The small paradise island of Lastovo is almost devoid of tourists for much of the year and it attracts some only in the summer. It is natural to ask why. The reason – a fortune for traditionalists who still abound in Lastovo – is that there are few beaches, a single hotel and it takes five hours by boat to get there from Split. Only true fanatics can venture into such a trip.
A thick wood vegetation, a rugged coast and the fabulous opportunity to take long walks in complete silence except for the melodious chirping of birds and the sound of waves lapping on the beach reward those who do venture there. The natural beauty of the virgin island of Lastovo has prompted the government to grant it the status of protected natural park. The only activity on the island is agriculture, particularly viticulture. Here the wine Lastovo Maraština is produced, that is a white wine, dry and tasty, famous throughout Croatia.
Arriving on the island, the first thing you see is the beautiful bay of Ubli; later, the first place to go is the town of Lastovo, to which lead some ancient stone steps coming up the steep streets of the town. The old stone houses look dramatically dilapidated, but that makes them very interesting. There is a small Renaissance church from which a staircase leads up to a weather station, where you can admire the most beautiful views of the coast and the islands scattered in the surrounding waters.
The island of Lastovo is also very popular for its carnival. The locals wear clothes and performs traditional dances accompanied by local music.
On the island, there are two places not to miss.
Lucica is a historic settlement with 30 old stone houses, protected as a historic site. Originally, it was a fishing village and the buildings were used for storage of fishing equipment and fish.
Zaklopatica is a bay located in the northern region of the island. It is located just 2 km from the town of Lastovo. In addition to private homes for accommodation and three restaurants, the bay offers plenty of sunshine and clear waters.