General information

Location

The Lastovo islands are located in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea, 14 km towards the south from the island of Korčula. It is a part of the outer group of southern Dalmatian islands and comprises the southernmost Croatian populated island of Lastovo with adjoining islands, the island group of Lastovnjaci and Vrhovnjaci and the island of Sušac.

 

The climate

Thanks to its position, the Lastovo archipelago has a mild Mediterranean climate, the climate of olives. It is one of the sunniest islands of the Adriatic, which is proven by an average 2700 hours of sunshine a year. The average January temperature is 8.3 ºC, while the average August temperature is 24.9 ºC. The mild summer temperature lasts deep into the autumn, which makes the autumn warmer than the spring. The most frequent type of precipitation is rain; it rarely hails, and snow is a rare occurrence. Humidity is an important factor for the vegetation, which makes up for the rain during the dry season. The median annual air humidity is 68%.

The wind rose is dominated by the sirocco (south-eastern wind) and maestral (north-western wind), but the bora (north-eastern wind), the leveche (south-western wind), the ponente (strong western wind), the tramontane (northern wind) and the levant (eastern wind) are also frequent

 

The Nature park

Thanks to its mystical beauty, high landscape value, dense forests and fertile fields enriched with puddles, high coastal steeps, land and underwater caves and numerous marine and land species and habitats, on 29 September 2006 the Croatian Parliament declared the Lastovo archipelago a nature park, which makes it the eleventh and youngest nature park in Croatia.

The Lastovo Islands Nature Park comprises 46 islands, islets, rocks and reefs (the largest of which are Lastovo and Sušac), covering a total surface area of 53 km2 and 143 km2 of sea surface. It is bounded by the lighthouses of Sušac, Tajan, Glavat and Struga.

Another factor contributing to the uniqueness of the Lastovo islands is the rich cultural and historic heritage: countless stone churches, picturesque fumari and the traditional Lastovo Poklad. We must not forget the local population, which proves that the co-existence of nature and man is possible with a heightened awareness of the ecology, so thank you for preserving this pristine pearl of the Adriatic!

SURFACE AREA: 196 km(land: 53 km2, sea: 143 km2)

MUNICIPALITY: LASTOVO

COUNTY: DUBROVNIK-NERETVA

DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT: 29 SEPTEMBER 2006

NUMBER OF SETTLEMENTS: 5 (LASTOVO, ZAKLOPATICA, SKRIVENA LUKA, UBLI, PASADUR)