INTRODUCING LOSINJ ISLAND
Hidden coves, lush woodland and clear turquoise waters – Losinj has all the elements of a desert island hideaway. Take in the sea air – said to have restorative effects – as you trace the coast on a walking trail, looking out for dolphins as you go. Or set out to uncover the island’s peaceful beaches and claim your own curve of sand. Wander past the hotchpotch of colourful houses and bobbing boats along Mali’s picturesque harbour, seeking out a spot for supper. Then return to watch the waves after sunset from your very own country retreat.
Blissful bays and shimmering sea surround this unspoilt island jewel.
Things to do
Lošinj is a treasure trove of charming pebble beaches, fine stretches of sand and hideaway coves. You could begin at Čikat – a collection of bays wrapped up in ancient pine woodland – or escape to picture perfect Veli žal. Sunbathe on the rocks overlooking Borik cove. Or follow the old sea captains to Cape Madonna. Here you’ll find the cliffside Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, said to listen to sailors’ sighs.
Locals celebrate Lošinj for its flora, fauna and fragrance. Experience this for yourself and make time to meander the Garden of Fine Scents in Mali filled with native flowers and medicinal herbs. For a flavour of Croatian art, step inside the majestic Fritzy Palace. Or you could go in search of the centuries-old churches that are dotted around the island.
The cuisine here is drawn from the natural surroundings, with plenty of Mediterranean influences. Look out for shellfish caught by local fishermen that day, risottos made with aromatic, just-picked herbs and plenty of olive oil. For a taste of local specialties, stop by a local tavern and order a bowl of brodetto – flavoursome fish stew.
Listen out for Klapa songs while you’re on Lošinj Island. This ‘a capella’ style of singing is a Dalmation tradition.
Top Tip from SLH