Rasa, Croatia


Former mining site and the youngest Istria's town lies 4.5 kilometres south west of Labin and Rabac in the valley of the Krapan Brook, a tributary of the Raša river that the town was named after.

Rasa is considered as an excellent model of modernist functionalist architecture popular under Mussolini’s rule in the 1930s with a purpose of urban colonization of Istria and other Italian territories.

The construction of this modern town for accommodating miners and their families started in the 1936 on the personal initiative of Mussolini (the foundation stone was laid by himself). In 1937, a bright new settlement, planned and designed on rationalist principles by architect Gustavo Pulitzer Finali was built on once a marshy area.

Nowadays, one can find traces of the town’s mining past only in the church of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners that dominates the central square. The church is built in the shape of an overturned mine cart, its bell tower resembles a miner's lamp and its arcades remind of mine galleries. Also, the church houses a small but interesting exhibition about mining.


Accommodation is offered in private houses and apartments as well as in cottages in the surrounding villages.



Numerous walking trails, bicycle-friendly roads and specially Liburnia bike path enables you to access to the mild landscapes surrounding Rasa and its valley.


Public hunting area of Rasa, under the direction of the Kamenjarka hunting association from Barban is at the disposal of the hunters.

LD Kamenjarka Barban 69
52207 Barban



Located by the national road between Labin, Barban and Pula, Rasa is served by the regional bus network.


Tourist Office Raša is opened all the year around from Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Open: I - XII
Opening hours: 07:00 - 15:00, Sat and Sun closed

Trg Gustavo P. Finali bb
52223 Raša

+385 (0)52 852399 


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