Have you ever heard of the town which, apart from being a mining town, is also the youngest one in Istria? If your answer is negative, choose Liburnia trail and continue towards Raša. We are sure that you have never experienced anything like this before. As if it were a part of enchanting stage settings Raša will seduce you with its regular lines of houses harmonized with the landscape of the river Raša valley which seems almost imaginary.
Projected by the architect Pulitzer – Finale and built in 1936 Raša is the first modern mining town built with the aim to provide miners and their families with all necessary facilities: a school, a hospital, the cinema, a sports hall and the church consecrated to St Barbara, the patron saint of miners. Even though the mining activity in the Labin area has been gradually disappearing, it is still possible to find the remains of the mining history in the church of St Barbara where you can visit a rich mining collection. If you continue along the trail, you will reach the Raša Bridge where you will find “Liburna”, a nature reserve of autochthon animals.
Apart from these charming animals, in particular sociable donkeys, you will find here a unique ethnological collection of antique tools. While continuing your ride on the macadam along the river Raša you can admire harmonious landscape and charming boats scattered around, until you reach Tupljak after which the macadam road will lead you to Zankovci. At this point take the road to Kostričani, Zatki and Čepić, visit the entrance to the tunnel through which Čepić lake was drained and transformed into fertile agricultural land. The next stops on the trail are Kožljak and Kršan – typical fortified cities (kaštel) in the upper part of Čepić field. You can visit them and walk through their impressive ruins.
Continuing to Matijašići, Gorenj Kraj and Kraj Drage, passing through Zulijani, Županići and Martinski, you will arrive to Snašići. After that, passing through Barbići you will circumscribe the whole circle of the trail and if you take the path of firemen you will come to the starting point - the nature reserve Liburna.
- The youngest town in Istria ? Raša 1936
(a mining town projected by Pulitzer, a mining collection in the church of St Barbara
- ?Liburna?: a nature reserve of autochthon animals
- Magnificent landscape: a drained lake
- The field of Čepić
- Impressive ruins: citadels Kožljak and Kršan