Lastovo Islands Nature Park

EDEN finalist 2008/2009

Lastovo Islands Nature Park

Island of the bright stars

One of the legends tells the story of how the Greek god Zeus sent his envoy to find the most beautiful island in the world. He thought this would end the discussion that was going on at Olympus about which island was the most beautiful, Lastovo, Mljet or Korčula. The envoy looked at the islands and could not decide which was the most beautiful one so the gods turned him into a rock, the present island of Glavat.

 

Lastovo Islands Nature Park is an area of mystic beauty with fertile fields, wells and thick forests, steep coasts, land and underwater caves. It consists of the Western islands and Sušac, Donji škoji - Lastovnjaci and Gornji škoji - Vrhovnjaci. Overall there are 44 islands, islets and rocks. Its underwater world attracts divers, cycling and hiking trails attract lovers of active vacations, and the brightest starry sky attracts romantics. Almost 70 percent of Lastovo Islands are covered in forests, and apart from Mljet, they have the most forests amongst the Adriatic islands. Hum is the highest point on the island and it offers a fantastic view of the hills, coves and the sea.
 
The rich cultural and historic heritage is evidenced by the stone churches across the island, the lively fumari (chimneys) with no two ones being the same, and the Lastovo Poklad (carnival), a unique event where all inhabitants gather.

 

You will fall in love at first sight with these picturesque villages. Of particular interest is Lastovo with its 15th and 16th century stone houses, and Lučica, the last Baroque fishing village.