Losinj & Cres Islands


The crowds flock into Croatia every summer, but one island has been curiously overlooked. With the opening of a stylish, exquisite boutique hotel and a scattering of private villas, the tiny island of Losinj is finding its way onto the holiday map – up until now Croatia’s best kept secret amongst the sailing fraternity. Once a shipping hub, Losinj Island is now perfectly located for yacht charters, with many small islands nearby and the famous Kornati Labyrinth a short sail away.


Losinj is located in the beautiful Kvarner Gulf of Croatia, in the Northern Adriatic and has no airport, a factor that has helped it keep its obscurity. The island is reached by flying to either Rijeka or Krk, followed by a transfer to the port to catch a ferry or catamaran. Getting there is half the fun. Losinj is 20 miles long by two miles wide, lending itself to hiking, biking and windsurfing with many trails criss-crossing the island.

In the 19th century it became the place for the Hapsburg aristocracy to visit, developing initially as a sanitarium for asthma and bronchitis. The secondary development was for summer tourism. The enclosed bay had, and still has, some of the most beautiful 19th century private villas.Trails were laid out which today make up some of the 200 miles of biking and walking excursions around the island.

Life on Losinj offers the classic Mediterranean holiday: gourmet food, chilled Istrian wines, warm clear seas and uncrowded beaches. The focus of the island is the main town - Mali Losinj – with its crystal clear seas, cosy little houses, centuries old pine woods and fabulous healing air – some say. Pine clad Cikat Bay offers the best swimming and is home to Hotel Alhambra and Bellevue.


During the peak summer months,  arrive into Losinj by private air taxi or scheduled flight from the airports of Pula, Split, Zagreb and Rijeka. 

Why not combine a week of land based wellness and gourmet indulgence with a further week on a sailing charter exploring the breath-taking nearby islands. 

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