Kvarner newsletter / no 40

Mali Lošinj
The past and the present – a gift for visitors

In May the island of Lošinj and its centre, the town of Mali Lošinj, will be dedicated to bidding farewell to Lošinj's seafarers, observing the rhythms of nature, and paying tribute to the great personalities who have – each in their own way and together – influenced the past and the present of this intriguing island. These events and the area's abundance of delicious fruits of nature provide a perfect setting for an eventful stay on this island.

Following the exciting programme of events started in April, Lošinj's tourism professionals have prepared some interesting events based on the island's natural features and its rich tradition to be enjoyed in May.
The Festival of Fragrances is scheduled for the beginning of the month, more precisely the 7th of May. During this festival, visitors will have the chance to buy some original souvenirs and products of this island, such as olive oil, honey, liqueurs, marmalades etc. However, should you miss this festival, the good news is that many of these original products can also be found in local restaurants and shops, and also on other events that will take place later in the year.
Each of these events is interesting in its own way, so let us here just mention the longest of them – the 5th Ambroz Haračić Festival, which will run from the 14th to the 28th of May. In 1886, professor Ambroz Haračić founded the Society for Afforestation and Embellishment of Mali Lošinj, which started planting the first pines in the peninsula of Čikat. Before that, Čikat was barren and desolated, and today it is one of the symbols of Lošinj's tourism. The two-week Festival of Fragrances will include children's quiz programmes and presentations, fragrant photo contest, various walking tours, presentations of wild growing plants, aromatherapy, ecological projects, painting workshops, and many more activities that celebrate nature and its fruits.
If you visit the island of Lošinj on the 12th of May, you will have the opportunity to participate in the hiking tour along the spiritual-energetic Trail of St. Gaudentius. This trail was named after St. Gaudentius, the bishop of Osor, who was exiled and found shelter in a cave on Mount Osoršćica. During his stay there, he prayed to God who made the islands of Cres and Lošinj free from venomous snakes. When walking on this trail, many modern tourists will too have the chance to contemplate, find peace and restore energy with the help of St. Gaudentius.
Every Saturday, people of Lošinj will bring to life another ancient tradition – bidding farewell to seafarers departing for long journeys on sailing ships, as the wives and mothers of this island used to do in the past.