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 has a museum and a memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, the Reformation theologian and collaborator of Martin Luther, who was born in Labin. There are plenty of caf├ęs and restaurants 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

Central Istria

Central Istria is often compared to Tuscany. The undulating landscape with vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and river valleys is studded with numerous hilltop towns and villages, many originating from the medieval period and earlier and almost all offering spectacular vantage points over the surrounding countryside. The guide books pick out the hilltop towns of Motovun and Groznjan but there are many others worth exploring and we will provide you with our own suggestions of places off the usual tourist routes that should not be missed. These medieval settlements have charming village houses, squares and alleyways and in towns like Oprtalj and Motuvun more imposing architecture and fortifications.


Oprtalj
Oprtalj
Motovun
Motovun

To the east side of Istria the old town of Labin and the hilltop village of Gracisce are worth visiting.


Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines. Notable are the Kozlovic and Markezic wineries.


Pula

Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with a good selection of restaurants and an attractive shopping area. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks the sixth largest in the world. The town centre is about 10 minutes drive from Pula airport.


Pula Amphitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre

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 pensinsula 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

From the town of Fazana you can take a boat trip to the islands of Brioni, another national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugolavia's President Tito.


Brioni Islands
Brioni Islands

Opatija and Lovran

Opatija and neighbouring Lovran are 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 is the larger and more opulent of the two towns and 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
Medveja beach
Medveja beach
Moscenicka Draga
Moscenicka Draga

Lovran just 5km down the coast from Opatija is smaller and, as a result, quieter and more peaceful. It too has many fine villas, a pretty harbour, beach, cafes and restaurants as well as a wellness centre in the local hotel.


Lungomare

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 waters 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 walk by the sea.


Ucka national park

Mount Ucka, above Opatija and Lovran, provides an opportunity for some serious walking and trekking. The Ucka mountain walking route links several mountain tops, has magnificent sea views and takes seven days to walk the whole route. National park "Ucka" has eight bicycle routes. Other activities in the national park include fishing, kayaking, diving, mini-rafting, caving and free climbing.


Activities

Opatija is a resort which, due to its mild and protected climate, operates the whole year round with many festivals and culturtal 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 town of Lovran is famous for its sweet chestnuts which are used in a range of dishes, and most if all in delicious desserts.


Beaches

There are numerous sheltered pebbly and sandy beaches along the coastal road, the most beautiful ones in Moscenicka Draga and Medveja, about 15km from Lovran. But there are opportunities fro swimming all along the coast.


Rijeka

Rijeka is a major port and largest city in the region. Around 25 minutes drive from Opatija the city has excellent shopping facilities and markets and is a transport hub for coastal ferries to the Adriatic islands.


Clifftop towns - Brsec and Kastav

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 strech of the Adriatic coastline from there. Equally fascinating is the old village of Kastav also nearby.



Our Villas in Labin


Villa Carriages One
Villa Carriages One An air conditioned, new build, four bedroom, four bathroom luxury country villa with a large and beautiful private garden and stunning sea views. WiFi, BBQ, parking, pet friendly. The pool is shared with three similar villas. The villa is close to the beaches of Rabac and Opatija.
Villa Carriages Two
Villa Carriages Two An air conditioned, five bedroom, five bathroom luxury country villa with a large garden with stunning sea views. The pool is shared with three similar villas. There is also WiFi, parking, BBQ. The villa is close to the beaches of Rabac and Opatija. Pet friendly.
Villa Carriages Three
Villa Carriages Three An air conditioned, five bedroom, five bathroom luxury country villa with a large garden with stunning sea views. The pool is shared with three similar villas. There is also WiFi, parking, BBQ. The villa is close to the beaches of Rabac and Opatija. Pet friendly.
Villa Carriages Four
Villa Carriages Four A newly built, air conditioned, five bedroom, five bathroom luxury country villa with a large garden and stunning sea views. The pool is shared with three similar villas. There is also WiFi, parking, BBQ. The villa is close to the beaches of Rabac and Opatija. Pet friendly.
Villa Wonder
Villa Wonder A beautiful villa in a secluded village with four bedrooms and four en-suite bathrooms and infinity swimming pool with sea and countryside views. Air-conditioned, satellite TV, DVD player and BBQ.
Villa Terracotta
Villa Terracotta A charming, colourful 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa located in east Croatia. Air-conditioning, private pool and stunning countryside and horticultural views.
Villa Negroponte
Villa Negroponte A newly restored, luxury eco-lighthouse, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and acre of walled garden, BBQ, WiFi, solar power, aggregate, pet friendly, direct sea access, boat mooring, great sea view.
Villa Evergreen
Villa Evergreen A luxury, air-conditioned, modern new villa, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, garden, heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, outdoor dining, terraces, parking, pet friendly, great beaches close by, walking paths, cycling, culture, art, gourmet area.
Villa Sonia
Villa Sonia A contemporary, air-conditioned, five bedroom, five bathroom heavenly villa with magnificent garden and pool, terraces, fitness room, al fresco dining, BBQ, WiFi, private parking, boat mooring.


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