Island Mljet

The island of Mljet is placed in South Dalmatia near Dubrovnik and lies south of the Pelješac peninsula, from which it is divided by the Mljet Channel. On the northwestern part of the island is situated National Park, which is full of variety in flora and fauna ( fish, crabs, shells, herbs, flowers... ).

Pomena is a place and harbor on the western coast of the island of Mljet just inside Mljet National Park. Being located on just over 15 minutes walk to Malo Jezero (Small Lake) of Mljet National Park. Pomena, connected to the city of Dubrovnik by daily boat lines, lies in the bay of the same name, suitable for anchoring smaller yachts. The place has some 50 inhabitants who primarily live off of agriculture, fishing and tourism, the latter gaining more and more importance. You can rent bicycles, canoes and surfboards, or take a sailing or diving course. We recommend a holiday here to those who would like to spend their summer in the vicinity of tourist centers like Dubrovnik, where numerous cultural and entertainment events take place, and yet would like to enjoy their privacy and tranquillity.
More info on Mljet National Park can be found on it's official website.

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Mljet is often indetified with Odysseus, mythical king of Ithaca, who swam to a cave Calypso and became her prisoner so that cave is called Odyssey's cave. Mljet's underworld can be seen here(pdf).
The whole island is divided in two parts – the northwestern part of the island is national park since November 12, 1960, includes an inland sea as well as a small island and-other part is of volcanic origin, with numerous chasms and gorges, of which the longest is the Babino Polje.
The island Mljet has beautiful beaches, clean blue sea and delightful nature where you can enjoy in all types of sports and recreations.
On the north part of the island is placed Port Polače-the principal harbour which is a place for tourist ferries from where you can reach to Dubrovnik, Korčula or the Pelješac peninsula.
This island was inhabitated by the Illyriums who have left here parts of their culture and material proofs of their existance such as an impressive remains of Roman palace in Polače, two basilicae, thermae, the arsenal and underwater dockyard remains. The fundation of economy was in manufacture of salt, wine, olive oil, honey, meat and the cheese from goats. In 12th century has happened a big bloody battle, after which the masters of the island become Benedictines. In the middle of the island they built the church and monastery of St. Mary that has Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance features. In 14th century the Benedicitines have resigned the rule and took only 1/3 of property so the island become a part of the Republic of Dubrovnik.  Many monarch were deposed here and after the World Wars the island become a part of the Independent State of Croatia. In 1960 a north-west part of the island was proclaimed as a National Park. On that place the Benedictines didn't allow people to settle down until 19th century.
Instead of crowded beaches and streets, like most of the towns have, Mljet is different. Here you can enjoy in the sun and very clean sea on a beautiful rocky and sandy beaches all by yourself. The only hotel on the island "Odisej" in Pomena offers you sport activities:diving, kayaking/canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, cycling, free climbing...

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