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.
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
Lastovo Village is an old medieval town with a long and interesting history, surrounded by mountains and forming the natural shape of an amphitheater. Lastovo preserves beautiful family houses from the 15th and 16 century. They are decorated with cylindrical chimneys that the locals call “fumari” and with high broad terraces “Lastovski sulari” which have become a trademark of Lastovo.
From the sights in Lastovo, there is the local church of St. Kuzma and Damian, Rector’s Palace-Palac, Kašćel, and numerous churches.
Lastovo Scalinade (stone steps) that envelop the old core around the church and beyond and the Lastovo chimneys give a special Mediterranean atmosphere, although Lastovo is not situated by the sea but in the very heart of the island.
Pasadur is a nice bay located on the western side of the island. It is connected with the neighboring islet of Prežba by a stone bridge. It is a favorite location for yacht because of its position offering safe mooring and anchoring and it is a very nice promenade for visitors of the island.
Lastovo’s only hotel is located on Pasadur – Hotel Solitudo.
Ubli or Uble, as the local people call it, is situated on the south-west part of the island. Ubli is the port of Lastovo.
In Ubli, there are remains of the single nave Christian basilica built between the V-VI century and it was dedicated to St.Peter. Among many findings in the basilica most notable are an early Christian relief portraying, the cross and two lambs. Original is stored in the Archeological Museum in Zadar.
After the archeological research, the basilica was conserved and classified as a monument of the highest category.
From Ubli to Pasadur (west) one can enjoy walking with nice promenade 3 km long.
It is located on the southern part of Lastovo island and is well protected from strong winds and rough sea providing yachtsmen safe anchoring. It got its name because it cannot be seen from the open sea – Skrivena Luka in Croatian literally means the hidden port. It is also known as Porto Rosso as the Italians call it.
In the middle of the southern side of the island of Lastovo, at the entrance to the bay of Skrivena Luka lies the Cape of Struga where the lighthouse of the same name was built in 1839.
The lighthouse lies at the height of 70 m, at the very edge of a steep cliff that offers a splendid view of the open sea. The total capacity is 14 persons divided into four apartments for 2-5 persons. It is heated and opened all year long.
Situated on its northern part, only 2 km from Lastovo village, it is well known for its so-called islet of “Zaklopatica” on which the rare species of birds – called Kaukala (Puffinus yelkouan) is nesting. Zaklopatica is heaven for divers and yachtsmen who can enjoy the well-known natural landmarks of the Lastovo archipelago and its magnificent bays. Zaklopatica offers a breathtaking view of the neighboring island Korčula. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, leisurely walks and many restaurants offering the best of Dalmatian cuisine. From Zaklopatica, you can enjoy a beautiful and unique sunset
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.
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 km2 (land: 53 km2, sea: 143 km2)
DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT: 29 SEPTEMBER 2006
NUMBER OF SETTLEMENTS: 5 (LASTOVO, ZAKLOPATICA, SKRIVENA LUKA, UBLI, PASADUR