Ilovik

Ilovik is the southernmost island of the Lošinj archipelago, connected with Lošinj by boat and a catamaran line to Mali Lošinj, Rijeka and Zadar. Unlike other islands in the archipelago, Ilovik can be reached from Mrtvaška cove (the southernmost point of Lošinj) where there are organised transfers to the island. (The ride takes 10-15 minutes.)
Footpaths start in the village itself and reach coves on the other side of the island (Paržine, Parkna, Vela and Mala Draga), and Sućadrija cove can be reached by a promenade by the sea.
 
From the centre of the village go past the parish church of St. Peter and Paul from the 19th century towards Studenac, a fresh-water well 12 m deep, around which every year for St. Peter's day (29th June) all the villagers gather in a song to celebrate their patron saint's day. After roughly 20 minutes of walking you will reach a small chapel that the locals call Lurdska. From here, two footpaths take you to Široki and Vela Draga coves, which are only about 10 minutes away.

On the right from the parish church there is a footpath that takes you to two coves on the western side of the island, Mala Draga and Nozdra, which are about 30 minutes away.

Let us go back to the village and take right by the waterfront. After 200 m we turn right towards Paržine and Parknu coves, and lookout Did. The footpath takes you through stone walls and it is suitable for cyclists. After a slight climb, we reach Loretska chaptel where the paths separate towards Paržine cove and lookout Did, and coves Parknu and Zemljačić. From here we have a beautiful view of whole Ilovik, St. Peter's and Kozjak islands on the left, and the southern part of Lošinj with Mrtvaška cove. We continue down the path and after 20 minutes there is another path towards Vela Straža hill and Sućadrija cove, and to Paržine cove there is only about 10 minutes more. The whole way to the Paržine cove is also suitable for bikes. Paržina cove with its sandy beach is a heaven for many.

Let us take the same way back and after 10 minutes of walking, we turn right below Vela Straža hill to Sućadrija cove (we can take right all the way to Radovan cove, the easternmost cove on the island). After roughly 15 minutes we go down to Sućadrija cove and remains of St. Andrew's church from the 5th century. There is a footpath by the sea from Sućadrija cove back to the village, only half an hour of a stroll.

Enjoy this beautiful island that is also called the island of flowers because there are oleanders, palm trees, roses and other flowers growing in every garden, and the island is known for its tall eucalyptus trees. Besides many footpaths and beaches, you can enjoy local cuisine and the accommodation is provided by friendly hosts.

Technical characteristics:

Highest point: Did hill (96 m)

Total length of the paths: about 16 km

Walking time: marked on the map for each section

Terrain: macadam, karst

Suitable for: walking and bikes (MTB)


Ilovik

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