Lošinj Island is known as an oasis of intact nature and aromatic herbs.

Everyone who finds himself on the island of Losinj for the first time can be certain that all senses will awaken in this place. The paradise island, as many consider it, is rich in beautiful beaches and hidden bays, but here you will find much more than just summer tourist attractions. Lošinj boasts first-rate air rich in aerosols, which is why the island is a true outdoor aromatherapy center and a perfect place for health tourism, and with its content and rich offer, it will fulfil all your wishes.

Mali Lošinj is also the resting place of the famous Apoxiomenos, an ancient Greek bronze statue found at the seabed off the island of Lošinj.

The island of Losinj with the islets of the whole archipelago lies in the center of the northern hemisphere, in a perfect relationship between the Mediterranean and the subtropical climate, making this island a climate-health resort. It stretches from the historically significant town of Osor to the north, which “invisible yarns” separates it from the island of Cres to the Ilovic island of flowers in the south, from the uninhabited island of Palacol – one of the 36 islands of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago in east to the island of Unije and sandy Suska island on west.

Mali Losinj is the largest town on the island of Losinj. The architecture of Mali Lošinj exudes a combination of traditional coastal construction and architecture of large Mediterranean ports and cities, so here you will enjoy a unique view of the large port and luxurious family homes from the beginning of the last century, but the narrow streets and small fishing boats.

In the past, the town of Mali Lošinj, after Venice, was the second most important port of the Adriatic. Inhabitants were skilful and esteemed shipbuilders and one of the best sailors in the Mediterranean. With the arrival of elite gentlemen and high aristocrats, Losinj becomes a refuge for summer houses, villas and palaces. To this day the town has retained an identical coastal appearance, preserved nature, cultural and historical sights.

In the city center there is the largest number of shops, souvenir shops, green market, coffee bars and restaurants. You can try and buy wonderful island herbal products, various liqueurs, scented candles, spa products, various kinds of tea, etc. Out of the old part of town, several hotels and hotel accommodation have been developed with accompanying amenities. Most of the islands are covered with pine trees, so cities developed at the foot of the hillsides on the shores of the sea or on high cliffs.

If you are interested in the oldest part of the city, it is part of the church of St. Mary. The church was built in the 19th century and the main altar paintings from the 19th century showing Mother of God of the Rosary with St. Dominica, St. Catherine of Sienna and St.. Jacob. Also, you can walk along the famous Austro-Hungarian villas that keep you coming back to past centuries.

If you want to spend your vacation in the long walks along the beach or pine trees and feel the benefits of the Mediterranean climate you will find a few tens of kilometres of coastal promenade along the most beautiful bays of the Adriatic islands. Besides the sea and beautiful nature, Mali Losinj offers you a wide choice of apartments and private accommodation in general. The local hotels offer weekend and week’s anti-stress and wellness programmes. Also do not miss the sports facilities, spa, many restaurants and cafes and rich nightlife in many clubs and open-air terraces.

In the sea you can enjoy one of the many bays of Mali Losinj, and your vacation can continue hiking to Osoršćica in Nerezine, or on boat trips or even by plane to nearby islands states – protected historic architectural heritage, Susak – island of sand, Ilovik – the island of flowers or Srakane – exotic island with only few permanent residents.

Art and culture have been made available in many places on the island of Losinj, and the nearby island of Cres. You can enjoy prehistoric Osor which are always current archaeological excavations or in which they are held and the famous Osor Musical Evenings, in Veli Losinj and its famous churches, Cres with beautiful preserved Renaissance palaces, Lubenice and Bela, towns on the cliffs thousands of years old… Near Osor, there is a bridge connecting the island of Losinj with the island of Cres.

Because of its climatic and therapeutic properties, Losinj is a prime place for health and health tourism.

The island’s climate and vegetation work in perfect harmony. According to research on the island of Losinj, 1018 plant species have been identified. So we can find lemon, orange, figs, mandarins, olives, cactuses, lavender, pine trees, cypresses, bougainvillea and many other plant species on the island. Numerous pine forests which some of them are protected as the Forest Park became the trademark of the island.

Animal life on island Losinj

The island of Lošinj is also home to many animal species. We can highlight dolphins. Dolphins are frequent visitors to this area and can often be seen as playing games with boats, but also along the coast. The island is also known for its sheep, which provide an idyllic image of the northern rocky part of the island of Lošinj. The underwater draws the richness of fish, shells, coral reefs, sunken ships, amphorae …

Watching dolphins organized by the Blue World from Losinj is a unique attraction

As home to over 200 dolphins, Losinj is devoted to their preservation through the work of the Institute for Research and Protection of the Blue World from Veli Losinj. In collaboration with the Blue World, a Dolphin watching tour is being developed, where you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about these wonderful creatures, and to come closer and observe them in their natural environment. Although Lošinj is not the only place in the Adriatic where they live, Losinj dolphins do not migrate but spend their entire life in this aquarium, and they can experience over 50 years!

An active vacation for the soul and body

The island of Losinj is visited by tourists from all over the world to stay here and take advantage of all the benefits of mental and physical recovery. In today’s chaotic world in which we are constantly exposed to excessive stress, this is an ideal place to free this accumulated stress.

Those who like to enjoy an active vacation will find numerous activities on Lošinj, which will bring their appearance and form to the perfect order. For example, you can rent a bike and ride the paths through the thick pine forest or play a tennis tournament on one of the many tennis courts. Apart from swimming in the sea, water sports enthusiasts have the opportunity to enjoy diving, surfing or sailing.

Island of vitality

The awakening on Lošinj is a unique experience with the joyful twitter of birds and the singing of gulls, and you can hear the cricket while running along the paths through the pine woods. A pure sea air where you will experience the essential oils of pines and plants are natural aromatherapy that will purify your entire body. Particularly interesting is the island’s fragrant garden in Mali Lošinj, where you can see a rich flora and get acquainted with the healing properties of diverse herbs.

Due to its natural beauty, numerous attractions and benefits to human health, Losinj was deservedly named as the Island of Vitality.

How to get there

Rijeka Airport (Omišalj) is about 99 km away from Mali Lošinj. Pula Airport from Mali Lošinj is about 144 km away. The airport of Zagreb is about 260 km away. Ferry lines to the island of Losinj run throughout the year on a regular schedule through the island of Cres at the crossings: the island of Krk Valbiska – Merag and the western Istrian coast crossing Brestova – Porozina. You can also get to Mali Lošinj by your own boat. Mali Lošinj, as well as other islands, travel by catamarans from Rijeka on a regular cruise line, which can be found at the official office of Adriatic Line Navigation. From Mali Lošinj there are ferries to northern Dalmatian islands such as Ist, Silbu, Olib, …

The island of Losinj is connected by a regional road linking the northern tip of Cres and the southern part of Lošinj. Every city or place is easy to reach by car (if you own it), although the strict surroundings of the towns can easily be visited by bicycles. For all other sightseeing, there are public buses that take you to a certain place, town, village.

Mali Losinj is the largest town on the island of Losinj. The architecture of Mali Lošinj exudes a combination of traditional coastal construction and architecture of large Mediterranean ports and cities, so here you will enjoy a unique view of the large port and luxurious family homes from the beginning of the last century, but the narrow streets and small fishing boats.

Mali Losinj its history owes its rich shipbuilding tradition, a tourist destination has become a front of more than 120 years. Mali Losinj is today known as the finds made a famous ancient statue of Apoxyomenos,and for the colorful facades of houses in the city center.

Because of its climatic and therapeutic properties, Losinj is a prime place for health and health tourism.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Book A Holiday To Malta

Malta is a small island state in Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean and is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans, mostly from the U.K., Germany, Italy, France and Holland. Tourists visit the island for various reasons and the island offers a variety of facets that will be of interest for most types of travellers. This article provides you with the top 10 reasons why booking Malta holidays is a great idea, not only for next summer’s holiday season but all year round!

10. The Maltese have their own language (‘Maltese’) but the country has two official languages, with the second official language being English. Malta was under British rule for 160 years, gaining independence in 1964, but leaving the Maltese with a relatively strong knowledge of the English language, although Maltese is much more widely spoken and is the mother tongue for the vast majority of Maltese. For English speaking tourists this means that communication is almost no problem, which is definitely a benefit when on holiday. Although at the moment the Maltese Lira is still the only valid currency, the Euro will be introduced on January 1st, 2008 and many retailers in tourist areas already accept Euros for cash payment.

9. Sports and leisure activities

Malta is a great location for a variety of sports, including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, para gliding, wind surfing and yachting. Plenty of activities to keep you entertained, no matter the time of year. Most materials needed for these sports are available for low-priced rent and there are various locations on the islands where these sports can be exercised. Gozo is a particularly popular location for rock climbing, thanks to its steep cliffs, and mountain biking thanks to its quiet roads and excellent hill climbs.

Events, such as pop concerts and theatre shows, but also historical re-enactments such as In Guardia are popular among both tourists and locals and provide great entertainment for the whole family. Are you a fan of watching sports? Don’t worry about missing any big matches or events, satellite reception is widely used by the more popular pubs and there are plenty of appetizers and beer around to enjoy your favourite sports.

8. Getting around in Malta is easy and cheap!

Don’t you hate it when you go for a holiday and it takes you ages to get to the beach or to visit a few cities, museums? Don’t you hate it when it takes a whole day to take one excursion, when you waste so much time on travelling from place to place which makes you wonder whether it was even worth the hassle? If your answer is yes, then Malta is definitely the holiday destination for you. It takes less than an hour to get from one side to the island to the other and there’s such a high concentration of places of interest, beaches, holiday resorts and places for entertainment (restaurants, clubs, cinemas etc.), you’ll wish you’d have known about Malta earlier!
A lot of tourists decide to visit Malta a second time and sometimes more, simply for the reason that there’s just so much to do and to see, and it takes so little money and time to get around and spend quality holiday time.

7. Gozo offers a peaceful setting for your Malta holidays

Malta is not just about Malta. Yes, that’s right, The Republic of Malta also covers Gozo, which is Malta’s sister island and is said to be the island that Malta used to be a long time ago: rural, quiet and untouched. Gozo is a great place for a peaceful (family or couples) holidays, with beautiful beaches and countryside views. Visit the capital Victoria, with its Citadel in the centre: a fortified part of the village which used to offer the inhabitants of Gozo shelter against foreign invaders, similar to Mdina’s surrounding walls on the main island Malta. The seaside town of Xlendi is a popular tourist destination, offering a beautiful view of its bay surrounded by high cliffs. Ramla l-Hamla and San Blas Bay are beautiful beaches to go for a swim, one being larger and busier, the other being more secluded and more difficult to get to (steep hill descent) but much worth the effort.

As of recent, a shuttle bus service is available, taking you straight from the airport to the ferries in the Northern most tip of the island of Malta, making arrangements for a Gozo holiday a little easier to plan for.

6. Malta has a rich culture and heritage

Throughout the ages, the Maltese islands have seen various foreign rulers coming and going, and leaving behind their stamps on Maltese culture. As a result, Malta is soaked in culture and heritage and offers a large number of cultural and historical sites in very short distances from each other, making Malta a unique place in the world map of culture and heritage. Both in the Maltese language and culture remnants of Phoenician, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Turks, French and English invaders can still be found today and this melting pot of cultures is of interest to many tourists visiting the Maltese islands on holiday.

5. Good quality hotels and accommodation

Good quality hotels and self-catering apartments are widely available at very reasonable prices. Package deals are usually the way to go, but booked separately the cost versus quality of accommodation is very good. The main areas for holiday resorts are St. Julian’s, Bugibba/Qawra, and Sliema, which are all situated in the Northern part of Malta. Accommodation in St. Julian’s is recommended if you enjoy spending your nights going out but, being close to the nightlife hub of Malta, is not advisable for couples and family who are looking for peace and serenity. For those travellers, places like Mellieha and St. Paul’s Bay are much better places to stay.

4. Malta is an all year round destination

A flight from London to Malta takes less than three hours, but the difference in climate is huge. Mild winters and warm summers with an average temperature of 32C means excellent weather for both hot summer holidays as well as great holiday weather in winter, to escape from the cold back home. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained all year round and for example hiking is a popular way of spending days out in the countryside in winter, enjoying the scenery and serenity. Most cultural and historical hotspots are open all year round, and although open air clubs don’t open during the winter months, nightlife in Malta goes on throughout the whole year.

3. Malta offers a great nightlife to complement your daily activities

Nights out on the town are a ton of fun, since Malta hosts a true clubbing hub that goes by the name of Paceville (St. Julian’s) and which offers a large number of clubs which are situated literally door to door and which play different genres of music to suit everyone’s tastes. Open air clubs, however, are what makes clubbing in Malta rather special. Spending your warm summer nights dancing to the latest club and trance anthems or smooth R&B and hiphop beats under the stars is just something else and a must do on your holiday to Malta.

2. Malta holidays now come with cheap flights

That’s right! Low cost airlines have found Malta and offer dirt cheap flights to the island outside of the high season and regular cheap flights in summer. These airlines offer flights departing from a select number of places in Europe, such as London, Dublin, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Pisa (Italy) and Bremen (Germany). Look for airlines the likes of Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Clickair, but don’t forget to check Malta’s national airline Air Malta, which regularly offers low cost flights to a much larger number of European destinations.

1. Malta holidays offer more than any other Mediterranean destination

You could say that the top reason for visiting Malta is a combination of all other reasons listed above: There are a lot of different things you can do during your holiday in Malta and you’ll never be bored if you get the right info. Baking in the sun on the beach is great for relaxation after a long year of work or school, but most people would prefer adding a little variety to the time they spend on holiday. So if you’d like to go somewhere else besides the beach, why not visit on the many places of interest around the island? Visit the old capital city of Mdina, for example, surrounded by bastions and oozing with history and an ambiance you’ll never forget. Why not take a trip to sister island Gozo, with its serene country views and attractions such as the Azure Window, a rock formation sculpted by the sea.

Evenings will never be boring when you know where to go. There is plenty of choice when it comes to dining out, as quality restaurants can be found in most parts of the island. Wine bars and pubs are also popular in Malta and provide quality wines and both local and international lagers, beers and various popular brands of liquor. There’s plenty of opportunity for clubbing and open air clubs and parties are a must see if clubbing is your ideal night out.

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Northern Aegean Attractions

Those who want to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the Greek Islands – but are not too excited about the usual crowds – will surely enjoy the Northern Aegean islands. These islands offer a serene escape from the masses without sacrificing spectacular scenery and fabulous beaches. With several islands to choose from, you can easily change surroundings and find a variety of experience you may be craving.

One of the most popular destinations in the Northern Aegean area is the island of Chios. It is also only 5 miles from the Turkish coast so you won’t have to worry about day excursions while you are there.

Okay, Chios is not exactly devoid of tourists considering that it is the 5th biggest of all Greek islands. However, it still has so much to offer visitors that it is certainly worth visiting. You can hang around the picturesque beaches of Komi, Daskalopetra and Agia Markella.

If you get tired of the sea and the sand, you can go visit more than 30 monasteries scattered all over the island. Nea Moni Monastery is the most awe-inspiring of all and a perfect place for those who are looking for a bit of tranquillity on the island. You can also check out the opulent displays in the Palace of Ioustiniani, the pieces of interest in the Maritime Museum or a glimpse of history in the Archaeological Museum.

An exploration of the fortified old town is also a must. If you need to take a break from all the walking, sit by the cafes on Aegiou Street and enjoy the waterfront view along with your frappe. Finally, don’t miss verdant Kampos where you will find lush greens, citrus groves and centuries-old mansions.

If you are looking for another scenic and beautiful destination for your holiday, then Thassos is a perfect choice. The island is naturally endowed with so much beauty from its splendid beaches to its picture-perfect mountain villages. Archaeological ruins are also plentiful on the island for those who are history buffs.

If you love markets and fresh produce, make sure to visit the Prinos Street market on a Monday morning for great buys and lively atmosphere. Of course, Thassos beaches are a sure delight – especially Tripiti and its natural bathtub, Pefkari as well as lively nightlife, family fun at the Golden beach and spectacular scenery at the nudist Paradise beach.

A good nature getaway destination in Northern Aegean is the beautiful island of Samothraki. This island is the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts who seek for springs, waterfalls and lush forests. Visit the Sanctuary of the Great Gods whose ruins are a pleasant surprise after you have hiked through a densely wooded area. The archaeological site is not just an awe-inspiring piece of history but also provides breathtaking views.

Those looking for easy treks will delight in the trail along Fonias River which ends in the dramatic view of a waterfall cascade. Not far away from the ruins can be found the hot springs of Loutra, where you can take a rejuvenating dip to keep you energized for the rest of your days on the island.

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