The Greenest Croatian Island
The pristine beauty of nature
Island Mljet is probably most famous for its natural heritage. Biodiversity of its flora and fauna, ecosystems and geological structures are the reasons why the northwest part of the island (area of 3000 ha) has been proclaimed a national park in 1960, the oldest at the Adriatic. Clear and clean sea with rich underwater life, gentle sandy shoreline, surrounded by dense Mediterranean vegetation is what makes Mljet one of the most desirable green oasis on Adriatic, an ideal destination to recharge your spiritual batteries.
Probably the most prominent part of the national park is two saltwater lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero (Large and Small Lake). A small island St. Mary with the Benedictine monastery built in the 12th century is settled right in the middle of the Large Lake. The famous Odysseus Cave, located on the southern coast of the island Mljet, is also one of its natures wonders. This natural phenomenon can be entered by sea, swimming or by a smaller boat. If you want to explore it, it would be a good idea to book a boat tour of the island.
Bathe in the sea, but also walk through the history
Saplunara, the only sandy beach surrounded by pine trees is settled on the south of the island. Beach Blaca (also called Limuni), located near Saplunara in a sheltered bay, is secluded and ideal for enjoying the privacy and solitude. Families with children will love the pebble beach in a tiny, deep bay Sutmiholjska.
But island Mljet is certainly not only about nature. There are numerous cultural monuments, some of them even from Illyrian times. The village of Polače boats with palaces of antiquity, and old Christian basilica. The medieval chapels are dispersed over the entire island. Locals nurture the tradition by wearing lively and bright folk costumes and dance folk dances while performing folk music on special occasions.
Once you have visited island Mljet, explored its untouched nature, bathed in its magical sea, felt its mysticism and good vibes, there is no doubt you will want to come back, over and over again.