This idyllic Croatian island is the perfect holiday destination for runners and mountain bikers

Fresh air, immaculate seas and a landscape made for outdoor enthusiasts

Often overlooked in favour of Croatia’s more popular islands, Lošinj is finally getting the attention it deserves.

The undiscovered jewel of the north – dubbed the ‘Island of Vitality’ – has long-been recognised as a healing location.

Having been named the official European Island of Sport 2020, it’s now set to attract a sporting crowd too.

An activity-packed programme of events caters to runners, cyclists, triathletes and even cricketers. Plus, with a mild Mediterranean microclimate and a landscape that’s rich in vegetation, it’s the perfect setting for an activity holiday.

Losinj, Croatia

Lošinj for triathletes

For triathletes there’s XTERRA Croatia, one of the most challenging triathlons in Central and Eastern Europe. Taking place on 18th-19th April, it starts with a 1.5km swim in the picturesque natural harbour of Čikat Bay. Then comes a 30km cycle across rugged landscapes followed by a 10km off-road run through dense, richly scented forests trails.

Cikat Bay in Losinj, Croatia

Čikat Bay, Lošinj

Lošinj for mountain bikers

If mountain biking is your thing, spring is the time to visit Lošinj. One of the world’s most exhilarating downhill bike races, the Mitas Adria Four-Island race takes place on 25th April. Running across four islands including Lošinj where goat paths form some of the trails for a tough but truly scenic adventure.

Additionally, the Mercedez-Benz UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup and the first ever XCO Lošinj Cross Country Mountain race both take place in May.

The 2018 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lošinj Croatia

Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas competing in the 2018 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lošinj

Lošinj for cricketers

For those with less appetite for adrenaline, the island will host the fifth annual Mediterranean Cricket League tournament (11th-14th June). Notable participants include Australian double World Cup winner Brad Hogg, as well as defending champions Warriors Cricket Club Qatar.

Lošinj for runners

The summer heat starts to soften in September, providing the perfect conditions for the 10th annual Lošinj half marathon. Taking place on 26th of the month in the pretty streets of the towns Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj. Runners can choose to complete the 13.1mile half marathon, or else opt for a shorter 5km or 10km route.

Meanwhile, some of the most beautiful landscapes, highest peaks and hidden corners can be enjoyed on the Cres-Lošinj Trail weekend at the end of October.

Mali Losinj waterfront and harbor, Island of Losinj, Croatia

Mali Lošinj

During the two days of trail running, participants can choose a challenge to suit their ability. Course options range from the Duga (6-9km per day) to a demanding 20-25km per day on the Kratka route.

To provide a sanctuary in which to unwind following a full day of activities, the island’s five-star Hotel Bellevue has created an ‘Active 365 Weekend’ offer.

Hotel Bellevue, Losinj, Croatia

The two-night package includes accommodation at the luxury hotel, daily breakfasts and a three-course dinner. Guests will also enjoy a power walk and recreational run guided by a professional trainer, a 50-minute anti-stress massage at the Bellevue Spa Clinic and a voucher for 10% off at one of Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ restaurants.

With over 2,600 hours of sunshine yearly and miles of beautiful coastline, even non-sports enthusiasts can enjoy this idyllic island. Read our complete guide on what to do in Lošinj to discover more.

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