The village Gornja Lastva13-May-2020
On the sunny slopes of the Vrmac, with a fantastic view of Tivat, lies Gornja Lastva with its ancient stone houses. Nestled between Mediterranean-scented shrubs and stone walls.
Although the village used to have only 500 inhabitants, it has always been very lively. As in other mountain regions, large parts of the rural population moved to the cities in search of an easier life after the Second World War. And although Gornja Lastva also met this fate, it has not been forgotten. People are returning, renovating the old houses or building new ones. This also attracts more and more visitors.
The village is unique in many ways. Starting with the architecture and the traditions and customs associated with it. In every stone you can feel not only the beauty of nature, but also the power of the industrious hands that worked it. And stone is omnipresent: in the houses and walls, in the typical stone garden furniture and in the stone vessels for storing olive oil. In the village there is an olive mill from the 19th century. It is still functional, but is no longer used. However, it is patiently waiting for future olive growers. Because even today, olives can still be ground there as they were 200 years ago. By hand and with much love. Seven olive farmers in the village used to use it for processing olives. Today’s descendants of the former inhabitants understand the rich cultural history of Gornja Lastva as a calling and an obligation. They want to preserve the traditions of their village.
The mill belongs to the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which dates back to 1410. The charming village church, built 600 years ago, houses many valuable artefacts. They have been carefully cared for over the centuries and can be admired by visitors.
If you are in Tivat on the first Saturday in August, you should definitely experience Gornja Lastva and its inhabitants up close. Because that is when the Lastva festival takes place! But even if you miss this event, you can be sure that the residents will warmly welcome every guest. So don’t be surprised if you are invited into a house to drink home-made schnapps and hear stories of times long past.