Kvarner newsletter / no 22

Mali Lošinj
New award for the "Island of Vitality"

Lošinj Tourism Office's 9-minute promotional film entitled "Lošinj – the Island of Vitality" wins against strong competition at the Interstas International Tourism Film Festival in Split.

The 16th Interstas – International Tourism Film Festival took place recently in Split. The award for the best promotional film went to "Lošinj – the Island of Vitality", in a special category consisting of the 12 members states of the Entente Florale Europe 2009.  The festival's aim is to promote tourism and related activities. The prizes are awarded in several categories.

This 9-minute film shows Lošinj's attractions reaching from beautiful nature to cultural and historical heritage through a story "narrated" by the ancient athlete, Apoxyomenos. Let us remind here that the bronze statue of a man, dating from the 2nd or 1st century BC, was rescued from the seabed in the waters off Lošinj in 1999. After restoration, this statues is today an important part of the island's cultural and tourism offer.

Apart from this, Lošinj already won an important international award this year: the Silver Entente Florale 2009.

We should not forget to mention another distinctive feature of this island – the abundance of Mediterranean vegetation, perfectly reflected in Lošinj's unique Garden of Fine Scents. The Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj project, designed upon scents, fruits and medicinal effects of indigenous plants growing on the island, informs the visitors about the variety of the island's vegetation through lectures, beauty products and gastronomy throughout the year. November is dedicated to olive: visitors will have the chance to taste some specialities made with olives, and also to learn more about this precious Mediterranean plant, widely used in gastronomy and cosmetics.