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.
Close to the old town core, surrounded by greenery, is the intimate location of ‘’Santo Spirito"- in the translation the Holy Spirit - in this place the famous Vlačić family, known as Vlastelini, a hundred years ago built a traditional Istrian stone house in a spacious estate
Santo Spirito offers a whole range of varieties
which are arranged in a pleasantly tuned harmony
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.
Prtlog / Duga Luka and Sv. Marina
Only a few kilometres south of the old town of Labin are two perhaps most beautiful destinations for swimmers looking for natural beach and a peaceful place to enjoy the sea. The romantic Mediterranean town Sv. Marina, with a naturally sheltered harbour for local boats and several big pebble beaches in the immediate vicinity, is an ideal destination for a peaceful family enjoyment in the sun and the sea, far away from the crowds of tourist centres. Prtlog bay is a protected natural green-blue pearl of the eastern coast of Istria, and with its rocky shores, shade of pine trees and hidden pebble beaches, and it is the perfect place for lovers of wildlife, intimacy and tranquillity.
And here, just a few tens of footsteps from the sea, the finesse and the ultimate comfort are very pronounced. The whiteness of the stone and its silver reflection highlight Villa Vlastelini II among the comfortably scattered houses of a small settlement Prtlog on the western slope of the hill, facing the blue-green shades of the long bay.
Explore Villa Vlastelini II
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