We may be a little biased when talking about Mljet, but if you’ve ever been to this gorgeous island we to would be slightly prejudiced. Catch one of the many ferries that leave from the Port of Dubrovnik and in a few hours you are in a land that time has forgotten, an island where nature sings to you, the island of Mljet.
In southern Croatia, close to world famous city of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful islands in the world is located – the island of Mljet. The ancient Greek poet Homer wrote about this glorious island in Odysseus, and how he had sailed in this region. Apostle Paul mentions this island on his voyage through the Adriatic and how he visited the island on his way to Rome. Just as destiny brought many visitors to this island throughout the centuries, today’s visitors come to experience the peace and tranquillity of Mljet.
This is an island of surprises, an island of nature and history. Two connected salt-water lakes, Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and Veliko Jezero (Great Lake) are truly nature’s masterpieces. A few kilometres from the lakes, the bay of Polače houses remains of a 2nd century Roman palace. The stone palace walls dominate the village and speak about the history of this unique island. Just a short walk from the palace walls are remnants of the old Christian basilica from the 4th century. This harmony between abundant nature and rich heritage produces a feeling of tranquillity that brings visitors back year after year. Walking paths covered with forests follow the lakes shoreline; their branches dip down and almost touch the lakes surface. Mountain trails lead to stunning sightseeing points that overlook surrounding islands. The therapeutic benefits of peaceful relaxation are ensured by kilometres of shoreline along the lakes and the sea front around the island.
Because of its natural resources, uniqueness for its flora and fauna, geographical phenomenon and rich cultural and historical heritage, in 1960 the western part of the island was proclaimed a National Park. It is an island of great diversity and contrast. The part of the island that was proclaimed as a National Park covers about 5.375 ha including the sea up to 500 metres from the shore, while about 75 percent of the mainland area of the island is covered with thick, green forests. Lush forests of Aleppo pine encircle the lakes and shores of the Mljet National Park. Even today this is considered as the greenest and most protected forest on the Adriatic coast.
The lakes within the National Park, Small and Great Lake, are both a geographic phenomenon, and they are directly connected to the sea by two canals. In the heart of the Great Lake there is the small-forested island of Saint Mary with a Benedictine monastery, dating from the 12th century. From ancient times, this has been centre for creation for all kinds of artists from poets, architects, to the compositors, etc. Today it attracts tourists who come to see and admire this stunning island. Mljet is a wonder of nature, a green gem in the middle of a sea of turquoise. Visit for a day or spend a long weekend on the island, you will make memories to last a lifetime.
Isle of St. Mary in the Great Lake