In this place, the land and the stone have always played equally important roles, feeding and protecting the generations of modest and hard-working people.
In the enchanting Istria, the green pearl of the Mediterranean, on the east coast lies Labin, the almost undiscovered gem of the south European region.
At the foot of the hill, the road descends to the south, to the intact and protected bay Prtlog (the local abbreviation of Porto Longo, meaning Duga Luka – Long port), where near the sea and surrounded by Mediterranean greenery is situated Villa Vlastelini II, a stone beauty of modern lines, facing the sun and waves, at a location created for the lovers of discretion and peace.
In Porto Longo you cannot hear the silence. It is always gently interrupted by the sounds of the sea, the whisper of light breeze that passes through the branches of pines and holm oaks, and the unison melody of the crickets.
Prtlog / Duga Luka
The crystal-clear sea bay and the narrow peninsula covered with greenery have been inhabited since prehistoric times, and since the time of Roman Empire until the middle of the 19th century, this was the main port of the ancient Albona, later Medieval Venetian Labin. On the peninsula that encloses the bay, there is a small settlement of about twenty houses immersed in the greenery of the Mediterranean forest and since 1973 it has been declared a protected forest area.
The quiet bay is today a favourite bathing area of the local population and a safe berth for boats, and the clear sea and the expressiveness of the surrounding greenery make Prtlog one of the most beautiful bays on the eastern coast of Istria.
Labin and Rabac
One of still insufficiently undiscovered pearls of Istria is certainly old Labin. The city surrounded with walls and fortresses - monument of exceptional Venetian architecture, with many preserved palaces, cultural sights and sacral objects rises on a 300-meter-high hilltop above the coast of the Kvarner bay.
At the foot, on the continental side, there is Podlabin, which originated as a mining settlement and today is an urban and living monument of totalitarian regimes architecture. Along the sea, in a small bay only a few kilometres from the city centre is located Rabac, a former fishing village that has developed into a modern tourist centre of high category.
For centuries, this beautiful peninsula has been the target of many conquerors - because of its strategic position of place where the Mediterranean deeply stretches into the European continent and due to its exceptional beauty and natural wealth.
In recent decades, Istria has become one of the most attractive tourist regions in Europe, but it still preserved its autochthony, untouched nature and the romance of small, stone-built towns. Abundant offer of experiences and activities is equally good in the green interior and on the rocky shore of the crystal blue Adriatic Sea.
Croatia is a small country (4.5 million inhabitants) in the Southeast Europe. It is a country of thousand islands, miraculous nature, rich heritage. By exploring Croatia, you are actually traveling through time at the Mediterranean as it once was.
You will find the antique in the magnificent amphitheatre and other monuments of Roman Pula, at the forum in Zadar and in Diocletian's Palace in Split. You can find Pre-Romanesque architecture in the church of Sv. Donat in Zadar and Romanesque in the old town of Trogir or on the islands of Krk and Rab.
You will experience the mystical Gothic in Zagreb, Pazin or, for example, Ston on Pelješac. You will best get acquainted with the Renaissance in Osor on the mysterious Cres, in the Šibenik cathedral, on the island of Hvar and Korčula, and finally in the unrepeatable and unique Dubrovnik. Baroque splendour can be found in Varaždin, Bjelovar and Vukovar, and the 19th century heritage in Rijeka, Osijek, Rovinj and of course in the main city - Zagreb.
The Brijuni National Park is located on the western coast of Istria, not far from Pula, and it is an island with two large and 12 smaller islets.
Visit the most famous Croatian National Park Plitvice with its 16 lakes that overflow one another and take the breath of visitors.