Island Mljet, one of Croatia's top sights and a paradise, two inland salt water lakes, Hotel Odisej, hotels mljet, national park, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia
The untamed Dalmatian island of Mljet is one of Croatia's top sights and a paradise for anyone looking to get away from it all. Half Mljet island is a pristine national park. There are few residents, no large towns and only one major road.
The seaside villages of Pomena, Polace, Sobra and Saplunara attract the most visitors.They come for the hiking, biking, swimming, stunning scenery and peaceful atmosphere that reign everywhere. The lushly forested island is so seductive, it's said that Odysseus came and stayed for seven years.
Mljet Island National Park
The highlight and most unusual feature of Mljet National Park is the two inland salt water lakes--Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero--connected to the sea by a narrow canal.You can stroll along the lakes on paths shaded by pine trees, bicycle through the park, rent a kayak to paddle the lakes or simply swim the clear, blue water. In the middle of Veliko Jezero is the tiny islet of Sv Marija which contains a former Benedictine monastery dating from the 12th century. It's now a restaurant, accessible by regularly scheduled small boats.
Travel to Mljet
The main port is Sobra on the island's eastern end which is connected by car ferry to Dubrovnik and Korcula on Jadrolinija's coastal line but only in summer.
There are also frequent car ferries in summer connecting Sobra with the Peljesac Peninsula. Otherwise, there's a daily car ferry year-round from Dubrovnik to Sobra also run by Jadrolinija. From Sobra, buses take you to Pomena and Polace.
There's also a passenger boat, the Nona Ana,between Dubrovnik and Polace that leaves in the morning and returns in the afternoon. It runs from June to September and connects with Korcula Island in July and August. See the Nona Ana schedule.