Mali Lošinj is the biggest island town on the Adriatic coast. In the past it was a major shipping and commercial center and today it is a desired holiday destination. In the late 19th century the island enjoyed the golden era for the shipping industry. However, with the shipping crisis that followed the transition from sailboats to steamships some of the splendor was lost. Shortly after that the basis of prosperity became tourism, owing to the beneficial properties of island’s amiable climate.
Today Mali Lošinj is one of the most important seaside destinations in Croatia with an excellent destination image, lovely hotels and accommodations offering contemporary conveniences tailored to meet the needs of modern travelers. True hospitality and compliance to the highest international standards have earned Mali Lošinj an array of international and national accolades.
Veli Lošinj is nestled in a narrow bay on the southeastern shore of the island of Lošinj, at the foot of Sv. Ivan. It is interesting that Veli Lošinj (which literally means “big village”) was once bigger than Mali Lošinj (“small village”). Today the situation is reversed, so the names of the towns do not reflect their respective sizes.
Veli Lošinj exudes charm, boasting a large number of plush villas and palatial family pads belonging to the families of former captains, shipping magnates and merchants of Veli Lošinj. Seafarers were bringing various plants home from their voyages, so it is not unusual to find as many as 80 plant species thriving in the luxuriant gardens of Veli Lošinj. The Veli Lošinj Park, located opposite the climate resort and Archduke Karl Stephan’s former residence, is home to as many as 200 plant species.
In the immediate vicinity of Veli Lošinj lies the fishing port of Rovenska known for its lovely beach, relaxed atmosphere and longtime tradition.
For more information please visit:
Town of Mali Lošinj Tourist Board
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