During the summer months, the area of the National Park (ports of Placa and Pomena) is touched by numerous tourist excursion boats from Dubrovnik, Korcula, Makarska and the Peljesac peninsula.
The island is found in the documents under the names: de Melita, de Meleta, na Mlete, de la Melida, de Melta, de Malta, di Meleda, Melitensis, Melitae all as beautiful and melodious as himself. The word Melita – Melite in the Greek language has the same meaning as the Latin word for med – mell, mellis. and it makes sense that its name is derived from the word honey, because in the past numerous bee swarms lived in its forests. They made their properties in the hollows of centuries-old trees and rocks.
Whoever gets to know this historical island of the marvelous beauty of its original nature becomes his lover and gladly returns to it. The island’s past remembers Odysseus and his nymph Calypso, the Apostle Paul, the poet Opian, the Roman emperor Augustus, the German military leader Odoakr and his “comesdomesticorum” Pierius, the ancient Illyrians, the Croatian-Slavic settlement of the islands and their battles with the Roman army, the abbots of Dubrovnik st. Maria and later as princes of Mljet ruled the island, the ruin of the Republic of Dubrovnik, the arrival of Napoleon’s army and the British naval fleet, the hundred-year Austrian rule, the first Italian occupation of the island, the rule of the unregulated regimes of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the second occupation and annexation of the island by Mussolini’s Italy in 1941. 43 , the anti-fascist movement and the liberation of the island in 1944, and the half-century communist regime.
Since 1990, Mljet, along with the rest of our Croatian islands, has been an integral part of the free and independent Republic of Croatia, which has been the centennial aspiration and dream of many generations of citizens of Mljet.