VELI LOŠINJ – Paradise in Croatia
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  Posted August 28th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Family | 3 comments

Travel Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Beautiful Adriatic coast * Uncrowded Roads *
Several years ago I was excited to invite all my family and some friends to join us in V. Losinj, Croatia as part of our summer holidays in Europe. This was back in 2009. I brought this blog back as a reminder on good times we all had… 

 V. Losinj is the place where every second year old cycling buddies from the same cycling club get together with their families, to spend summer vacation. Only this time we expect to have a much bigger group due to popularity of such holidays within the families.
2uhsscl The beautiful island of Losinj is the spotlight of the Primorsko-goranska county of Croatia. The island is not very big, yet it includes a number of fantastic sights that are definitely off the main tourist track.

CYCLING THE BEST OF SLOVENIA – ALPS TO THE ADRIATIC
FROM THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH THE VINEYARDS
TO THE SEA

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 At the end of our “The Best of Slovenia“  trip, we are traveling from Slovenia to island of Losinj in Croatia. After a short ferry boat ride, we’ll have about 60 km to drive across island of Cres until we reach the island of Losinj. Cres and Lošinj are connected by a small bridge in the town of Osor (Italian Ossero), on the island of Cres. Town of Losinj is 20 km further down the road from that bridge. Vera and I are hoping you will join us for this exciting trip.

ABOUT ISLAND OF LOŠINJ

Lošinj, Primorsko-goranska county, Croatia

Info from wikepedia ;

Lošinj (pronounced low-sheen) (Italian Lussino, Latin Apsorrus) is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea, in the Kvarner gulf. It is near the city of Rijeka, and also a part of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar county.

Lošinj is part of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar CountyThe towns of Lošinj are listed here with their Italian name equivalents in parentheses: Nerezine (Neresine), Sveti Jakov (San Giacomo Lussignano), Ćunski (Chiusi Lussignano), Artaturi (Artatore), Mali Lošinj (Lussinpiccolo) and Veli Lošinj (Lussingrande). A regional road runs through the island; ferry connections (via the island of Cres) include Brestova – Porozina, Merag – Valbiska, Mali Lošinj – Zadar, Mali Lošinj – Pula. There is also an airport on the island of Lošinj.

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Geography
Lošinj is a part of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago. The Cres-Lošinj archipelago includes Cres and Lošinj, and the smaller islands of Unije, Ilovik, Susak, Vele Srakane, Male Srakane and a number of inhabited small islands. Cres has the biggest land area, and Lošinj is second. Cres and Lošinj are connected by a small bridge in the town of Osor (Italian Ossero), on the island of Cres.

Lošinj is the 11th largest island in the Adriatic Sea, 33 km long, with the width varying from 4.75 km in the north and middle of the island, to 0.25 km near the town of Mali Lošinj. The total coastline of the island is 112.7 km. With over 2600 hours of sunlight a year, the island has become a popular destination for German and Italian tourists in the summer months. Average air humidity is 70%, and the average summer temperature is 24 °C (75 °F) and 7 °C (45 °F) during the winter.

The highest elevations are the mountains Televrin (also called Osoršćica) (588 m) and Sv. Nikola (557 m). The towns of Nerezine and Sveti Jakov lie at their base. The island is formed predominantly of chalk limestone and dolomite rocks. There are sand deposits in the western part of the Kurila peninsula. The island has a mild climate and evergreen vegetation (like myrtle, Holm oak, and laurel). The highest elevations in the north have more sparse vegetation. Veli Lošinj, Čikat and the south-western coast are ringed by pine forests.

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Mali Losinj 

History
The island of Lošinj has been thought to be inhabited since ancient times. This is evidenced by hill-forts at the foot of Osoršćica and around the port of Mali Lošinj. The Romans called this island Apsorrus (Ptolemy), and named the islands of Lošinj and Cres together as Asperities. In several places, ruins of Roman villas have been excavated (villae rusticae: Liski, Sveti Jakov, and Studenčić near Ćunski). In the Middle Ages, Lošinj was unpopulated and the property of the clerical and secular nobility of Osor. Built in the Roman Era, several small eremitic churches have been preserved (St. Lovreć near Osor, and St. James in Sveti Jakov).

The first evidence of settlers from the mainland was in 1280. Pursuant to a contract with Osor, their settlements gained self-governance in 1389. The name Lošinj was first mentioned in 1384. Parallel with the gradual decline of Osor from the 15th century onwards, the settlements Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj played an increasingly important role.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, trade, shipbuilding and seafaring on the island developed more intensely. After the fall of the Republic of Venice, Lošinj was under the Austro-Hungarian rule up to its breaking off in 1918; under Italy up to 1943. In 1945 the island was annexed to Yugoslavia. Lošinj was then an under Croatian rule in 1991 after Croatia’s declared independence from Yugoslavia.

The 1945 annexation of the island to Yugoslavia was associated with a substantial exodus of its people of Italian descent to Italy and to other countries, due to their unwillingness to live under Yugoslav communist rule. These expatriates today are a vibrant “community” living in Italy and around the world, and publish a newsletter (http://www.lussinpiccolo-italia.net) which keeps their memories and traditions alive.

Let’s start with…

Veli Lošinj (“Big” Lošinj)

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Typical street in V. Losinj.

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 …and finally lol – Mali Lošinj (“Small” Lošinj, a town that is way bigger than its ‘brother’ town – Veli (Big) Lošinj)

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I will begin to make accommodation arrangements some time in April 2009 based on received confirmation from all of you. Also, if some of you wish to make your own arrangements for the hotels that’s O.K. too, just please let me know.

HOTELS LOSINJ

Hotel Punta, V. Losinj

We are planning to stay at the Hotel Punta in V. Losinj. Here are two similar links to the same hotel:

http://www.losinj-hotels.com/English

http://www.island-losinj.com/

punta-nova-velikaThe hotel complex Punta contain 181 single and double rooms and 53 family rooms, situated on the promontory dominating the Veli Losinj bay. Rooms have central heating, bathroom (shower), telephone, SAT-TV, and sea side balcony. New building has 4 stars apartments on international level. Apartments Punta are equipped with air-conditioned, telephone, SAT-TV, hairdryer, bed clothes, modern kitchen and bad. All apartments have a balcony, most of which have sea views. It is surrounded by beautiful pine woods with a spectacular view to the transparent sea and the mainland Mountains.

Restaurants offer a wide choice of menus and one can decide on half or full board service in a air-contioned restaurant. Lunch is a self-service in a restaurant next to the outdoor seawater swimming pool. In a hotel complex are varied entertainment for adults and children. From 01.07. till 01.09. on a terrace by the open swimming pool is live music every night.

 In the vicinity of the heated indoor seawater swimming pool there are saunas, massage and kinezitherapy, physician’s, hairdresser’s, several shops. Those who love sports will appreciate 13 tennis courts, mini golf courts, table tennis, and billiards as well as boat and sunshade rental on the hotel beach which is awarded with Blue Flag. Entertainment and animation for the whole family starts with morning gymnastics and continues in team games, music or folklore evenings including cocktails and food degustation.

From the summer of 2005. we are able to offer you beauty and wellness program. You can choose between massages, facials, essential or body care. You can use some package arrangement, anti stress package; firm your skin, relaxing moments or wellness weekend. If you want us to calculate the price of your vacation for you, please fill in the booking form and you will receive the total price of services required.  Contact us at any time, we will be happy to give you the information you need.

You can contact us by e-mail, fax, and phone during our working hours, or you can fill out the contact form below. We encourage you to contact us by Internet, as the fastest and most reliable means of getting all the necessary information.

 ASL AGENCY d.o.o.
Tourist agency “Turist”
O.M.T. 17
HR-51551 Velli Lošinj
Tel: 00385 51 236 256
Fax: 00385 51 236 256
E-mail: info@island-losinj.com
Internet: www.island-losinj.com
Tax number: 0699829
Code: HR-AB-51-0401
Main manager: Tihana Dakić-Barichievich 

I hope this was helpful information.

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