Lošinj - your island oasis

Lošinj - your island oasis

The island of Lošinj has a rich tradition as a tourist destination dating back to 19th century decree of of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy which declared it as a climatic health resort.  The island developed an infrastructure with classic architecture that sets it apart from most Croatian destinations. The grand tradition has not been lost, and the friendly and professional standards for holidaymakers have made this island one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

There are more than 250 km of landscaped promenades and more than 200 annual days of sunshine.  The mild microclimate is known for its fresh air as well as more than 1200 plant species (of which as many as 239 are medicinal. It is home to more than 200 resident bottlenose dolphins, which says something about the environmental preservation of the island. Wellness has been a theme for well over a century, and many spas and health facilities, including a famous aromatherapy center, providing an environment to achieve a balance of mind and body.

The largest places on Lošinj are Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj, which offer plenty of opportunities to try traditional island delicacies that make good use of the island's wild herbs, fish and olive oil.  Lošinj's food scene has kept pace with the most advanced Croatian destinations, but still there is plenty of traditional fare, highlighting the simplicity of the freshest ingredients. In the center of Mali Lošinj you will find a fish market where you can buy freshly caught fish.  At the same time, there are plenty of boutiques offering unique items to help remember your stay.  Never leave Mali Lošinj without visiting the Apoxyomenos Museum, where you will find the Croatian Apoxyomenos, a bronze Greek statue over 2000 years old which was extracted from the seabed of the islet of Vela Orjula near the island of Lošinj in 1999. It is the most complete and best preserved among eight known Apoxyomenos statues in the world.

Another must see is the Fragrant Island Garden which has over 250 varieties of indigenous plants many with medicinal properties.  There you can purchase renowned health products, cosmetics and culinary herbs. There are also dolphin watching tours available on the island to learn about these magnificent and endangered creatures.  Boaters should explore the playful islands of the Lošinj archipelago - Susak, Ilovik and Unije, islands of untouched nature, without roads and cars.  The islands of Unije and Srakana are recommended for swimming when the weather permits, while the island of Susak is the only completely sandy island in the Adriatic that has retained its spirit and old-world charm due to its relative isolation. The unique island language and fantastic, colorful traditional dress are worth noting. You can moor your boat in the small port, then walk the whole island and visit the old lighthouse and the village where you can taste some very nice local wines.

The southernmost inhabited island of the Lošinj archipelago is Ilovik, located in a small bay, which is protected on the north side by the uninhabited island of Sv. Petar. The coast is easily accessible from all sides, with many gentle bays. The largest bay with a sandy beach is Paržine on the southeast side of the island. Between the two islands, a well-protected, 300 m wide canal stretches for 2.5 km and serves as a port for local fishermen as well as many visiting boaters. On all islands there are shops, post office, bakeries, cafes and several restaurants offering local delicacies.

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