Beach Girandella (Rabac, Istria)The Beach Girandella is located under the same name touristic settlement where are offered many touristic contents, bars, restaurants, sport fields and shops. The beach is covered with rocky and concrete parts. The Blue Flag waves on this beach, as well. Here you can rent different sport equipment, deck chairs and umbrellas. Here, in this beautiful location it is organised the Traditional Summer Festival of Electronic Music.
Beach Girandella Info
Labin, IstriaLabin ,the medieval town, is situated on the hill above Rabac. The old name - Albona- was first mentioned in 285 AD. Here in this little town was born Matthias Flacius Illyricus, the reformer and collaborator of Martin Luther. Today is Labin a cultural and administrative center . The cultural and architectural heritage live uo thanks to the many art ateliers and by the bustling youth gathering in the coffee bars spread around the old town.
The Church of Saint Andrija (Rabac, Istria)The Church of Saint Andrija dates back to the 15th century. Inside it can be seen an altar with the statues of Saint Mihovil, Saint Juraj, St.Peter and St. Paul. The bell tower near the church is 35 meters tall.
Church of Saint Andrija Info
Beach Maslinica (Rabac, Istria)The Beach Maslinica is a long pebbled beach where waves the Blue Flag. Not far from the beach you can find many accommodation facilities, bars, restaurants and sport fields. There are entertainment contents and rental of water- sports equipment. One part of the beach has been adapted for people with special needs.
Beach Maslinica Info
Raša, IstriaRaša is the youngest town in Istra. On the personal initiative of Mussolini, the town construction started in the middle of 1936. At this time the town was built in order to accomodate the miners and mining. It was named after the river that flows through the settlement. Even if today Raša is white because of the stone and concrete, Raša was in fact built of coal. The town square is dominated by St. Barbara church, the patron of all miners. The church itself is shaped like an upturned coal-mine cart, while the church tower has the shape of a coal mine lamp.
Rabac, Travel Guide for holidays in Rabac, Istria
Rabac History and Culture
Rabac is the major tourist resort on the eastern coast of the Istrian Peninsula, some 40 kilometers away from Pula and only 5 kilometers from Labin. Rabac grew from a small fishing place into a resort and it is considered to be the pearl of Kvarner because of its natural beauties and nice lagoons.
Its first hotel, Hotel Quarnero was built in 1889. The hotel had only a few rooms and a pub on the ground floor. Kaiser, an Austrian officer, who was an usual client of that first hotel, later bought Dubrova, an area near Labin. Today, in Dubrova takes place the Mediterranean Sculptors Symposium and has become ever more famous for its park of sculptures. In 1925, in the period of the Italian government, the first larger hotel was opened in the center of Rabac and was called ‘Trieste’ -its name today is ‘Primorje’. The capacity of the hotel could not meet the ever growing demand of tourists, mainly from the northern parts of Italy. Therefore took place the more intensive development of private accommodation. Tourism in Istria, as well as in Rabac, began to develop during the sixties. Since then, all hotels, apartments, camping sites and the greater part of the private houses were built. Among the regular visitors, the most numerous are Germans and Austrians followed by English and Italians.
Rabac – Things to do
There are many things to do while spending vacation in Rabac:
Porta Sanfior – main town doors of St. Flor dating from 1589 with Labin coat of arms and the Serenissima lion above. Canon dating from Austrian times was put up for the second time on the bastion (torjon) in 1995.
The three-nave church of Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birth built in 1336 on the foundations of the small church from the 11th century. It was reconstructed several times. The last reconstruction was in 1993. A Venetian lion with a sphere in his mouth – a symbol of Labin recognizing the Venetian government – was put on the front facade in 1604. By the end of that century, in 1688, a baroque statue of senator Antonio Bollani, a warrior against Turks, was put on the same side. The bust is one of the most beautiful examples of the secular sculptural art of Istria in the 17th century.
Then there is the Church of the B. V.Mary’s Birth adorned with six marble altars. One of them has St.Justin’s relics brought here from Rome in 1664. The main altar and altarpiece with six figures of B.V.M., St.Pauline and Saints : Justin, Sergio, Julian, Tom and Jacob.
Then the Town loggia – Labin – center of life in the past where news and court verdicts were read out. Peasants danced there every Sunday and on fair days. Built in 1550, it later got a collection of stone monuments. Pillar of shame in front of the loggia.
Rabac – Entertainments and events
During the sixties and seventies Rabac started to expand thanks to investments in tourism, especially hotels, and apartments. Today Rabac is recognized as the pearl of the Kvarner Bay and can accommodate a large number of tourists in hotels, apartments and aparthotels. Rabac offers a wide variety of sport activities, boat excursions and other recreational facilities. The town also has an exquisite gastronomic offer, beautiful beaches and is a destination of choice for families.
In the summertime you can enjoy a rich programm on open and closed locations many musical, scene, art and other shows are performed by local and foreign artists, harmony-singing groups (“klape”), classics, street art, folklore, theater performances are some parts of the program. In the nearby Labin, the „Labin Art Republic“ is a project that revives historic and cultural heritage of the medieval town of Labin. In addition, various city festivals and concerts that are organized in Labin amphitheater complete the entertainment.
Entertainment you can also find in one of many cafes or attend one of the parties of electronic music which are organized on the beach Girandella.
Rabac – Service Information
Regional Number Code 052
Police Department 192;
Fire Department 193;
Bus Station 855-220;
Airport Pula 550-900;
Tourist Office 852-399;
Railway Pula 541-733;
General Information 981.
Rabac – How to reach us
You can reach Rabac from many directions like: by bus is connected with the nearest town Labin; by train where the nearest train stations are in Rijeka or in Pula; by airplane where the nearesairt ports are on the Island Krk, in Pula, in Trieste(Italy); by boat which connects you with all the ports along the Istrian coast and its main port Pula; by personal vehicle you can arrive from any direction by following the direction on the Istrian Y to Labin.