Lastovo Island, Croatia: A Realm of Solitude and Tranquility

What makes Lastovo island so special, even if it’s not Hvar or Korcula. If you are looking for rest and refuge from a daily stress of the modern life to restore your peace of mind than this island is for you!

First of all this island is a rare example of untouched natural resources, unique natural habitat , rich in marine and plant diversity. This island is far away from those usual tourist beaten-tracks places.

If you are looking for holidays based on private accommodation, which includes abundant offers of fish and lobster, vegetables grown in private gardens, homemade wine offered by generous local house owners that this island, is the right place for you. This island is designed for couples and small family groups holidays.

Lastovo Island Map

The island of Lastovo doesn’t belong to the central Dalmatian archipelago but Dubrovnik county or Southern Dalmatia region. Situated thirteen kilometers (8.1 miles) south of Korcula, the island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The dimensions of the island are approximately 9.8 kilometers (6.1 miles) long by up to 5.8 kilometers (3.6 miles) wide.

The Lastovo archipelago contains a total of 46 islands with a total population of only 799 inhabitants, including the larger islands Susac, Prezba, Mrcara and an island group called Lastovnjaci on the eastern side. Prezba is connected to the main island by a bridge at the village of Pasadur (‘passage’ in the local dialect).

Island History

Lastovo, like all Dalmatian islands was settled by Illyrian before it was conquered by Romans, making the part of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The Romans conquered and settled the entire area, retaining control until the Avar invasions and Slavic migrations in the 7th century.

In the recent history this island experienced the same destiny as the neighboring island Vis. During the ex Yugoslavia government it was declared a military zone. Lastovo as Vis island experienced the same isolation during that period and only in 1988 when foreign tourists were again allowed to visit the island. After Croatia declared its independence, the Yugoslav People’s Army left its bases on Lastovo, in July 1992.

How To Get To The Island?

You can reach Lastovo Island by car ferry or high-speed catamaran boat. If you arrive by car, then car ferry is your choice (the journey takes less than 5 hours). By high-speed catamaran, the journey takes 2 hour and 45 min.

Getting from Split

  • Jadrolinija car ferry line N°604 from Split – Vela Luka (Korcula island) – Ubli (Lastovo) runs daily in high season from 3rd June to 2nd October.
  • Jadrolinija catamaran line N° 9604 from Split – Hvar – Vela Luka (Korcula island) – Ubli (Lastovo) runs daily in high season from 3rd June to 2nd October.

Getting From Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik shipping company G & V line keeps summer connections from Dubrovnik to Lastovo island.

  • High-speed line N° 9807 by Nona Ana catamaran from Gruz harbor from Dubrovnik – Luka Sipanska – Sobra (Mljet) – Polace (Mljet) – Korcula – Ubli (Lastovo).

Where to stay?

This island offers a great choice of private accommodation, apartments , guest houses or B&Bs all over the island.

Want to stay alla Robinson Crusoe?

Stay at Struga Lighthouse – commissioned in 1839 by the Emperor Franz Joseph. Built to offer the best views of the island, the lighthouse tower is 80 meters above the outer reaches of Lastovo southern coastline.

Accommodation includes two simply furnished one-bedroom apartments with newly remodeled kitchens and bathrooms.

The lighthouse keepers will gladly prepare meals for their guests. Lastovo Village, the nearest place to shop and stock up on groceries, is 8 km away.

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