To present Lošinj as a destination that even today preserves a lot of the values that were cherished in Antiquity, the festival “Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality” was conceived and created. Visitors and locals will get to enjoy numerous happenings inspired by Apoxyomenos and Antiquity, in addition to culinary events.
The antique bronze statue of an athlete, 192 cm tall, taken from the sea bed between the islet of Vele Orjule and the island of Lošinj on 27 April 1999, is the only large bronze found to date on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It is assumed that it was deposited in the sea at the beginning of the 1st century when it was thrown overboard during bad weather because of the danger of the ship overturning or as a sacrifice to the gods for safe passage through the Osor channel to a prosperous destination/port of call on the north Adriatic. The original statue is kept in the Museum of Apoxyomenos in the center of Mali Lošinj (former Kvarner Palace), which is its new home and a permanent address.
The statue represents an athlete, a young sportsman, at the moment of cleaning oil, dust and sweat from his body with a scraping tool after a competition.