An elongated island in the middle of the Croatian archipelago along the Dalmatian Coast, Losinj is one of the lesser known holiday destinations found in the Adriatic Sea. Holidaymakers, who have discovered this serene gem, come here for pure relaxation and a chance to kick back and just enjoy life surrounded by rustic romance and calm natural bays.
Losinj is an eclectic mix of jagged peaks and hillsides to the north and natural coves and pristine landscapes on the southern part of the island. Connecting these two is a narrow isthmus and a natural bay where the main city of Mali Losinj is situated. Once a magnificent port, ruled by Venetians and Italians before becoming part of modern Croatia, the city welcomes seafarers and landlubbers alike with its beautiful harbour-front. The cityscape is populated by pastel-coloured buildings, parasol-covered restaurants and small fishing boats bobbing gently in the water. From the triangular square at the centre of the city, you can venture into the labyrinthine streets that weave the city together in a red-roofed mosaic. Visit the Losinjski Museum to learn more about the fascinating history of the island and see the beautiful Church of the Nativity of the Virgin as well as its interesting graveyard. Stroll along the sea until you come to the building housing the antique Apoksiomen bronze statue that was recovered from the sea. Nearby you’ll also find tour boats from which you can explore the coastline and the Adriatic Sea further. Dolphins are known to frequent the waters and if you’re lucky, you might spot a flock of them frolicking in the sea.
If you instead prefer to explore the island on land, then head to the nearby nature park of Cikat. A blend of pine forest and stunning beaches, just minutes away from the city, it will feel like a haven away from the relative urban bustle. Renting a bike will allow you easy access to the woodland and if you’re seeking places to relax by the water, there are beaches of every variety along the coast of Losinj. Soak up the sun by Cikat Bay, go windsurfing or water-skiing in the blue sea or simply just go for a long hike by the sea, before heading back to the city for dinner and a glass of sweet Croatian wine.
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