Panoramic view Veli Losinj and Velebit Panoramic view Veli Losinj harbourPanoramic view from St. MikulRovenska

Geographical characteristics of the Cres-losinj archipelago

Cres-losinj archipelago

99 km long Kvarner islands Cres and Losinj extend from north-west toward south-east with total area covering 513 km2 or 16 % of the entire surface of Jadran archipelago. In the ancient history Cres and Losinj were one island, until the Illyrians excavated canal next to Osor.

Losinj group of island consists of islands Losinj (74, 68 km2), Unije (16, 77 km), Ilovik (5, 88 km2), Susak (3, 76 km2), Vele Srakane (1, 17 km2) and number of uninhabited islands and reefs. Island Losinj is 11th largest island in Jadran, 33 km long, with width that varies between 4.70 km on the middle of the island and 0, 25 km near Mali Losinj. Total coast length of Island Losinj is 112.7 km with index of relative indebtedness of 3.7.

Structure of the island is consisted of chalk limestone and dolomites of variant compositions. In the relief of Losinj we can distinguish two types of relief – 10 km long calcareous massif Osorscica with highest peaks Televrina (588 m) and St. Mikul (557 m) and slopes on its west side, and second type with characteristics of dinaric structures with several peaks over 200m - Kriška (217m) and St. Ivan (234m).

Island Losinj has mild climate, evergreen vegetation (myrrh, laurel, common oak, pine, cypress) and 2600 sunny hours per year. Average humidity amounts 70%, and average temperatures are 29 °C in summer and 7 °C in winter

Island Palaciol Island Trasorka Island Oruda View from Osorscica

Geographical data

Area: 74,68 km2
Costal length: 
112.7 km
Number o of inhabitants:
8134 Significant harbor:  Mali Losinj
Highest peak:
Televrin (588 m)
Mild Mediterranean
Average humidity:
Number of sunny hours per year:

Lake Vrana

Hydrographic phenomenon of fresh water lake on island Cres

Vransko Lake
Vransko Lake on island Cres is a resource of fresh water for the whole region of Cres and Losinj archipelago and a habitat of numerous fishes. The lake is a crypto depression with maximum depth of 74 m and average water level of 13m.