Veli Lošinj

veli losinjA lovely little town, set on a hill facing west. It is the historical centre of the island and a twin town of Mali Lošinj, which developed faster through history.

Above the entrance to the harbour, as if watching over it, stands the baroque Church of St. Anthony from the 17th century, which was built on the remains of a smaller church from the 15th century that had been pulled down. The church has an impressive interior with baroque altars, an organ by the Venetian master Callido, beautiful reliefs, statues and paintings, among them Madonna with Saints by Vivarini and a number of paintings by the Titian and Tiepolo school painters.

The church is a museum at the same time, one of the most valuable on the Kvarner islands. It owes its origin to the generosity of the local sea captains and their love of their home town.

The Venetian campanile from the 15th century, the beautiful fronts of stone palaces and houses, set in parks with exotic vegetation, remind us of the history of this town of wealthy ship-owners and sea captains. Hotels, restaurants, private rooms and apartments offer plenty of choice.

Nerezine

nerezine slikaNerezine lies at the foot of the hill of Osoršćica on the eastern side of the island of Lošinj. It was first mentioned as a bigger island settlement in the 14th century. Nerezine developed from numerous isolated houses that people built amid their own fertile land. Only later, as seafaring and shipbuilding developed, Nerezine assumed the characteristics of a coastal settlement.Two holiday villages, two campsites, hotels and a great number of private rooms and holiday apartments offer comfortable accommodaton.The restaurants are known for excellent cuisine.

Osor

osorThis little town is situated on the spot where the island of Cres and Lošinj are closest to each other. It had its period of glory in ancient times. The canal (Cavata, Kavuada, Cavanella) which had been cut through enabled passage of ships from sea to sea. The main transit traffic between Northern Adriatic and the Dalmatian Coast used to flow through Osor, which made it an international harbour.The foundations of the town walls hide traces of ancient history, dating as far back as the 9th century B.C. The name of the town, Osor, formerly Apsoros, is said to be of mythical origin and derive from the name of an ancient Greek hero, the tragic heroine Medea's brother Apsyrtus.

The antique town square with beautiful buildings from the 15h and 16th century, the Town Hall with a loggia (today the Town Museum), the Bishop's Palace and the impressive Cathedral with a campanile make up the historical heart of the town. The whole of the town is an open-air museum showing its cultural and political history.

There are exhibits ranging from the contemporary sculptures by Meštrović to the remains of ancient town walls, forts, the earliest Early-Christian basilica, as well as remains of antique villas, Renaissance portals and monasteries, hidden in the greenery of Osor's parks and gardens.

This ancient town is a museum of history in itself. In the summer it becomes a unique setting for the Musical Evenings of Osor and other cultural events. The choice of accommodation includes well-organized private accommodation in the town itself, as well as two beach side camping sites just outside it and few restaurants.

Susak

susakDue to the fact that this island is the farthest from the insular and mainland centres, it has retained many primeval traditions, from speech to customs and folk-costume. Nowadays, Susak has some 200 inhabitants and the intensification of wine production will probably bring more settlers to the island.
 
In comparison to the other islands of this group and generally all the islands of the Adriatic, stone is something precious on Susak. On a limestone base there is a layer of approximately 100 meters of compact sand.The island has sandy beaches.

The only settlement on the island is divided into two parts: the older Gornje Selo (Upper village) was founded around the former Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas from the 11th century; and the Donje Selo (Lower village). On Susak special attention must be paid to the famous wine and to the female folk-costume, which is very distinct because it has a very short skirt and is made in very garish colours.The island of Susak, made of sand, is a unique island in the Adriatic.

It has unique natural features and a rich cultural heritage.

The sea is clean and rich in fish.The island is inhabited by hard-working wine-growers and fishermen, who have maintained their archaic dialect, specific customs and traditional folk costumes.

Ilovik

ilovikIlovik, which lies to the south of Lošinj, is an island of flowers.
Ilovik is the southernmost inhabited island of the Lošinj archipelago with the village of Ilovik that has 170 inhabitants. The present day settlement originated about 200 years ago when farmers from Veli Lošinj came there to settle permanently.

The position of Ilovik is very nice, it is situated in a small bay protected from the north by the islet of St. Peter on which there is the local cementery. The sea along the shore is shallow and not far from the village there is a sandy beach, as well as on St. Peter’s islet.

Ilovik is said to be the island of flowers because almost around every house there are oleanders, roses, eucalyptuses and other flowers; the flowers on the island are part of the islander’s way of life.The specific features of the island are eucalyptus trees.

Unije

unije imageUnije is the second largest island of the archipelago, right after Lošinj.
Unije lies a few sea miles west of Mali Lošinj. It is a small hilly island of limestone rock covered by lowgrowing Mediterranean vegetation.

The northern and the eastern side of the island are steep and rocky, covered by holm-oaks. The southern and the western side of the island, which are flatter, form a bay, whose clear waters mirror the fronts of the houses of the only settlement of the island.The only settlement of the same name as the island  is a typical fishing village with an almost 800-metre-long beach.

The settlement itself is located around the western cove. Because of its openness, the port of Unije does not provide good shelter during stronger storms, especially from the west and northwest, so that fishing boats have to be pulled out onto the pebbly beach.

The inhabitants have always been fishermen and winegrowers.  
It is an island of olive groves and fertile farmland. A spirit of ancient times can be felt everywhere. Remains of a Roman villa, fragments of tiles and bricks are evidence of early presence of man on the island. Having a tourist airfield, this beautiful island with lovely pebble beaches is within easy reach not only by sea. If you arrive on the island by your own boat, we suggest that you berth in the bay of Maraciol on the west side of the island, where the sea is deepest.

In the village itself there are restaurants and a postoffice. Accommodation (rooms and apartments) can be found in the characterful village houses with wide gabled fronts. The island is connected with the island of Lošinj by a regular ship service.

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