Lastovo Island, part of a remote archipelago in southern Dalmatia, was declared by the WWF as one of the last ten paradises in the entire Mediterranean. Closed to the outside world for much of its history, a visit to the island is a step back in time – medieval stone villages, fields still worked by hand, large expanses of untouched forest, hidden coves and beaches, and a population of barely 800 persons.
The interior of the island remains a wild, unspoilt map of karst valleys and limestone ridges, macadam roads, olive groves, footpaths, fields and orchards.While pine, oak and carob keep most of the island green and verdant, its southern shores are dry and barren. Here the stunning bay of Skrivena Luka mirrors a landscape of rock and Mediterranean maquis, fringed in pine and sheltered by a headland reaching deep into the sea. Lastovo Village, the island’s municipal centre, is a time warp of stone villas and churches, narrow cobbled alleyways, palm trees and purple bougainvillea.