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Island Losinj

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The Lošinj Archipelago includes the island of Lošinj (74.68 km2), and smaller islands: Unije (16.77 km), Ilovik (5.88 km), Susak (3.76 km), Vele Srakane (1.17 km) and numerous small uninhabited islands that are pristine oases for relaxation and swimming like: Karbarus, Zabodarski, Murtar, KoludarcKozjak, St. Peter, Vele and Male Orjule islands, Palacol, Oruda, Trasorka, Veli and Mali Osir. The main features of the Lošinj climate are mild winters and pleasant summers.

Historically, the island of Lošinj lived in the shadow of Cres until 14th century, when the village of Lošinj got autonomous rights under an agreement with Osor. This is not surprising, in fact, these two islands can in fact be regarded as one island because the narrow Osor strait that separates the two islands – is an artificial channel, originally dug in Illyrian and Roman times, but later closed and re-opened in the Venetian era.

The island is located far enough from the mainland so the sea has the dominant influence. Sea temperatures throughout the autumn and winter months and in early spring are higher than air temperatures. The pronounced maritime climate is also reflected in the alleviation of the oppressive summer heat, and Mali Lošinj has considerably fewer days with a maximum temperature above 25° C.

The island of Lošinj is lower, indented, more forested and populated than the island of Cres; it begins with Osoršćica massif in the north and ends with Umpiljak and Sveti Ivan hills.

The island of Lošinj is also divided into two parts, near the town of Mali Lošinj, by the artificial canal and connected by a drawbridge.
Lošinj is more protected than Cres from cold inland winds, well away from the shore and left to the dominant influence of the sea.

The mild climate of the island of Lošinj is seen in a large variety of plant species. According to research there are identified around 1100 plant species, of which as many as 230 species of medicinal and edible wild plants. Among them there are particularly distinctive for this latitude atypical plant species, such as lemons, oranges, dates, bananas, eucalyptus, cedar and redwood. The components of the natural heritage are protected as a forest park.

The southern part of the island of Lošinj is cultivated and covered with old olive groves and vineyards. Most of its old terraces are now overgrown with macchia and pine woods cover the lower areas.

Lošinj used to be a major center of shipping and commerce and reached its highest point of development in 1870 when it owned six yards and a fleet of 150 large ships. With the increasing development of the ports of Trieste and Rijeka, Lošinj shipping slowly faded away.

At the end of the 19th century thanks to Prof. Ambroz Haračić and the initiative of some people with a clear vision of the future, the vast rocky terrain around Mali and Veli Lošinj was forested. Today, these dense pine forests are a symbol of the island of Lošinj and have a priceless value for its tourist development.

Today, Lošinj has rehabilitated its position as one of the leading tourist islands of northern Adriatic.

The island offers its guests a large choice of different excursions. There are especially popular boat trips to the island of Ilovik (pleasant sandy beaches with fresh water springs) and a visit to the sandy island of Susak, unique among the Adriatic islands.  A special attraction is Susak's unique traditional costume that proves how miniskirts are not the news of modern age.

 

 

 

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March-May from 9 till 15 /closed Sundays/
June - September from 9 till 19 every day

Address:

Puntarka nova d.o.o.
Nikole Tesle 17
HR - 51550 Mali Lošinj

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+385 51 232 016

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