The greenest island of the Adriatic, one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, Mljet abounds in vineyards, olive groves and splendid woodland. It is a true paradise for nature lovers, divers and those searching for a peaceful holiday, enjoying the crystal clear sea, pristine natural surroundings and superb gourmet specialities.
Time Magazine listed Mljet among the ten most beautiful islands in the world.
Island Mljet, National Park
The Little and Big Salt Water Lakes: in 1960 the entire north-western third of the island territory was proclaimed a national park. It encompasses two salt water lakes: the Little Lake (Malo jezero) and Big Lake (Veliko jezero), with summer water temperatures 2 to 4 degress C higher than that of the open sea. The abundance of medicinal salts and hydrogen-sulphide in the water is popularly believed to be beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism and skin disorders.
St Mary's Islet: From the shore of the Big Lake you can take a boat trip to St Mary's Islet (otočić sv. Marije) and visit the Romanesque church with monastery, built in 12th century by the monks of the Benedictine order.
Footpaths and bicycle routes: The lakes are surrounded by a maze of footpaths and bicycle routes leading to the villages of Pomena and Polače (boasting the remains of an ancient Roman palace), as well as to the peak of Mount Montokuc, with magnificent views of the entire national park, Pelješac peninsula and the island of Korčula. You can walk or cycle along the paths around the Big Lake and enjoy the unspoilt natural environment, infused with the alluring scents of pine, bay and rosemary.
The Cave of Odysseus: One of the legends associated with the island of Mljet is the story of Odysseus, who allegedly suffered a shipwreck on its rocks and swam to a nearby cave, which was then named after him. The cave has long been a popular tourist attraction.
Cultural and historical monuments: Other points of interest on the island are a number of Early Christian basilicas, the Rector's Palace and the remains of the Church of St Pancras, the first patron of the island of Mljet.