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Mljet Island

 

 

 

Location: Map

Area: 98.01 km2(38 mi2)

Info: (020) 744 041

www.np-mljet.hr

 

 

 

Description of Mjet Islands

Mljet Island Map

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 Mediterranean 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.

 

Mljet 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 Island)

 

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 Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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