Among the green hillsides lies Arsia, Raša, a white town made of coal named after the river of the same name which with its tributaries determines this area geographically and morphologically.The mining activity dates back to the 17th century, and continuous mining was carried on throughout history. Built in the period from 1936 to 1937 Raša is a unique example of a sophisticated architecture conceived by the Italian architect Gustav Pulitzer by dividing the town hierarchically into two parts. Combining the traditional, Istrian and modern, he made Raša unique and recognizable.
The heart of the town is a spacious square on which stands out the beautiful church of St. Barbara, patroness of miners. The roof structure of the church, as well as the attached square shaped bell tower, are symbols of the past and remind us of the underground mining rooms and the mining lamp. Since the rhythm of the town exudes the mining that has been woven in the lives of the population for centuries, there is a “Mining house”, the Arsia Center – a small mining museum where every visitor experiences an unmistakable feeling of the past of the mining and the life of the current miners. Ancient and rich cultural heritage is evoked with carefully chosen exhibits that create the visual authenticity of history and reflect the spirit of past times. The forgotten glory of history is valued with unique details and experiences the full revitalization of Raša’s historical moment as the most delightful example in which the richness of the past combines with the modern atmosphere and the true desire of every individual to become part of that story.
Since Raša has always represented the core of mining, all “mining paths” have lead into that place by thetrails that every true nature lover would like to experience. From the surrounding villages, scattered around the green hills surrounding Raša, the miners crossed the forest trails of intact nature, absorbing its beauty created by the mild Mediterranean climate. The most significant of the “mining paths” started from Topit, Zartinj, Sv. Bartul through Krapan. The revival of these trails allows every visitor an unprecedented experience of a whole rich cultural heritage and magnificent nature. The delight of the surrounding villages, from which miners walked into the mine of Raša, provides holistic observation to every individual who wants to explore the vividness of the “mining paths” and feel the magic of lush vegetation. Every moment is the perfect combination of fascinating nature, stunningly beautiful views from the surrounding hills and the benefit of the Mediterranean climate, and it provides a true inspirational image for nature lovers.
Sun-bathed, with lush vegetation and the gentleness of the Mediterranean climate, the “mining paths” from Topit, Zartinj, which pass through St. Bartol and come to Krapan, and thanks to the closeness of the sea, provide the most demanding visitors with a genuine holiday and rest for the soul and body. The lush nature of every place that makes the “mining path” offers the charm of rural tourism and is an unforgettable inspiration for an escape from everyday life. The serenity of nature in its original untouched shape, richness of vegetation and amazing sounds of forest paths are a unique combination of nature and cultural heritage.
Each “mining path” is a separate pearl and will delight all that find pleasure in nature. The interweaving and intertwining of the ancient and contemporary atmosphere is an idyllic connection for an unforgettable visit in any magical place in the vicinity of Raša, a white town made of coal.