The hilltop town of Labin in Istria is located close to historic Pula and Rovinj and enjoys wonderful panoramic views of rocky Cres Island and the lush countryside below. This is a town in two parts. There is the quaint old town on the hill, with its maze of cobbled lanes and houses huddled together, and the new town at the bottom of the hill complete with interesting shops and boutiques for those must-have souvenirs. On a villa holiday in Labin you can discover the charming pastel-coloured houses, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, elegant Venetian Palaces and ancient churches. Labin offers everything you'd expect from a holiday in Croatia and more, it's charm will delight and enthral you, making you want to return time and time again.
Things to do in Labin
The town is set 320 kilometres from the sea, and from your private villa in Labin you'll be within easy reach of the charming resort of Rabac with its fantastic facilities. Visit the fascinating Town Museum and explore the model of a former working coal mine complete with tunnels to get the full mining experience. Visit the old town, which is set 320 metres above sea level, and try to not get lost in the maze of narrow streets.
There's also the Dubrova Sculpture Park to explore with its 70 monumental outdoor sculptures, the archaeological and ethnological collection in the City Museum and the main square where you can have a drink in a friendly cafe and watch the world go by. Our villas with private pools are perfectly positioned to explore everything that Labin has to offer.
History and culture in Labin
Labin was first mentioned in 285AD when it was called Albono. Evidence of occupation from the Bronze Age can be found in and around the town, and it has a long history under Roman rule. It is the birthplace of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, the reformer and collaborator of Martin Luther, and has a rich coal mining history as the largest centre for coal mining in the whole of Croatia.
Everywhere you look you will find evidence of the town's colourful history and there are plenty of museums if you want to explore further.
Family holidays in Labin
If you are looking for family-friendly days out, Labin is a great place to stay. There are the beaches of Rabac nearby for relaxing days playing in the sea and sunbathing. Boat tours are available from Pula to Brijuni National Park, which are great for seeking out the local wildlife. Plus, the Roman amphitheatre and fortress in Pula town itself is a fascinating place to run around and explore and let little imaginations run wild. There is also Istralandia Waterpark nearby to amuse children of all ages, which has great facilities and promises endless hours of fun.
If you tire from all the fun filled days out, why not simply relax by the pool. Villas in Croatia with private pools are very popular, which is why our family villas in Labin all come with private pools - which all ages are sure to enjoy!
Adventurous activities in Labin
More adventurous activities are available throughout this region, including kayaking tours of Cape Kamenjak, and snorkelling and diving in the clear azure waters of Adriatic. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors and see Croatia's spectacular scenery, there are many biking and hiking opportunities on the various coastal and inland trails. You can also spend the day dolphin-watching off the coast.
Romance in Labin
Lapin has a romantic atmosphere with opportunities for evening strolls around the old town. Enjoy sunset views from the various viewpoints, and drinks in one of the many friendly laid-back bars. Enjoy a glass of wine over delicious seafood, or long conversations in one of the coffee shops. For romantic day trips discover the incredible beauty of nearby Plitvice Lakes, or go hiking together through the verdant countryside.
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