Welcome to Mljet, one of the most stunning jewels of the Mediterranean and the most beautiful and densely wooded island in the Adriatic Sea. The island's untouched olive groves, vineyards, and dense forests make it a great place to study exotic plants and animals in their natural habitats or relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.
The island of Mljet was first mentioned in Greek texts from the fourth century BC, and the many amphora and shipwrecks found along its coast prove that Greek sailors stopped there. The Greek hero Odysseus, according to legend, lived on this island, so it also has a place in Greek mythology. His travels led him to Mljet, where the nymph Calypso held him captive for many years.
Much of the island is protected as Mljet National Park. Still, there are also a few towns, the saltwater lakes Veliko and Malo jezero, and a Benedictine monastery on the uninhabited island of Sv. Marija [St. Mary].
The hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko jezero, and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice in Babino Polje, are home to some of the best-preserved fortifications and tombs from the Illyrian period. The island of Mljet is home to a Roman Palace, the third largest in Croatia after Diocletian's Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula.
Mljet is an isolated and protected spot perfect for those searching for peace in which to reconnect with nature. Some of the world's rarest flora and fauna can be found here, as can a wealth of cultural history. However, there are many opportunities for various pursuits here as well; we will highlight a few for your convenience.
- Rentable scooters and mini cars make exploring the island's terrain easy. You'll need a driver's licence to rent a car, proof that you're licenced.
- Get on your bike and ride the paths around the lake. A sense of calm will wash over you, and you can reap the therapeutic rewards of a good night's sleep.