedelja will present their family tradition of growing grapes.
Feel the aromatic scents and enjoy the taste of the young Istrian extra virgin olive oil. After the harvest in October and November, the first tasting of the green treasure led by Oleum Viride, Negri, Perin, Villa Annette Selection and Oleas in the area of Labin. Labin and Rabac restaurants offer a large selection of meals with olives and top-quality olive oil included in the prestigious Flos Olei list. Choose, for example, salted anchovies with sun-dried tomatoes and capers for an appetizer, white truffles and first-class cheese from Čepić fields, squid and fennel salad, dried cod brodetto and white-sauce cod with olives and toasted corn bread.
Original, creative, fresh, local and authentic is a motto of the family restaurant and hotel Nostromo in Rabac. You can sweeten your palate with imaginative and delicious dishes that have celebrated this restaurant and had it included in several domestic and foreign gastronomic guides over the past years. The restaurant is especially famous for its specialties made of fresh fish and seafood caught in Rabac bay and surrounding waters. Taste fresh warm octopus’ salad on zucchini and celery bed, fish fillet with local herbs (rosemary, sage, bay leaf), fish soup and Kvarner bay shrimps, oven-baked sea bream fillet with Swiss chard and sweet potatoes, mixed seafood appetizer with garlic and celery and many other specialties that remain in memory of any foodie.
Autumn and its colors are the perfect setting for visiting one of the most beautiful Croatian sculpture parks in Dubrova near Labin. The park extends over 40 hectares, partly fenced with a drywall, with natural valleys and elevations with rich and varied flora. In the mythical grove at the end of the 17th century baroque estate once owned by the patrician family Franković from Labin, there are 95 sculptures made by famous Croatian and international artists, from Raul Goldoni and Dušan Džamonja to Marija Ujević and Joost Barbiers. Inside the park, take a walk through the White Road, which consists of sixteen 25-meter-long art-space sections. Step on the trail formed by famous Croatian artists, including Edo Murtić and Julije Knifer. Get out of your own frames with the sculpture ‘Breakthrough’ by Jozef Jankovič or hug your beloved person next to ‘The King and Queen’ by Zvonimir Kamenar. The park is located at the entrance to Labin, next to the main road Labin - Rijeka, along Dubrova restaurant.
The park is open all year round, there is no working time and the admission is free.