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Mali Losinj port
Cikat Beach, Mali Losinj
Losinj Island and its two main villages, Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj, are tremendously popular spots for a holiday combining beach, culture and mountains. The island is 31km long and separated from Cres Island by a narrow canal. The northwestern part of the island is steep and rocky, the eastern coast is flat and there are numerous coves in the southeastern part. Mali Losinj is the larger town and was an important shipbuilding centre. It is near beautiful Cikat Bay, blanketed with dense pine forests. Veli Losinj is smaller and notable for the pretty, baroque houses surrounding its little harbour. From Losinj, there are ferries to Susak, famous for its diving.
The Losinj Culinary Festival at the beginning of May should be on every foodie's menu. About 20 local restaurants participate in showcasing local specialties through tastings, competitions, gastronomic walks and seminars. It helps to appreciate seafood. See the tourist office for details.
The best way to reach the island from the northern Adriatic is to take the passenger boat that runs from Rijeka to Cres and Mali Losinj (see the schedule) or one of the many daily ferry shuttles that connect Merag (on Cres Island) with Valbiska (on Krk Island) and drive down to Losinj. See more on getting to Cres Island. There are also bus connections to Rijeka (3 1/2 hours), Zagreb (6 1/2 hours), Ljubljana (6 hours) and Krk Island (Vrbiska, 2 1/2 hours).
A singularly pleasant and surprising
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