January in Labin and Rabac
Through numerous programs this year, the Town of Labin will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Labin-born person, a reformer, theologian, linguist, philosopher and church historian, Matthias Flacius Illyricus, who was born on March 3, 1520 in Labin (Albona), which at that time belonged to the Venetian Republic. In April, the 5th International Science Symposium ‘Matija Vlačić Ilirik’ will be held in Labin and an educational booklet for primary and secondary school students will be published. Teatar Naranča is preparing a play about the life of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, who is also the theme of the exhibition Labinski uzlet likovnosti by Labin-based artists, and Spheena Dox documentary film festival, which take place in summer within Labin Art Republic. The Open University Labin and the National Museum Labin are working on projects to modernize the museum exhibit of the Flacius Memorial Collection, arrange a library and study classroom within the Collection, and purchase books, documents and objects related to the life and work of Matthias Flacius. In cooperation with the National and University Library of Zagreb, it is planned to hold exhibitions of old and valuable books from the holdings of the Collection of Manuscripts and Old Books in Zagreb and Labin. Visit Labin and find out all about the cultural heritage of our most famous citizen.
Bike Centre and Rabac Bike Park have become a hit destination for professionals and recreational cyclists, and especially for active families. The hills, valleys and bays, mild climate, superbly maintained trails with the new Family Trail and the Espresso Trail are perfect for year-round cycling. Kids can ride from easy to medium trails that are not too demanding, have a small pump track, and the beach is a minute away from the park. Bike service, bicycle rental, spare parts, Bike Centre has everything a cyclist needs and is a unified offer for all hotel and individual guests. New e-bikes and mechanical hardtails are being purchased for the new season, a bike delivery service for all guests located outside Rabac is also being enhanced. Plan your active vacation and spend it in Rabac.
Labin dialect called Cakavica stands out from the other speeches in the area, and its speakers are widely recognized by it. It is a key element of the spiritual, historical, cultural and linguistic identity of Labin and people from Labin, who take pride in its recently acquired status as a protected intangible cultural property of the Republic of Croatia. In 2014, the Town of Labin initiated the Cagodar project with the aim of preserving, nurturing and promoting the original Cakavica dialect of Labin. Labin idioms, with all their specifics, are quite well preserved thanks to the awareness of the local people who actively use and nurture their local ways of speech, and have a great interest in preserving and promoting their lexis. It is also specific because of its rhythm and the special melody of speech, the use of specific nasals and other phonetic elements uncharacteristic of other dilaects of the Istrian Čakavština. Get to know the cultural heritage of Labin, its people and listen to the unique dialect of this area.
Burra Pizzeria in the centre of the picturesque Plomin on the main road has only been open for a few months, but with its offerings it lures the palate of guests outside of Istria. Across the road from the well-known Dorina restaurant, which has been keeping the tradition of Istrian catering for 60 years, the fourth generation of the Knapić family prepares modern dishes with traditional flavours. This winter juicy Istrian burger Sv. Juraj with veal tagliata and Istrian saffron sauce, Burra pizza with mozzarella fior di latte, Istrian ox carpaccio and mushroom and walnut pesto, orange, cottage cheese and honey cake, home-made tortillas and craft beers invite you to find a shelter from bura wind and head to the warmth of new gastronomic delights.
The trail named after Labin goddess Sentona, the patron saint of travellers, will take you from medieval Labin to the beautiful seashore in Rabac. Labin Old town exudes a spirit of antiquity and mysticism and invites you to discover its charms and beauty. Visit the National Museum, the Matthias Flacius Illyricus Memorial Collection and the ateliers of Labin's fine artists. Enjoy the magical view from Fortica to Rabac, the island of Cres and Učka. Walk down Aleja velikana through the pine forest (Pineta) to the point where the trail passes past the Labin-Rabac Tourist Board office leading to Rabac. With the fresh scent of laurel and coastal pine, Sentona will reveal the most beautiful protected natural landscape of the Labin area. The Goddess brings you back to childhood and the forgotten landscapes from imagination. Fairy groves are crossed by streams and rapids over which bridges run and waterfalls flow. The spring waters used to run an old mill whose remains lie next to the largest waterfall that flows into a turquoise lake in a creek valley in Maslinica Bay.
Trail length 3.7 km
Duration 1.5 hours
One of the most exciting medieval stories about Labin was told on the night of 19-20 January, 1599, when about 600 Uskoks attacked a small town on top of a hill surrounded by walls. A militant group of brigands fighting the Ottomans and the Venetian Republic attempted to break into the town guarded by only 30 soldiers and about three hundred armed men. According to legend, many weaker Labinians, led by a soldier Giambatista Negri, a priest Priam Luciani, and Commander Pietro de Rino, used cunning. They slaughtered an ox and shed its blood at the Sanfior town gate, and rolled empty barrels full of iron down the steep town streets, making a deafening noise. Thus, they created the impression of a well-organized defence and convinced the Uskoks that they had caused them considerable losses. With several dead and only one looted building, the Uskoks were forced to flee. As the feast day of saint Sebastian is celebrated on 20 January, people from Labin considered this saint worthy of defending their town and took him as a permanent patron in gratitude.