Lošinj has returned to the time of the golden age of seafaring through the Lošinj Sails Around the World Festival, which is dedicated to the rich maritime and shipbuilding tradition of the island of Lošinj.
The idea to create this kind of festival originated from the desire for preservation, revitalization and tourist valorization of the maritime heritage, through the revival and presentation of the historical and cultural heritage of Lošinj maritime affairs, which lived its golden age from 1853 to 1884. Sailing reached its peak between 1855 and 1870, when 1,400 captains and sailors sailed on Lošinj's sailing ships.
This segment of Lošinj history was chosen for tourism promotion because of its specificity and intent to bring to the Lošinj guests, as well as to the local population, a rich and overly interesting life of brave, devoted and capable Lošinj sailors, shipbuilders and shipowners who made this island, which is actually unsuitable for the development of the shipping industry, the centre of the maritime affairs of the eastern Mediterranean of the 19th century.
During this Festival, everyone interested will get an insight into the rich maritime heritage of Lošinj, history will be revived while sticking to the historical facts, and Lošinj will be promoted through tourism and marketing activities as the destination of the "revived maritime history" hitherto unknown to the wider public.
Traditionally, the grand opening of the festival will be held on September 5th in the port of Mali Lošinj with a parade, followed by the 8th Lošinj rowing regatta, a rowing race in which wooden boats compete on the model of the former rowing regattas held at the end of the 19th century. During the festival you will enjoy various events: in one of the most beautiful bays in Lošinj Čikat, there will be a stage show of seafarers at Annunziata (church), then the 3rd night regatta of traditional sailing boats under floodlights in Mali Lošinj bay, observation of the sky and celestial bodies , the 16th International Water Polo Tournament, the 5th International Swimming Marathon Lošinj open water swim challenge will be held in Čikat Bay. And at the end of this year's festival, you will enjoy the 44th Nerezine regatta of traditional sailing boats in the port of Nerezine, where the restored traditional boats will be presented.
Detailed program can be found here. Experience at least a part of the Lošinj atmosphere through our webcams.