Antic residence Villa Antiqua
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Do you want to enjoy a lovely family villa in the ancient city of Osor at island Cres, one of the most beautiful parts of Adriatic Sea in Croatia?
Then visit Villa Antiqua!
The villa has the surface area of approximately 120 m2 and 880 m2 of garden area. An antic wall from Venetian era (height of about 3,5 m) forms the eastern boundary courtyard and is a part of city walls, while the southern border is an antic wall from Roman era which is also a part of city walls. With regard to the walls, vegetation and its location, the property offers a great privacy. You can enjoy the shade of the old pine trees, watch the bay and the sail boats just few meters away, or you can just walk to the beach which is only 250 meters away.
The villa consists of kitchen, living room, bedroom, hallway and bathroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms, bathroom and hallway upstairs. Right across the courtyard there is marina where you can place your sailboats and bigger powerboats. The villa is accessible also by car.
If you like to hike there is the mountain Osorš?ica with the highest peak of 588 meters. Osor also offers you the possibility to hunt deer and wild boars.
Interesting fact is that once the islands Cres and Lošinj were actually one island named Osor, before channel was cut. Nowdays Osor lies at channel that separates islands Cres and Lošinj. Islands are connected with a rotating bridge. The channel was build by Romans to make sailing possible. Osor is an open-air museum where you can find ancient town square surrounded by beautiful buildings from XV and XVI centuries, Bishop's palace, cathedral and bell tower from the early Christian era; Through the town you can encounter many sculptures left behind by the great croatian artist Ivan Meštrovi?. During the summer months the town becomes open-air stage for Osor Musical Event, which has been held every year in the summer since 1976.
Beautiful nature and peaceful environment are granted all the time...
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gradska riva 150 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zrakoplovna luka Rijeka (Krk) 80 km, Nearest railway: Rijeka 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Kvarner/Lika region
Lošinj, island of vitality
If we were to say that islands have a personality, and they do, then Lošinj would definitely belong to those special ones that have created their offer on the basis of a long tradition, beautiful nature, clean air with healing properties and a rich tourism offer.
The pleasant climate has attracted numerous crowned heads who visited Lošinj for the purpose of improving their health.
Lošinj boasts first quality air rich in aerosols - a true outdoor aromatherapy. People became aware of the beneficial island climate at the end of the 19th century.
The natural and cultural heritage of the Island of Lošinj is very rich. Small churches, monasteries, Renaissance buildings, basilicas and ancient remnants are found across the island. The museum and other spaces offer you an opportunity to have a peek into the world of the past, artistic expression and other beautiful features. The discovery of a precious statue of Apoxyomenos, the Greek athlete, found in the Lošinj underwater area bears witness to the rich cultural life. The attention of the visitors is also attracted by the town of Osor – an outdoor museum making an ideal setting for the Osor Musical Evenings (Osorske glazbene ve?eri) during the summer.
On five islands of the Lošinj archipelago, there are maintained routes in the length of 220 kilometers, and the waters are suitable for diving and sailing as well as other water sports.
The Osor portage, which is supposed to have been much wider than it is today, has been inhabited since prehistoric times due to its strategic importance, as evidenced by numerous finds, especially near the town of Osor. In the antique era Osor was an important transit station that provided shelter for ships, which at the time sailed mainly along the coast.
It is worth noting that Osor is one of our oldest cities and the first one recorded in written history. Furthermore, the historical Amber route passed through here and connected our coast with the Baltic. The name is probably of Illyrian origin and its transformation can be traced since Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Latin records to modern day Italian and Croatian terms: Apsoros, Apsorus, Opsare, Absortium, Osero and Osor.
Some archaeologists believe ships overcame the Osor portage by sailing or being towed across the coast in the shallow water to the east of the city, and that the area was covered later. This is concluded from the composition of the city walls and the fact that Osor does not have a port except in the Bijar Bay to the northwest and the muddy shallow Jaz to the southeast where salt pans used to lay.
Very early, probably in the Roman period, to the west, in solid rock beneath the city walls, a tunnel was dug by the name Cavata (Croatian Kavuada), today Kavanela. This canal was the cause of the great ascent of Osor and later its decline.
Osor was first a Liburnian settlement which collaborated with Greeks. The Romans took it over 167. BC and fortified it according to the Illyrian wall line. The discovered remains from the Roman period include the remains of the main streets (kardo and dekumanus), public buildings, sewers and water supply and a necropolis across the canal, on the Lošinj side. It is believed this was the most prosperous time of the city as remnants of Illirians, the new Roman-Italian population, and many emigrants from the east, mostly prominently Greeks, lived there. Even the writer Alberto Fortis wrote that the town had 20 000 inhabitants, which is probably very exaggerated, but it is possible that several thousand lived in the Roman Apsorus.
During the 5th century Osor was briefly under the rule of Ostrogoths, and with the beginning of the 6th century it was annexed to Dalmatia thus becoming a part of the Byzantine Empire. It is believed a diocese was founded in Osor around that time (530. AD on the synod in Salona). The city was raided by the Saracens in 841. and again, even worse, by the Genovese during the 14th century. In the 10th century Osor recognized the authority of Croatian rulers, in 1000. AD it came under Venetian rule, and in 1105. the Croatian-Hungarian king recognized it as a city with corresponding privileges.
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19 Aug 2012
"felt like home...."
Very nice small historical town. You can cycling, hiking swimming of course in very clean sea. We rental old beautiful house with biiiiiiig garden and enjoyed each centimeter ;).… More
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