The island of Lastovo has undergone many name changes in its history, since the Ancient Greeks first sailed to historic Illyria in the 4th Century BC.
Ladesta, Ladeston or Ladoston - all due to similarities with the island of Lado in the Ionic Sea - before the Romans called it Insula Augusta. From there a Middle Ages transformation to Augusta, then Lagusta and Lagosta. The Slavic suffix -ovo, combined with the Roman Lasta helped to deliver its current name of Lastovo.
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Things to do
If you are looking for throbbing nightlife, then Lastovo is probably not for you, but as Lastovo is not the sort of place you chance across, you probably already knew that. Lastovo is a place, above all, to relax and to escape the pressures of life, while enjoying its spectactular nature. Here are five things not to miss when you are here:
- Lastovo Nature Park
The Lastovo Archipelago was declared a nature park by the Croatian Parliament on 29 September 2006. It is the eleventh nature park in Croatia. The Park consists of 44 islands, islets, rocks and reefs (the largest of them are Lastovo and Sušac) covering a total area of 53 square kilometres of land and 143 square kilometres of sea. Its borders are lit by the stone lighthouses of Sušac, Tajan, Glavat and Struga.
The Lastovo Archipelago was declared a nature park due to its mystic beauty, immense landscape value, thick forests and fertile fields rich with ponds, high coastal cliffs, land and sea caves, numerous rare sea and land species and habitats.
The Lastovo Archipelago has a rich cultural and historical heritage – numerous stone churches and chapels, picturesque chimneys and the traditional Lastovo Carnival, but one must not forget local inhabitants, who prove that the coexistence of man and nature is possible with developed environmental awareness. More info on www.pp-lastovo.hr
- Lastovo Carnival
The Lastovo Carnival is one of the most famous in Croatia. 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.
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.
This event is celebrated as the Carnival every year over a period of three days. Locals enjoy this event very much and islanders from all around Croatia return to Lastovo to attend the carnival.
Where better to relax in Croatia than on the beach? Lastovo has plenty of options to laze the day away. For the best options, click here!
As one would expect for a remote island, the fruits of the Adriatic feature heavily on the island menus, and one thing is guaranteed - the fish will be fresh! For a splurge, try the local lobster, which is renowned in the region.
- Wine tasting
As elsewhere in Dalmatia, wine is an important part of daily life on Lastovo, and the wines of the island are of good quality. Here is a chance to taste the most famous red wine variety of the region, Plavac Mali - a relative of Zinfandel - and a tour and tasting of the Saric winery is an excellent way to become acquainted with the wines and history of wine on Lastovo.