Traveling to Lošinj? Here’s our top ten things to do, as explored by wellness guru Mary Bemis.
1. Set Sail on one of Jadranka’s yachts and explore one or more of the many surrounding islands, including Ilovic, home to the casual, delicious Restaurant Dalmatinka with its seaside terrace. Swim in one of the many secluded coves along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins.
2. Smell the Herbs at The Garden of Fine Scents, a beautiful and well-tended garden boasting more than 250 native plants, plus 100 exotic species. Stop in at the little gift shop for a unique selection of aromatherapy, salts and more.
3. Watch the sunset from the Lanterna Grill, one of the best spots on the island. A perfectly magical spot overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it’s a short drive from the Bellevue. Enjoy this casual seaside grill’s fresh, inspirational Croatian cuisine.
4. Take a walk along the coastal path surrounding Čikat Bay and breathe in the fresh sea air. This is a peaceful stroll past rocky beaches, bathing areas and Habsburg holiday villas. Bonus: Surfboards and snorkel gear for rent at many of the shacks along the way.
5. Be a tourist and make sure to spend some time in Mali Lošinj. Dating back to 1398, this beautiful and historic seaside town was at one time the biggest and most developed merchant marine in the Adriatic Sea.
6. Eat on the beach at the hip Borik Mediterranean Bar. Choose from a mouthwatering menu featuring fresh seafood, local meat and more. End your meal with a glass of honey liqueur, a Croatian specialty.
7. Go shopping at the Bellevue Hotel boutique. You’ll find Croatia’s leading fashion designers here, including unique jewelry by Nenad Sovilj and hand-painted t-shirts, dresses and more from renowned Croatian designer, Ivana Omazic, former creative director of Céline.
8. Dine at the Villa Diana, a historic villa overlooking Čikat Bay, a three-minute walk from the Bellevue. Make sure to be seated outside and try one of the many island specialties.
9. Go to church, specifically St. Antun Opat Pustinjak, located on Veli Lošinj, a small idyllic village 5 kilometers from Mali Lošinj. The Baroque beauty was built in 1774, in the place of a smaller church built in the 15th century. It’s home to a surprisingly rich collection of Italian masters.
10. Raise your glass, and try one of Croatia’s amazingly fine wines. We sampled a variety of malvazija, the signature white wine of Istria, from the Coronica, Vina Laguna and Kozlovic vineyards. There’s just as much to appreciate for lovers of bubbly and red wine, as well.
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