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Croatia's first National Park on the Island of Mljet
The Island of Mljet is quite tranquil and is the perfect location if you are interested in soaking up the serenity for which this region is known. Make sure you bring your camera to take a picture of the 12th century Benedictine monastery located here.
Mljet island is the 8th largest amongst islands in Croatia, located close to the city of Dubrovnik, as part of its group of islands. It's the southernmost and easternmost of Croatia's large islands, being roughly a 100 square kilometres in size. The land is covered with thick green vegetation and it's very inviting.
|Located on Mljet island,
one of the large islands in Croatia, Mljet National Park
covers the entire north-west part of Mljet island, which includes two salt water lakes.
Mljet National Park was the first ever established in Croatia, and was founded in November 1960. This tiny park covers a little less than 6 hectares of the north-west region of Mljet Island and the surrounding sea.
There are also two salt water lakes in the National Park, named Veliko and Malo jezero (Large and Small lake), which serve as the park's main attractions. There are also several villages on the island and the already mentioned old Benedictine monastery.
The island is one of the most diverse areas in the country, with numerous endemic species of plants and animals found within it. Cliffs, reefs and incredible panoramas await the intrepid adventurer here.
If you enjoy history and archeology, you will find many fortifications on the island, dating back to the Illyrian period.
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