April in Labin and Rabac
Take advantage of staying at home and prepare a traditional dish of our region – Labin krafi. Dough filled with sweet cheese stuffing, similar to ravioli, is also made in other parts of Istria, but the specialty of Labin krafi is that they are sweet and traditionally served cooked with roasted chicken. They were always eaten at Easter and Christmas, and on special occasions such as weddings, served between soup and the main course, greased with chicken bake sauce or chicken žgvacet (kind of goulash). Enjoy the preparation of this delicacy by the recipe of Jasna Pušec, chef of the Labin restaurant Velo kafe.
30 dag all-purpose flour
30 dag fresh cheese
20 dag hard grated cheese
1-2 tablespoons of raisins soaked in brandy or rum
1 egg yolk
sugar to taste
bread crumbs as needed
Knead a smooth dough, let it stand a little, and roll it thinly. Mix the stuffing ingredients to make a unified mixture. Add some bread crumbs to the stuffing if it is rare. Cut the dough into wide strips, arrange the stuffing and fold with another piece of dough. Using a form or a glass, cut krafi to the desired shape and join the ends using a fork. Cook the krafi, drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with grated cheese. If you are preparing them as a side dish, cover them with grease and serve with meat and roasted vegetables. If you prepare them as a dessert, you can fry them in oil or cook them and pour over caramel sauce with brandy-flavoured cream. You can also add some cherry brandy to the caramel.
Enjoy your meal!
The Liburnian goddess Sentona was worshiped in the area of Labin, Raša and Plomin, as evidenced by the Roman votive monuments of the I and II century AD exhibited at the National Museum in Labin. The old Illyrian nation of skilled sailors who worshiped female deities lived in the east of Istria. It is assumed that Sentona was originally the patron goddess of children leaving home for the first time and the patron goddess of travellers. Therefore, it is not surprising that she was worshiped precisely in the area of Labin, which, because of its specific geographical location and location on the hill above the sea, has always been the meeting point, the venue for fairs and trade in goods, and at the same time it was the border of various social arrangements and the intersection of many cultural influences. You can see the revived goddess Sentona from June to September in a free night tour of Labin Old town in with tourist guides wearing originally created Sentona dresses.
In honour of the goddess, her name also bears the most beautiful trail from Labin to Rabac. Just a hundred meters from the most beautiful Rabac bay of Maslinica, with the fresh scent of laurel and pine trees, the patron goddes of travellers reveals to you the most beautiful protected natural landscape of Labin, bringing back childhood and forgotten landscapes from imagination. Fairy groves are crossed by streams and rapids over which seven bridges lead, and waterfalls from the Pećina stream flow over winding travertine barriers. Spring waters once ran an old mill whose ruined remains lie next to the largest waterfall, which flows into a turquoise lake. After visiting the medieval town of Labin, walk down Aleja velikana through the pine forest (Pineta) to the point where the trail begins near the Labin Tourist Bord office. Descending towards Rabac you will reach the mysterious Negri cave with a hidden water well.
This year Labin celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of its most famous compatriot Matthias Flacius Illyricus (Labin March 3, 1520 - Frankfurt am Main, March 11, 1575). Lutheran reformer, theologian, linguist, philosopher and church historian Matthias Flacius had an extremely exciting life. In addition to his family of 18 children, he was able to write more than 200 books, pamphlets and other works. He was born in Labin (Albona), which at that time belonged to the Venetian Republic. At the age of sixteen he left his hometown and went to study in Venice. His cousin, who was a Provincial of the Franciscan Order on the island of Cres and a supporter of reformist ideas, Baldo Lupetina, persuaded him to go to Germany for further study. He received his master's degree at the age of 24 in Wittenberg, where he got married and met Martin Luther, to whom he remained loyal for the rest of his life.
Matthias first married in November 1545 to Elizabeth Faust with whom he had 12 children, and after her death he married for the second time in 1564 with Magdalen Ilbeck with whom he had 6 more children. The first son of Matthias Flacius Jr. was born in Braunschweig in 1547, where Matija and Elizabeth temporarily resided as Protestant refugees from Wittenberg. Matthias Jr. later became a medicine doctor in Rostock, and the younger son Hošea suffered from dementia. In Magdeburg, Flacius developed a publishing business and began working on a colossal project, the Magdeburg Centuriae - a history of the first thirteen centuries of Christianity, published in eleven large volumes. At the invitation of the Antwerp City Senate, Flacius went to live there for a short time and wrote a denomination for the Lutherans in the Netherlands. His second oldest son Daniel was a note taker on their numerous journeys and was with his father on his deathbed.
As part of the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Labin Republic, work on the restoration of the mining shaft, a symbol of mining in Labin, was completed last month. The damaged parts of the main steel structure of the gallery were replaced, the booths of export shafts and small elevator cabins were replaced, the basic structure was replaced and the entire steel structure was sandblasted, protected from corrosion and painted. The same was done with the Tito inscription, which stands on top of the shaft for decades. The restoration of the buildings and symbols of Labin industrial heritage is part of preparations to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the strike and self-government of Labin miners, which was also one of the first riots against fascism in Europe.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the largest ultra-trail race in Croatia, 100 Miles of Istria, as part of the World Trail Cup, has been postponed and a new date is September 24-27, 2020. You can follow all the race information at: