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Lošinj, the southern half of the twin-islands of Cres and Lošinj, manages to be both busy and delightful at once. It's popular with well-heeled Italians and the smarter sailing community, and you'll never be more than a couple of miles from the limpid waters of the Adriatic and sheltered coves perfect for swimming. The big draw is Mali Lošinj, with its perfect V-shaped harbor and endless row of sun-drenched café-terraces along the palm-dotted quayside. Just 45 minutes' walk south along the coast path brings you to the tiny, picture-postcard village of Veli Lošinj, with the miniature harbor dominated by the barn-like bulk of the Church of ...

Lošinj, the southern half of the twin-islands of Cres and Lošinj, manages to be both busy and delightful at once. It's popular with well-heeled Italians and the smarter sailing community, and you'll never be more than a couple of miles from the limpid waters of the Adriatic and sheltered coves perfect for swimming. The big draw is Mali Lošinj, with its perfect V-shaped harbor and endless row of sun-drenched café-terraces along the palm-dotted quayside. Just 45 minutes' walk south along the coast path brings you to the tiny, picture-postcard village of Veli Lošinj, with the miniature harbor dominated by the barn-like bulk of the Church of St. Anthony, and just beyond the even smaller fishing village of Rovenska.

At the north end of the island visit medieval Osor, on the isthmus across to Cres. It was once the capital of the two islands and still boasts a town hall and loggia, a cathedral and a bishop's palace even though it's down to just 80 souls today. Or take an excursion offshore to see dolphins frolicking or sample the fine wines on the pretty island of Susak or, for real peace and quiet, head across to the island of Unije, the westernmost isle of the Kvarner Bay.

Piers Letcher
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Piers Letcher is the author of Croatia: the Bradt Travel Guide, Dubrovnik: the Bradt City Guide, and coauthor of Zagreb: the Bradt City Guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Lošinj is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea, in the Kvarner Gulf. It is almost due south of the city of Rijeka and part of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar county.
  • Language: Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Easter-October; high summer is when it all happens here, but early and late season are delightful too; Lošinj pretty much shuts down in winter.