Island of Mljet or Meleda in Italian is a
island paradise located in the South Croatia. Its seclusion and
natural beauty makes Mljet a favorite tourist destination. Much of Mljet island is covered by pristine
untouched forests. The rest is doted by few picturesque
fisherman villages and vineyards. Mild
climate make Mljet island paradise perfect for growing red vines
and olive trees. Goats are also fairly commonly encountered.
They are not aggressive unless provoked. And local make greet
goat cheese that they will be happy to sell to you for a descent
price. If they really like you,
they might give it to you for free.
National Park that was established in the Western part of Mljet
island protects area around two saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero
(Large Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). Both lakes are
popular for swimming, kayaking and diving. Their salt water
creates certain degree of buoyancy without big waves or any
other dangers. Veliko Jezero is also famous for its old
Benedictine monastery of Saint Mary. South part of the Mljet
Island is also famous for its marvellous beach of Saplunara.
Ferries from Dubrovnik and Peljesac Peninsula will get you to
one of the most beautiful islands of Croatia.
Monastery of Saint Mary (Mljet
Monastery of Saint Mary is a Benedictine
monastery located on an island in the middle of the Veliko
Jezero or Great Lake. Benedictine monks settled here in 1151.
Serbian Prince Desa of the House of Vojislavljević helped them
construct the abbey on a secluded part of Mljet island. Both lakes
on the Mljet Island were originally freshwater. However a
channel was dug to the south shores of the island. This
ultimately changed salt concentration of both lakes: Veliko
Jezero and Malo Jezero. Human interactions with local fauna did
not end here. Mongoose intentionally introduced to Mljet island
wiped out all of snake population as well as many of the native
species of birds. The monastery was finally disbanded in 1809
during Napoleonic Wars then French troops took this part of