Mali Losinj – A Croatian Island Treasure

Mali Losinj is a small port town that is located on the picturesque island of Losinj. Mali Losinj is a quaint town with great food, many attractions, many accommodation options, and a sense of humour. Humour? Oh yeah, as near Mali Losijn is Veli Lošinj, and Mali means small and Veli means big, but for some reason they named the bigger, much bigger, town Mali (small) and the tiny town Veli (big). Oh those crazy Croats.

Island of Losinj

Island of Losinj

One of the main attractions in Veli Losinj is the town’s tower, which dates back to 1445. The Tower was constructed to defend the small harbour from attacks from pirates in the area. Inside the Tower are an interesting museum and several gallery rooms. The image of the tower is the theme of the coat of arms of the town.

The Church of Saint Martin dates back to 1450 and is located in the graveyard of the town, where it is an interesting walk, as you can read the history of Losinj. The priests that used to serve in the church were Glagolitic monks.

If you want a little culture you should check out the Art Collection of Andro Vid and Katarina Mihicic and the Piperata Collection of Old Masters, which contains around 20 oils on canvas and water-colours by Italian, French and Dutch painters from the 17th and 18th century.

The parish church of the Nativity of the Virgin and the quaint piazza date from 1696-1775. This is church of 3 naves that has relics of St. Romulus and a painting of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the altar.

Mali Losinj is known for their fantastic seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. The main characteristics of this type of cuisine are fish and seafood, which are dishes that are based on traditional island recipes and use local herbs, potherbs and fresh olive oil. Many of the restaurants have great cold starters such as smoked ham, sheep’s cheese, salted anchovies, and seafood salad. Some great local hot dishes are seafood risotto or pasta, minestra or brodetto cooked in classic Dalmatian style, fresh sea fish, scampi and especially squid, prepared in various ways, shellfish. If you crave some meat try the roast lamb under peka (earthen baking lid). Most of the local dishes are seasoned with fresh oregano, basil, sage, balm, thyme, rosemary and laurel.

There is great homemade brandy on the island and head to the small nearby island of Susak for some great wine. Taking a day trip to Susak is a thing that can’t be missed if you are in the area.

In the main harbour there are many nice little café’s where you can sit down and have a coffee or drink and relax and watch life go by. At night there are also a few taverns and bars that are pretty happening in the summertime with all the tourists on the island.

You have to take a ferry to the island of Losinj, but it heads to and from the island several times per day.

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