MYP Field Trip to the Islands of Cres and Lošinj

MYP Field Trip to the Islands of Cres and Lošinj

There is nothing better than getting on a bus and going for an adventure and still calling it school. Field trip is definitely the best way to spend a school day. From 25th till 27th May we visited the islands of Cres and Lošinj enjoying amazing coastlines, picturesque bays, medieval towns, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate.

On the first day we visited the Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures in the town of Beli on the island of Cres. Within the ‘Cres Eagles’ educational program we learnt about griffon vultures, their interesting lifestyle, endangerment and the necessity of protecting and preserving them. Located in a building that once housed the local school, the Centre preserves the last Croatian population of Griffon vultures. The injured birds are healed and recovered until they are released back into the nature. On average, ten birds are brought in every year, primarily juvenile birds that fell into the sea during their first flights, but adults sometimes need some help too. While this number may seem small, every bird counts. Luckily there were none of the griffon vultures in the Centre which means that they were all well.

After a visit we had lunch in Beli and then continued our journey to the town of Veli Lošinj where we had a short sightseeing tour and ice cream time.

In the evening we arrived at the Aurora Hotel in the town of Mali Lošinj, had dinner and went for night swimming.

On the second day we took a bicycle tour in the Čikat Bay. While cycling we were admiring the beautiful scenery and definitely felt the heart of the island. After lunch we had a sightseeing tour of the town of Mali Lošinj during which we visited the Museum of Apoxyomenos and Lošinj Aromatic Garden, the greatest tourist attractions.

The Museum of Apoxyomenos amazed us with its multisensory and only-one-exhibit concept while listening the story on the archaeological journey of Apoxyomenos, one of the best-preserved among the eight known in the world. In the Lošinj Aromatic Garden we were warmly welcomed by Ms. Sandra who took us for a botanical walk and taught us how to distinguish some plant species such as sage, mint, rosemary, immortelles and lavender. We used these plants to make a herbarium to document the plant diversity of the island of Lošinj. We met the main attractions of the animal world in the garden, Riki the donkey and Bepo the black ram, which is the smallest sheep species in the world. These garden tenants were quite curious and socialized easily with us. Once we came back to the hotel we had dinner and a karaoke party.

On the third day we took a road trip along the island of Cres visiting the town of Osor where we admired an open-air museum with the sculptures based on the theme of music; the village of Valun where we saw the Valun Tablet, one of the oldest Glagolitic monuments in Croatia that is kept in the Church of St. Mary and the town of Cres which reminded many of an Italian village due to previous Venetian rule. After lunch and some free time we departed on a ferry and back to Zagreb.

We really had a great time on a trip and a wonderful break from the school routine. Since a picture is worth a thousand words please take a look at our photo gallery.


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