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The island of Lastovo spreads from the east towards the west, 13 kilometers south of the island of Korčula, from which it is separated by the Lastovo Channel.

The western coast of Lastovo and the eastern side of the small island of Prežba enclose two coves, protected from bora; Lake Velo in the south and the Small Lake in the north. Skrivena luka (the Hidden Port), with a low sandy coast, is situated in the eastern part of the bay.

The inner part of the island is covered in forests of Scots pine and macchia, while the coastal area is mainly rocky. Summer heats are tempered by the landward breeze, and drinking water can be found in the field of Prgovo. The largest settlements on Lastovo are in the north, along with Ubli, which is in the south-west, and is connected with the other settlements via regional roadway. The island is connected with Split, Hvar and Vela Luka via regular ferry line. There are several smaller islands around Lastovo. The island of Kopište is uninhabited and covered in woods. The island of Saplun is famous for its sandy beaches. West of Lastovo is the small island of Mrčara, the sea around which is abundant in lobsters.

During the Greek colonization, the island is mentioned under the name of Ladesta. It had various rulers through history: Byzantium, Venice, Hungarian-Croatian kings, Dubrovnik, France, Britain and Italy. After World War II, it was joined to Croatia.



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