Kvarner newsletter / no 32

Island of Lošinj: a great anniversary
125 years of health tourism

As autumn arrives, congress and health tourism gradually overtakes the summer offer. This will bring many new visitors to the island of Lošinj, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary as a health resort.

The island of Lošinj has long been known as the island of health and vitality, which is attested by the fact that it has a tradition of health tourism dating back 125 years ago.

This important anniversary was the occasion for creating the promotional catalogue entitled "Natural Therapeutic Factors of the Island of Vitality", which was published this year by the Mali Lošinj Tourism Office. The catalogue gives an overview of the data that make the basis for the health tourism on the island.

Health tourism on the island of Lošinj started to emerge in 1885, during the Austro-Hungarian era. Just like today, the offer in that period was based on the island's extraordinary climatic and natural conditions.

According to the bioclimatological analysis for the last 30 years, Lošinj has more than 2,600 hours of sunshine every year and is characterised by moderate daily variations in temperature, which contributes to reducing stress. Seawater is of the highest quality and has 25 different effects on human psychical and physical condition, and the aromatherapeutic characteristics of more than 1,200 plant species on the island have a beneficial effect on human respiratory system. In addition, air quality measurements show excellent air quality, and the moderate Mediterranean climate also has a beneficial effect on the quality of offer outside the summer season. Numerous small islands that make part of the Lošinj archipelago and the clean sea with a rich flora and fauna also contribute to the attractiveness of the offer. All these factors contributed to opening the first sanatoriums 125 years ago. Recently, some of these sanatoriums have been turned into hotels, but they continue to offer services based on health tourism and wellness. Many other services and facilities on the island also follow this specific orientation: a series of programmes have been designed to help visitors improve their health. The simplest of these are pleasant walks along numerous walking trails across the island, enjoying the fragrances of local aromatic plants. Not to forget the Garden of Fine Scents, where visitors can learn more about various plants and fruits, and take part in specific programmes dedicated to individual tastes and fragrances typical of the island of Lošinj. The island's rich gastronomic offer is also based on some of these aromatic and healing tastes.