Mali Lošinj, the largest town on Lošinj Island, is a stunner. Set at the apex of a long natural harbour and ringed by graceful, gently weathered Mediterranean town houses and green hills, the town straddles both coasts on the narrowest section of the island. A string of imposing 19th-century sea captains’ houses lines the seafront, and even with the summer tourist commotion, this historic quarter retains its charm and atmosphere.
You'll find the resort hotels just out of town by the pebbly beaches Sunčana Uvala (meaning 'Sunny Bay') and Čikat. This leafy area began to flourish in the late 19th century, when the wealthy Vienna and Budapest elite, who gravitated to the ‘healthy air’ of Mali Lošinj, started building villas and luxurious hotels around Čikat. Some of these grand residences remain, but most of the current hotels are modern developments surrounded by pine forests.