March in Labin and Rabac
Experience Easter at the seaside and discover Labin area traditional Easter breakfast. With traditional Istrian Easter breakfast ingredients: boiled ham, cheese, scallion, Easter bread and hroštule (sweet pastry) enjoy the local folk dances and songs and popular melodies performed live.
Rabac waterfront, 10:30 – 11:30 h
One of the first rebellions against fascism in Europe took place in Labin, Istrian mining centre. It was a strike and self-government of Labin area miners, known as the Labin Republic, which lasted for a month: from 2 March to 8 April 1921. The strike began when around six hundred miners gathered in the square in Vinež protesting against the fascists who abused their union leader Giovanni Pipan in Pazin. The miners took over the mines and set mines at mine pits and organized armed security forces. Political and social issues were solved by the miners’ committee led by Pipan, and they received support from a nobleman Giovanni Tonetti (Red baron). Mine management was served with economic requests, and after a few days the miners themselves started production. They went down into the pit where they appointed their own manager. On 8 April the management launched a surprise military and police action on land and at sea. Poorly armed and inexperienced miners had to give up. Around forty miners got arrested, who were later set free after a court trial held in Pula. Find out more about miners’ lives from the National museum in Labin, where you’ll also find 150m long mine corridor built in the basement area of a baroque palace.
Did you know that tMartin Luther’s closest associate was Labin-born Matthias Flacius Illyricus (3 March 1520, Labin-11 March 1575, Frankfurt am Main)? Head to Matthias Flacius Memorial collection located at the Francovich Palace in Labin Old town where you will get to know everything about the exciting life of one of the most brilliant minds of 16th century Europe. A theologian, Church historian and Greek and Latin teacher, Matthias Flacius write more than two hundred books and articles. The Collection includes copies of his works, among others, The Magdeburg Centuries (an ecclesiastical history divided into thirteen centuries) and Clavis scripturae sacrae.
Refresh with the centuries-old healthy and indigenous spring specialties from Labin area. Find balance with nature with healthy bitter vegetables rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and wild edible plants. Taste traditional dishes prepared in the easy, simple, old-fashioned way with local ingredients: asparagus, rosemary, black bryony, radicchio, nettle, chives, rocket salad…Visit restaurants and taverns in Labin and Rabac and look for a popular asparagus fritaja (scrambled eggs) with prosciutto or asparagus sauce served with fuži (hand-made pasta). Start your meal with excellent sardines with boiled beans and radicchio. Žgvacet (chicken stew) with pljukanci (hand-made pasta) or nettle with salted potatoes and salads from freshly picked black bryony, radicchio, chives and common sow thistle with Istrian extra virgin olive oils.
In the picturesque village of Ripenda Breg above Rabac, at Markus you will find authentic Labin are dishes. A special experience is the stay in the old tavern where dry Istrian prosciutto and sausages hang from the ceiling, while the hosts return from the cellar with Merlot, Malvasia and Chardonnay grown at a family vineyard next to the tavern. Along with Easter meat delicacies - prosciutto, smoked pork loin and homemade Istrian plate with goat cheese, in March specialties of the house include famous Markus octopus with rocket salad, fresh crabs and Kvarner scampi. Bed & breakfast service is offered throughout the year, and children's playground and a large courtyard for outdoor dining provide a relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.
Rabac - Kosi - Standar - Rabac
Prepare for the beautiful views, experience the beauty of nature and feel the spirit of antiquity and release the stress of everyday life... Welcome to Bellavista Trail in Rabac that leads you over the seafront, St. Andrea peninsula and the village Ripenda Kosi to 474 m high Standar, offering a unique view from the plateau with several archeological sites. Placing stone on stone, throughout history people have learned to raise hill forts used for housing and defense, and tumuli (mounds of earth and stones from the prehistoric era that were raised over the graves).
The awe-inspiring old dry stone walls stand as history guardians wanting to tell a long-told story. They were constructed at a time when man began to cultivate the land and fence it using stone from the earth, and served to delimit areas. Placing stones in rows without any mortar is the oldest way of building in the entire Mediterranean area, as well as in Istria.
Stunning views on one side spread over the blue sea and the neighboring islands of Cres and Lošinj, and in good weather all the way to mount Velebit, while looking on the other side you’ll discover the mysticism of the bell towers in old medieval towns (Labin, Pićan, Gračišće).
Allured by the view and magical scents of Mediterranean herbs you descend through the village Ripenda Vicani to Gornji Rabac and Rabac.
Trail lenght 15.7 km
Duration 4 - 5 h