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The island of Lošinj

If we were to say that islands have personality, and they do, Lošinj would definitely among those special ones embodying a collection of superb qualities such as long tradition, beautiful nature, clean air and a wide range of excellent offerings for tourists.
Over the years its amiable climate attracted numerous aristocrats who visited Lošinj regularly in order to improve their health. Lošinj boasts first-rate air rich in aerosols, which is why the island is a true outdoor aromatherapy center, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that people became aware of how beneficial the island climate truly is.
In 1892 Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj were proclaimed climatic resorts and the way for tourism development was paved. The first tourist visit to the island was recorded three years later and the first Lošinj hotel was built in 1897. The story of success in tourism and continuous development of this island as a popular destination will continue in the future.
Its 19th century palatial homes, plants from all parts of the globe brought by seafarers and images of sailboats kept in Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj homes still fostering memories of countless voyages make the ambiance truly special. More precisely, Lošinj’s success story is closely related to its rich maritime tradition: in the 19th century Lošinj was home to as many as six shipyards and it was also a known shipbuilding and shipping force in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The island’s maritime traditions, customs related to seeing off sailors and other cherished traditions have inspired various events held on the island every year.
The natural and cultural heritage of the island of Lošinj is very rich. Small churches, monasteries, Renaissance buildings, basilicas and ancient remnants are found across the island. The local museum and other venues offer ample opportunities for exploring history and art and other wonderful attractions of the island.
The most valuable archaeological find is certainly that of the ancient Greek bronze statue of the Croatian Apoxyomenos (The Scraper) found in the sea near Lošinj and those who love history will certainly enjoy the town of Osor – an outdoor museum which is an ideal setting for the Osor Musical Evenings (Osorske glazbene večeri) hosted by the town each summer.
On the five islands in the Lošinj archipelago footpaths extend for 250 kilometers, and the archipelago has some excellent dive sites and offers beautiful scenery and great sailing. More than 250 events including classical and pop concerts are organized on the islands throughout the year. Smaller islands in the archipelago are Unije, Ilovik, Susak and Vele Srakane, and there is a necklace of uninhabited islets one can enjoy exploring as well.

The Croatian Apoxyomenos
Mali Lošinj
In 1999, Lošinj became richer as the Croatian Apoxyomenos, an old bronze statue of the ancient Greek athlete, was found. To be more precise, in 1999 the bronze statue was discovered in the sea between the islet of Vela Orjula and the island of Lošinj. It is assumed that it has been at the bottom of the sea since the 1st century AD when it was sacrificed to the gods for the safe continuation of the voyage during a storm, as the ship was in danger of being overturned.

The dolphin - your friend
Mali Lošinj
Did you ever wish you could have a dolphin as a pet so you could get to know him/her? Perhaps you would like to help preserve this endangered species by helping the dolphins inhabiting the waters surrounding Cres and Lošinj?

Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj
Mali Lošinj
Many people consider Lošinj an outdoor aromatherapy center and veritable garden. You will feel the beneficial properties of its amiable climate right away and  the island`s beautiful nature will improve your wellbeing and boost your energy. All it takes is a walk!

PROMENADES AND STROLLING PATHS
On the island of Lošinj as well as on other islands of its archipelago – Ilovik, Susak and Unije there is a whole network of promenades and strolling paths that bring together the possibility of pleasant active vacations but also interesting places holding out wonderful landscapes, historical attractions, local customs and autochthonous dishes of the area. The total length of the strolling paths – together with those on Cres, an island inseparable from Lošinj – is 250 kilometres.
Let's start from the less demanding seaside promenades (lungomare) dedicated to a very wide circle of strollers. These promenades follow the islands' coast, crossing numerous bays and centennial pine woods. The marvelous environment, Mediterranean horticulture to which so much attention is devoted and the excellent climate, particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers and all who have respiratory disorders, offer satisfaction, pleasure and health to all those visiting these islands, at any time of the year.
To those interested in more demanding and difficult strolling paths, we recommend the island’s interior where mountain climbing opportunities are offered, too. The goal and an extraordinary experience for these climbers will by all means be the mountain transversal Osoršćica, extending in the northern part of the island of Lošinj, for a length of some 10 kilometres. It is interesting that one of the first „tourists“ to have climbed the Osoršćica in 1887 was the heir to the throne, Rudolf Habsburg. Those who climb up the Osoršćica and other areas will be rewarded by wonderful natural attractions, belvederes and an unforgettable view of the Kvarner islands and the coast, up to the wooded Gorski kotar.
There are also thematic paths on the island of Lošinj that embrace stories about history and customs, natural attractions etc. And another peculiarity: there are no poisonous snakes on the Cres-Lošinj islands. The legend ascribes this to the blessing of the Osor bishop, St. Gaudens and scientists are still looking for a scientifically founded truth.

HUNTING AND RECREATIONAL FISHING
Mali Lošinj has a long recreational fishing tradition confirmed by the fact that the first spear-fishing gun was brought here in the 30-ties of the 20th century. The New Year Spear-fishing Cup has been held here uninterruptedly since the year 1959 and the first World Spear-fishing Championship was held in Mali Lošinj in 1957. Lošinj was the host of the World Spearfishing Championship in 2010.
Obviously, this long local tradition could not be without its own success, so that Mali Lošinj has its European champion in spear-fishing.
In recent years hunting has been very popular on the island of Lošinj, primarily because of the quality of the hunting ground and the natural environment. The hunting season starts towards the end of the year, with possibility of hunting feathered game and small game, as well as wild boars, mouflons and fallow deer.

ACTIVELY IN THE AIR, ON OR UNDER WATER
Instead of listing all sports practicable in the environment of the island of Lošinj and the other islands of its archipelago, it would be much easier to mention those for which there are no conditions here. However, let's have a look at some of the opportunities…
Sailing is a sport based on long shipping tradition and coast configuration, providing sailing possibilities but also safe ports and little harbours that give shelter in bad weather conditions. The Lošinj local waters are also very attractive for wind surfing, water skiing and the like and the Lošinj submarine world with underwater caves, cracks and submerged rocks attracts divers for whom authorized diving schools have been established on the island.
He who wants to enjoy the view from above and experience the freedom of flying may try out parachuting as well as other sports. This is documented by the fact that in 1985, the year when the Lošinj airport was constructed, Mali Lošinj hosted the Parachute World Championship. In 2008 the Parachute World Championship was held here, with the participation of as many as some 20 countries.
Aware of the fact that we have not covered all air sports, sports on and under water as well as those on land, when asked about the possibility of practicing some other sport adequate to the Mediterranean climate, we reply readily: of course this is possible, too!

Gastronomy
Lošinj cuisine is typically Mediterranean. One of the most common scenes you will see, and gladly remember long after you leave the archipelago, will be those of fishermen leaving the port in the evening and returning at dawn with their fishing nets filled with fish that is soon transported to the local taverns, restaurants or to the fish market. Therefore fish and seafood, as well as vegetables and fruit picked in the local valleys, are the ace-card of the healthy and very tasty local gastronomic resources. Namely, dishes are often prepared according to traditional recipes and spiced with aromatic herbs from the island and domestic olive oil.
You simply must try the local smoked ham, sheep’s milk cheese, salty anchovies, fish stew, lamb baked in a cast iron pot under hot charcoal and other dishes recommended by your hosts, always delicately seasoned with fresh marjoram, basil, sage, thyme, laurel…
You should also try something from the extensive offer of brandies and liqueurs, rich in local flavours, as well as excellent wine produced from locally-harvested grapes.

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