Privlaka ul. 19, 51550, Mali Loąinj, Croatia
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In the Antiquity the Cres and Loąinj archipelago was known as the Apsyrtides. The name is derived from that of the mythical hero Apsyrtus. In ancient times the islands of Cres and Loąinj used to be one. The islands were later separated by an artificial canal at Osor to satisfy the needs of sea trade on the so-called Amber Route. Historical changes have hit these islands like sea waves. Millennia have passed like a storm. The presence of small and big nations that have conquered this area has left permanent traces of their material culture, brought with them or created on this soil. The oldest island settlements (Lubenice, Osor, Beli) have more than 4, 000 years of history. The Roman town of Osor was the seat of the bishopric in the 9th century. Loąinj, which had been almost uninhabited until the middle of the 13th century, developed into a leading regional maritime power by the 19th century. The town of Mali Loąinj became the second most important port in the Adriatic, immediately after Trieste. The inhabitants of Loąinj were not only known for their skillfulness in constructing sailing ships, but they were also known as the best seamen in the Mediterranean. The architectural appearance of the centre of Mali Loąinj, which has remained almost the same until the present day, was determined in that period. It soon became a popular holiday destination of the Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, who built numerous villas and summer residences on the island. Choose from our available boats (use the detailed search engine) and make a reservation.