During the ancient times Mljet had the same name as Malta, so it shares many legends with another beautiful Mediterranean island.
One of the most ancient legends of Mljet is the legend about Odysseus. Odysseys was the only man to survive the shipwreck on the cliff Origan near Mljet and swam to the nearest cave, which is since called the Odysseus cave. A beautiful nymph called Callypso ordered her servants to bring Odysseus to her. She fell in love with him and helped him, but prohibited him to leave the island. Odyssesus stayed with her for many years and the couple had two children together, but in the end left her and went back to his wife Penelope at Ithaka. Another shared legend says that Mljet was the island where Saint Paul’s ship has wrecked.
Another Greek legend says that the Olympian gods once had a debate over which island is more beautiful: Mljet, Korcula or Lastovo. Zeus decided to send his delegate and check it. The delegate couldn’t decide which island was more beautiful and the Olympians were enraged by his indecision and turned him into an island as a punishment. That’s how the island Glavat appeared. Up to this day no one can say for sure which of the Croatian islands is the most beautiful one.