Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Croatia
Divided from Cres by a tiny channel, Lošinj is a beautiful island in the northern Adriatic Sea, in the Kvarner archipelago. With its picturesque bays, lush flora and dreamy waters, Lošinj is one of the country’s most popular summer destinations.
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Veli Lošinj's colorful canal and its outdoor bars
Vacation in Lošinj
Croatia's islands have always attracted a large number of visitors due to their breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. Among these is Lošinj, a charming and easily accessible island that combines unspoiled nature, rich history and culture.
A vacation in Lošinj is synonymous with the sea, quaint villages and scenic walks. Keep one eye on the horizon – the island's waters are a magnet for dolphins and are home to the Losinj Dolphin Reserve - the first marine protected area in the Mediterranean dedicated to the friendly sea mammals.
If you're planning a summer vacation abroad with friends or family, Lošinj is the perfect destination to unwind, have fun and discover new places.
Keep reading to find out how to get to Lošinj and what to do on your trip.
How to get to Lošinj
In addition, if you find yourself in Italy wanting to reach Lošinj, there are direct connections from the ports of Trieste, Pesaro and Cesenatico. Read our dedicated section to learn more about ferries to Lošinj.
You can also get to Lošinj by car, but you must first reach the island of Cres and cross the swing bridge in Osor (operating at 09:00 and 17:00).
Useful info: there is also a small airport in Lošinj, which is 11 km from Mali Lošinj and operates mostly domestic routes and private scenic flights.
Panoramic view of the Cres - Lošinj archipelago at sunset
What to do in Lošinj
Thanks to its numerous attractions, Lošinj can satisfy all tastes.
If you're interested in discovering the island's history and culture, you could start with the towns of Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj, with their picturesque streets and museums. Stroll along the harbor promenade, enjoy the local cuisine at the best seafood restaurants and also visit the aromatic garden for a sensory journey.
Lošinjs’ cleanest of waters will inevitably invite you to dive in, so choose your favorite spot and relax among the coves of the coast! You can also join organized boat trips and visit nearby islets during the day. Don't forget your mask and flippers, a must if you want to admire the beautiful seabed.
Lošinj also offers several hiking trails with incredible views of the archipelago, wood paths and traditional villages waiting to be discovered.
Fun fact: despite its name, Mali Lošinj is the largest town on the island. Originally, the town was smaller (since it was built after Veli Lošinj), but over time, it has expanded.
Beaches in Lošinj
Lošinj is a paradise of beaches and coves that stretch along its rugged coastline. Some bays are quiet, isolated and wild, but you will also find well-equipped areas with all the comforts. Here are 7 beaches in Lošinj not to be missed:
- Veli Žal: located 4 km from Mali Lošinj, this pebbly Blue Flag beach is among the most popular. Despite being relatively small, it offers sun loungers, umbrellas and the opportunity to practice water sports. The area is also equipped with parking, bars and restaurants.
- Rovenska: very close to the center of Veli Lošinj, this rocky little beach can be reached on foot in 15-20 minutes. Behind it, there is a lush pine forest to seek shelter from the heat. There are ample amenities here, including showers and toilets, as well as a lively beach bar.
- Krivica: set in a wild and paradisiacal bay, this is a beach of rocks and white pebbles that is not very easy to reach. From the hill of Sveti Ivan, you will have to walk down a steep path for 30 minutes, but it’s worth the sweat.
- Valdarke: not far from Mali Lošinj, this small beach is located in a scenic bay with tall pine trees. You can easily reach it by walking along a short dirt path. Despite the presence of a marina, its waters are always clear and we recommend visiting it in the morning to enjoy the sun.
- Vale Škura: located 3 km from Mali Lošinj, this wild rocky beach has very clean emerald green waters. There are no facilities, and if you're looking for a quiet and peaceful place, this is the perfect spot for you!
- Zabodarski: among the most beautiful wild beaches in Lošinj, it is located in the Artatore bay and consists of smooth pebbles. The waters are shallow and there is a pine forest nearby, making it ideal for families. There are no facilities so make sure to come prepared.
- Čikat: this beautiful cove consists of 3 pebbled beaches and several surfing and diving centers. The waters are blue and the area is well-serviced. There are hotels, bars, restaurants, and even a water polo field. Keep in mind that some beaches in the area are accessible from campsites.
A section of the rocky bay of Čikat, in Lošinj
Sightseeing in Lošinj
Lošinj is not only famous for its beaches. In fact, here you can admire various attractions, visit museums and discover charming villages.
Among the most interesting things to see in Lošinj are:
- The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, dating back to 1775
- The Fritzi Palace, which houses a 4-story museum
- The defensive tower of Veli Lošinj, built by the Venetians in 1455
- The Church of Saint Anthony the Hermit, known for its pretty pink structure
- The Museum of Apoxyomenos, where the iconic bronze statue of athlete Apoxyomenos from 2000 years ago is displayed
- The Dolphin Fountain, just a stone's throw from the port of Mali Lošinj
- The Tematski Vidikovac Providenca viewpoint, perfect during sunset
- The Lošinj Aromatic Garden, featuring over 250 species of plants
- The Lošinj Historical Underwater Park, one of the main attractions of diving in Čikat Bay
- The fishing village of Nerezine, with its historic houses
- The ancient town of Osor, accessible through a swing bridge
- The tiny Church of St. John the Baptist (Sv. Ivan), situated on a beautiful promontory overlooking the bay
The small church of St. John the Baptist and its breathtaking sea view
Nightlife in Lošinj
Lošinj is a tranquil place that rejuvenates the mind and body, and not exactly a destination for those seeking nightlife. There aren't many clubs on the island, but you can still find places to have a good time.
Most of the bars in Mali Lošinj are concentrated in the main square (Trg Republike Hrvatske), while its harbor is popular for its waterfront cafes. There are also wine bars and taverns with live music.
Some noteworthy spots for a fun night out in Lošinj include Augusta Wine & Champagne Bar and Bar Buldog. Various outdoor events and entertainment evenings with local artists are also organized in the summer.
Food in Lošinj
Lošinj's gastronomy mainly offers fish and seafood specialties, but also excellent cheeses and cured meats. Aromatic herbs, wild plants and olive oil play a big part in transforming every dish.
Here are some delicacies to try during your trip to Lošinj:
- octopus salad
- grilled calamari
- salted anchovies
- brodetto di pesce (fish stew)
- cozze alla busara (mussels in a tomato and wine sauce)
- lamb cooked under the "peka" (a Balkan-style grill)
- prosciutto crudo
- pecorino cheese
- pinca (an Easter brioche)
- herbal tea
- almond cookies
Here are 5 tips for those who want to visit Lošinj:
- Known as the ‘Island of Vitality’, Lošinj has long been celebrated for its health-giving properties. We, therefore, recommend splurging on a health and beauty treatment during your stay here.
- Lošinj is a true hiking paradise. The island's trails extend over 220 km and can be explored on foot or by bicycle.
- Don't miss the boat trips from Lošinj to the beautiful islets of Oruda and Orjule.
- One of the most fun activities to do with children in Lošinj is to spend a day at the Čikat Aquapark, with slides and saltwater pools.
- The Blue World Institute in Lošinj organizes the "Dolphin Day" every summer, a wonderful educational event that involves all ages.
Lošinj is among the favorite islands of dolphins
Useful information about Lošinj
To fully enjoy your visit in Lošinj, we recommend staying for at least 4-5 days. There are numerous accommodation options on the island, so you just need to choose the area that suits you best.
The southern part of Lošinj is the most developed and the two main resorts on the island are Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj.
Mali Lošinj is home to the main port, the hospital and the entire area is equipped with stores, supermarkets and various accommodation options. Veli Lošinj is smaller and is known for its cute waterfront cafes. Čikat bay is also very popular due to its beaches and campsites.
The northern part of Lošinj, on the other hand, is wilder and the villages of Nerezine or Sveti Jakov are perfect for those seeking tranquility and more affordable accommodations. The Ćunski village, located further inland, is a good option for those planning to explore the entire island. There is also a popular campground here that is open year-round.
Keep in mind that as of January 1, 2023, Croatia has adopted the euro, replacing the old kuna.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Lošinj
Here are some useful contacts for your trip to Lošinj:
- Port Authority: +38551232020
- Mali Lošinj police: +38551439462
- Hospital of Mali Lošinj: +38551238038
- Mali Lošinj Tourist Office: +38551231884
- European emergency number: 112
Transportation in Lošinj
Lošinj is a 74 km² island that can be discovered on foot, by bike, car or bus.
Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj are 5 km apart and are connected by frequent urban lines. You can also use the daily buses to move around to other places in the north and south, or explore the island by car. Keep in mind that during the summer, parking is mostly paid and the center is closed to traffic.
Since it is very green, getting around Lošinj by bike is the ideal choice. You can rent one in both Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj at very affordable prices.
If you prefer walking, however, Lošinj's hiking trails will surprise you with their breathtaking views. There are both challenging trails and more leisurely walks that can even be enjoyed with children.
Mali Lošinj illuminated at night
Ports in Lošinj
There are both major docks and small piers on the island accepting leisure yachts, fishing boats and ferries. The most important ports in Lošinj are:
- The port of Mali Lošinj, the main tourist and commercial port of call situated in a protected natural bay
- The port of Veli Lošinj, located 4 km from Mali Lošinj and famous for its colorful little houses and restaurants on the pier
- The port of Nerezine, a small port of call in the homonymous village lying to the east of the island of Lošinj
- The port of Artatore, situated in a quiet bay close to several beaches and primarily used by small boats
Island hopping from Lošinj
Want to continue your adventures from Lošinj? A quick glimpse at our interactive Map of ferries is enough to show you the numerous islands you can visit from Lošinj by ferry! This includes boarding the ferry from Lošinj to Ilovik and from Lošinj to Silba.
Specifically, the islands connected to Lošinj by ferry are:
- Kosirača (on the island of Ist)
Lošinj: ferry: schedules and tickets
The island of Lošinj is connected to the Croatian cities of Zadar, Pula and Rijeka, as well as to the Italian ports of Trieste, Pesaro and Cesenatico.
The local operators Jadrolinija and Kapetan Luka - Krilo manage the domestic routes between Lošinj and Croatia’s mainland ports. Connections from Italy to Lošinj, on the other hand, are operated by the fast ferries of Liberty Lines and Gomo Viaggi, and are typically active from May to September.
Here is some additional information on available routes to Lošinj:
- Zadar - Lošinj ferry: the route to Lošinj from Zadar is usually operated up to 2 times a day, with ferries making the crossing in between 2 hours 15 minutes and 7 hours. The connection is active all year long.
- Pula - Lošinj ferry: ferries travel to Mali Lošinj from Pula all year round with an average travel time of 2 hours 20 minutes. There are usually up to 5 weekly crossings.
- Rijeka - Lošinj ferry: this route is normally served with 1 daily crossing all year round. The ferry duration is around 3 to 4.5 hours.
- Cesenatico - Lošinj ferry: the connection from Cesenatico to Lošinj is usually active 2 days a week (Monday and Thursday) with 5-hour crossings.
- Trieste - Lošinj ferry: the ferry route from Trieste to Lošinj is typically operated twice a week (Monday and Friday). Departures are in the morning and the ferry journey takes about 4 hours.
- Pesaro - Lošinj ferry: ferries from Pesaro to Lošinj operate with 3 weekly sailings (Saturday, Monday, and Thursday) and crossings last approximately 3.5 hours.
Useful info: note that ferries from Italy to Lošinj arrive at the port of Mali Lošinj, while domestic ferries also arrive at the port of Veli Lošinj.
The entrance to the port of Mali Lošinj, surrounded by a beautiful valley
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