Croatian word ‘lastavica’ means ‘swallow’, a bird usually associated with sunny weather and distant travels. As such, Lastovo is a fitting name for a remote island archipelago neighboring Korcula. Consisting of about fifty inlets, it is a welcoming place for seafarers of all kind. Known for clarity of its waters, which enables visible bottom even at larger depths, the destination also has explicitly bright night skies. This is because local settlements emit very little light upwards, making stellar neighborhood more visible.
Having the status of Natural Park since 2006, the archipelago is of vital importance for Mediterranean floral and faunal world. The locals live surrounded with beautiful nature and enjoy a very high number of sun hours per year. Interestingly enough, it is difficult to find walnut trees on the archipelago, due to old belief that it attracts witches. Of course, contemporary residents don’t share such beliefs, but one needs to seek very hard to find a walnut on Lastovo islands.
Tourism is important for island communities, but Lastovo is still largely undiscovered by cruisers of the world. As such, it is a great spot for those seeking peace and quiet on their vacation. If planning a visit, you can be assured to find accommodation in local settlements, including Lastovo, Uble, Psadur, Zaklopatica, Skrivena Luka and Lucica. Just for your sense of scale: none of these have more than 500 inhabitants.
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