The greenest and most picturesque island of the Croatian Kvarner Archipelago is Lošinj, and its largest city is Mali Lošinj, which attracts tourists with beautiful monuments, sandy beaches and the unique landscape of a bay surrounded by islands.
In the old days, the island of Lošinj was connected to the neighboring island of Cres to form Apsyrtides , the largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The islands, however, were separated by the Illyrians in 1600 BC. Currently, these islands are connected by an 11-meter swing bridge , located in the village of Osor.
The island of Lošinj is distinguished by a mild Mediterranean climate as well as an attractive coastline with numerous bays and beaches. In addition, its northern area is occupied by the Osoršćica mountain range with the highest peak of Televrin (588 m above sea level).
Mali Lošinj - a city with a turbulent past
The origins of Mali Lošinj date back to the 12th century , when twelve Croatian families came here. The settlement created in this way turned into a seaside town in the 19th century . This place is distinguished not only by beautiful nature, but also by numerous monuments that testify to its turbulent history.
It is worth seeing the villas of the Austrian aristocracy and magnificent historic religious buildings, incl. church of st. Martin built in 1450, the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church of St. Nicholas.
However, the most interesting cultural monument in Mali Lošinj is the ancient sculpture of Apoxyomenos , which was found and excavated from the sea only a few years ago, and is now housed in the local museum .
For centuries, Mali Lošinj has been famous primarily for sailing and shipbuilding. There is an old city port and a shipyard there. The city can also pride itself on beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea, including Bojčić, Kadin, Krivica, Pijesak, Borik, Veli Žal. She is considered the most beautiful however, the Sunčana Uvala beach , hidden in a rocky cove. The fragrant garden of medicinal herbs and the forest park "Čikat" also make a great impression on tourists .
Camping Village Poljana
Mali Lošinj is not only a great place to visit, but also to relax. Near the town, by the sea, in the Kvarner Bay, among the lush Mediterranean vegetation, there is the amazing and full of attractions camping Village Poljana . The center is located in the narrowest part of the island , thanks to which we have access to the crystal clear sea on both sides. Additionally, there is a small tourist harbor in the vicinity of Village Poljana.
The camping offers guests cozy and comfortably equipped holiday homes with a kitchenette, air conditioning , bathroom and a spacious terrace. Plots with electricity and sanitary connections can also be rented there.
The resort offers plenty of activities for the whole family . Children have at their disposal a wonderful playground and a group of animators who prepare various games and activities for them. These activities can be attended not only by the little ones, but also by their parents. The campground hosts family sports , daily gymnastics, football, volleyball, archery and theatrical tournaments.
Due to its location by the sea, Village Poljana is a great place for water sports such as canoeing, sailing and surfing. Nearby, there are also interesting routes that encourage frequent cycling trips . If someone prefers to go faster, he can rent a scooter .
In the restaurant of the Village Poljana, we can try Mediterranean cuisine , while at the bar you can go for a quick snack. On site (in the mini-market) we can buy fresh bread and other groceries. The campsite is also a great starting point for exploring the neighboring islands of the Kvarner Archipelago.
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