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Some thirty kilometres from the ancient town of Dubrovnik and eighteen kilometres from Korcula, a thick forest of Alpine fir and oak descend down to sea level. It is in this setting that natures providence has placed the beautiful island of Mljet. The special charm of Mljet lies its two salt water lakes, and the island in the lake upon which are built a Benedictine monastery and Church of St. Mary from the 12th Century. Other features include the imposing remains of an ancient palace and an old Christian Basilica in the port of Polace. The National Park of Mljet was established in 1960 primarly because of its wonderfully dense forests of Mediterranean pines, Mediterranean oak and evergreen underbush. Later, it was stated that Mljets lake was its most beautiful feature. The lake was colonised by a peculiar, live ecology through a shallow water-link to the Adriatic on the southern part of the island. The biblical story of the rescue of Saint Paul after a shipwreck and of his miraculous self-healing after being bitten by a snake, has a contemporary significance. The mongoose was introduced to Mljet which completely got rid of all the snakes on the island. Now it can be said that Mljet is an island of primordial wilderness which can be enjoyed - without fear of any danger!
The island of Lastovo with its 500 years old constitution, is one of the oldest settlements with its own judicial system. It is famed for its carnival in which the entire population of the island enthusiastically take part and provides an opportunity for visitors to admire the lovely male and female traditional folk costumes. The island was closed to foreigners for 50 years, and will be an unusual discovery for visitors to this part of the Adriatic. Lastovo, with its 46 small islands and their shoals is an eldorado for followers of big game fishing for yellowtail and tuna. But with all these attractions, it is not an exclusive or expensive enterprise, as local fisherman have been catching these big trophies for their own food for as long as can be remembered.
Island of Mljet
The biggest island of the South-Dalmatian archipelague, is situated 14 sea-miles south-east of the town of Korcula. There are 1237 inhabitants living on the island. On the north-west end of the island are the Lakes of Mljet: the Great and the Small Lake. These two lakes are connected by a shallow channel, and the Great Lake is connected with the open sea through the channel Soline. In the middle of the Great Lake is the small island of St. Mary and on it the former Benedictine monastery. These beautiful lakes are one of the reasons that Mljet was declared a National park in 1960. The unusual unity of the interesting relief, rich Flora and Fauna, and cultural monuments, make this National park one of the most attended in Croatia. The biggest settlement on the island and the municipal centre is the village Babino Polje. The major harbours are Sobra and Polace. According to reconstruction of the voyages of Ulysses, the island of Mljet is the island Ogigija on which the nymph Calypso enchanted the Greek hero Ulysses. The life on the island was dynamically already in Illyric times.The Illyrics were attacked by Octavian in the year 35 before Christ because of their piracy on the Adriatic. In late autumn in the year 59, a terrible tempest threw the ship “Castor and Pollux” on the island of Mljet, and on it was the disciple Paul driving to the trial to Rome. The travellers spent the winter there, and continued then to Rome. At those times the island was known under the name Melita. In the 8th century the Croats settled on the island. Mljet was under the rulership of the Zhumlje governor Desa in the year 1151, who gave it to the Benedictines from the abbey Pulsano on Monte Gorgano in Apuglia. The Benedictines built on the small island in the Great Lake their monastery, and from the year 1333 it was under the government of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The fear of danger from the sea was the reason that the first settlements developed in the interior of the island, so that the settlements on the coast developed in this century.
Sightseeing Nacional Park of the ISLAND of MLJET
It is possible to reach Mljet from Korcula by the harbour Pomena where the hotel “Odisej” (Ulysses) is located, as well as villas, leasing houses and numerous restaurants where fresh fish and lobsters are served. A pedestrian road leads from Pomena through the National park to the Small Lake, and you can reach walking by the coast of the lake the bridge - the spot where the shallow channel connects the two lakes. On the coast is the pier for the boats that take the tourists to the small island with the monastery. The island is small (2 ha), and the monastery was built by the year 1151, its walls were fortified to defend enemy and pirate attacks; it was abandoned from 1869 and in 1964 it was turned into the small hotel “Melita”. The church of “St. Mary” is a remarkable Roman building, and its art pieces and inventry are since the II World War in Dubrovnik. Around the Great and the Small lake lead walking tracks, and it is possible to rent bicycles and boats on the coast.
The waters around Mljet are excellent fishing terrains.
Mljet Island - National Park - full day tour
Mljet Island
The island of Mljet is one of the loveliest and most densely wooded islands in the Adriatic. A part of the island has been declared a National Park, whose main attractions are two salt-water lakes - Veliko Jezero i Malo Jezero (Great Lake and Small Lake). Join a boat cruise on the Great lake for a view of the islet with a 12th century Benedictine monastery. Enjoy a stroll through lush pine woods or swim in the lovely salt-water lakes.

Guide and entrance fees to the National Park included

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Island of Lastovo
Lastovo belongs to the south Dalmatian group of islands; it occupies surface of 53, and the highest peak is Hum with 417 m. 1228 inhabitants live on Lastovo in two bigger settlements: Lastovo and Ubli. Lastovo is a wonderful island of Mediterranean vegetation, and with wineyards and olive groves, which for the background of a delightful landscape. The coast is very well indented and the whole Lastovo group of islands and islets number 34. There are villas and flats for hire, and a small hotel Solitudo. Lastovo was in the possession of the Dubrovnik Republic in the Middle Ages. After the Second World War and until 1990, it was, for most of the time closed military base, and it is only now accessible to visitors from abroad. The main village of Lastovo is especially interesting - for its urbanization and for its preserved ancient customs - especially for the performance of place and processions on Shrove Tuesday.
Lastovo Island - full day tour
Lastovo is an offshore island south of Korcula. Its dense vegetation, the azure sea with countless islets and reefs, as well as varied flora and fauna, make this island really unique. We walk from Sv. Mihajlo (St. Michaels) port through the scenic landscape to Lastovo, Islands largest settlement. Tour the town before we resume our arriving to the Zaklopatica cove for lunch and swimming. Return sail in the afternoon hours.

Guide and lunch included. Sportswear recommanded

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