January in Labin and Rabac
Traditionally, on Antonja, i.e. St. Anton’s Day on January 17 begins the craziest season – the carnival season. The fifth season, as it is called, is a tradition of Istrian, Kvarner and Primorje regions. The tradition of carnival (called poklade or mesopust in the local dialects) in Labin is preserved by the carnival association Labinjonska kompanija – domoća folšarija that will take over Labin town keys and introduce its government. Along with the main carnival parade in Labin for adults and children, as well as numerous village carnival fests across the Labin area, the carnival rule lasts until March 5, when the doll Pust is traditionally burned, found guilty for all the bad things in the past period and announcing the arrival of spring.
The well-known winemaker Goran Baćac from Kukurini near Pićan opened the renovated wine cellar of his great-grandfather Anton, completing the wine story of the four generations of the Baćac family. Goran, whose wines were awarded numerous prizes at competitions throughout Istria and Croatia, along with a basement with stainless steel barrels and a tasting salon, restored the old great-grandfather's cellar, which now has a new look. The entrance to the wine cellar is reminiscent of a wine museum designed by the local interior designer Roberta Razzi. Particularly attractive is the glass floor with the first 1920 barrique barrel, paying tribute to the founder of the winery, Goran's great-grandfather Anton Toni, whose photograph is on the wall together with his three heirs. From the cellar walls you can read the family wine story in five languages. Wooden barrels store the fruits of 4 hectares of vineyards of the finest Istrian Malvasia, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscat. The wine story of the Baćac family started in the early 20th century when Anton Tone Baćac planted his small vineyard and got the first 50 liters of wine. His son, Anton Tonin Baćac, now a 90-year-old, has expanded his work and sold wine in Labin, Sv. Marina and Koromačno, where he travelled using a horse-drawn carriage, and the journey lasted for three days!
Wine-tour booking: www.vinabacac.hr
The implementation of the INSPIRATION project has started in Labin, within the framework of Slovenia-Croatia cross-border cooperation program co-financed by the EU from the European Regional Development Fund. The INSPIRATION project was launched with the aim of revitalizing the industrial heritage and creating new products of cultural tourism in Labin, Trbovlje, Slovenska Bistrica and Rijeka. The project is worth EUR 1,503,000 and will link the four revitalized heritage areas and establish a new cross-border tourist route from sawmills and mills of Pohorje through the mines in Labin and Trbovlje to the Rijeka port. It consists of a series of activities such as the renovation of abandoned mining and industrial heritage, the elaboration of its new interpretation strategy to be presented in new information centers, the creation of new cultural and tourist routes, the launch of the Industrial Heritage Festival, the Biennial of Industrial Art in Labin and Rijeka taking place within the framework of the Rijeka-European Capital of Culture project in 2020. The first phase of the project in which Labin-Rabac Tourist Board participates includes opening an info center at the Labin National Museum where the project's contents, related to Labin's industrial heritage and partner cities creating a new cultural and tourist route, will be presented in an innovative way.
On the recently held Days of Honey in Labin, and the 3rd ‘Ripenda 2018’ East Istria honey expo, honey rom the Labin are showed its high quality, and meals that include honey are becoming increasingly popular in the local restaurants. Taste the winning honeydew honey of the beekeepers Viliam Licul, Darko Martinović and the Vlado Hrvatin from Labin. The beekeeping association Labin gathers many beekeepers who produce various bee products from propolis, wax and honey based cosmetics. Along with helpful and valuable tips on apitherapy, the association also provides information on purchasing healthy honey products. And from the Peteani Restaurant, Due Fratelli Restaurant and Dorina Plomin you can taste various desserts, fish and meat specialties with honey.
Stay active in 2019 and save the dates in your calendar for the most popular cycling and racing events in Labin and Rabac. The ever-popular recreational gastro bike tour Terra Albona that takes you to family farms, taverns and winemakers will have two editions this year, in spring Terra Albona Primavera on April 28, and Terra Albona Autunno in fall, on September 22. The beginning of autumn is reserved for the Valamar Trail race (September 27 and 28) passing through the most beautiful sea and mountain-forest areas under the slogan ‘Where the Hills Meet the Sea’. Labin and Rabac are a unique blend of marine and mountainous natural beauty that you can discover on the MTB race Valamar Terra Magica on September 15. Register on time and secure yourself and your family an unforgettable experience in nature.
The theme of this year's museum night, which is held on February 1, is Innovation and the Digital Future. This year too, the National Museum of Labin is part of this manifestation that has become a cultural hit event throughout Croatia. Visit one of the most unusual museums in Croatia located in Labin Old town, in the baroque palace of Battiala-Lazzarini. The most attractive part of the museum is located in the basement where a replica of a mining shaft resembles the rich past of the local mines and for which Lonley Planet guide listed the National Museum of Labin among the 10 most original museums in Croatia. The public will be presented with the experience of using digital technology in the work of museums. Modern technology enables innovative and creative presentation and interpretation and greater availability of museum content through digital platforms, mobile applications and VR headset. Thanks to the usage of new technologies, museums are becoming more attractive and provide the public with an experience of research, education and entertainment. More info on 2019 Museum Night at the National Museum Labin: