Ilovik Island

Ilovik is an island in the region of Kvarner. Ilovik is actually the name for two small isles, Ilovik and Sveti Petar (St. Peter), located in the north, but south of the Island Losinj. Nicknamed “The Island of Flowers,” Ilovik is known for two century-old eucalyptus trees, oleander, bougainvillea, palms, and the many carefully tended flower gardens of the 100 inhabitants. Most are farmers, shepherds, and fisherman. Tourism is increasing. Ilovik is tiny, only 6 km2, and the one village is also named Ilovik. The highest point is Dida, 98 meters.

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How to get to Ilovik Island

Daily ferries come from Mali Losinj and several times a week from Rijeka and Zadar.

Here is Ilovik Island located

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History of Ilovik Island

Ilovik has been known since ancient times because of the narrow (300 m), protected anchorage between the two islands. The Ilirian tribe Liburni were the first inhabitants. Evidence of Roman civilization has been found including mosaics, coins, tombs and underwater ruins. The oldest recorded name, Neumae Insulae (Island with No Name) was noted in AD 107.

What to see in Ilovik Island

  • There is a WWII bunker at Parknu beach
  • Remnants of a small Venetian castle on Sveti Petar built in 1597 to defend the island from pirates
  • The Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century on Sveti Petar
  • Also on Sveti Petar is a rock formation called Golubinka and a cave
  • The remains of a fortress from the Bronze Age are on the mountain Straza

Where to stay in Ilovik Island

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Hotels in Ilovik Island

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Private accomodations in Ilovik Island

Sports & leisure opportunities in Ilovik Island

  • There is a small soccer field at Soto Pini
  • A bocce court is available
  • The harbor at Ilovik is one of the best operated for private vessels on the Adriatic, with electric hookups, and trash removal. Small quantities of fresh water are available.

Beaches in Ilovik Island

Parzin is a large nudist beach on the southeastern part of the island, and Sidro is a nudist beach nearer the town.
Harbac and Sotopini beaches are closer to the village.

Where to eat in Ilovik Island

There is a tavern and several small restaurants.

Nightlife and entertainment in Ilovik Island

Music is a tradition, and the accordion is the favored instrument. On many evenings accordionists will gather and play in the streets, inspiring singing and folk dancing.

Cultural events in Ilovik Island

  • Celebration of the day of Saints Peter and Paul.
  • Burial rites include church services on Ilovik after which the body is taken by boat to Sveti Petar where the cemetery is enclosed by a wall dating to the 11th century.

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