From Cres there's bridge over narrow canal to Lošinj island by Osor. The largest town here is Mali Lošinj, which is somewhat centre of action and a port from where you can take several catamarans to nearby islands (Unije, Susak, Srakane, Ilovik) and to continent (Rijeka, Zadar).Condensed in a secluded gulf, it's town with typical Mediterranean...more
A traveler who'll take a main road from north Cres 'till south into Lošinj, will eventually have to cross the narrow canal dividing two islands - yet they are connected nowsadays by a bridge at small and partially fortified town Osor. Historically, it's one of the oldest settlements (earliest findings date from 9th century BC) at the island placed...more
On Cres there's no place like Lubenice, a small village placed on 380 m high rock from where your view ends towards meeting point of the sea and sky. Probably the most iconic place on the island, one can hardly compare it with any other type of settlement. It's ancient, built of stone, quite well preserved and atmospheric. It's amazing place for...more
The nucleus of Mali Losinj dates from the 19th century when the citizens of Mali Losinj were very well off due to the peak of maritime navigation here. Many of Europe's crowned heads came here in search of health and vitality, among them the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and Prince Rudolph.more
With 6500 inhabitants Mali Losinj is the largest insular town on the Adriatic Sea. A dozen Croatian families came to the island of Losinj from Hungary, fleeing from the Mongols. Since the primary economic activity of the Croat settlers was cattle-raising and agriculture, their houses were built above fertile gardens. The whole settlement underwent...more
If you travel by car you need to take ferry to Cres and you can do so from those two places:1. In Istria at east coast from Brestova village to Porozina which is Northern Cres, the ride will be only about 20 minutes or so. Be careful when driving on narrow roads there (in the North) as some familiar drivers will often overtake few cars in row. Eh!...more
Click the map to enlarge. We took the ferry from the peninsula of Istra to Porozina. From there it's about an hour drive to Cres and another hour to Losinj. On our way back we took the ferry at Merag to the island of Krk; then, we drove via Rijeka to Italy.Cres is composed of 36 islands, islets and reefs. The highest peaks of Cres are 650 m...more
One of greatest pleasures of Cres is to explore side roads winding among dry walls, in slavonic languages know as suhozid, on Cres as gromača. Nowsadays they are merged with environment as inseparable unit offering shelter to numerous wild species of both flora and fauna and yet they are among the most vital aspects of landscape aesthetic and identity. They're worth to preserve. Originally they were built to divide pastures on which sheeps were grazing, it was heavy work done by hands and there are literally hundreds of kilometers of suhozid accross Adriatic coasts laid like a huge lace as seen from the higher views. Now there aren't that many sheeps, the walls are getting overwhelmed by wilderness, at some spots broken and times are different yet suhozid excellently exhibits vital intelligence of the ancient men whose lives were closely connected with nature and they 'designed' with her help.
There is a great article on the web site below which explains much in detail but unfortunatelly not in English.
One of best things about Lošinj is that you can easily get away to outlying islands by public transport, boat or catamaran. Both are run by Jadrolinija and cost few euros per one way, which is cheap alternative to guided tours and beside everything, you're travelling with locals so it's not exclusive way to get around.
The only problem is that they aren't so frequent so best be at 6 am by the pier in Lošinj and head straight from there (or exit in Ilovik) to Susak if you want entire day somewhere away from crowds at Lošinj and Cres.
Another departure from Lošinj is by public boat at 1 pm and that one needs 2 and half hours before you get to Susak, but it stops a Srakane (tiny islands of Small and Great Srakane, only couple of houses there, a church and no shadow) and Unije (one bigger village there, few beaches and nice shade).
You can get back to Lošinj by catamaran arriving from Rijeka, it leaves Susak at 8 pm and Ilovik later, it needs almost 1 hr altogether.
Actually you can do round trip by 1 pm boat just seeing the islands and without touching their ground, but I nevertheless suggest you take a break somewhere to swim in some nice lonely beaches.
The archipelago of Cres is composed of 36 islands, islets and reefs. The highest peaks of Cres are 650 m (Gorice) and 648 m (Sis), and of Losinj 588 m (Televrin) and 557 m (St. Nikola). A phenomenon of the archipelago is the island of Susak - a limestone reef covered with fine sand. It is a place where the lifestyle, dress, speech and agriculture...more