The Island of Mljet – a mystical oasis of untouched nature. The cristal clear sea, the lakes, the forests, the olive orchards and vineyards alongside a rich cultural heritage – this is what pure paradise looks like for all those lucky enough to have discovered it once already … and who have returned. According to a legend, the nymph Calypso, the lover of Odysseus, chose Mljet to be her home and detained the hero-wanderer for seven years of pure island pleasure.
Due to its many forests, the island of Mljet is considered to be the greenest Croatian island, the western part of which is the oldest national park in the Adriatic while the eastern part consists of a nature reserve filled with biodiversity. The forests on Mljet, mostly covered in Allepo pines, are one of the most well preserved and beautiful in the Adriatic. Furthermore, the sea life of Mljet National Park is a home to many species of protected clams such as the date shell with up to 80 years lifespan or the Pinna nobilis, also known as the noble pen shell, the biggest clam of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The Mljet lakes are a home to many endemic species such as the jellyfish of the genus Aurelia, which can not be found anywhere else in the world. It can grow up to 55 centimeters in diameter and is completely harmless. Large and Small Lake as an oceanographic and geological phenomena are extremely important locations as well.
In Small Lake there is the island of St Mary with Benedictine monastery from the 12th century, the most famous symbol and most frequently visited site. Numerous archeological sites are to be found in the national park as well as the remains of buidings such as the Roman Palace in Polače, which is – after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the amphiteater in Pula – Croatia’s third best preserved and biggest Roman monument on Croatian part of the Adriatic. The legend of Calypso the nymph and Odysseus attracts a great number of tourists to visit the Odysseus Cave located on the southern part of the island, close to Babino polje.
You may reach this wonderful island by ferry from Split and Dubrovnik as well as from the neighbouring Pelješac peninsula, and upon your arrival feel free to enjoy yourself and discover its natural beauty through cycling, hiking, sailing, swimming…and may all the good times last until your next visit.