Govedari, October 21, 2019 – Last weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, the first Mljet Outdoor Festival was held at the Mljet National Park organised by Mljet National Park, DEŠA Association and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. During the two days of their stay in Mljet, many visitors enjoyed free guided tours of the Mljet National Park, cycling, hiking and hiking. In addition, participants had the opportunity to participate in yoga classes and exercises of functional strength and movement, while thanks to the nurses of the Dubrovnik Health Center they could check blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition, the first 100 registered participants also had free transportation and accommodation at the Odyssey Hotel in Pomena.
As part of the event, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service presented its equipment, activities and rescue operations to small “mountaineers” from the island, while its staff took care of the safety of all participants. In addition, all those who visited Pomena could join the gastronomic workshop of the Association DEŠA and find out how to prepare the homemade pasta from Mljet, sugar almonds, and many more traditional meals, while at the stand of the Cancer League Korcula-Peljesac-Lastovo-Mljet visitors were able to taste the Mljet cake and local desserts and, with a symbolic donation, help the work of the association. In addition to the Mljet National Park, their products were presented to the visitors by local family farms – OPG Bašica, Dabelić, Hajdić and the “Funjestra” Association of the Elementary School Mljet. The participants were also presented two new promotional films about the island of Mljet and the activities of the Public Institution Mljet National Park, which were realized through the project MLJET – ODISE (J) A MEDITERRANEA.
On Saturday evening band Kopito kept the participants active until long into the night with live music after a free fishing dinner.
A two-day gathering of outdoor enthusiasts was held as part of the project MLJET – ODISE (J) A MEDITERRANEA Area , co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Fund for development and the Office for Associations of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The project aims to optimize visit to the National Park, raise awareness of the natural and cultural values of the protected area, and contribute to the economic well-being of the local community and the sustainable development of the island of Mljet by improving the visitor system, visitor infrastructure and educational programs in the Mljet NP.