April in Labin and Rabac
Labin Spring Gastro Rhapsody lasts for the whole of April. As part of Days of Asparagus and Cuttlefish it offers special menus which include traditional Istrian spring ingredients. Risotto with cuttlefish sauce, beefsteak in asparagus sauce, brodetto with cuttlefish served with polenta, asparagus cream soup, apple and asparagus strudel cake and even candied asparagus, are just some of the specialties and spring gastro news available from nine restaurants: Kvarner, Velo Kafe, Ferali ,Tina and Due Fratelli in Labin, Rapčanka in Rabac, Dorina in Plomin, Nando tavern in Trget and Tomažići in Nedešćina. Check the menus, choose your favorite dish and book a table.
The biggest ultra-trail race in Croatia 100 Miles of Istria as part of the world trail cup (Ultra Trail World Tour) starts on April 6 at Labin Old town. The most difficult and one of the most beautiful race called Red course starts at medieval Labin overlooking the Kvarner bay islands, leading through eastern parts of Istria over Mount Učka and valleys to Buzet, the smallest town in the world, Hum, and magical Motovun, and finishes on the west coast of Istria in Umag. Follow and join this memorable sports-tourist event gathering more than two thousand contestants.
Tour of Croatia bike race is held from 17 to 22 April 2018 on more than a thousand km long route across the whole of Croatia in six stages. For the first time, Rabac and Labin are hosts of the fifth, Queen Stage, from where the route continues towards Poklon (mountain pass Učka)-Kastav-Viškovo-Rijeka-Opatija-Poklon (mountain pass Učka). The fourth edition of Tour of Croatia is even more demanding and will host the highest ranked teams (World Cycling Organization- UCI 2 HC category). Follow the best cyclists of the world and discover the natural beauties of Rabac and Labin with five attractive Istrian bike routes.
Welcome spring and enjoy the homemade gourmet offer at the recreational Terra Albona Primavera bike ride. The spring edition of this bike ride joined by all age groups of recreational cyclists and bike fans passes through the most beautiful landscapes of Labin area and includes visits to family farms, restaurants with indigenous Istrian meals and beverages, wineries with tasting of the best local wines.
Mark Earth Day hiking on Labin mountaineering route from Brseč to Skitača. 40 km long path running through the entire eastern coast of Istrian peninsula offers spectacular views over the blue waters of Kvarner bay, islands Cres and Lošinj, Rabac, Rabac bay and Labin, and over the picturesque villages of Labin area towards the plateau Skitača from where sometimes you can see all the way to Italy. The trail requires standard mountaineering equipment and sun protection. Average trail duration is 12 hours, and after the exciting day there is dinner and evening party organized at Skitača mountaineering dorm run by Skitaci Mountaineering club from Labin, the organizer of Long Walk Day.
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Water is the source of life, and the springs were once the source of life for people in Labin. So walk down the Divine Springs trail which starts in Maslinica bay in Rabac. Climb up the old town of Labin runs through the most beautiful protected natural landscape in Labin area. The springs Vrućak and Blažićevo are located in next to the large waterfall, and streams will follow you on your way up. Pećina stream waterfalls overflow through the winding tuff barriers, and the mysterious Negri cave hides a well. In just a few minutes from the trail, on an old path that once connecting Labin and Rabac stand the ruins of the Romanesque church of St. Hadrian (12th / 13th century).
Šćurak well in Podvinje under the city walls served as the main town, while its surroundings was a large urban garden to which women wore water in heavy buckets (brente in the local dialect).
Wealthy noble families had their wells for collecting rainwater (šterne in the local dialect) built in the courtyards of their palaces. Country houses used ponds (kalić in the local dialect) and grabbed water using a large dressed stone next to the pond which would help them take out the bucket. The water supply network was brought to Labin in 1937 when the town fountain was built on the San Marco promenade.
Be sure to explore the magic alleys of the old town and feel the spirit of antiquity and mysticism, while in summer Labin transforms into a town of art and the open air stage (Labin Art Republic). You won't regret it!
Trail length 3.4 km
Duration 1.30 h