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Villa Antiqua
​a member of Quartz Inn Hotels

Osor 23, 51554 Osor, Mali Losinj, Croatia

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Travel Sustainable measures

Waste:

  • Recycling bins available to guests and waste is recycled

  • Efforts to reduce their food wastage

  • Water cooler/dispenser

  • Single-use plastic miniature shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles not used

  • Single-use plastic stirrers not used

  • Single-use plastic straws not used

  • Single-use plastic water bottles not used

  • Single-use plastic beverage bottles not used

  • Single-use plastic cups not used

  • Single-use plastic cutlery/plates not used

Water:

  • Water-efficient toilets

  • Water-efficient showers

  • Option to opt-out of daily room cleaning

  • Option to reuse towels

Energy and greenhouse gases:

  • Most food provided at the property is locally sourced

  • Most lighting throughout property uses energy-efficient LED bulbs

  • All windows are double-glazed

  • Offsets a portion of their carbon footprint

Read the full list of property's sustainable measures here

Villa Antiqua

Unique antistress oasis Villa Antiqua with heated swimming pool and Hot Tub

Do you want to enjoy a lovely family villa in the ancient city of Osor, the antistress oasis of the islands Cres and Lošinj, one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia?

Then visit Villa Antiqua!

The villa has a surface area of approximately 130 m2 and 660 m2 of garden area with a heated swimming pool. 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 a few meters away, or you can just walk to the beach which is only 250 meters away.

The renovated villa provides 130m² of living space and can accommodate seven people. The villa consists of a kitchen, living room, bedroom, hallway and bathroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms, a bathroom and a hallway on the upper floor. The kitchen is fully-equipped with a hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and ice maker machine. The living room has a dining and a sitting area. Wood for the fireplace is provided free of charge. The first bedroom has a king’s size bed (160 x 200cm). The second bedroom has a King size bed (160 x 200cm). The third has a double bed (180x200cm), sofa bed for 2 persons (160x200cm) and extra bed. In addition, a cot is also available. The two modern bathrooms have a shower and toilet. All the rooms in the villa can be heated and air conditioned. There is a free wireless high speed internet connection.

Interesting fact is that once the islands Cres and Lošinj were actually one island named Lošinj, before the Osor channel was dug. Nowadays Osor lies at the channel that separates islands Cres and Lošinj. Islands are connected with a rotating bridge. The channel was built by Romans to make sailing possible through the channel. Osor is an open-air museum where you can find an ancient town square surrounded by beautiful buildings from the 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 Meštrović. 

During the summer months the town becomes an open-air stage for the Osor Musical Event, which has been held every year in the summer since 1976.

Beautiful nature and peaceful environment are granted all the time…
 


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Ancient Osor

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 the 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 that collaborated with Greeks. The Romans took it over 167. BC and fortified it following 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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