How to spend a perfect week’s vacation in Istria?

June 21, 2024.

Are you planning a one-week vacation in Istria, but looking for something different? Compared to western Istria, northeastern Istria (Labin and Rabac) offers spectacular natural beauty, exciting activities, and luxury accommodations at more affordable prices. Here are suggestions for a seven-day itinerary that will allow you to explore the best of this wonderful part of Croatia.

Day 1: Kayak adventure with Four Elements

Enjoy a half-day kayak trip and explore the untouched beauty of Rabac. Under the guidance of experienced guides, you will sail into hidden coves and crystal clear waters, creating unforgettable moments in the middle of beautiful landscapes.

Your trip includes a sit-on-top kayak, kayak and snorkel gear, waterproof storage for personal belongings, guides, and insurance.

Four Elements Rabac – Kayak Tour

Put your bathing suit, cap on your head, and a towel in your bag, because an adventure on the sea awaits you! Don’t forget snacks, water, and sunglasses to be prepared for anything! And sunscreen, because you’ll have fun under the sun all day!

The kayak trip departs from Rabac and lasts 4 or 8 hours, depending on your wishes, and is suitable for everyone, regardless of previous experience. Flexible departure time, announce a day in advance and we’re off!

Day 2: Horse riding at Ranch Marconi

Reserve the second day for an unforgettable horseback riding experience at Ranch Marconi. Here you can enjoy nature while riding through beautiful landscapes, passing through forests and meadows, or even to the sea and connecting with these noble animals. Relax and experience Istria in a completely different way.

Excursions with horses – Ranch Marconi

Day 3: Relax by the pool

After two days of adventure, it’s time to relax! Spend the day by the pool in one of the beautiful villas: Aurelia, Triton, Dvo, Tersaz, Mondo Sole, Brbon, or Flor. Each villa offers luxurious accommodation, privacy, and everything you need for a perfect relaxing day. Refresh yourself in the pool, enjoy the sun, and indulge in the scent of lavender and rosemary.

Stone Villa Dvo - relaxation by the pool surrounded
Dvo Labin
Outdoor kitchen and pool - luxury villa Flor for 5 guests
Flor Labin
Villa Mondo Sole - view of the pool from the kitchen
Mondo Sole Labin

Day 4: Boat trip to Cres

Go on a sea adventure with an Adriatic boat trip to Cres. Spend the day sailing the Adriatic Sea, visiting the beautiful beaches and bays of the island of Cres. Blue Cave, Valun, the island of Cres, Zeča island… These are just some places that await you on our unforgettable excursions. Discover mysterious caves, explore picturesque beaches, and get to know the local culture and gastronomy. Every excursion is a journey into the world of wonders and surprises!

Tours to Cres - rent a boat with skipper
Adriatic boats – Excursions from Rabac to Cres

Day 5: Visit to the Drijade farm

On the fifth day, visit the Drijade farm, and experience authentic village life. Take the time for an hour of pure magic! Take a walk through the farm and get to know the colorful world of animals. Everyone is welcome – from the smallest to the largest. About a hundred chickens of various kinds (they give us white, yellow, brown, green, and blue eggs), two turkeys, three Vietnamese pigs, a donkey, two horses, five dogs, nine cats, about a hundred adult goats, about thirty young goats, about twenty sheep, and four people they are waiting for your visit. Join us on this unforgettable adventure for only a suggested symbolic donation of 5 euros per person.

Drijade farm - a goat farm with home made products
Goat Farm Drijade

Day 6: Diving with Diving Rabac

End your vacation with exciting diving with Diving Rabac. Explore the underwater world and enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. Regardless of whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, Diving Rabac offers courses and excursions suitable for all levels. Discover the colorful underwater world and the wealth of marine flora and fauna.

Diving Rabac

Northeastern Istria offers incredible natural beauty, exciting activities, and authentic experiences at more affordable prices than the western part of Istria. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, this itinerary provides everything you need for the perfect vacation.

Book your accommodation and plan your unforgettable trip to Labin and Rabac today!


What to do in Istria during bad weather

June 15, 2024.

Istria is a beautiful region known for its coast, beaches, and sunny days. But what if the weather isn’t perfect? Do not worry! Istria offers numerous interesting attractions that are ideal for visiting during bad weather. Here are some suggestions:

Baredine Cave, Poreč

The Baredine cave near Poreč offers a fascinating insight into the underground world of Istria. During the guided tour, which lasts about 40 minutes, you can see beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, underground lakes, and unique forms created by nature over thousands of years. The cave is suitable for visitors of all age groups, and a special attraction is the endemic species of manfish (Proteus anguinus).

Raša mine

Raša is known for its mining past. The mine in Raša offers a unique opportunity to explore underground tunnels and learn more about the life of miners. The mine museum offers interactive exhibitions, original mining equipment, and multimedia presentations that will take you back in time and evoke the hard life of miners.

Aquarium Pula

Aquarium Pula, located in the historical Austro-Hungarian fortress of Verudela, is an ideal place for the whole family. The aquarium contains more than 200 different marine species from the Adriatic Sea and exotic tropical fish. Special attractions are sharks, rays, and large marine aquariums. Children will enjoy interactive exhibitions and educational content.

Labin Public Museum

The Labin Public Museum is located in the Baroque Battiala-Lazzarini Palace in the old town of Labin. The museum offers a rich collection of historical, ethnographic, and archaeological artifacts that show the rich history of Labin and its surroundings. Particularly interesting is the reconstruction of the mining corridor, which provides an insight into the mining past of this region.

Museum of Istrian Olive Oil, Pula

Olive oil is an essential part of Istrian culture and gastronomy. In the Museum of Istrian Olive Oil, you can find everything about the production of this liquid gold, from ancient times to modern techniques. The museum offers tastings of different types of olive oil, which is the perfect opportunity to learn to recognize quality oil and enjoy its flavors.

Bad weather doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in a vacation home or hotel. Istria offers numerous interesting and educational attractions that will entertain you even on rainy days. From underground caves and mines to museums and aquariums, Istria has something for everyone. Explore and enjoy the rich cultural and natural Istrian heritage, regardless of the weather!


Labin Public Museum: Mining Heritage

June 15, 2024.

The Public Museum Labin, located in the baroque palace Battiala-Lazzarini, is one of the most original museums in Croatia. This museum brings to life the rich mining history of Labin through a fascinating reconstruction of a mining setting in its cellars. It also explores various aspects of local history and famous figures such as Josip Belušić, the inventor of the first electric speedometer.

Exploring the Depths: A Journey Through Istria’s Mining Heritage

One of the most impressive parts of the museum is its cellars. Visitors can journey through the time tunnel of Istria’s mining history. The fascinating reconstruction of a mining setting in a tunnel measuring 150 meters provides an authentic experience of the life and work of Labin’s miners through the centuries. This experience not only revives memories of the past but also highlights the importance of mining in shaping Labin’s identity as a city.

History of Labin

The Public Museum Labin also explores the broader history of Labin through various aspects of life in this city. Visitors can learn about the Labin Uskoks battle, the legendary Law of the Cauldron, and other key events that shaped the region. Interactive maps and musical recordings of traditional Istrian instruments further enrich the visitors’ experience. They provide a deeper understanding of local culture and tradition.

First electric speedometer

One of the prominent figures in the museum is Josip Belušić, a physicist and mathematician born near Labin. In 1888, Belušić constructed the first electric speedometer, whose invention revolutionized modern transportation. The story of Belušić adds further richness to the museum’s collection. It underscores the importance of Labin in the history of science and technology.

A visit to the Labin Public Museum provides an unforgettable journey through time and space, revealing the richness and diversity of local history. If you want to spend an active day in Istria, check out our blog: