LABIN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Labin

Hilltop town of Labin
Hilltop town of Labin

Labin is a medieval hilltop town three kilometres from the coast and the resort town of Rabac. The old town, one of the best preserved medieval hilltop towns in Istria, is delightful to walk around. The town was a centre for mining and the City Museum has a 150 metre tunnel that you enter to re-live the town's mining history. Lonely Planet ranked the museum in their top ten most original museums in Croatia. The town also houses the memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, the Reformation theologian and collaborator of Martin Luther, who was born in Labin.


Labin is a centre for the arts and the work of local painters is on display in galleries. There are plenty of caf├ęs and restaurants in the towns alleyways and squares for refreshment.


Labin square
Labin square
Sea view from Labin
Sea view from Labin

Rabac

An attractive resort and harbour town with several hotels and guest houses. Rabac first attracted tourists in the 19th century. Rabac lies with in a sheltered bay on the east side of the Istrian peninsular and three kilometres from the hilltop town of Labin. An excellent pebble beach spans the width of the bay. Visit the Sculpture Park at Dubrova beside Labin, a forma viva in the open with over 80 stone sculptures.


Rabac from above
Rabac from above
Rabac town and harbour
Rabac town and harbour
Rabac at night
Rabac at night

Pula

Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with an attractive shopping area, spectacular harbour, lively night live, amazing history, many restaurants and cafes and wonderful beaches. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning Roman amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks as the sixth largest in the world. The amphitheatre or "Arena" is still used for concerts (classical and pop), for gladiatorial re-enactments and for showing Pula's annual film festival. Watching one of these events under the night sky and from the same stone seats that were being used 2000 years ago is a unique experience. The amphitheatre is open to the public daily (pulainfo.hr). Other Roman monuments in Pula include a Triumphal Arch at the entrance to the main shopping street. . The museum is full of artefacts and stonework from Roman times. The Forum, a square surrounded by Roman and renaissance architecture, is a delightful spot to relax over a coffee or a cool drink.


Pula Amphitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre

Istria is an integral part of Croatia's move into the music festival market. The 19th-century fort of Punta Christo, outside Pula, will echo to the throb of sound systems during the Outlook festival at the end of August each year.


Pula is an important port and industrial centre and the shipyard with huge ships under repair and construction right on the harbour front and with its cranes illuminated at night, provides an unusual back drop to this historic town.


Beaches

There are excellent beaches on the many peninsulas and bays around Pula, notable are Stoja, Veruda, Verudela and Pjesana Uvala. A little further out of town the nature reserve of Rt Karmenjak on the very tip of the Istrian peninsula provides kilometres of unspoilt coastline and many bays or rocky headlands where you can swim in the crystal clear sea.


Bay in Premantura
Bay in Premantura
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak

Brioni islands

The nearby Brioni islands are a national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugoslavia's President Tito. During Tito's era many world leader visited this pretty group of small islands which Tito populated with exotic wild animals to entertain his guests. Today visitors can stay in the hotel on the islands or make boat trips from Pula harbour or from the town of Fazana.


Brioni Islands
Brioni Islands

Getting there

Pula airport is just 10 minutes drive from Pula centre. There are direct flights from the UK and most European countries including Scandinavia, Russia and the Ukraine. There is a ferry service from Venice and good motorway links through Slovenia onto the Italian and Austrian motorway networks.


Opatija

Opatija is an elegant seaside resort since first popularised by the Austro-Hungarians in the 19th Century. This was the era of fabulous grand hotels and exclusive villas and the sumptuous architecture of this period still sets the tone today. Opatija has many fine restaurants, night life, quaint shops and beautiful parks. It is renowned for wellness centres and health spas. Volosko, just north of Opatija centre is quaint fishing village around a small harbour and a perfect spot for bars and restaurants. Some of Opatija's finest restaurants are to be found here on the harbour front.


Opatija
Opatija
Volosko harbour
Volosko harbour
Bresec
Bresec

The famed lungomare is a 12km long pathway which runs along the shoreline linking Opatija with the neighbouring villages and towns. It a completely pedestrian route and a delightful way to move from one part of town to another away from the cars and on the water's edge. At many spots there are small beaches or steps down into the water so the lungomare is a place for swimming and sunbathing as well as a relaxing evening walk as the day cools.


Opatija is a resort which, due to its mild and protected climate, operates the whole year round with many festivals and cultural activities throughout the seasons. In January and February there is a series of masked carnivals. April is well known for the Asparagus festival, when wild asparagus is harvested and you can enjoy wild asparagus omelette. The programme for May includes cookery classes for fish dishes and a series of concerts. June is the month of cherries, and local cherries are the best in the region. A lovely old boat regatta takes place in June as well as many concerts in the town square. July and August are devoted to swimming and sea sports and all other fun activities available in the peak of the summer holidays. September is for grape picking and wine making. October is when the neighbouring town of Lovran is famous for its sweet chestnuts.


Ucka national park in the mountains above Opatija offers opportunity for walking and trekking, mountain biking fishing, kayaking, diving, mini-rafting, caving and free climbing.


There are numerous sheltered pebbly and sandy beaches along the coastal road, the most beautiful ones being in Moscenicka Draga and Medveja to the south of Opatija.


Medveja beach
Medveja beach
Moscenicka Draga
Moscenicka Draga

While staying in Opatija visit the lovely village of Brsec on a cliff above the sea, just 30min drive from Opatija. You can enjoy the views of the long stretch of the Adriatic coastline from there. Equally fascinating is the old village of Kastav on the hillside above Opatija.



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