Kvarner newsletter / no 24

Island of Lošinj 
A safe voyage, captain!

In 2010 the story of Lošinj fragrances and flavours, guiding from month to month the guests through the recognizable world of the Lošinj flora and the related tourist products, shall be further enriched by nostalgic stories about the captains, their departures and returns home. This ode to courage, devotion and feelings interwoven with the present time will lead your way around the world under Lošinj sails. However, there's more to surprises…

In the year that has just started the Tourism Office of the Town of Mali Lošinj welcomes the guests with interesting stories about the golden age of Lošinj history and the glorious and brave local captains. Sequences from the Mali Lošinj glorious shipping history will be revived from month to month. Thus the tourists, together with their hosts, will pray in the votive church for the safety and the luck of the captains, will welcome and see off the vessels that there – as they did in the old times – after many months of sailing just greet their native region and their families with the sound of sirens and continue their months-long sailing on seas all over the world. It is an impressive story, full of emotions but also only part of the scenario in which the shipping history, the lifestyle, the gastronomy and the local custom of that time will be revived in a series of sequences. The maritime tradition is strongly interwoven with the present of Mali Lošinj now visible in the luxury of the captains' houses, the varied plants brought from all over the world and a whole series of life stories filled with emotions the culmination of which – just like the peak of the shipping tradition – dates back to the end of the 19th century. 
An edition dedicated to the natural curative factors of the island of Lošinj, equally interesting - by contents and elaboration - for tourists and experts, will be presented and printed at the very beginning of this year. Perfectly documented by actual data of the competent institutions as well as by earlier researches, this edition confirms the notions of experts from the end of the 19th century, more precisely from 1892, when both Veli and Mali Lošinj were proclaimed health resources, which has opened the path for the development of tourism there.