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Island - Losinj - Mali Losinj

LOSINJ ISLAND and MALI LOSINJ TOWN


The Cres and Lošinj Arcipelago is situated in Kvarner Bay. It consists of 36 islands and islets and is considered to be the biggest archipelago in the Adriatic. It stretches in north-west south-easterly direction. It is 99 km long, has an area of 513 km2 and covers 16% of the total area covered by all the Adriatic islands. The most of the area lies in a subtropical zone which influences the climate and the way of life Once upon a time there was a king who possessed a golden fleece. A brave young man called Jason and his Argonauts, helped by the king's daughter Medea, stole the golden fleece from the king and fled on board their ship 'Argo'. Apsyrtus, the king's son set off in pursuit of the robbers. Medea, in love with Jason, tricked her brother Apsyrtus into a trap, and Jason killed him. Medea dismembered her brother's dead body and scattered his limbs into the sea. Apsyrtus' isalands, the Apsyrtides, were created out of Apsyrtus' dismembered body.


Climate The northern part of the island of Cres has Submediterranean climate and the rest of the archipelago Mediterranean climate. It is a temperate , warm and rainy climate , with hot and dry summers and warm and damp winters. In June, when days are longest, the islands are mostly sunny. The highest air temperature is in July and the highest sea temperature in August. The sea influences the climate by moderating temperature differences : lowering high temperatures and rising low ones. The average summer air temperaturte is 24'C and the average winter temperature 7'C. The winter sea temperature never falls below 12'C and in summer it is no higher than 27'C. The average air humidity is 70%. Having about 2580 hours of sun , Lošinj is one of the sunniest places in Europe. Its climate is most favourable for the treatment of the bronchial asthma and respiratory allergic diseases.


Footpaths - Why walk ? All over again we discover new, unknown places, stories and customs, and we always wish to hear another detail, see another photo of a secret spot we've never seen before,get to know the place where we live. Because this is how we discover unknown places, stories and customs.It makes us want to hear some more details, discover another hidden nook and learn more about the place we are visiting. Because we would like to see the beauty of unspoilt environment, the pine forests, the crystal-clear sea, the life of the fishermen, the dolphins playing, the sheep on the deserted meadows and the beautiful panoramic views from the peaks we have conquered, which extend over the whole archipelago, the neighbouring islands and the mainland in the distance. Because we would like you too to discover the unique beauty of the island world, which has enchanted more and more visitors for 116 years. General Instructions The more difficult footpaths require wearing strong sports shoes or climbing boots.It is necessary to take water or fruit juice, particularly in the summer.The hundred-year-old stone walls should never be pulled down.Should a stone fall down, put it back in place.The wooden latticed gates should always be closed behind you.When you come across an animal, behave naturally, calm down and watch.Follow the signs and do not use the paths without them.There are many unused footpaths on the island that are not suitable to take. Note: On the islands of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago there are no poisonous snakes.According to a legend these islands were blessed by St. Gaudentius, Bishop of Osor, and poisonous snakes were banished forever.As long as the scientists do not provide an explanation, let us believe the legend.


Mali Lošinj It is located in the Augusta bay, the biggest protected bay on these islands. It has 6,500 inhabitants, which puts it in the first place among all others Adriatic islands. Its beginnings go back to 12. century when twelve Croatian families came to the island and formed a settlement in the bay of St. Martin. The first settlers were farmers who later on turned to fishing, showed interest in maritime business and shipbuilding. Gradually the settlement moved to the actual Mali Lošinj harbour. The golden years of Mali Lošinj were in 19. century thanks to the sea and shipbuilding. Due to the big changes and crises in shipbuilding in the area ( the invention of the steamship) it seemed that prospects of Mali Lošinj were not great. Thanks to a discovery of the effect of Lošinj's mild climate on people's health and the beginning of the new industry, tourism, the new period in Lošinj's history began. Today Mali Lošinj is one of the main tourist resorts in the Adriatic, famous and recognized all over Europe by tourists who keep on visiting it again and again.


Attractions - Mali Lošinj The Church of St. Martindates back to 1450, and it is found on today�s cemetery, where the history of Lošinj may be read. Priests that once served in this church where glagolitic, and next to their priestly activities they also served as notary publics and assisted the locals with drafting of the wills, agreements etc. The parochial church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and the plaza date back to 1696-1775. The church has three naves; on the altar there are the relics of St. Romuald and the painting of the birth of Virgin Mary. Cikat - church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary (Annunziata). Built in 1534 and enlarged in 1858. On the spot where it was built, sail boats were coming in and leaving Lošinj. Today, if a ship passing by the cape of Annunziata sounds with a siren as a greeting, it is known that the captain is from Lošinj. Numerous villas of the Austrian aristocracy. Monument to Ambroz Haracic (1885-1916), professor of the maritime school and researcher of the island�s flora and fauna. Maritime school "Ambroz Haracic" shaped as a ship with a commanding bridge. Andra Vida�s and Katarina Mihicic�s art collection and the collection of old painters of the Piperat, contains some 20 oil and water-colour paintings of Italian, French and Dutch painters from the 17th and 18th centuries. The church of St. Nicholas from 1857 dedicated to St. Nicholas the bishop patron of sailors and travellers. Monument to Josip Kasman (1847-1925), world-renowned opera singer born in Mali Lošinj. Apoksiomen - sculpture in bronze, representing a Greek athlete in its natural size, around 2000 years old, recently found in Lošinj�s submarine.



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