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Otok Cres et Losinj Kvarner

Otok Cres et Losinj Kvarner



Otok Cres is 35 miles long and a chain of mountains extends along its entire length.
The E shore of the island, which is indented in the S part, forms the W side ofKvarneric. The W shore of the island forms the E side of Kvarner. Several villages are situated along its N part and the land backing the coast is cultivated with olive groves and vines.
The highest peaks rise in the N part and the summit, 604m high, stands 6 miles S of Rt Jablanac, the N extremity of the island.
The central part of the island is lower and includes an inland lake, but rises to a peak, 482m high, at its W side.
The S part of the island has peaks of 60 to 154m high and is wooded.

A Cres there are few sheltered harbors. Most are located SW of the island.
Otok Losinj, a narrow and indented island, consists of several mountainous heights connected by low isthmuses and appears from a distance as three separate islands.
The summit of the island is 589m high and stands in the N part. A peak, 334m high, stands in the S part of the island and is surmounted by a prominent chapel.
Crescent-shaped island of Cres Losinj is separated by an artificial canal. This channel is spanned by a bridge to Osor road that opens to let boats pass.
A fortune was spent to connect the islands of Cres and Losinj by a bridge but, ironically, in ancient times, they were one single island (it is the Illyrians, who, in 1600 BC, dug a channel between two islands for better navigation of ships).

Otok Cre est longue de 35 M et une chaîne de montagnes parcours toute sa longueur.
Le côté E de l'île, qui est découpé dans sa partie S, forme le côté W du Kvarner. Plusieurs villages occupent sa partie N et laterre descendant la côte est cultivée d'oliviers.
Le plus haut pic s'élève au N à 604 m, à 6 M au S de Rt Jablanac, l'extrémité N de l'île.
Le centre de l'île est bas et est occupé par un lac, mais un pic de 482 m s'élève sur son côté W.
Le S de l'île est formé de montagnes boisées qui s'élèvent de 60 à 154 m de haut.

A Cres il n'y a que peu de ports abrités. La plupart sont situés au S de l'île.

O. Losinj est étroite et découpée, composée de montagnes hautes reliées par des isthmes bas. Du large on dirait trois îles séparées.
Son plus haut sommet fait 589 m de haut et s'élève sur sa partie N, tandis qu'au S une montagne de 334 m est surmontée par une chapelle remarquable.
En forme de croissant l'île de Losinj est séparée de Cres par un canal artificiel. Ce canal est enjambé à Osor par un pont routier qui s'ouvre pour laisser passer les bateaux.
Une fortune fût dépensée pour relier les îles de Cres et Losinj par un pont mais, ironiquement, pendant les temps anciens, elles ne faisaient qu'une seul île (ce sont les illyriens qui, en 1600 avant JC, ont creusé un chenal entre les deux îles pour une meilleure navigation des navires).

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Losinjski Kanal

Losinjski Kanal extends 13 miles NW along the E side of Otok Losinj from the vicinity of Otocici Orjule.
The N end of this channel is shallow and converges to form Osorski Tjesnac, a narrow passage, which leads between Otok Losinj and the SE side of Otok Cres and connects the head ...
2 Aug 11

Unijski Kanal

Unijski Kanal leads between Otok Unije and Otococi Srakane, at the W side, and Otok Losinj, at the E side.
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Pohlipski Kanal

Pohlipski Kanal leads between the E side of Otocic Planik and the W side of Otok Maun.
This channel is the main inner route to the S, but small vessels will sometimes find Maunski Kanal.
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Otok Plavnik Kvarner

Otok Plavnik lies with Rt Veli Pin, its N extremity, located 0.7 mile E of the E side of Otok Cres and divides Srednja Vrata in its S part into two channels.
This cliffy island is 194m high and partly wooded.
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Olipski Kanal

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Otok Olib Zadar

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Rapski Kanal

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This channel is seldom used as the fairway is only 0.3 mile wide in places and several rocky patches lie adjacent to its S side.
4 Aug 11

Kvarnerica Vrata

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Otok Premuda Zadar

Premuda is located northwest of Otok Skarda which it is separated by a channel about 0.9 m wide (Premuda Vrata). The tips of each side of the channel are overwhelmed shoals and should not be approached too closely.
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Otok Unije

Otok Unije, a long and irregular shaped island, lies with Rt Vnetak, its SW extremity, located 7 miles NNW of Otok Susak and at W from N O. Losinj from it is separated by Unijski Kanal.
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31 Jul 11

Barbatski Kanal

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Kanal Krusija

Kanal Krusija leads to the W of Otok Plavnik.
This channel is frequented because of its steep-to shores and deep passage.
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Local Area


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Otok Rab Kvarner

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