Lošinj ( pronounced [lɔ̌ʃiːɲ] , Italian : Lussino , Venetian : Lusin , German : Lötzing ) is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea , in the Kvarner Gulf . It is almost due south of the city of Rijeka and part of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County .

The settlements on Lošinj include Nerezine , Sveti Jakov , Ćunski , Artatore , Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj .

A regional road runs the length of the island; ferry connections (via the island of Cres ) include Brestova – Porozina , Merag – Valbiska , Mali Lošinj – Zadar , Mali Lošinj – Pula . There is also an airport on the island of Lošinj.


Lošinj is part of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago. The Cres-Lošinj archipelago includes Cres and Lošinj, and the smaller islands of Unije , Ilovik , Susak , Vele Srakane , Male Srakane and a number of uninhabited small islands. Cres is the biggest by area, Lošinj is second. Cres and Lošinj are connected by a small bridge to the town of Osor on Cres. The highest elevations are Televrin (also called Osoršćica) at 588 m (1,929 ft) and Sv. Nikola (also called Sv. Mikul) at 557 m (1,827 ft). The towns of Nerezine and Sveti Jakov are at their base. The island is formed predominantly of chalk limestone and dolomiterocks. There are sand deposits in the western part of the Kurila peninsula.

Lošinj is the 11th largest Adriatic island by area, 33 km (21 mi) long, with the width varying from 4.75 km (2.95 mi) to the north and middle of the island, to 0.25 km (0.16 mi) near the town of Mali Lošinj. The total coastline of the island is 112.7 km (70.0 mi). [1] [2]

With around 2600 hours of sunshine a year, the island has become a popular destination for Slovenian , German and Italian tourists in the summer months. Average air humidity is 70%, and the average summer temperature is 24 ° C (75 ° F) and 7 ° C (45 ° F) during the winter. [3]

The island has a mild climate and evergreen vegetation (like myrtle , holm oak , and laurel ). The highest elevations in the north have more sparse vegetation. Veli Lošinj, Čikat and the south-west coast are ringed by pine forests.


Settlement on nearby 12,000 years ago, [4] and the island of Lošinj are also thought to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. This is evidenced by hill-forts at the foot of Osoršćica and around the port of Mali Lošinj. According to Ptolemy , the Romans called this island Apsorrus , [5] and referred to the islands of Lošinj and Cres collectively as Apsirtides . In several places, ruins of Roman villas have been excavated (villae rusticae: Liski, Sveti Jakov, and Studenčić near Ćunski). Several small eremitic churches dating from the Roman era have been preserved (St. Lovreć near Osor, and St. James in Sveti Jakov) .In the Middle Ages, Lošinj was the property of the clerical and secular nobility of Osor and unpopulated.

The first evidence of settlements from the mainland was in 1280. Pursuant to a contract with Osor , their settlements gained self-governance in 1389. The name Lošinj was first mentioned in 1384. Parallel with the gradual decline of Osor from the 15th century onwards, the settlements Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj played an important role.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, trade, shipbuilding and seafaring on the island more intensely. After the Fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797 Lošinj est devenu share of the Austrianprovince ( crown land ) of Istria under the Treaty of Campo Formio . By 1900 the population had reached 11,615. [6] In 1921, it was given as 15,000. [7]

In 1919, Lošinj, with its partially Italian population, became part of Italy under the terms of the Treaty of Saint-Germain , as confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Rapallo . It was held by them until 1943 when it was occupied by German Wehrmacht and Croatian troops during World War II as part of the Operational Zone Adriatic Coast . In 1945 the island and the rest of Croatia became part of Yugoslavia , until Croatia declared independence from the Yugoslav Federation in 1991.

The post-Second World War is a substantial exodus (see Istrian exodus for further details) of its Italian-speaking population to Italy and other countries. According to the latest census the number of Italian-speaking citizens in Lošinj were 557 (6.64% of the total official resident population). Before the independence of Croatia from the Yugoslav Federation, the official censi reported the Italian-speaking minority being much smaller (figures quoted in the official census conducted in 1981 shows that the Italian population accounts for 1.5% of the resident population). Expatriates in Italy and around the world publishes a newsletter [8] which keeps their memories and traditions alive. On the Island is popular as a second language.

People and art

  • Agostino Straulino (October 10, 1914 in Mali Lošinj, December 14, 2004 in Rome ) was an Italian sailor and sailboat racer, who won one Olympic gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics (Helsinki) and one silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics (Melbourne) in the Star Class , and eight consecutive European championships (1949-56) and two world championships (1952-53) in this class and world champion in the 5.5m-class. His first experiences were sailing in the Gulf Kvarner , and he learned to sail in his boat. [9]
  • Gaudentius of Ossero : Born c. 1000 AD and presided over the Diocese of Ossero (Osor) as bishop and later became the patron saint of the island. Legend has it that he banished all the venomous snakes from the islands while hiding in a cellar from his persecutors. His remains now in the mouth of Osor.
  • The Cosulich family of shipbuilders originated in Los Angeles in the region, eventually establishing a successful shipping business in Venice and around the world, where the Cosulich Line became renowned.
  • Croatian Apoxyomenos : (the “Scraper”) is a bronze statue that dates back to the 1st or 2nd century BC. This type of figure was first developed by the Greek sculptor Lysippos of the 4th century BC. It was discovered underwater in the Lošinj archipelago near the uninhabited island of Vele Orjule. The Lošinj Channel was a frequent navigational route leading to the northern part of the Adriatic, to Istria and Italy. It is believed to be a Roman shipwreck there is no other apparent remnants. [10] Apoxyomenos is one of the Greek conventions in representing an athlete, caught in the familiar act of scraping sweat and dust of his body with the small curved instrument that the Greeks called a strigil. The statue now resides in the Lošinj museum in Mali Lošinj harbor. [11]


  1. Jump up^ Duplančić Leder, Tea; Ujević, Tin; Čala, Mendi (June 2004). “Coastline lengths and areas of the islands in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea determined from the topographic maps of the scale of 1: 25,000” (PDF) . Geoadria . Zadar. 9(1): 5-32 . Retrieved 2011-01-21 .
  2. Jump up^ “About the island | Geography” . Tz- malilosinj.hr . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  3. Jump up^ “About the island | Climate” . Tz- malilosinj.hr . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  4. Jump up^ “Ul Uvala, Punta Kriza, Croatia, History” . Puntakriza.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  5. Jump up^ “LacusCurtius • Ptolemy’s Geography – Book II, Chapter 15” . Penelope.uchicago.edu . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  6. Jump up^ Wikisource-logo.svg  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). ” Lussin “. Encyclopædia Britannica . 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 131.
  7. Jump up^ Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921).  Lussin “. Collier’s New Encyclopedia . New York: PF Collier & Son Company. 
  8. Jump up^ “Home” . www.lussinpiccolo-italia.net. 2011-12-21 . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  9. Jump up^ “Agostino Straulino” . Starclass.org. Archived from the original on 2013-03-05 . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .
  10. Jump up^ Marie-Eve Stenuit,Robert Stenuit, Marijan Orlić, Smiljan Gluščevi; A preliminary report on the discovery and recovery of a bronze apoxyomenos, off Vele Orjule, Croatia,International Journal of Nautical Archeology, 30 (2),2001, 196-210.
  11. Jump up^ “Losinj” . Tz-malilosinj.hr. 1999-04-27 . Retrieved 2013-03-26 .

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