The special attraction of the island of Lastovo is its well-preserved environment, due to its low population density and the islands’ remote location from the mainland. According to legend, Ulysses visited the island during his wanderings; it is believed that he took refuge in the cove called Skrivena luka (Hidden harbor). It is a deep cove that delves into the island, providing safe haven to yachts that voyage in this part of the Adriatic, just as centuries ago it did to Ulysses. In the 16th century Lastovo came under the rule of Dubrovnik, but it retained a special status that gave it a certain level of independence. The nobility of Dubrovnik had no rights of ownership or construction. The church was also forbidden from owning land, which didn't prevent the islanders from building 48 churches and chapels on Lastovo and the surrounding smaller islands.