The Kvarner region of the Adriatic Sea is a pleasant area for sailing due to its location. It’s the largest inner water area in Croatia. Surrounded by mountains from three sides it involves the most popular islands. Ports here offer the safest mooring and shelter. Compared to other Adriatic regions the distances between islands are smaller and there are more sandy beaches. They lie in the wonderful Mediterranean natural environment on the shores of towns full of historical and cultural treasures. Everyone finds an ideal site in this colourful region. Those who like vivid social life should choose the milling seaside. For those who wish for intimacy and silence, we recommend tiny fisher villages, mountain hiking routes, and lonely gulfs. Families with children will also find well-equipped beaches and playgrounds. The Losinj island and Mali Losinj both offer numerous opportunities for sailors.
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Mali Losinj is the most significant centre of the Croatian archipelago. It’s a cosy Mediterranean town in a fantastic location. Its port is a picturesque view with terrace inns and cafes all around.
The port is on the northern side of the gulf right next to the Privlaka alley. There are 150 anchoring places with available water and electricity for each, petrol station, water block, laundry, a service department, diving centre, and a sailors’ shop with a variety of products only 500 metres away. The season lasts from April to October, but the port is open all year.
The Losinj island is among the most interesting sites of Croatia and the sunniest places in Europe. It has an outstandingly rich, subtropical vegetation, and inner, untouched areas of nature. It’s more exciting than many other islands in the region. It has a lot of herbs. The air is very healthy and especially good for those with respiratory problems and allergies. The island has numerous wonderful sections of shore. One of them is on the online top list of the best Croatian beaches. It’s Veli Zal Beach which is in the Suncana Uvala (Sunny Gulf) only one kilometre southwest from Mali Losinj.
Mali Losinj is the largest settlement and tourist centre of the island. It has a long, wide promenade. There are several sights on its narrow, cobbled streets. These are just a few steps from the port. In the evenings the town is still lively, many people walk around searching for a good restaurant, or staring at the sunset above the small fisher boats. You can shop in two shopping centres and numerous vegetable and fruit shops. Nearby, you’ll find the first bottlenose dolphin reservation of the Adriatic Sea with a population of 120 dolphins. Mountain bikers can enjoy a 30 km long bikeway of medium difficulty.
The recommended route is a round trip, thus, you can start in either direction depending on the wind.
Starting from Mali Losinj:
1st day – the island of Unije
It’s the largest inhabited island in Mali Losinj’s vicinity. The island of silence, peace, and sunlight. It’s known for the Vnetak lighthouse. Don’t forget to rent diving gear, the water is very clear in the gulfs. The island has a huge, long spreading, pebbly beach, it’s the most famous one here. Spend the night in the port of Susak island.
2nd day – the island of Susak
The island has only one small village called Susak. Here you can find beautiful shores with smooth sand, just like on the other parts of the island. Since Susak is a sand island, the wine here has a unique taste completely different from wines made of grape grown in stony soil. Islanders speak their own dialect that even Croatians don’t understand, and they wear a traditional costume at festivities. Most tourists don’t know about the island, so don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden gem yourself! Spend the night in Ilovik or Veli Losinj.
3rd day – the island of Pag
The capital of Pag Island, Pag, would only be accessible from the notorious Velebit canal which has the danger of bora in one-third of the year. On Pag’s western side only Novalja is suitable for mooring. Novalja has a great nightlife full of parties, it’s the favourite place of young people. For those who like diving, the peak of Pag could be interesting. Spend the night in the town’s port.
4th day – the island of Rab
Many call it the most beautiful island in the Gulf of Kvarner. It’s full of picturesque gulfs and gorgeous beaches. Try diving near the Cape of Sorinj, where you can view the cargo of a sunk ancient amfore boat. Enjoy the charming, rich greenery and pine forests of the island. You can meet deer and mouflons as well. Several small islands are near to Rab such as the Golits and Grgur. It’s a huge experience to discover them. Spend the night in the town’s port.
5th day – the island of Krk
Krk is the second largest settlement on the island. It has a charming view with little houses built closely together. It’s a Mecca for lovers of watersports and sailors. They usually explore other sights of Krk island from here. Spend the night in the town’s port.
6th day – Opatija
Opatija is full of buildings from the peacetime of the 19th century, pleasant parks with rich, partly subtropical vegetation, and promenades lined with palm trees. Perhaps the most popular beach is Slatina, which is also a place of cultural events. It’s worth trying paragliding and circumstances are ideal for surfers as well. The region has well-known, good dry white wines. Spend the night in the town’s port.
7th day – the island of Cres than return to Mali Losinj
The shore is quite indented with many hidden gulfs and pebbly beaches. Besides numerous diving centres, jet-ski rental and skydiving are also available. Lubenice is famous for the Blue Cave. You can swim into wonderland from the sea.
Explore stunning wonders of nature in the Gulf of Kvarner. The lovers of the sea and boating can engage in their passion in a safe environment. At the same time wherever they land, they can enjoy the opportunities of the dry land: vegetation, Mediterranean atmosphere, historical small towns, cultural treasures. Come and try it yourself! You’ll leave with lifelong memories.