Losinj – Green Island of Vitality
Things to do on Losinj Island
Losinj Island is a place where the stars meet the sky in the most beautiful way, where the air takes special smells thanks to the pine forests and place where dolphins cheerfully swimming. Losinj is a place that will boost you with its scents of 1018 of different plants, singing of the birds, trees, waves and natural beauty.
Losinj Island through the years is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, but despite an increased number of tourists in some beautiful hotel of Lošinj still hides the beautiful bays and preserved natural beauty. It is known for its mild climate and vegetation that includes pine trees, palm trees, oleanders and many citrus fruits.
Close your eyes and imagine the smell of lavender, rosemary, pine, orange, the scent of the sea and the sound of the waves. Peace and serenity. Can you imagine? Who can imagine ten fragrances, suddenly? That’s why you have to come to the Losinj Island. All this awaits you there. In short, a paradise on Earth. We bring you a few reasons why to visit the fragrant island.
What to see on the Losinj Island
Mali Lošinj is the largest town in the Kvarner Bay. The beginnings of Mali Losinj date back to 12 century when the port city is gradually formed. At the end of the 19th century, it was discovered the healing effect of the climate on the island and the Losinj Island was turned into a fashionable Austro-Hungarian winter health and wellness resort. Situated in a protected Bay, surrounded by white houses with red roofs, and the typical Church Bell-Tower. Can you imagine Mali Losinj? In modern Mali Losinj is located, pharmacy, hospital, police station, post office, shipyard, banks, shops and inviting cafés along the coast.
The oldest part of the city is part of the Church of St Mary. The Church was built in the 19th century, and on the main altar is paintings which show the mother of God of the Rosary with St Dominic, St Catherine, and St Jacob.
In the narrow streets of Veli Losinj, through the ‘gate’ you can see the luxurious villas of former captains, ship owners, and wealthy upper class. In the gardens of the villa is 80 different types of plants, while in Veli Losinj park in front of today’s spa, a former residence of Archduke Charles Stephen, has more than 200 botanical species.
In the immediate vicinity of Veli Losinj is situated the fishing bays and beaches Rovenska.
The town of Cres is located in the heart of the beautiful Bay and surrounded by olive groves. This ancient city was at the time of Renaissance an important trading and cultural center. Cres is a place of Crescendo Jazz Festival during the summer.
Lubenice is placed on a cliff high above the sea, and with one of the most beautiful beaches on the island at the foot. The village Lubenice was founded by (according to stories) the Roman deserters. Lubenice is the scene of the summer festival of classical music Lubenice Musical Evenings. There is a charming ethnographic museum in the village.
A masterpiece of Croatian and world heritage site, the ancient bronze statue of an athlete, 192 cm tall, extracted from the sea underwater between the islet of Vele Orjule and the Losinj Island in 1999 immediately became a big star. It is assumed to end in the sea because of inclement weather for which they had to throw away Apoxyomenos or as a sacrifice to the gods for the safe travel through the Osor Chanel. The statue is fascinating and the fact that the statue is in London at the British Museum, as part of the exhibition of The Definition of the Beauty which deals with the body in ancient Greece art. After the end of the exhibition, the Apoxyomenos is coming home, in a new Museum in Mali Losinj.
What to do on Losinj Island
For those who looking for the beach and the Sun, the most popular are the Suncana uvala (Sunny Bay) and Cikat Bay. It is possible to reach that bays on foot from the city center if you are interested in a bit of climbing through a multitude of stairs and walk through the pine forest. Cikat Bay is 30 km long and most popular in the summer for many water sports.
Walk a pleasant trail to a hill of Osorscica (peak Televrin, 588 m) and enjoy a spectacular view of the entire Losinj archipelago, the Istrian peninsula, and the Velebit Mountain.
Adopt a Dolphin
Adopt a dolphin at the Institute Blue World in Veli Losinj, which conducts a scientific and educational program with the aim of protecting dolphins. Visitors can symbolically “adopt a dolphin” with small pay of contributions used to cover the costs of the Institute. At sea near Veli Losinj is protecting an area of dolphins, the first of its kind in the Mediterranean.
Visit the Fragrant Island’s Garden
Visit the Fragrant Island’s Garden, and enjoy the scents of the island’s vegetation. There are grown almost all of the plant species that grow on the island: orange, tangerine, sage, myrtle, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and many others. A rich range of scents in one place it’s really intoxicating. You can taste and buy the island’s wonderful herbal medicines, liqueurs, scented candles, cosmetic products, and teas.
Treat yourself with a panoramic flight from the local airport in Cunski. The flight provides spectacular scenery of the Losinj Island, Susak, Unije, and Srakane.
Take a Day Trip
Make a day trip on Ilovik, “Island of Flowers”.
Make a day trip to the Unije, “Island of Architecture”. This nickname of the Unije has received thanks to the wonderfully preserved island’s architecture, typical for Cres and Losinj. This is the reason why this Island is very popular among architects, who in the Unije from time to time organize workshops.
Rent a Boat
Rent a sailboat in ACI Marina Cres and enjoy the beauty of Cres Bay and nearby islands.
Gastronomy – Not to be Missed
Traditional Island’s cuisine is full of flavors and scents of the Mediterranean. Losinj’s gastronomy in its offer extracts the Kvarner scampi, which is, according to many gastronomic critics, the best in the world. Not to be missed delicacies are fish, island lamb, homemade pasta and olive oil, and aromas of spicy herbs which will be a real treat for you. Don’t forget to toast with liquor from local herbs.