RHYTHM OF THE SENSES


Rhythm of the Senses

- Cres Lošinj Island-

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Every island is a story for itself — this one in particular.


It is the place where all your senses will be engaged at once, and you might not be able to distinguish which sense the satisfaction and inspiration you feel comes from. Is it the sight of the sea painted in different shades of blue circling the Island of Lošinj, that once was united with neighboring Island of Cres, until the channel of Osor was excavated in Roman times to shorten the route to the open sea? Or it might be the scent of Mediterranean wild plants in Lošinj Aromatic Garden that are also scattered all around the place and immediately put you into the relaxation mode? Is it the taste of a fresh meal prepared traditionally, reviving the ancient times of Apoxyomenos? A touch of the breeze on your cheeks when exploring the Island's rich cultural heritage from Venetian, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslavian times? Or maybe it's just the sound of the waves intertwined with the sounds of Duje, Nola, or some other joyful dolphins.

Actually, it is the combination of all of that and much more.

Catch your own rhythm of senses throughout this inspiring and educational NATURA 2000 site, which has become known as the ‘Island of Vitality’—and a shining eco-tourism rhapsody of senses.


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Accommodation


It is always good to have a comfortable and beautiful place to come back after the exciting day joyfully. During your whole stay, your base will be B&B Alaburic 3*, located in Mali Lošinj, the largest town on Lošinj Island and a stunner, and within walking distance from many points of interest. The owners have been tourism business since ever, and since they are now in their 80s, their children took over the running of B&B continuing to make their guests feel comfortable, relaxed, and safe, just like at home. The package is made considering sleeping in double rooms, but it is possible to pay for the single-use (accommodation price is 30% higher).



DOBRO DOŠLI NA OTOK LOŠINJ!



DAY 1 - 25.05.

Arrival and introduction to the ancient times / Sight Day


You will arrive on the Island Krk (Airport Rijeka) and just as any islander does by ferry from Valbiska to island Cres with private transfer (departure from airport at 10.00).

Ferry port Merag is actually located on the neighboring island of Cres connected by bridge with the Island of Lošinj. You will visit the protected area of the island of Cres with expert guidance. It takes a bit more than two hours to reach your destination - Mali Lošinj, but have in mind that travel is not only about the destination but also about the journey itself. In this case, travel itself means driving across the whole of Cres Island and a significant chunk of Lošinj Island. Enjoy the views and a Mediterranean buzz!



Check in accommodation around 14.00. Team leader will meet and greet you in front of the Alaburic B&B at 15:00 and then take you on a short walk through town Mali Lošinj. After a short walk and getting to know the city, lunch will follow at the family restaurant Bocca Vera.

Full and rested, after lunch we will head to the Museum of Apoxyomenos in the vicinity, where you will have a guided tour. We will not tell you a lot about the Apoxyomenos nor the Museum, but we promise that story is exceptional in every sense! While diving through and exploring this quite unusual place, the Island's best-kept secret will be revealed to you and boost your interest in this part of history. At the same time, you will undoubtedly remain inspired by its interior, designed by Turato, one of the famous Croatian architects.



Afterward, we’ll go by private transfer for dinner at Providenca Thematic Belvedere, a wondrous place on the top of the hill with a view of sunset that will feed your soul through senses and make you appreciate the beauty of living even more. While looking at the thin line where the sea meets the sky on a horizon, an artisan cheese, delicious bites of fish, prosciutto, and handmade bread will be served.


Educational trail Apsyrtides proudly carries the ancient name of this famous archipelago. 28 textual interpretations enriched with photographs bring forth the story that only the soul of an islander can tell. Meet the Apsyrtides archipelago for what it truly is. Unique and unrepeatable!


Return to the accommodation by foot (30 min).


DAY 2 - 26.05.

Lošinj Aromatic Garden and dolphin watching/ Scent Day and Taste Day


After the healthy and hearty breakfast, our team leader will meet you at 9AM in front of the accommodation facility and take you to the 5 min walk to the Lošinj’s Aromatic Garden. Immediately upon your arrival, all your senses will be rewarded - the garden encompasses some 250 wonderfully smelling wild herb species. You will first have 45 min educational guided tour through the garden’s natural treasure, which will also include a tasting of liquors made with different herbs. (Well, now you know why an abundant breakfast was needed this morning.


You will also meet an art historian who will take you with her stories on a historic herbal trip. Around noon you will take part in one hour workshop and learn how to make cheese, olive oil, and herbs spread. You will not have to imagine how incredibly tasty it is, as you will be served with a fresh artisan bread that makes a perfect team with a spread you made. After the snack, the tour is not over - you will make an herbarium you could take with you as a souvenir. Also, you will be challenged to guess different scents; the best one even gets a certificate! Before leaving, do not resist buying some jams, oils, and soaps from the Aromatic Garden’s shop. The whole experience in the Aromatic Garden lasts for 4 hours.



After lunch in the Aromatic Garden we will continue along the Promenade of Vitality by walking. The path connects Mali and Veli Lošinj, well-known island’s settlements; it is 4 km long and rewards you with astonishing sceneries and an opportunity to recognize different wild plants and scents you were introduced to yesterday. We will visit The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation in Veli Lošinj, where you will get information about their research, conservation, and education, as well as the incredible impact of their work. Thanks to their 30 years long engagement, the dolphins have been under protection in Croatia, dolphins' number has been increased and it is stable now because of the synergy of the local community and Blue World. Money from all tickets sold goes for conservation purposes. Suppose you might want to give extra support to the Blue World Institute to save dolphins and turtles, increase lifelong learning on sustainability and protect coastal and sea habitats. In that case, you could place a donation or even adopt a dolphin! It is up to your choice, whether it would be Nola, Duje, Elsa, or Elmar. We suppose you would like to see this smiling sea creatures in their natural habitat. That is why we are taking you on a boat trip for 3 hours with the experienced guys from the Blue World. You will have the best chance to see dolphins and hear their noises intertwined with the sound of the waves. Would you recognize the one you adopted?


After we reach the land we will take a private transfer to Mali Lošinj for dinner in the local restaurant Corrado. Despite the restaurant's big capacity, the owner welcomes guests like in their own home and prepares fresh Adriatic fish and other specialties from local products.


Return to the accommodation by foot (10 min).

DAY 3 - 27.05.

Sound Day and Departure


Today we are starting at 9:00 without breakfast in the accommodation. After a short walk of about 20 minutes breakfast will be served in picnic style in vivid and charming Čikat bay right on the shore from where you can feel the smell of the sea. The forest park Čikat is a man-made ecosystem created as a result of human efforts to shape the landscape and cooperate with nature. It’s your time to relax for 2-3 hours and refresh in the sea, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suits. In case you don't want to feel how it is to be a local who usually is dining in a swimsuit/casual suit, you’ll have enough time to get ready in the B&B before going back home.


Transfer to the airport will be organized. Departure is around 14:00. Don’t forget to keep your own rhythm of Lošinj senses with you at all times!



The maps and brochures of the island you can found at our website and printed in PDF:

http://www.island-losinj.com/info/maps/


You can check panorama view of island of Losinj on our web site or just use our blog at the end of the page:

http://www.island-losinj.com/experience/360/


We have prepared little dictionary to improve your Croatian language:

Our angel's little dictionary! .pdf


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