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and on one of the few cloudy days in summer the immediate
surroundings offer many opportunities. There are many
ancient relics ranging from fossiles, prehistoric caves
and Roman structures to only in the last century
abandoned villages. In early spring after rain people
collect wild asparagus that grow near stone walls
everywhere and are greatly valued by gourmets. In autumn
there are several kinds of excellent mushrooms to pick.
Introduced in 2006 are the well marked hiking and biking trails to several destinations around Punta Kriza and the mountainous area near Osor. Most of the ancient horse trail that once was the only road that connected the villages to Osor has been restored. Signs along the main road show the distances in walking minutes, the trails are clearly marked on trees and rocks. They range from effortlessly flat or hilly near Punta Kriza to steep and challenging on the mountain Osorcica behind Osor.
Mali Losinj on the
sister-island Losinj is the capitol of this archipelago,
with numerous small and large restaurants, market stands
and shops around a natural harbour filled with sailing
ships, motor boats and smaller vessels. From here
excursion ships depart every day for the surrounding
islands, like the sandy Susak, inhabited almost
exclusively by older women wearing traditional black
costumes with petticoats all year round. Others sail to
the well known fishing grounds for a day of sea fishing,
concluded with a grill party on a quiet beach.
The following maps can be downloaded here as PDF files for the Adobe Acrobat reader: