Looking south west from the hills on Korcula away into the Adriatic looms one of Croatia’s smallest inhabited and remotest island, Lastovo. After living here (on Korcula) for nearly two years, seeing Lastovo from afar and hearing nothing but good about it, I decided my latest birthday was the ideal time to check it out.
Catching the bus to Vela Luka, followed by a trip on the high speed catamaran, we arrived in approximately 2 hours from Korcula Town. One of the many highlights of our trip was spotting dolphins during the crossing. I had been keeping an eagle eye out of the boat window as I had heard dolphins were common in these waters. The nearer we drew to our destination the better it looked and after being met at the port of Ubli by our host and transferred to our apartment, things only got better. The bay of Pasadur seems to sit on the sides of two lakes separated by a bridge but in actual fact the water is merely an inlet from the sea with added shelter provided by several beautiful green islets. The water is still, clear and holds a stunning jade green colour. As soon as we sat on our terrace, overlooking these new surroundings, we both felt relaxed and extremely content.
The first evening we relaxed, took a stroll and went for a meal at the nearby Pansion Mariza, as recommended by the people we were staying with. It was a simple yet delicious set menu, freshly caught fish with seasonal vegetables, followed by a homemade walnut cake. We also enjoyed a litre of their own produced white wine, Rukatac, which was of such good quality we brought some to enjoy back on Korcula.
The next day we spent the morning exploring Pasadur after a heavily over-priced breakfast at the nearby hotel! In the early afternoon, we caught the local bus to the village of Lastovo. The journey wound its way through the wonderful forest covered hills with some magnificent panoramic views before reaching the village. Lastovo village was built on a steep hill overlooking vineyards, olive groves and vegetable patches. The design of the village gives it a very unique appearance and offers stunning vistas. After a few hours walking the stone step alleyways and after climbing up the Meteorological Centre which is a high point above the village, we stopped for refreshments under the shade of the trees at the delightful Konoba Fumare.
Back in Pasadur, we hired bikes and I enjoyed my first swim of the year in the cooling waters of a nearby bay. That evening we returned to the same Pension restaurant for some calamari and more of their delicious, but potent, white wine.
As we returned to Korcula on the car ferry the following day, we saw more dolphins and we both agreed that returning to Lastovo was a must, to enjoy more of its tranquil beauty.
You can find out more about Lastovo and view accommodation available to rent on the island, on new “Lastovo Island” webpage.