Separated by a narrow channel from Cres, Lošinj is a green island, the home of giant pine, orange and fig trees. The sea water is very clean here, on the coast dolphins appear from time to time. The biggest towns on the island are Mali Lošinj ('small' Lošinj) and Veliki Lošinj ('big' Lošinj) and surprisingly Mali Lošinj is larger than Veliki Lošinj.

Getting here & around

By car

Two possible routes to Cres island:

1. Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A6) - Rijeka (A7, A8) - Opatija (66) - Brestova, ferry slip.

Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Rijeka        70 Kn

2. Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A6) - exit Oštrovica (road 501) - Križišće (road 523 and 102) - Krk bridge (102, 104) - Valbiska, ferry slip.

Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Oštrovica      61 Kn

                      Krk bridge                  35 Kn

From Valbiska (Krk) and Brestova (Istria) ferries operate to Cres (Merag and Porozina).    

Ferry rates
At Osor a bridge leads to Lošinj island.

By ferry and boat

Rijeka - Mali Lošinj (only passengers, once a day, the boat stops at Cres and other small islands)

Zadar -  Mali Lošinj (ferry, once a day, the ferry stops at Silba island)

By bus

Mali Lošinj - Veli Lošinj (in every hour)   12 Kn

Cres - Mali Lošinj    (6 buses daily)        59 Kn

Rijeka - Mali Lošinj (3 buses daily)      166 Kn

Tourist information

Mali Lošinj, Riva lošinjskih kapetana 29.

Tel: +385 51 231 884
internet: www.tz-malilosinj.hr
e-mail: losinj@visitlosinj.hr

Mali Lošinj

Mali Lošinj (www.mali-losinj.hr) is the centre of the island. The first inhabitants settled down in this well-protected bay in the 12th century and worked as fishermen and shipmen for centuries. In the 19th century the former fishing village developed intoa flourishing marine due to sea trade.

Mali Lošinj became a popular holiday resort during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Ambroz Haračić opened a sanatorium here in 1892, the first tourists were his patients. When following World War II the island was incorporated into the communist Yugoslavia, thousands of the inhabitants emigrated at that time.

The town is famous for an antique bronze sculpture found in the sea in 1999. 'Apoksiomen', as the figure of the Greek athlete is called was made by the Greek sculptor, Lysippos.

Mali Lošinj was built around a lovely marina of which coastal promenade is brimmed with cafes, hotels and boutiques today.  From Ulica Ivana i Stjepana Vidulića the stairs of Bredjel Brdina leads to the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The relics of St. Romuald are kept here. In front of the church the bust of the professor of the Padova University, Don Stefani Vidulich can be seen (1882).

The Church of St. Martin dates back to 1450. It is located in the town's cemetery.

Veli Lošinj

Veli Losinj

The town's biggest attraction is the Church of St. Anthony built in 1480. Within its walls valuable paintings and religious works of art are kept. The bell tower was built in 1774. From the marina fishing boats sail to the near islands of Orjule, Oruda and Ilovik.


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