Zaklopatica and Lastovo

A well sheltered wooded bay on the north side of the island, Zaklopatica is the nearest place to leave you charter yacht and explore Lastovo town.

Zaklopatica: The bay, a short walk from Lastovo town

Zaklopatica: The bay, a short walk from Lastovo town

The bay is protected by a small island and you’ve a choice of quays. A couple of these are provided by local restaurants.

Zaklopatica relies on tourism and fishing for it’s existence. In addition to the  restaurants and some accommodation, the main attractions are the morning fish market and a diving centre. There’s a pebbled beach about 1km to the west.

Lastovo town is only 2km walk away. If the walk is too much, there are buses or you can hire a bike.

The current town dates back to the 10th century, and there are a good number of churches of 11-16th century vintage. Many of these contain numerous art works. The church of Saints Cosmas and Damian is said to have the best collection.

Lastovo was a military base and consequently off limits for a number of years. So it’s a little behind the curve as a tourist destination and delightfully unspoilt.

Lastovo Town: Examples of traditional fumari (chimneys)

Lastovo Town: Examples of traditional fumari (chimneys)

The town is known for its chimneys or “Fumari” (I’m not making this up)! There are said to be no two the same and in their day they were something of a status symbol. I’m not sure if this was in respect of sie or performance!

It’s a tradition that Lastovo yacht charter crews must identify at least 50 different designs before adjourning to the bar (ok, that bit is made up but it probably wouldn’t take you long)!

For culture vultures, July sees folk evenings, including a cappela singing. Late August used to offer a small jazz festival, which grew in to a more general music festival. However, I don’t think this has happened for the last few years.

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