As you travel down spectacular hairpin bends towards Rabac Bay, the small town comes into view like something straight off the French Riviera. The steep hillside is crowded with brightly-painted houses and, at the bottom, is the holiday village of Rabac.
Nearby, the new Valamar Girandella Resort allows you to get the best out of your stay in Rabac, whether you’re swimming in the clear blue Adriatic, sunbathing on its seductive shore or drinking up the sunset with a cocktail.
Rabac is blessed with beaches, and they don’t come much better than Girandella, a gorgeous patch of Kvarner bay. Adjacent to Valamar’s Tourist Village, this pebbly-peninsula is a great place to sunbathe – or savor the cooling sea-breeze from beneath the pine trees.
There’s plenty of summer fun to be found on Girandella. Its location provides the ideal conditions for windsurfing and diving, while waterskiing and banana boats are also popular. Other beaches are just a stroll from Girandella. The blue flag beach Lanterna is only 50 meters from Casa Valamar Sanfior. St Andrea, a pristine white-pebbled beach close to the centre of Rabac, is a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.
Rabac’s pristine beaches are hardly a secret and you can expect a surge of tourists in high-season. If you find it all a bit suffocating, you might consider booking your break on either side of the summer crush. The weather is significantly cooler in spring, but begins to broil to beach-ready temperatures towards the beginning of May. Post-season, you could be bobbing in the Adriatic Sea until mid-October; hardier adventurers might even brave a dip in winter - sea temperatures remain mild throughout the year and seldom slip below 14ºC.
Away from the beach fun, you can ramble along nature trails, one leading to the Tears of St Lucia, a natural spring that is reputed to heal your eyes if you wash them with the water. Nearby, the splendid Labin makes a great day trip. The only major town on Istria’s wild east coast, this attractive, tightly-clustered settlement is rich in Istrian heritage. You are also close to the ferry terminal at Brestova, for access to Cres and Lošinj, and their famed sandy beaches.