LASTOVO ISLAND


Lastovo is a beautiful island situated in south Croatia, in Dalmatia region. It attracts numerous tourists with its natural beauties and crystal, clean sea. The green forests and 46 cultivated valleys (mostly vineyards and olive trees) are spread over its 56 km². Lastovo island is surrounded by 46 smaller islands and cliffs with untouched nature and numerous bays. Lastovo is among ten Mediterranean islands that have the most preserved original value of untouched nature and beauty.The Lastovo archipelago was declared a Nature Park in 2006.There are more than 30 churches and chapels on the island, some of them originating from ancient times.

Lastovo Village is an old medieval town with a long and interesting history, surrounded by mountains and forming a natural shape of amphitheatre. The island is filled with popular tourist centers situated in charming bays, most famous of which are Zaklopatica and Pasadur on the north coast, Skrivena Luka and Ubli on south coast and Lučica, small port underneath the town of Lastovo.The island possesses all the basic characteristic of the Mediterranean climate; mild, humid winters and warm, long and dry summers.Lastovo is famous for its wine, once enjoyed by the Roman emperors, and since the sea surrounding the island is the richest fishing area in the Adriatic, Lastovo truly offers a superb gastronomic experience.

MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Lastovo Carnival is a centuries old tradition. It was first mentioned in 1390, in The Statute of Lastovo, one of the oldest in Europe, as a „Carnevale“ – time for fun, relaxation and escape from everyday life.

A legend says that Lastovo Carnival is celebrated in memory of an old historic event when Catalan pirates attacked neighboring Korčula and sent a messenger to Lastovo with a request to surrender. Instead of surrendering, the inhabitants of Lastovo armed themselves and attacked. Women and children prayed to Sv. Jure for help and the help came in form of a storm which destroyed the Catalan fleet on its way to Lastovo. Later the islanders captured the messenger, took him through the village on a donkey to mock him, and let him down 300 meters of rope before they set him on fire.



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