The exact year, in which the ritual of the Lastovo Carnival was first performed, is not known. The legend says that, when the Moors were besieging the town of Korčula in the Middle Ages, they sent a messenger to Lastovo with the request that the inhabitants surrender. Lastovo’s inhabitants captured the messenger and put him in prison. This is why the angry
Moors sent their ships to Lastovo to conquer it. A strong storm broke suddenly and blew away the enemy ships. After that, Lastovo’s inhabitants put the captured messenger on a donkey and took him around the whole village to mock him. Towards the evening, they put up a long rope between the hill, which is called the Carnival Hill (Pokladareva grža) today, and the bottom of the village, and lowered him on that rope. Later on, they took him to Dolac Square on the donkey and burned him with loud cries and ringing of the church bells. The Lastovo Carnival has been celebrated ever since. It is performed in accordance with very strict rules and procedure. It is peculiar and there is no other similar to it anywhere in the world.
It is one of the more valuable customs in Croatia, which is corroborated by the fact that the Croatian Ministry of Culture listed the Lastovo Carnival among the non-material cultural goods of the Republic of Croatia and put it under its protection on 17 January 2008.
More about Lastovo Carnival read on http://www.lastovski-poklad.hr
1.Is there ATM machine on the island ???
We have two ATM mashines on the island; near Splitska banka in Lastovo and in Port near Jadrolinija’s office.
2. Where is a gas station ???
In port Ubli.
3. Is there a pharmacy on the island ???
We have a basic supply of medicines in pharmacy which is working only 1 hour a day, from 13-14 hours,every day except Sunday and holiday. For emergency there is attending doctor on guard.
4. Why is Lastovo town not on the sea ???
Because of the defense purposes it was build on mainland. In the past Lastovo was often attacked by pirates from the sea and for defense purposes local people built their settlements on the hill.
5. Can we by some basic swimming equipment on Lastovo ???
We have two small local shops ( one near Tourist office and another near bank) with basic swimming accessories like mask, swim wear, madras etc.
6. Can we pay with Euro and credit cards in the shops and restaurants ??
In most of the shops and restaurants You can pay with credit card. Euro is not accepted.
7.Where we can by the tickets for the ferry and can we reserve a ticket ????
Tickets can be bought in Jadrolinija’s office in Ubli or on line, and there is no reservations possible.
Did you know that Lastovo has one of 10 most attractive locations for scuba diving in Europe - Bijelac?