MLJET ISLAND

Mljet is for many tourists one of the islands lost at sea. That is the island to which is actually hard to come to, but don’t let the landscape, which is mentioned in stories of Odyseus, Saint Paul, Benedictines and mediterranean monk seal, remains hidden from you. Mljet is undentes elongated island, wide on average 3 km, and long 37 km. It is the island of variety and contrast, and National park Mljet occupies its northern part, which extends over the area of 5.375 hectars of protected land and the surrounding sea. That area was declared National park on 11 november 1960 and represents the first attempt at protecting the original ecosystem in Adriatic.

MITHS AND LEGENDS

Odysseus’s cave is situated under the village of Babino Polje. It’s a large egg shaped cave accessed by a 30 metre tunnel used as a harbour by local fishermen. There are two entrances to the cave, the other one is from the hill.. Trough the time it is belived that Odysseus found his shelter here after surviving a shipwreck, that’s where the cave’s name comes from. According to Homer, King of Itaka survived a shipwreck on his way back home from the Troian war, and it took place near the island of Ogigia, what is interesting, is that there’s an rocky island in front of the cave called Ogiran! Odysseus swam into the cave for shelter and there nymph Calypso, daughter of Poseidon, God of the sea, waited for him. Amaised by the beauty of the nature and in love with nymph Calipso, Odysseus stayed on the island for 7 long years.

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