A long, thin stretch of volcanic rock, located off the coast of Dubrovnik, over 84% of the island is covered by dense forest. The beautifully scented trees are perfect to cycle beneath in spring and summer. Hiding in the treetops, some of the island’s birds and butterflies. They’re not the only creatures to call this place home.
Famously, the most westerly quarter of beautiful Mljet island is designated as a National Park. Within this protected section of the island, two of Mljet’s most recognisable features – saltwater lakes Veliko jezero and Malo jezero. On the small isle of St Mary in the middle of Veliko Jezero lake, you’ll find an old Benedictine monastery. Nobody lives here anymore. But, folks do still live in the picturesque villages of Goveđari, Polače and Pomena within the park.
Living within the lake waters, rare molluscs, jellyfish and coral. Off the shores of the park, even more life is visible. Although, you might need a diving mask to see it best. Over 50 square kilometres of the Adriatic that surrounds Mljet is also protected within the park boundaries. Its protected status allows fish and coral to thrive here. These colourful waters are great for diving.
Some of the wildlife, nature, sights and activities of beautiful Mljet island have been captured in a new video compiled over this summer. The film is the latest work of Goran Šafarek, a biologist, travel writer and filmmaker from Koprivnica. He has been making similarly beautiful videos showcasing Croatian nature and destinations for over a decade. You can check it out below.
All images © Goran Šafarek
If you want to read more about Mljet island and Mljet National Park you can take a look at the Total Croatia guide to the island here