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June 27, 2008
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Find the Secrets of Odysseus In the Adriatic Sea among the Dalmation isles off the coast of Croatia, Mljet is a quiet, transfixing island with historic attraction. According to legend, Odysseus stayed with Calypso on Mljet during his return from the Trojan War. The 22-mile-long, 2-mile-wide island is green along its coast and hills, with a national park comprising a third of the island. It’s a secret oasis for Europeans yet accessible from the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

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ISLANDS contributing editor Jeff Greenwald and photographer Matthieu Paley recently visited Mljet to see for themselves what has attracted travelers here throughout the ages. A native guide named Marijana showed Jeff the island as a local sees it, including hikes across the countryside, a celebration with the Croatian liqueur called rakija, and an exploration of the mythical cave said to have held Odysseus for seven years. Read the full story.

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By Jeff Greenwald Photos by Matthieu Paley From the October 2008 issue of Islands

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