Untouched Mediterranean Nature of Mljet

Where Green and Blue Conquer with Beauty: Discover the Untouched Mediterranean Nature of Mljet

One of the most secluded natural havens, one of the oldest marine parks in the Mediterranean, and, according to many, one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic – it's the perfect location for an unforgettable incentive. The island of Mljet is a natural oasis in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 nautical miles away from Dubrovnik. Located northwest of Dubrovnik, you can reach it by boat, passing by the stunning Elaphite Islands.

The island was mentioned as early as the 4th century BC in Greek writings, and numerous findings of Greek amphorae and sunken ships along the island's shores further confirm its ancient history. With such a long history, this island boasts an exceptionally rich cultural and historical heritage. Alongside the natural wonder of saltwater lakes, a medieval Benedictine monastery, and the magnificent nature of forests and sea, it's no wonder that the north-western part of the island was declared a National Park in 1960. Whether you are in Dubrovnik for business or pleasure, dedicate a day to explore Mljet – on your own or with a group.

You can reach Mljet by catamaran from Dubrovnik, private tours on smaller group speedboats, sailboats, or larger vessels, most of which dock in the harbours of Polače and Pomena. Depending on the size and characteristics of your group, the local DMC partner will gladly recommend the best option.

Colours and Scents of Nature on the Green Island

The National Park is located on the north-western side of the island and has three official entrances, with ticket prices varying by season. Among the natural beauties, the most prominent are the captivating saltwater lakes, Veliko and Malo jezero, (Big and Small Lake) which serve as a major magnet for visitors. They are significant geomorphological and oceanographic phenomena – bays submerged by the sea. You can swim in them, and Malo jezero retains a high sea temperature even in colder months, allowing for swimming even then.

Visitors are also enthralled by the stunning geomorphological site of Zakamenica on the park's southern coast, resembling an amphitheatre, formed by the action of waves on the cliffs. Within the National Park, you'll find the aforementioned villages of Polače and Pomena. Polače is a naturally sheltered bay with four islets, making it very popular among sailors.

Besides the National Park, the rest of the island is graced with exquisite natural beauty. There are natural beaches ideal for relaxation and leisure, offering an opportunity to refresh in the sea through swimming, weather permitting. For example, the bay of Saplunara on the eastern part of the island is renowned for its sandy beaches, Mala and Velika Saplunara. The tranquil sandy beach of Limuni, surrounded by Mediterranean pine trees and crystal-clear waters, is perfect for sunbathing.

Amidst the colours and scents of this island, historically known as the "green" one, you can enjoy numerous activities such as hiking along the lake trails, ascending to the peaks of Montokuc and Veliki Sladin Gradac, kayaking, cycling, or diving in its bays.

While exploring the island, you mustn't miss another natural attraction – Odysseus's Cave. It's a karstic depression with a collapsed ceiling, named after the legend that Odysseus stayed there with the nymph Calypso after his shipwreck, yearning for his home and wife Penelope. Under suitable weather conditions, you can enter the cave by boat from the sea.

Rich Historical and Cultural Heritage and Authentic Gastronomy

Mljet was visited and inhabited by the Illyrians, Greeks, and Romans, followed by Benedictines in the Middle Ages, and it eventually became a part of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Many small fortresses and tombstones from the Illyrian period are preserved, with the best-preserved ones located on the hill Veliki Gradac of Veliko jezero and Gradac of Vodice near Babino Polje.

The Roman palace, an impressive fortified structure located in Polače, dates back to the 5th century and is the third-largest Roman monument on the Croatian Adriatic coast, after Diocletian's Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula. Nearby, you can also find the remains of Roman baths and an early Christian basilica.

The icing on the cake and an essential stop when visiting Mljet is its unofficial symbol – the islet of St. Mary and the 12th century Benedictine monastery located on the southern side of Veliko jezero. The Benedictines owned this part of the island for centuries, carefully maintaining it through frequent reforestation and planting of vegetation.

In addition to natural beauty and historical sites, Mljet boasts excellent gastronomy featuring high-quality local ingredients and outstanding service. This culinary tradition has been nurtured since the Roman times and is presented today in the island's restaurants and taverns. The charm of authentic cuisine is undoubtedly enhanced by an abundance of quality fish, shellfish, and other seafood.

Mljet, at any time of the year, will offer visitors a unique experience of unspoiled nature, a rich culture, authentic customs, as well as a mild Mediterranean climate and quality cuisine.

Untouched Mediterranean Nature of Mljet
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