Mljet National Park
A short ferry ride from Dubrovnik lies the Mljet National Park, bordering two salt water lakes - Veliko and Malo Jezero and stretching for more than four kilometres. Surrounded by idyllic scenery, it's a lovely place to visit for the day.
According to legend, Odysseus spent seven years here, and it is recognised as being one of the most beautiful islands on the Croatian coast with its deep gorges, pine covered slopes and turquoise waters. Life here feels a million miles away from anywhere.
The two salt water lakes are circled by well-marked, shady paths, which you can either walk or cycle around. You can rent a bicycle in one of the nearby villages or guests staying at the Sun Gardens Resort can hire them from the hotel. In the warmer months swimming and sunbathing in the park are delightful, but this can even be done in the colder months also as the shores here are much warmer than anywhere else along the coast.
Walk up into the hills to enjoy 360° views of the stunning scenery from the hillside above the Mljet coastline and National Park. On a tiny islet in the middle of the lakes is the beautiful 12th century Benedictine monastery which can be reached by a small boat.