Despite the name (in Croatian, veli means 'big' and mali means 'small'), Veli Lošinj is much smaller, more languid and somewhat less crowded than Mali Lošinj, 4km to the northwest. It’s a scenic place with a huddle of pastel-coloured houses, cafes, hotels and stores around a tiny harbour. Dolphins sometimes enter the narrow mouth of the bay in April and May. Don't miss a walk to Rovenska, another idyllic little bay that's a 10-minute stroll southeast along a coastal path.
Like its neighbour, Veli Lošinj had its share of rich sea captains who built villas and surrounded them with gardens of exotic plants that they brought from afar. You can glimpse these villas on a walk up the steep streets from the harbour.