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APOXYOMENOS (2nd – 1st century B.C.)

The antique bronze statue of an athlete, 192 cm tall, taken from the sea bed between the islet of Vele Orjule and the island of Lošinj on 27 April 1999, is the only large bronze found to date on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It is assumed that it was deposited in the sea at the beginning of the 1st century when it was thrown overboard during bad weather because of the danger of the ship overturning or as a sacrifice to the gods for safe passage through the Osor channel to a prosperous destination/port of call on the north Adriatic.

The statue represents an athlete, a young sportsman, at the moment of cleaning oil, dust and sweat from his body with a scraping tool after a competition. During restoration, which lasted 7 years, analysing the material and style of workmanship, the statue was dated from the 2nd – 1st century B.C. while the prototype on which it was made is considerably older, from the middle of the 4th century B.C.

From eight well-known variations of the Apoxyomenos prototype (the most famous being the bronze statue from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, discovered in 1896 in Ephesus), the Lošinj statue is the most perfect and best-preserved. The statue’s sculptor is unknown but the classical beauty and high quality of workmanship testify to a consummate craftsman.

The original statue is kept in the Museum of Apoxyomenos in the center of Mali Lošinj (former Kvarner Palace), which is its new home and a permanent address.

Inspired by Apoxyomenos

The boundless sea captivates me through the lapping of the waves and the silence in the sand. The sea has been gently rocking me for centuries calling me to its beloved shore. From the depths, I saw the radiant sun on the horizon, the reflection of the sky in the movement of the sea and the joy of the mischievous dolphins. Drawing closer, I spotted a small town and the full sails of a tiny boat drifting into dreamland. I will tell you a story about the islands, which encompass the Cres-Lošinj archipelago called Apsyrtides.

The largest of the islands is the wooded Lošinj, with its elevated mount Osoršćica. From here travellers can discover the primeval beauty in the landscape of the small islands unfolding before them: fertile Unije, unique sandy Susak with its distinctive culture, solitary Vele and Male Srakane, flower-studded Ilovik, each of them closely guarding its secrets and beauty. Come and discover them! There are tourist boats and regular ferries lines connecting these islands, whilst Lošinj itself is linked to the mainland by modern car ferry, hydrofoil and small plane. The sea connects and yet divides them.

It is exactly there that I, Apoxyomenos, bathed in its waters, slumbered for 2000 years. I know, for sure, that the waters around here are clean and crystal-clear while the seabed abounds with flora and fauna. The playful dolphins certainly noticed this and here you can learn more about them. The man from Lošinj has always lived from the sea and for the sea. He loved it and feared it; hence, the small votive chapel on Čikat, “The Annunciation”. Protruding on the island’s steep cliff, it unceasingly listens to the seamen’s prayers and the siren of ships. Along with the wooded park Pod Javori, in the wooded park Čikat, whose trees were planted by Professor Ambroz Haračić, the legacy of gifts remain from innumerable seamen and captains who transported exotic plants of the most diverse colours, fragrances and shapes from far-off lands and bequeathed them to the island.

Stirring tales of Lošinj’s seafaring unfold in the museum-gallery “Kula” located in Veli Lošinj, which proudly boasts the magnificent Baroque church of St. Anthony the Abbot, housing a treasury of art works. Rising from the sea, the bell-tower of the parish church “The Birth of Mary” looms high in Mali Lošinj while Fritzi Palace lies out of sight in an alleyway, faithfully guarding Lošinj’s rich collection of art works – belonging to the Piperata and Mihičić families. Nevertheless, the greatest cultural-historical monument on the island is the town-museum, latter-day Osor, four thousand years old. The legacies of bygone eras resonating in every corner of this town testify to this: a Museum of Sacred Art, the former Bishop’s palace, an Archaeological collection as well as a Cathedral dating back to the 15th century, which houses relics of St. Gaudenzia, a bishop who later became patron saint of Osor. Legend has it that he is credited with the disappearance of all poisonous snakes from the island and so, today, there are only non-poisonous ones along with lizards and the legally-protected gecko. Traditionally, a festival of classical music is held in the Cathedral called “Osor Music Nights”.

Today, Lošinj is a much sought-after tourist destination where you can tune into yourself. Lošinj’s tourist beginnings are linked to health tourism, as the benefits of climate and vegetation of the island were first discovered by the wise Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. Along with proclaiming Lošinj a health resort, they built numerous villas and summer residences, which have been restored, and today enrich the landscape. Along with them, there are numerous newly built hotels, which are continually being upgraded with new facilities. Some of them already boast four stars, offering Wellness Centre programs and swimming pools with heated sea water, while others are transformed into smaller family hotels and guest houses. In private accommodation you will have the opportunity to meet the friendly locals – their customs and traditions. You’ll experience a symphony of colours, fragrances and tastes, revelling in the island’s traditional cuisine based on wild, aromatic plants and olive oil. Once again, you’ll be delighted by the taste of spring lamb and Kvarner Bay scampi, the aroma of homemade brandy with pot herbs and the bouquet of our local wine from Susak. Lošinj provides campsites scattered over the entire island, along the sea, with beautiful beaches protected from the sun by pine trees, thus providing visitors with natural aromatherapy.

The fragrance programs are revived throughout the whole year, bearing the name of the month in accordance with the wild and autochthonous flora, and offering a profusion of healthy and unique fragrances and tastes. Active holiday seekers, all year round, are able to use the 220 km long laid-out pathways, which stretch over no less than five islands. The pathways and promenades wend their way through diverse and sweet-smelling tracts of nature and can lead you to hidden hamlets and picturesque places: Belej, Ustrine, Punta Križa, Nerezine, Sv. Jakov, Ćunski or Artatore. The more adventurous explorers will go diving into the depths full of caves and reefs, while those who prefer the sea surface can indulge in sailing, surfing, skiing and recreational fishing. Following a fully active day, you are eager no doubt to relax and be entertained. Set off into the Lošinj night! Visit the taverns with live music, nightclubs, listen to a jazz-festival and fine “klapa” songs (close-harmony singing), and enjoy Lošinj folk dancing groups with their traditional folk costumes. Don’t forget to watch the sky, as it has remained the starriest sky back from the time of Spiridon Gopčević (Leo Brenner) who chose Lošinj for his astronomical observatory Manora.

From here, I, Apoxyomenos, was taken and displayed at home and abroad, but nowhere did I encounter a climate or people such as these. I am certain it was no coincidence that my bronze statue was left here amidst the Lošinj islands. Somehow this is the place for me, a place to which I would surely return. So, I would like to invite you to visit our island of vitality and discover for yourself all the tales and unforgettable sights.


The Island of Lošinj is part of the Cres-Lošinj island group, which constitutes the western segment of the Kvarner’s islands inside the Kvarner Bay. The Kvarner Bay together with that of Trieste forms the most inland point of the Mediterranean Sea. The Cres-Lošinj island group extends in a northwest-southeast direction for 99 kilometres with a total area of 513 km², which comprises 16% of the total area of the Adriatic islands.

The west part of the Kvarner islands consists of the following islands: Cres (409 km²), Lošinj (75 km²) and smaller islands of Unije (17 km²), Ilovik (6 km²), Susak (4 km²), Vele Srakane (1 km²), and a series of smaller uninhabited islands. The islands of this archipelago form the natural bridge between Istria and Dalmatia.

This archipelago lies in the middle of the northern hemisphere because a part of it goes through the 45th degree of the northern latitude. The biggest part of the archipelago is in the sub-tropical zone of the southern half of the northern hemisphere, which influences its climate and the way of life of its inhabitants.

Lošinj is the 11th biggest island on 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. The whole coastline abounds in attractive bays and coves, ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

Lošinj’s highest hill is the wooded hill of Osoršćica (588 m), which is some 10 kilometres long and stretches along the northern part of the island. On the island of Cres, which is generally higher than Lošinj, the highest hill is Sis (650 m). Cres has a freshwater lake - Vrana, which is a natural phenomenon. It is needless to say that so much drinking water on a karst island represents a real treasure. This enormous natural tank of fresh and healthy water contains more than 200 million m³ of water and supplies all the towns and villages on the islands with fresh drinking water.

Many, many years ago the island of Cres and Lošinj were one, only after the channel of Osor was excavated, probably during the Roman period, two islands emerged. Today a bridge connects the islands and in the geographically trafficable sense they form one unit.


Due to the foresight and initiative men, as Professor Ambroz Haračić, large areas of the island rockery were reforested at the end of the 19th century on Mali and Veli Lošinj. The gentle climate of the island of Lošinj is seen in its richness of plant types.

According to research, about 1100 plant types were identified, of which 939 belong to the autochthonous flora. 230 of these plans fall under medical herbs. About 80 types of plants, mainly exotic plants, were brought from other parts of the world by masters and sailors from Lošinj, who planted them in and around their home gardens. Because of the typical climate plants from south Dalmatia and Sicily can be grown.

Here grow agaves, Mexican cactus (opuntia), palm trees, magnolias, mirth, pistachios, mimosa, fig tree from India (karmus-nassarah), lemon, orange and mandarin trees (brought from Vietnam to Palermo, and then to Mali Lošinj). Thick pinewoods around Mali Lošinj became the green belt that protects the town and the harbour from the north wind. On the side of Čikat the woods slowly changed into a park. Today the thick pinewoods of Lošinj are the symbol of the island and a valuable asset in its tourist development.

The Čikat has been nominated a forest park. In Veli Lošinj’s park, established by the Hapsburg Archduke Charles Stephen, there are some 200 different species of trees from all parts of the world. The vegetation on the island is growing luxuriant during all seasons.

Based on professor A. Haračić’s research the state of vegetation makes the climate better. The culmination of vegetation is in May when most plants flourish. The most beautiful months on Lošinj are from March until May, because of the mild temperatures, richness of flourishing vegetation and the aromatic scents in the air.


It is significant that there are no poisonous snakes on the Lošinj archipelago. There are just lizards and non-poisonous snakes. The island of Lošinj is the habitat of geckos, small lizards of the gekkonidae family. Geckos are protected species. Killing geckos is forbidden and punished by law. Jakov Matunci from Mali Lošinj, was placed third in the World Competition in Environmental Protection Volvo Adventure in Goeteborg, Sweden, for his project of protection of geckos, small Mediterranean lizards found on most Adriatic islands, in May 2004.

There is small game, as well as big game on the island – fallow deer and moufflons, which have been colonized in this area. There is a lot of feathered game. The birds of prey found in this area include hawks, sparrow-hawks, falcons and giant griffon vultures. Because of the small number of preserved individuals griffon vultures have been protected by law as an endangered species. The most common domestic animals found in this area are sheep. The sheep on the rocky pastures in the northern part of the island of Lošinj present an idyllic picture.

Because of the indentedness the sea that waters the coastline of the island is extremely rich with plant and animal life. Endless currents between the bays give the sea special clearness and limpidness, cleanliness and sheerness. In our seas live 95 types of fish, 71 types of crabs, mussels, snails, and different types of marine flora.

Dolphins are regular visitors, playful and ready to establish contact with humans, not unlike in adjacent local waters where they are completely extinct. They are excellent biological witnesses of the state of nature in which they live.

According to Köppen’s classification of climate, Lošinj has a moderately warm rainy climate, with the warmest month of July with the mean temperature 24.5°C and the coldest month of February with the mean temperature 7.7°C. The daily mean temperature above 20°C can be expected from early June to late September. The swimming is convenient from early June to early October when the sea temperatures are above 20°C.

Cold days with sub-zero temperatures are very rare. On the contrary, warm days with the highest daily temperature above 25 °C appear between May and October, and in July and August nearly all days are warm. During July and August the highest daily temperature often exceed 30°C (hot days), while the night temperature does not drop below 20°C (tropical nights). The mean annual cloudiness is about five tenths. There is more cloudiness in the winter when over half the sky is overcast. In the spring the amount of cloudiness decreases, and in the summer it reaches the lowest values - in July and August only three tenths of the sky are overcast.

With over 260 days of insolation a year, or an average of about 7 hours per day, Lošinj belongs to the sunniest areas of Croatia. From November to February it has an average of 4-5 hours of sunshine a day, and in the sunniest season, in the summer, the sun shines on the average over 10 hours a day. Clear days when the mean daily cloudiness is under two tenths, are more frequent than cloudy days, when over eight tenths of the sky are overcast. During July and August more than a third days in the month are clear. Most cloudy days occur between November and March, but even then there are not more than 10 cloudy days a month on average.

The mean annual precipitation in Mali Lošinj is about 918 millimetres. Most precipitation occurs in winter, which is a characteristic of the maritime precipitation regime. About 59% of the total precipitation occur between October and March, and in that period there are about 7 to 10 rainy days per month. The warm season has less precipitation and fewer rainy days, while in the summer there are only 3 to 5 rainy days per month.

In the annual wind rose mild winds prevail. The most frequent winds come from the north-north-east, followed by winds from the south. This winds regime is characteristic of the whole coastal area, indicating the appearances of the bora and the jugo (scirroco). In the summer, about midday, a characteristic flow comes from the west quadrant, the well-known mistral, which is insignificant in the total annual wind rose.

The average thermal sensation, influenced by the temperature, humidity wind and solar radiation, ranges from very cold to slightly warm. On average from mid-November to mid-March it is cold in the afternoon, while mornings and evenings are very cold. Early spring and late autumn are cool. In May and from mid-September and in October it is slightly cool, while June and the beginning of September are comfortable. Summer mornings and evenings are comfortable, afternoons slightly warm and only in late July warm.

The distribution of thermal sensation at 2 p.m. shows that the in March prevail cool afternoons, while in April and May it is slightly cool or comfortable, so this time is very convenient for the active holidays with walks and sport. Due to prevailing sensation of comfortable and warm during summer, it is possible to stay in the open all day, and in the warmest part of the day a refreshing sea bath will mitigate the feeling of warmth.

Meteorological and hydrological service of Croatia

Author: M.Sc. Ksenija Zaninović


In 1987 a team of the Research Institute Tethys started a long research of biology, ecology and social structure of the community of bottlenose dolphins that colonize the sea around the islands of Cres and Losinj. Today these dolphins are one of the best-explored groups in the whole Mediterranean.

The size of the community is estimated at 180 individuals. Most of the individuals can be identified by photographs thanks to natural marks such as cuts and scars on their back fin, the part which is always to be seen when they come out to the surface to breath the air.

There are many threats to Cres-Lošinj dolphin population. Pleasure boating can physically obstruct their movements whilst engine noise may disrupt their navigational senses.

Although among the most resistant and adaptable cetacean, good dolphins are gradually dying out in many parts of the world. The intentional killing and accidental catch in fishing-nets represent an evident threat. Since 1995 Croatian law has protected all cetaceans in our waters from physical harm and harassment.

You can help by adopting an environmentally friendly behaviour promoting sustainable use and the protection of the natural environment.

Join us in our work: Volunteering campaign is dedicated to highly motivated individuals that join us and spend 12 days in our field base, actively participating in our daily routine and gaining knowledge and experience of working with professional researchers in the field. If you wish to participate in one of the volunteer stages or get more information on volunteering, check at

One feels the rich cultural heritage of the island at every corner. Churches, monasteries, Renaissance buildings, basilicas and remnants from the ancient times can be found all over the island.

An exceptionally rich art collection by Croatian artists donated by Andro Vid and Katarina Mihičić, and a collection by European artists donated by Giuseppe Piperate, are stored at the gallery Fritzi in Mali Lošinj.

Kula (The Tower), a museum-gallery space located in Veli Lošinj, testifies to the maritime tradition of the island. The permanent exhibition presents the rich history of Lošinj highlighting its famous maritime past. Apart from the permanent exhibition, additional space is provided for occasional art and museum exhibitions.

The discovery of the famous sculpture, presenting APOKSYOMENOS, a Greek athlete, which was found in 1999 in the Lošinj underwater, also testifies to the rich cultural life of the island.

This unique museum is dedicated to the statue of Apoxyomenos whose story begins at the very entrance in the blue room on the ground floor. The nine scenes of each room offer exquisite sensory experiences. By means of taste, smell, hearing, and vision, the visitors can fully and individually experience the Apoxyomenos, as well as the destination of the island of vitality, one of the most beautiful spots on the Mediterranean.

The town of Osor is in fact an outdoor museum in which artists from all stylistic epochs have left their marks (it includes works by contemporary artists such as Meštrović as well as remnants of ancient walls, forts, and the first Early-Christian basilica). It is a town-museum with gardens and parks in which traces of ancient villas, Renaissance portals and monasteries are hidden. During the summer, this town that represents history and a museum at the same time becomes a unique scene abounding in cultural events among which we put special emphasis on the Osor Musical Evenings.


The following species can be declared strictly protected: wild species under threat of extinction in the area of the Republic of Croatia; endemic species that are spread on a restricted area; wild species protected by a valid international agreement to which the Republic of Croatia is a party and which it has approved. It is forbidden to do the following with strictly protected wild species:

  1. intentionally catch, keep and/or kill them,
  2. intentionally damage or destroy their forms of development, nests or litters, or areas where they breed or rest,
  3. intentionally disturb, especially during reproduction, raising of young, migration or hibernation,
  4. intentionally destroy or remove eggs from nature,
  5. hide, keep, breed, trade, import, export, transport, alienate or in any way obtain or conserve.

The following species can be declared protected: any local species which is considered sensitive or rare and not under threat of extinction within the territory of the Republic of Croatia; any wild species which is not considered endangered, but which could be easily confused with an endangered wild species due to its appearance, and any wild species protected by a valid international agreement to which the Republic of Croatia is a signatory.

Protected wild species are allowed to be used in ways and numbers that do not endanger the survival of their populations, and under certain protective measures that include:

  1. seasonal prohibition of use and other limitations on the use of their populations,
  2. temporary or local prohibition of use in order to allow their populations to renew to a satisfactory level,
  3. regulation of trade, keeping for trade, or transport for trade of living or dead specimens.


Table 1. Strictly protected and protected plant species in the area of the Town of Mali Lošinj (Law on Nature Protection: SP-strictly protected, P-protected)

Scientific name of the species

Common name

Level of protection according to the Law on Nature Protection

Adonis aestivalis

summer pheasant\'s-eye


Adonis annua

autumn pheasant\'s-eye


Agrostis castellana

highland bent


Aira caryophyllea

silver hairgrass


Anthyllis vulneraria

kidney vetch


Anthyllis vulneraria ssp. rubiflora

Illyrian kidney vetch


Asplenium hybridum

Kvarner’s hart tongue fern


Astragalus monspessulanus ssp. illyricus

Illyrian milk vetch


Astragalus muelleri

Krk milk vetch


Aurinia leucadea



Aurinia sinuata



Avena fatua

common wild oat


Blackstonia perfoliata ssp. serotina

yellow wort


Briza minor

lesser quaking grass


Bupleurum lancifolium

lanceleaf thorow wax


Cardamine maritima

sea bitter cress


Cardaminopsis halleri

Haller’s rock cress


Carex extensa

long-bracted sedge


Chenopodium ambrosioides

epazote / Mexican tea


Consolida ajacis

rocket larkspur


Corydalis acaulis

white corydalis


Cyclamen repandum

hardy cyclamen


Delphinium staphisagria

stavesacre (licebane)


Ecballium elaterium

squirting cucumber


Equisetum hyemale

rough horsetail


Galanthus nivalis



Genista sylvestris ssp. dalmatica

Dalmatian broom


Glaucium flavum

yellow horned poppy


Hainardia cylindrica

one-glumed hard-grass/

barbgrass /thintail


Hibiscus trionum

flower of an hour /

bladder weed


Hymenolobus procumbens

oval shepherd’s purse


Iris germanica

German iris /purple flag


Iris illyrica

Illyrian iris


Juncus capitatus

leafybract dwarf rush


Lathyrus angulatus

angular pea


Lathyrus ochrus

yellow-flowered pea


Lotus cytisoides

Grey bird’s foot trefoil


Medicago marina

sea medick


Onosma stellulata



Orlaya kochii

broad-leaved orlaya


Papaver argemone

long prickly headed poppy


Papaver hybridum

round prickly headed poppy


Parapholis incurva

curved hard grass


Peltaria alliacea

garlic cress


Phalaris minor

little seed canary grass


Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. landra

wild radish


Rhamnus intermedius



Rorippa lippizensis

Lippiza yellow cress


Salsola kali

prickly saltwort


Salsola soda

opposite leaved saltwort / Russian thistle


Suaeda maritima

annual sea blite /

herbaceous seepweed


Tanacetum cinerariifolium

Dalmatian insect flower


Viola adriatica

Adriatic violet



Posidonia oceanica

Mediterranean tape weed


Zostera noltii

dwarf eelgrass



Table 2. Strictly protected and protected mammal species in the area of the Town of Mali Lošinj

Scientific name of the species

Common name

Level of protection according to the Law on Nature Protection

Lepus europaeus

European hare


Myoxus glis

edible dormouse


Rhinolophus euryale

Mediterranean horseshoe bat


Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

greater horseshoe bat


Rhinolophus hipposideros

lesser horseshoe bat


Tursiops truncatus

bottlenose dolphin



Table 3. Strictly protected bird species in the area of the Town of Mali Lošinj

Scientific name of the species

Common name

Level of protection according to the Law on Nature Protection

Aquila chrysaetos

golden eagle


Burhinus oedicnemus

stone curlew


Circaetus gallicus

short-toed eagle


Falco peregrinus

peregrine falcon


Gyps fulvus*

Eurasian griffon vulture


Hieraaetus fasciatus

Bonelli’s eagle


Phalacrocorax aristotelis**

European shag


Podiceps grisegena

red necked grebe


Sterna albifrons

little tern


Sterna hirundo***

common tern


* The Eurasian griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) nests within the area of the Town of Mali Lošinj on the east coast sea cliffs of the island of Cres.

** The European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) nests on the islands of Vele Orjule and Male Orjule, Oruda and Palacol, Trstenik, Æutin Veli and Æutin Mali. (It is estimated that 10-20 pairs nest on the island of Vele Orjule, 5-8 pairs on the island of Male Orjule, 63 pairs on the island of Oruda, 21 pairs on the island of Palacol, and 6 pairs on the island of Trstenik.)

*** The common tern (Sterna hirundo) nests on the islands of Oruda, Palacol, Veli Æutin and Mali Æutin, Trstenik, Mali Osir and Male Orjule.

Amphibians and reptiles

Table 4. Strictly protected amphibian and reptile species in the area of the Town of Mali Lošinj


In ancient times the Cres and Lošinj archipelago was known as the Apsyrtides. The name is derived from that of the mythical hero Apsyrtus.

In times of old the islands of Cres and Lošinj used be a whole. The islands were later separated by an artificial canal at Osor to satisfy the needs of sea trade on the so-called Amber Route. Historical changes have hit these islands like sea waves. Millennia have passed like a storm. The presence of small and big nations that have conquered this area has left permanent traces of their material culture, brought with them or created on this soil. The oldest island settlements (Lubenice, Osor, Beli) have more than 4000 years of history. The Roman town of Osor was the seat of the bishopric in the 9th century.

Lošinj, which had been almost uninhabited until the middle of the 13th century, developed into a leading regional maritime power by the 19th century. The town of Lošinj became the second most important port in the Adriatic, immediately after Trieste. The inhabitants of Lošinj were not only known for their skillfulness in constructing sailing ships but they were also known as the best seamen in the Mediterranean. The architectural appearance of the centre of Mali Lošinj, which has remained almost the same until the present day, was determined in that period.

The beginnings of tourism date back to 1885, when health tourism began to develop on the island. On 21st January 1885 the first tourist was registered.

The first hotel in Mali Lošinj, named Vindobona, was built in 1887.

Owing to the exceptional characteristics of the climate Lošinj was proclaimed a climatic health resort by a decree of the Ministry of Health of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy in 1892. Soon it became a popular holiday destination of the Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, who built numerous villas and summer residences on the island.

Lošinj is still a famous climatic health resort suitable for treating diseases of the respiratory tract and allergies. The island offers ideal conditions for a physical and psychological recovery, particularly during the winter, spring and autumn. The local hotels offer weekend and week’s anti-stress and wellness programmes.


Lošinj cuisine brings tastes and smells of the Mediterranean, and the food is prepared traditionally. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...Sounds familiar? We are not talking about a wedding but this does say a lot about traditional Mediterranean cuisine of Lošinj and the art of preparing delights with the gifts of nature and power of imagination.

We have inherited the recipes from our grandparents, we borrow natural treasures from our children, and we get an endless inspiration for dishes you will certainly enjoy from what surrounds us – deep, clear, and wide Adriatic Sea. It is a goldmine of top quality ingredients that you can taste in our restaurants. Listen to the stories that come with the dish – the stories of the history of our famous sailors.

Whitefish and oily fish, seafood, lamb, homemade pasta and olive oil, together with aromas and colours of the herbs from Lošinj are the tastes you will love. Apart from whitefish and lamb, we recommend buzara, risottos and salads with wild herbs as well as octopus and squid dishes. Treat your taste buds with local cakes, liqueurs and jams prepared from Lošinj citrus fruit. Do not miss shrimps on your gastronomic voyage of the archipelago. According to many famous restaurant critics, the shrimps from Kvarner Bay are the best in the world. Find out why the light red crustacean is a champion of native Croatian delicacies.

Visit our scented restaurants, pubs, taverns, bistros, buffets, and pizzerias all over the island and taste the specialties of Lošinj!

You can read more about the island cuisine in the following books: Cooking Challenges from My Island by Adrijano Nikolić, Granny’s Island Cook-Book by Marta Fazlić.


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Croatian Danijel  |  22.08.2015  |  StarStarStarStarStar
Svaka cast i sve pohvale! Drago mi je kao stanovniku Losinja vidjeti da smo napokon dosli pameti i shvatili da samo ulaganja donose profit, po mom vidjenju ako se ovako nastavi Losinj bi u iducih 5 do 10 godina mogao biti top destinacija prepoznata u svijetu, naravno i sad se nadaleko cuje za Losinj no kad dobijemo veci aerodrom i golf terene i jos dodatnih sadrzaja za zahtjevnije goste to ce biti top destinacija! Pohvale turistickoj zajednici i svima ukljucenima u projekt razvoja Losinja!
Croatian Zdravko Žunić Pag  |  07.12.2014  |  StarStarStarStarStar
Sve prilipo naj, naj
German PETERS  |  10.04.2011  |  StarStarStarStarStar
Zu meinem obigen Beitrag: natürlich 5 Blumen!
German PETERS  |  09.04.2011  |  StarStarStarStarStar
Wir fahren bald zum 4. Mal auf die wunderschöne Insel Losinj. Sie verkörpert für uns das Paradies. Hoffentlich bleibt dieses Juwel noch lange so ursprünglich erhalten und wird nicht durch ausufernden Tourismus zerstört.

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Scientific name of the species

Common name

Level of protection according to the Law on Nature Protection

Caretta caretta*

loggerhead sea turtle


Chelonia mydas*

green turtle


Elaphe situla

leopard snake


Emys orbicularis

European pond turtle


Hyla arborea

European tree frog


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