Lastovo – An “Emperor’s Island” for Those Who Crave Something Special
The Island of Lastovo boasts an imperial heritage, adopting the name Augusta Insula (Emperor’s Island) during Roman times. This nautical and diving paradise maintains much of its old world charm and traditions and is known for its spirited Carnival celebrations. Its natural beauty is impressive, even by Croatian standards, with picturesque fishing villages, and an ancient urban complex with a system of seaside fields that still feeds the island today.
This small island boasts more than 200 kilometers of hiking trails which are easily accessed allows by boaters that choose to anchor in one of its many beautiful bays. Thanks to its semi-remote location, the island is also very popular with astronomers due to the low level of light pollution, allowing for fantastic cosmic experiences with the naked eye; and better with binoculars. Even in the middle populated areas of Lastovo, the Milky Way and meteors are visible with the naked eye, and this advantage will figure into the future of sustainable tourism for the island.
LUČICA bay is the last preserved example of a baroque fishing village in this area of Dalmatia and is dedicated as a cultural heritage site by the Republic of Croatia. From the beginning of the 17th century, stone fishing houses were built to shelter fisherman from storms, store gear and salt, as well as boats on dry land.
ZAKLOPATICA is a bay located on the north side of the island, 2.5 km away from the island’s center, and is a favorite boating destination because of its gorgeous views of the island of Korčula and the Lastovo Channel, as well as an abundance of restaurants with mooring and services for boaters. It is sheltered from the open sea, and guarded by the Struga lighthouse, one of the oldest on the Adriatic. On the islet that bears the same name, a rare species of bird known as the Yelkouan shearwater (Gregula in Croatian) can be found singing their specific tunes.
PASADUR is a village on the west side of the island, connected by a small bridge with the neighboring island of Prežba. Pasadur is a favorite location for boaters due to its sheltered position, and has an interesting town promenade where the only hotel on the island is located.
LASTOVO TOWN is an amphitheater-shaped, medieval settlement surrounded by hills, with a long and interesting history. In the town of Lastovo you can find family houses from the 15th and 16th centuries with richly decorated "fumari" (chimneys), and Lastovo sulari (terraces), which have become a symbol of Lastovo. Cascading stone steps wrap around the old core of the town, around the church and beyond, while the Lastovo fumari create a very special atmosphere. It is the only settlement on the island that is not located by the sea.
UBLI is a village located on the southwest side of the island and is home to the ferry port and the Basilica of St. Peter - a single-nave Christian basilica dating back to the 5th century. The basilica is famous for an early Christian relief depicting a cross and two lambs, with the original stored in the Archaeological Museum in Zadar.