Otok Lastovo Things to Do
Special tourist attraction of the island are the famous Lastovo chimneys that were once status symbols of old Lastovo families.
You cannot find two that look similar!!!!!!!
Otok Lastovo Transportation
You can reach Lastovo by ferry boat or fast boat from Split Sea Passenger Terminal:
Split - Hvar - Vela Luka (island of Korcula) - Ubli (island of Lastovo)
Or directly by fast boat from Tremoli (Italy)
Otok Lastovo Local Customs
The unique event in the world, where on Poklad's Tuesday, the Poklad puppet is sliding down the 300 meters long rope (three times), with simultaneous petards' detonations going on under his boots.
The ancient traditional story says that Poklad Carnival Festival is celebrated as a memory of an old historical event. Catalonian pirates attacked near by island of Korèula and sent a messenger to the island of Lastovo, with a request to surrender. Instead, Lastovo people took weapons, women took their children and went as pilgrims to Saint Jure's church praying for help. And sure enough, the help came as a storm which destroyed the Catalonian fleet. After that, the Lastovo people took the messenger and put him on the donkey through the village to laugh at him, then he was let down the rope and finally burnt.
Poklad Carnival Festival on the island of Lastovo is very special and unforgettable.
Otok Lastovo Warnings and Dangers
Struga Lighthouse – HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! (Sorry for ALL CAPS – Children involved!)
Imagine – you are on a happy vacation – two grandparents + their two daughters, two sons-in-law and THEIR three small children (aged 7, 5 and 4).
Imagine you go to Struga Lighthouse (partly because it was mentioned in the May/June 2011 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER in an article called “A Light on the Croatian Coast”) to see the lighthouse and admire the view –
Imagine you are admiring the view…when…
a curly-haired (half-drunk at noon?) brute comes around the corner.
Imagine he starts yelling at you.
Imagine you defend yourselves/give advice – telling the curly-haired brute that maybe there should be a sign saying PRIVATE PROPERTY?
Imagine him shouting “DON’T F*** WITH ME?” at you.
This was what happened to us in July 2011.
How could we know we were trespassing? (IF we were trespassing, that is). Struga Lighhouse is on maps – there are official Croatian road signs and home-made signs pointing the way to it. Yes, there was a gate to the lighthouse – a tiny gate – but it was wide open and welcoming.
For those who may still consider staying there at this PRIVATE bed and breakfast – the view is nice enough – but certainly nothing you cannot see elsewhere all over Lastovo – and wouldn’t you rather stay somewhere where there are nice, kind people? Stay elsewhere. Lastovo (the town), Zaklopatica, Skrivena Luka – anywhere but here. If you really must stay in a lighthouse there are others along the Croatian coast you can stay at.
If you choose to stay there/visit – please realize that the type of people you will deal with are – rude, cowardly (remember the children) and too lazy to put up a sign saying “PRIVATE PROPERTY” (if indeed it is).
Struga Lighthouse – Stay away.
Otok Lastovo Favorites
Favorite thing: Lastovo was mentioned as early as during the Greek colonization of the Adriatic, under the name of Ladesta. The cove of Ubli features the remains of Roman buildings and several structures from the early Middle Ages. At that time the island was under the Byzantine rule and in the 9th century it came under the Nerentani (Narentini). In AD 998 it was taken by the Venetians; in the 11th and the 12th centuries it belonged to Zahumlje (the pre-Roman-esque church of St. Luke near Lastovo dates back to those times); in 1185 it fell under the power of the Hungarian-Croatian kings; in 1221 it was again under Zahumlje, and in 1252 came under Dubro-vnik (in 1310 Lastovo got its communal autonomy and the Statute). In the period 1808-1813 Lastovo was occupied by France, from 1813 to 1815 it belonged to the British and from 1815 to 1918 to Austria. Under the Treaty of Rapallo, Lastovo (together with the neighbouring islands) was ceded to Italy. After the Second World War the island passed to the mother country Croatia.
Favorite thing: After fifty years, Lastovo is open to tourists again. In addition to the beauty of its unspoiled nature, the island is famous for its carnival in which all the island residents participate by wearing beautiful folk costumes.
Favorite thing: Why 46?
Well, this may sound like fairytail, but....
Lastovo island is surrounded by 46 smaller islands and cliffs (with untouched nature) and 46 bays.
There are more 46 churches and chapels on the island.
The green forests and 46 cultivated valleys (mostly vineyards and olive trees) are spread over its 46km²...Related to: