LASTOVO ISLAND – THE GREEN JEWEL OF THE SOUTHERN DALMATIAN COAST
Nestled along the southern Dalmatian coast, Lastovo Islands Nature Park is one of Croatia’s youngest and most enchanting treasures. It’s a sanctuary, preserving untouched beauty. With 70% covered in lush forests, Lastovo Islands are known as “The Green Island,” surrounded by the blue of the open sea.
LASTOVO ISLAND: A TRANQUIL RETREAT
Lastovo Island, just 130 km from Split, has a unique history. Closed to tourists for 50 years during communism, it was a military base. Today, it retains its natural charm, offering a serene escape. It’s not a bustling tourist spot, making it perfect for a peaceful Croatian summer getaway. While it’s not filled with cafes and restaurants, you’ll find spots for coffee, drinks, and food.
One of Lastovo’s unique features is its starry sky, acclaimed as Europe’s most dazzling. On clear nights, it’s truly magical.
EXPLORING LASTOVO’S TRADITIONS
Immerse yourself in the island’s captivating traditions, especially the Lastovski Poklad carnival, celebrating victory over pirates. This annual festival features unique costumes, and traditional dances, and happens every Shrove Tuesday, offering a glimpse into Lastovo’s rich culture.
SETTLEMENTS ON LASTOVO
Lastovo Island has six charming settlements:
The largest town, inland beneath towering peaks, offers panoramic views and boasts a rich architectural heritage, including Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque influences.
A small village and port in Veli Lago bay, southern Lastovo, offers amenities like supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and even a bank. Buses connect the island.
On the western side of the island, Pasadur is near Veli Lago and Mali Lago bays, ideal for swimming and overnight stays for sailors. It offers dining options and a diving center.
Nestled in Zaklopatica bay on the northern coast, this village provides a safe harbor and picturesque views. It offers restaurants and cafes, making it an ideal stop for sailors exploring the Dalmatian islands.
Once a fishing village, this historically protected settlement sits right by the sea, preserving its authentic charm.
Skrivena Luka (Hidden Port)
Tucked away on the southern coast, this secluded bay offers excellent protection from winds and features one of the Adriatic’s oldest lighthouses. While options are limited, you’ll find a pleasant restaurant and a cocktail bar.
SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES ON LASTOVO ISLAND
- Town of Lastovo: Explore the town’s inland charm and admire the renowned “Fumari” chimneys.
- Churches: Lastovo Island boasts ancient churches, including the 700-year-old Church of St. Kuzma and Damian in Lastovo town.
- Outdoor Adventures: If you seek active holidays, Lastovo offers hiking through its mountains and forests, as well as cycling on marked trails (bike rentals available in Pasadur village).
- Diving: Dive into adventure with diving centers in Pasadur and Zaklopatica villages.
- Scenic Views: Ascend Hum Hill, the island’s highest point, for stunning vistas of the Adriatic. It’s also an ideal spot for stargazing.
- Car Rentals: Easily explore the island at your own pace.
- Struga Lighthouse: Visit the towering, 30-meter-tall lighthouse at the entrance of Skrivena Luka bay, offering breathtaking sea views.
- Rača Cave: Discover the island’s ancient history in this cave, located in the southeastern part of Lastovo.
Lastovo Island beckons with its 46 surrounding islands, secluded bays, clear waters, rugged coastlines, vineyards, historical architecture, lush landscapes, and delightful cuisine. It’s the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Croatia’s Lastovo Island.
Lastovo’s famous chimneys – FUMARI
Struga Lighthouse in Skrivena Luka bay – magnificent view