Hvar, Korčula, Brač, Krk, Pag…are Croatian islands which attract a lot of tourists and attention.
There is one island which is still a well-kept secret, the island of Lastovo. Whilst the island has attracted more media attention of late, it is still a relatively hidden gem with spectacular untouched nature.
Lastovo is famous for its wonderful raw nature and the typical, simple Mediterranean way of life. The Lastovo Archipelago is the youngest Croatian nature park of 44 closely packed remote islands.
There are five caves on the main island and the coastline is very diverse, steep and surrounded by the deep sea. There are numerous rocky, gravel and sandy beaches on the main island as well as along the entire archipelago.
The island of Saplun, well known for its sandy beaches is quite a popular destination for sailboats. The town of Lastovo lays over the steep banks of a natural amphitheater overlooking a fertile field instead of the sea which is very unusual compared to other Adriatic islands.
How to get to Lastovo
The island is not the easiest to get to, which helps keep it a hidden gem.
There are two Jadrolinija routes – one catamaran and one ferry. The daily catamaran departs Split during the summer season at 3 p.m. and arrives in Ubli (Lastovo) at 6:25 p.m. The catamaran stops in Hvar and Vela Luka (Korčula).
Outside of the season it departs Split at 2 p.m. and arrives at Lastovo at 5:05 p.m.
The daily ferry from Split to Ubli (Lastovo) via Vela Luka leaves at 10:15 a.m. (at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays). You can then connect to Lastovo from Vela Luka.