Mljet National Park

Mljet is known as a “green island” because more than 70% of its surface is covered with forests. The western side of the island is a national park, with two saltwater lakes – Veliko and Malo jezero – as its centerpieces.

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About

Mljet is known as a “green island” because more than 70% of its surface is covered with forests. The western side of the island is a national park, with two saltwater lakes – Veliko and Malo jezero – as its centerpieces.

The water in the lakes is warm (25° to 30°C) and their high saline concentration is said to have healing properties, especially for skin diseases and rheumatism. The smaller lake used to be a swamp until the 12th century, when Benedictine monks connected it to the larger lake by a channel. They also built a church and a monastery on St. Mary’s Islet on Veliko jezero.

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Traffic

Mljet is easily reached by boat from Dubrovnik and other islands and points on the mainland, either by ferries or excursion boats.

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Visit

Odysseus’s cave

Odysseus’s cave, located on the island of Mljet, is a large shaped cave near the beach that is accessed by a 30 meter tunnel. Legend says that this is where Odysseus found his shelter after surviving a shipwreck. It’s said that due to the beauty of the island, he remained there for seven years.

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Recreation

Renting a bicycle is an excellent way to explore the national park. You can also rent a small electric car or a paddle boat. Mljet offers some unusual opportunities for diving. There are remains of a Roman ship from the 3rd century and a German torpedo boat from WWII.