One of the most beautiful and captivating islands on the Mediterranean and the biggest southernmost island of the South Dalmatia is the island of Mljet. Discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, the name Mljet, in the past times known as Melita, had first appeared in Greeks archives dated four centuries before Christ. Remains of numerous amphorae and sunken ships near the coastline indicate that the old Greeks were shortly inhabiting the island.
Mljet is also the most forested island on the Adriatic coast. Relatively isolated, this mystic island is filled with various flora and fauna among which you can notice olives and vineyards. Abundant forests occupy over 84% of the island giving it specific magic charm. You will undoubtedly enjoy rambling around the National Park admiring Mljet’s beauty and untouched nature, taking pleasure in the peaceful environment. In the boarders of the National Park you can also find several small towns, one of which is the touristic ferry of Polače, as well as two salt lakes – Great or Big Lake and Little Lake and the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century on the small isle of St. Mary.
There are some treats for history lovers too. You can find many well-preserved small towns and tombs. The best preserved ones are the one on the Veliki gradac hill near the Big Lake and the one above Vodice spring near Babino polje – the largest settlement on the island. Furthermore, on Mljet you can find a roman palace which, by its size, follows Diocletian’s palace in Split and arena in Pula.
Staying in Cavtat you are only couple of hours away from one of the Croatian’s National Park and all of them are definitely worth visiting. Keep in mind that you have a half an hour drive from Cavtat to Dubrovnik and from the Dubrovnik port you will get your transfer to the island. In that way you have an opportunity to take a glimpse on marvellous Elafiti islands. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your peace and enjoy the combination of nature and history on Mljet.