With summer literally just weeks away, international media have started to step up the promotion of hot travel destinations around the world. Not surprisingly Croatia’s islands have come in for some special attention recently…
After the Huffington Post ranked the popular Croatian island of Hvar in number one spot in its Europe’s Best Island Escapes list, and Condé Nast Traveller calling Vis the next ‘it’ island, it was the turn of one of Croatia’s lesser promoted islands to grab the limelight. UK’s The Guardian newspaper have included the southern Dalmatian island of Mljet in its 10 of the Best European islands…that you’ve probably never heard of list this week.
Odysseus was allegedly held captive here, for seven years, by the nymph Calypso, but it can’t really have been all that bad. One of Croatia’s southernmost islands, it’s best known for exceptional local produce and wild beauty. There are great hiking opportunities around the two saltwater lakes in Mljet national park and it is possible to hire a sailing boat to reach the 12th-century Benedictine monastery on Melita Island. Scramble around the island’s shady trails and swim in some of the clearest water in the Adriatic at Blace Bay. Choose a bottle of local red for your sundowner – Dingac and Postup are produced on the island – and try the plates of raw mussels drizzled with lemon juice, a local speciality – writes The Guardian.
Apart from Mljet, Lyngør Islands (Norway), Aegina (Greece), Fehmarn (Germany), Inis Oírr, Aran Islands (Ireland) Belle-Île en Mer (France), Cíes islands (Spain), Hiiumaa (Estonia), Samothrace (Greece) and Margaret Island in Budapest, Hungary managed to also make the list.
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