Paradise for wild campers

If you’re look­ing for an authen­tic island expe­ri­ence with tru­ly untouched nature, look no fur­ther than Las­to­vo. It’s not the eas­i­est place to get to, but it’s well worth the effort and tak­ing the paths less trav­eled means find­ing more spots for that wild camp­ing that we are all dream­ing about. 

Las­to­vo, or island of bright stars, is the fur­thest inhab­it­ed Croa­t­ian island. With 70 per­cent of its ter­ri­to­ry cov­ered in for­est, it is a true wild adven­ture with many pos­si­bil­i­ties to do wild camp­ing!

You can reach UBLI (Las­to­vo island) from Split and Vela luka (Korču­la island) by fer­ry every day. It takes approx­i­mate­ly 4 and half hours to reach Las­to­vo from Split. On the way, fer­ry stops in Vela Luka (island of Korču­la).

Lastovo — genuine heaven for nature lovers

Since Las­to­vo doesn’t crave atten­tion like some of its Dal­ma­t­ian coun­ter­parts, the pic­turesque land­scape of bright blue hori­zons and engulf­ing pines attract trav­el­ers look­ing to escape the crowds and tourist traps. 

Every­one who appre­ci­ates untouched nature, and who wants to spend an active hol­i­day will enjoy many of the cycling trails and hik­ing field paths. What­ev­er path you choose,  there will be breath­tak­ing view wait­ing as a reward. Along the way, you will inevitably pass some of the 40 or so medieval church­es. Keep your eyes open for evoca­tive ruins and ornate chim­neys that were once sta­tus sym­bols of old res­i­den­tial fam­i­lies.

The best times for hik­ing and bicy­cling ven­tures are in spring and ear­ly autumn, when it is not so hot and the breeze will cool you. 

Sounds of the island

For oth­ers who want to relax, cruise the island and don’t mind the heat, we rec­om­mend August. It is the month when the tra­di­tion­al Dal­ma­t­ian Wood­stock is hap­pen­ing  in the Duke Miha­j­lo Bay. 

Poklad —  colorful display of island’s tradition

For those who want to explore Adri­at­ic in  win­ter, don’t miss Pok­lad, an aut­en­th­ic car­ni­val which is con­sid­ered to be the most impor­tant event of the year. This car­ni­val event takes stage in Las­to­vo every win­ter on the Tues­day before Ash Wednes­day and is very pop­u­lar event among locals as well as their vis­i­tors. The ori­gins of the Las­to­vo car­ni­val go back to a his­tor­i­cal event. Leg­end has it that Cata­lan pirates attacked neigh­bor­ing Korču­la and sent a mes­sen­ger to Las­to­vo to tell the islanders to sur­ren­der or they would be next. The inhab­i­tants of Las­to­vo did not let them­selves be intim­i­dat­ed — instead they armed them­selves and went on the attack. The women and chil­dren prayed to Sv. Jure (St. George)  for help and their prayers were answered: an unusu­al­ly strong storm sud­den­ly struck and destroyed the pirate’s fleet and Lastovo’s peo­ple ware left unharmed.

 

Las­to­vo is a spe­cial lit­tle island made up of 46 square kilo­me­ters of pure mag­ic, fea­tur­ing 46 hills, 46 cul­ti­vat­ed fields, 46 small church­es, and 46 unin­hab­it­ed islets. Be sure to put in onto your buck­et list!