About Labin

On the hills above Rabac town, one can discover the beautiful settlement of Labin. Previously known as Roman Albona, it traces its past back to the late 3rd century. Despite its small size, Labin has immense historical value, and serves as a cultural and administrative center of the region.

Labin wrote an important page in European history as it is the site of the first recorded mutiny against fascist regime. This occurred in 1921, when local miners overthrew Italian governors and proclaimed Republic of Labin, with workers in charge. Unfortunately, their small state was short-lived, as the military intervention resolved the situation with tragic consequences. Today, visitors are encouraged to explore the mining shafts, and discover what life of a miner looked like in Croatian past. The settlement of Labin is also a birthplace of influential theologian Matija Vlacic Ilirik, one of most notable names of Reformation period.

Full of small artistic ateliers and lovely coffee bars, Labin is also a great spot for easy-going vacation. Walking its gentle promenades will probably lead you to Forma Viva, a charming nature park decorated with over 70 sculptures. Plus, its fort provides a fantastic look on the surrounding forests and Adriatic shorelines.


Listen to Istrian Music of Elis Lovric

Living in small settlement of Labin, Elis Lovric never had official musical education. When she was twelve, her parents bought her a guitar, yet nobody knew how to play it and educate the would-be musician. Her first lessons were provided by tourists that visited her native town. These were humble beginnings of what would become a star of Istrian music. Elis has studied acting in Rijeka, where she had a rather specific challenge. Due to historical backgrounds, people of Labin have developed their very own variation on Istrian dialect. Suddenly introduced to Croatian literary language, the young actress had to study hard in order to bypass her original way of speaking. ┬áBut she succeeded in grandiose way. Not only did…

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