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This island do not belong to the Elafiti archipelago It’s one of the islands which didn’t get a rector. It is mentioned here because of its architectural and floristic richness.
The island measures 100 square kilometres. If you compare the size of the island with the population (1200 inhabitants) you’ll notice that there is a very sparse population. The island owes its name to the Greek. They called the island Melitte nesos (Honey Island). Later it became Mljet. The island is one of the most beautiful islands in the south of Dalmatia. It’s no wonder that Mljet was appointed a national park. A legend tells that the famous Odysseus had stranded on Mljet. A place called Sobra has got the biggest port of the island. In the high season ships and car ferries that come from Dubrovnik are docking there. The biggest place on the island is called Babino Polje and has got 400 inhabitants. It is in the west of the island and is famous for its dripstone cave that is called Odisijeva spilja. The national park Mljet that measures 30 square kilometres is worth visiting. The two salt lakes Malo jezero and Velo jezero are embedded in beautiful forests. The lakes are filling when the sea-level is rising. The seaport Polace is a tourist centre. There are the remains of a palace from the late antique. Furthermore there is an early Christian basilica that is probably from the 5th/6th century. There are a hotel and a yachting port, too. From this place a lot of walkways are leading through forests to the salt lakes and the landing wharf for the boats taking visitors to the monastery island Sveta Marija. The Benedictines have built the massive monastery and the abbey on this island. In 1960 the monastery has been rebuilt to a hotel. It’s now getting renovated and in the future there will be attractive accommodations.
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