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[PHOTOS] Croatia’s Youngest Nature Park Celebrates 10th Birthday

Lastovo Nature Park turns 10 (photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

Lastovo Nature Park turns 10 (photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

Croatia’s youngest nature park celebrates its 10th birthday…

Back in 2006 the Croatian Parliament declared the Lastovo Islands in southern Dalmatia as a nature park and committed nation, citizens and visitors to taking special care of the region.

The spectacular Lastovo Islands with their 195,83 km2 covering archipelago was the eleventh declared nature park in Croatia. The Nature Park contains all 44 islands, islets and sea rocks in the Lastovo archipelago. This area is one of the most preserved marine areas today in the Adriatic.

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

Due to its values and characteristics it represents “a vast natural and partly cultivated area of land and the sea showing ecological features of international and national importance, as well as pronounced landscape, educational, cultural, historical, tourist and recreational values”.

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

Lastovo Nature Park is a true paradise oasis of the Mediterranean and is astounding in its nature. The Archipelago consists of the western islets and the island of Sušac, together with islet groups of Donji škoji (Lastovnjaci) and Gornji škoji (Vrhovnjaci).

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

The Nature Park was named after the biggest island of the archipelago, Lastovo.

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

(photo credit: parkovihrvatske.hr)

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