Lastovo - the ‘Island of Kings’

Lastovo - the ‘Island of Kings’
Lastovo is the furthest inhabited Croatian island which is each year less and less populated. A possible solution presents itself in the project of the company Princeza Jadrana, under the name `Augusta Insula`, which in Latin means the King`s Island. This is how the Romans used to call Lastovo. It is a 75 million euros worth project of sustainable development, where it is estimated that in the location of a deserted military complex, above the village Ubli, a European centre of Mediterranean cultures, such as wine and olive oil, will be constructed in two years time. `Augusta Insula` would also be a meeting place for scientists from all over Europe, especially ones from the IT sector. Various facilities are planned to be constructed: a conference centre, an amphitheatre, a planetarium, an aquarium, a botanical garden with plants from all the EU countries, and two pools with sea water.

Guests will be accommodated in a string of low pavilions, incorporated into natural surroundings, and the whole village for 500 people will hold four stars. But the plans are not only limited to the former military building. The zone of Jujeva port, an abandoned navy base in the vicinity of Pasadura, famous for its tunnels for hiding war ships, could also get its turn in one of the following phases. A marina would be constructed in the nearby Kremen bay, which is well protected from the winds. Lastovo has a lot to offer to tourists, from diving to star spotting.

According to the world known astronomical observatory in Istrian Višnjan, the Lastovo sky is the second cleanest in the world after the Sahara one. Latovo is connected to land by ferry and catamaran lines, but the mentioned project predicts introducing hydro planes, by which the airport in Split could be reached in 20 minutes. Also planned is the introduction of a fast boat line to the dock in Divulji, located along the airport in Split. The company Princeza Jadrana plans to build a chain of luxury marinas which could also accommodate mega yachts. Along with Lastovo, marinas would be built on Olib, Vrgada, Šipan, Hvar and Korčula.

Around the island of Lastovo, one of the most wooded islands on the Adriatic, there are 44 islets, cliffs and rocks. The island of Lastovo is the largest in Lastovo archipelago.
For centuries it was a part of the Dubrovnik Republic and this can be felt in the number and value of its architectural and artistic heritage. The town of Lastovo itself is especially urbanistically interesting, located on the south slope of a hill, with a string of old Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses and picturesque, unusual chimneys. This is a characteristic and unique architectural expression from the 17th and 18th century. The people of Lastovo compete in whose chimney will look better and every new chimney is more unusual and original that the one before. The decorations are colourful and imaginative.

There are also a lot of old churches on Lastovo. In Ubli, there is the church of St. Luka from the 11th century, the church of St. Kuzma and Damjan from the 14th century, whilst one of the most beautiful is the church of St. Marija in a field, build by local builders in the 15th century, in the Gothic-Renaissance style. Lastovo has an interesting and rich traditional costume, traditions and dances. Mostly mentioned are the carnival parades and traditions on carnival Tuesday, when a doll is dragged by a special rope through the whole settlement and burned in the end, as part of a large and complicated ceremony. In 2006 the Islands of Lastovo were proclaimed the 11th Nature Park in Croatia.

The Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County

The Tourist Board of Lastovo

Nature Park Lastovo islands

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