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Island of Mljet - green island near Dubrovnik

Island of Mljet is situated on the south of Adriatic, near Dubrovnik, it is eight biggest croatian inhabited island with surface of 100 km2. It is known as green island because of lush Mediterranean vegetation that makes him indeed special.

It's coastline offers many interesting facilities, as well as lakes shore with walking trail and cycling path. Entire island represent harmony of people and untouched nature ideal for pleasant stay and enjoyment, also it is known that the Time magazine listed island of Mljet among 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

The relief is characterized by ranges of limestone elevations and numerous karst valleys and fields (Polacno, Ivanovo, Blatsko, Kneze Polje). South of the highest crest (Veli Grad, 514 m) is the largest field zone - Babino Polje.

The climate is Mediterranean; an average air temperature in January is 8.7°C and in July 24°C; it has 2 580 sunny hours per year. Forests account for 72 % of the total island surface; beautiful pine forests are best preserved on its north-western side, which has been declared as national park.

In the extreme north-western part of the island is the submerged valley of Mljet Lakes: Malo and Veliko Jezero (Small and Great Lake). Small Lake (area 24 hectares, depth up to 29.5 m) is connected with a 30-m long canal with Great Lake. Great Lake (area 145 hectares, depth up to 46 m) is connected with the open sea by a shallow, 30-m long canal called Soline. A powerful sea current occurs in both channels, which changes its direction every six hours due to ebb and flow. In the Middle Ages, the change of direction of the sea current was used for water mills.

Larger coves are Luka, Polaca, Tatinica, Sobra, Luka Prozura, Okuklje, Saplunara; along the coast are numerous islets.

The island of Mljet is also known as one of the last dwellings of the Mediterranean sea-bear, and as the island rich in many delicacies as goat cheese, wine and honey, after whom it was named (Melita in Greek has the same meaning as mell, mellis in Latin, honey).

With Mljet is related the legend of Odysseus, the mythical king of Ithaca, who, after shipwreck swam to a cave that is now in his honor called Odyssey's cave. He is known also by Benedictine monastery from the 12th century, which is located on an island in the middle of the Great Lakes, and by the ancient palace of the early Christian basilica, which is located in Polace. Also, historical evidence shows that the Mljet in the 14th century was part of the Republic of Dubrovnik.

Boat lines to island of Mljet:

catamaran line: Dubrovnik - Luka Sipanska - Sobra (Mljet) - Polace (Mljet) - Korcula - Ubli (Lastovo) or ferry from Dubrovnik: Rijeka - Split - Stari Grad (Hvar) - Korcula - Sobra (Mljet) - Dubrovnik or from peninsula Peljesac: Prapratno (Peljesac) - Sobra (Mljet).

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