The main resort is the town of Mali Losinj, whose harbor is said to be the most beautiful in the entire Adriatic. The tourist area is centred around Cikat bay, which is well known for its beach and good windsurfing. The town of Veli Losinj is quieter and there is easy access to it from Mali Losinj.
Nearby Islands is most popular Cres-Losinj archipelago, one of the strangest islands is Susak. This island has a small population of less than 200 who speak their own dialect, which is not easily understood by other Croats. It is also distinct because the women often dress in a colourful costume, comprising of a short, multicolored dress, white blouse and red leggings.
Mali Losinj is located in the largest closed bay of this archipelago, August's bay. Today, Mali Losinj with its 6,500 inhabitants, is the largest insular town on the Adriatic.
Veli Losinj is located in a narrow bay on the southeastern side of the island of Losinj, at the foot of St. Ivan hill. With nearly 1.000 inhabitants, it is the third largest settlement on this group of islands. Even though it cannot be considered a town, due to being under populated, it certainly is a town as far as appearances go. The high houses around the port and the numerous villas with nice gardens are the main characteristics of Veli Losinj. There is a impressive baroque parish church with a tall bell tower rising at the very seaside. The first church, St. Anthony the Hermit, was built in the 15th century. In the 17th century it was replaced in the same spot by a larger church.
There are daily ferries from Rijeka to Mali Losinj, and also between Mali Losinj and the surrounding islands. See the Jadrolinija website for details. There is also a bridge connecting the nearby island of Cres to Losinj - the channel there is only 11m wide!
In July and August there is a catamaran service from Venice - it is run by Venezia Lines.
There are daily buses from Zagreb to Mali Losinj & Veli Losinj, with a journey time of about 6 hours. See the Autotrans website for timetables.
The archipelago of Cres - Losinj encompasses an area of 513 square kilometers with a coastal length that stretches 501 kilometers. It's composed of 36 islands, islets and reefs. The highest peaks of Cres are 650 m and 648 m, and of Losinj 588 m and 557 m. A phenomenon of the archipelago is the island of Susak - a limestone reef covered with fine sand. It is a place where the lifestyle, dress, speech and agriculture haven't changed at all for the past 500 years.
Between the northern and southern parts there are major climate differences. The northern part of Cres is deeply drawn in the Kvarner bay. It is constantly windy and snow during the winter is not surprising, a characteristic of the mild continental climate. The southern part of the island group is more sheltered and the climate is distinctly Mediterranean. Average summer temperature is 24°C and during the winter 7°C, air humidity is 70%, and the annual insulation is over 2600 hours. The satisfactory relation between the temperature and the air humidity creates a climate that is very useful for treatment of the allergenic problems of respiratory organs.
Continuous sea movements in small bays with rocky sea bottoms are responsible for the outstanding sea clearness. The average sea temperature during winter is not lower than 12°C and during summer not over 27°C.
Coordinates: N 44° 31’ 04", E 14° 29’ 21"
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