Spilja, the cave near Soline
There is a small cave off the path from Pristaniste to Soline (and its close to Soline), the sign saying Spilja (which means cave in Croatian) will point you into right direction. It's a few minutes walk on a unpaved path, under trees and among bushes - and they you will finally get close to it... well, it's not the grandest and most impressive cave I've ever seen but it's there and it speaks of geological history of the place, so it's highly valuable.
Dark mouth on the bottom reminds theire is lot more to that Spilja than the fist visible impression... well equipped and familiar with caves will know how to deal with it, for us it only seemed a little risky to try the mystery.
But we heard bats, we smelled the cave; it's interesting. Smell reminds me of some old salt. Only rudimental formations we saw from its ceiling (stalgmites, stalactites...), well... it is probably a young one, measured in geological years, of course...
As far as caves are concerned, there are no shortage of them on Mljet, and one particularly stands out: Odisejeva or Ulysses cave, but it's not in the national park and I will mention it on my other Mljet page.
- National/State Park
small cemetry by Pristaniste
One cemetery in National park we did visited at least - it was near parking place in Pristaniste, hidden behind the bushes and trees, only a small sign pointed us in right direction.
A modest chapel of stone there was - it looked of no significant importance and beside its doors were tightly shut. A little I sat down by the edge, thought of composition of the graveyard... which is small and sheltered with thich trees by the edge, due climatic reasons simple one with concrete cover of the graves, here and there a cross erected but mostly each one has a plate of limestone or granite with names of dead.
And plastic flowers.
- Historical Travel
excellent views above... from V. Gradac
Taking a walk to the hills above the lakes is something special: for your eyes many views over the landscape will open, every time from a little different perspective as you keep ascending, sights most breath taking. For a little extra try you're rewarded with the pictures so different: waters bellow composed of blue beyond imagination - there's blueness of the open sea touching horizon, a blueness of the lakes, surrouned by lush green shades, then turquoise water edges by shallow coast... and on the other hand, you will see a tiny village Govedjari in the middle of forest, and somewhere else again you will catch a sight of a boat... a pigeon or another life.
Not only that. We took a side path near Pristaniste to Veliki Gradac, we walked slowly up-hill and stopped many times for the views and we could never feed our eyes enough with the clear colors - and we could never breath enough of this lovely dry air into the lungs, yes ... those scents so dear to us and gentle, they felt real real good. There's no word to describe that fragrance.
Then... impressing composition of flora and rock, and a few wild animals and insects, many more of them hidden away, it didn't impress only us. There's so much life in the mountain, almost unidsturbed.
A hike to Veliki Gradac isn't difficult one yet at places steep and always narrow, your body will be stroked by nearby bushes... and even with all the impressions guaranteed, we didn't met a single person of that trail. We spent 2 to 3 hrs there alone from bottom till top and back.
Well, I see perhaps they all walk to Montokuc which is higher and close to Veliki Gradac neverthelss, but to me that lonely path had all I ever dreamed of. Simply unforgettable.
PS. Wear appropriate shoes and water, cover your head and protect your skin from sunburn as you're exposed directly to the sun.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park