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Lošinj travel guide

Read our essential travel guide to discover the best things to do in Lošinj, with hotels, bars, restaurants and more...

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Cres and Lošinj used to be one island until the ancient Liburni tribe dug a canal at Osor. The healthy effects of its sea breezes, clean water and 2,600 hours of annual sunshine earned Lošinj an official designation as a health resort in 1892. Habsburg royalty followed and now tourism is the island’s main industry.

Activity centres around two towns with misleading labels. Mali Lošinj, ‘Small Lošinj’, is the bigger settlement, about four kilometres from quaint little Veli Lošinj, ‘Great Lošinj’.

Mali Lošinj, the largest island town in the Adriatic, with a population of 7,000, is set around a long, wide harbour, lined with Habsburg-era facades. Strolling from one end
of the harbour to the other takes 20 minutes – it’s a nice waterside lined with great restaurants and bars.

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Lošinj overview
Things to do

Lošinj overview

The rocky seabed around Lošinj means there’s no sand to cloud the water, and you can see straight down for a long way. Thanks to this seabed, the currents and conservation, the water around the island is among the cleanest in the Adriatic, which is why this area is a magnet for dolphins – you may see the beautiful creatures chasing the ferry boat that brings you to this island. The clean water is also an attraction for spearfishers, who hold regular tournaments here, as well as ordinary vacationers, who enjoy a dip in clearer water. Back on shore, the attractions of Lošinj include beautiful nature as well as resort settlements full of good bars and restaurants. Cres and Lošinj used to be one island until the ancient Liburni tribe dug a canal at Osor. The healthy effects of its sea breezes, clean water and 2,600 hours of annual sunshine, earned Lošinj an official designation as a health resort in 1892. Habsburg royalty followed and now tourism is the island’s main industry. Activity centres around two towns with misleading labels. Mali Lošinj, ‘Small Lošinj’, is the bigger town, about 4km (2.5 miles) from quaint little Veli Lošinj, ‘Great Lošinj’. Mali Lošinj, the largest island town in the Adriatic with a population of 7,000, is set around a long wide harbour, lined with Habsburg-era façades. Strolling from one end of the harbour to the other takes 20 minutes, a nice waterside lined with great restaurants and bars. Trg Republike Hrvatske is the big square. Pop into the Art

Things to do in Lošinj
Things to do

Things to do in Lošinj

Mali Lošinj, the largest island town in the Adriatic with a population of 7,000, is set around a long wide harbour, lined with Habsburg-era façades. Trg Republike Hrvatske is the big square. Pop into the Art Collections (Vladimira Gortana 35,  open summer 10am-1pm, 7-10pm daily; winter 10am-noon, 7-9pm daily) for modern Croatian and 17th- and 18th-century Italian works. Neighbouring Veli Lošinj is centred around a small harbour surrounded by steep hills. On one rise right on the harbour is boxy pink Church of St Anthony, which contains seven Baroque altars and works by Italian masters. On another hill above the harbour is a crenulated Venetian tower, built as a fortification in 1455 and used for exhibitions. The Marine Education Centre in Veli Lošinj promotes conservation with a special focus on the nearby bottlenose dolphin colony.

Where to eat and drink in Lošinj

Great Lošinj restaurants
Restaurants

Great Lošinj restaurants

Mali Lošinj harbour is lined with fine seafood restaurants. At Veli Lošinj, Rovenska harbour is a gastro enclave with Sirius and the Bora Bar Trattoria/Tartufferia.

Bora Bar Trattoria/Tartufferia
Restaurants

Bora Bar Trattoria/Tartufferia

This charming spot is run by chef Marco Sasso. Born in Pisa, Sasso was one of the first truffle dealers in the United States before coming to Croatia. He gets the fungus fresh from Istria and applies it in starters, such as tuna carpaccio with marinated celery roots and truffles. Other ingredients come fresh from the sea on which the terrace is perched. Desserts include own-made panna cotta or chocolate mousse.

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