Mali Lošinj / CROATIA
Bodrum Municipality & Mali Lošinj
Sister City Relations
Mali Lošinj is located at the intersection of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, in Croatia, a country that spans over 56,594 square kilometers and is divided into over a thousand islands. The city, with a population of approximately 8,000, is part of Croatia's largest group of islands. The area has a warm and rainy continental climate and numerous natural parks. The city of Mali Lošinj has been awarded the title of "Croatia's Best City" in the small city category for its economy by local city governments.
Mali Lošinj was founded on the island of Lošinj, located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in western Croatia, which became an EU member state in 2013. Mali Lošinj is an important tourist center in the country. The city is 290 km away from the capital city of Zagreb, and there are direct flights from Istanbul to Zagreb available.
Mali Lošinj city has been a center of human settlement since the Neolithic period, and the geography of the city has been influenced by the cultures of ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Austrians, and Italians. The city is particularly well-developed in sustainable tourism, with wide walking and cycling paths, diving and sea tourism opportunities, and hosting tourists year-round in all four seasons.
Mali Lošinj has a wide variety of plants and is an important center for aromatherapy, with 1,200 plant species. The island is known as the "Island of Vitality." The city's microclimate is known to have a healing effect on respiratory problems in Europe, and Mali Lošinj city attracts 11 million foreign tourists annually who benefit from the city's climatic, botanical, cultural, and historical features.
The Mali Lošinj Municipality, like the Bodrum Municipality, is a member of the "Green Destinations" program. On May 5, 2021, a letter of intent was signed in an online meeting between the Bodrum Municipality and the Mali Lošinj Municipality to officially establish sister city relations. On May 17, 2021, the Bodrum Municipality Council approved the decision. Approval was granted by the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning & Climate Change, and on October 11, 2022, at a signing ceremony held at Bodrum Castle, the mayors of Bodrum and Mali Lošinj signed a "Sister City Protocol" to jointly benefit in social, economic, and cultural fields. After the signing ceremony, the delegation toured Bodrum Castle and provided information about Bodrum's history to the guests.