Lošinj Sails Around the World: Tribute to Island’s Maritime Heritage

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The Town of Mali Lošinj and the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board have prepared a plethora of fun and educational events for their guests and residents in the month of September. All the upcoming sports, cultural and entertaining manifestations aim to preserve the local tradition and the authencity of the attractive destination on Kvarner.

This Saturday, September 2, marks the beginning of a month-long festival titled ‘Lošinj Sails Around the World’, dedicated to the rich maritime and shipbuilding tradition of Lošinj island. The festival kicks off with the 5th edition of the Lošinj pasara regatta, featuring the island’s traditional wooden rowing boats. One of the most beautiful locations on Lošinj, Čikat bay, is going to house the manifestation called ‘Saying Farewell to Sailors of Lošinj’. Visitors who have a love of art and history can head straight towards the Museum of Apoxyomenos to see the exhibition ‘Captains and Sailing Ships of Lošinj’, curated by Aldina Stuparich Burić; another exhibition featuring gorgeous designs of yachts and sailboats by Mario Tarabocchia is opening in Lošinj Museum on September 5.


On September 8, the waterfront in Mali Lošinj will host the so-called ‘Maritime Night of Lošinj’, an event aiming to revive and present the historical and cultural heritage of Lošinj’s maritime history. Skilled masters will give presentations of traditional crafts such as sewing fishing nets, tying sailing knots, and making creels. Guests will also be introduced to the pasara boat, followed by the competitive sailor from Lošinj, Vedran Kabalin, who will present his boat Eloa to the audience before he sets off for a transatlantic regatta in October.

From September 13 to 17, the festival will also host the 31st Euro-African spearfishing championship, with more than 120 participants coming from 20 countries in Europe and Africa.

Every following event will be accompanied by a mouth-watering gourmet offer, but even if you skip an evening or two, restaurants on Lošinj will offer a special menu inspired by local captains throughout the month.

Lošinj is known as a unique example in our maritime history, as its golden age between 1853 and 1884 resulted in 247 new ships built on the island alone. It was the third largest shipbuilding centre in the Austro-Hungarian empire after Rijeka and Trieste – a fact more than deserving of a festival that will properly pay tribute to the cultural significance of Lošinj’s heritage. You can find the schedule of the festival here!

Translation of excerpts from Novi list.

Photo credit: Visit Lošinj


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