The Country of a Thousand Islands


Mljet Island in Croatia

The island of Mljet, located south of the Peljesac peninsula, was once a volcano and still has numerous chasms and gorges running through it. It is the most southerly and easterly of the Croatian islands.

The island was named by the ancient Greeks, who called the island "Melita" - which means "honey" - and over time evolved to the name Mljet, pronounced "mill-YET."

Of the 388 square miles of the island, 72% is forest. The climate is very mild and Mediterranean; the average temperature in January is 48 degrees F and 75 degrees in July.

The largest town or settlement in Mljet is Babino Polje, with barely 400 inhabitants, and the entire island itself has under 1500 "locals" - which are virtually all Croats. There is only one hotel on the entire island, so most tourists visit by tour boats and ferries which make day trips to the island from the Peljesac peninsula and Dubrovnik.



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