One of the most popular of the Croatian islands, Losinj is famous for its lush green vegetation. The main resort is the town of Mali Losinj – the largest town on both this island and neighbouring Cres – whose harbour 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 its good windsurfing options. The town of Veli Losinj is quieter and there is easy access to it.
One of the most unusual islands in this region is Susak. This island has a small population of about 150 who speak their own dialect, which is not easily understood by other Croats. It is also distinct because the women often dress in colourful costume, comprising of a short, multicoloured dress, white blouse and red leggings.
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Sightseeing on Losinj
The Church of St Martin is the oldest building in Mali Losinj, and was built largely between 1450 and 1490, although it has been rebuilt since then. The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin was largely built in the first half of the 18th century, and contains paintings of the Virgin Mary by Venetian artist Vivarini, as well as a selection of items that were gifts by the sea captains of the town.
Veli Losinj is also home to some churches, including the 18th-century Church of St Anthony, which contains Italian paintings, and the gothic-style Church of St Nicholas.
The Marine Educational Centre contains permanent and temporary multimedia exhibits. It also hosts lectures and workshops.
Eating & Drinking on Losinj
Restaurant Alfred Keller – part of the Boutique Hotel Alhambra – is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering fine dining with stunning views of Cikat bay. The restaurant sources local, fresh and natural ingredients for its Croatian menu which also introduces international elements. The restaurant won the Europe’s Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant award at the 2022 World Culinary Awards.
Another winner at the same awards was Matsunoki in Hotel Bellevue. This fusion restaurant – bringing together the best of Japanese cuisine with Mediterranean touches – won Croatia’s Best Hotel Restaurant 2022.
There are a number of hotels (1 to 4-star) on the island in both the main towns and in Nerezine. Private accommodation is also available. See our Accommodation section for more.