Mljet is said to be the island where Odysseus was held captive for seven years by the amorous nymph Calypso, who promised him immortality and eternal youth. Odysseus, however, yearned for his own island home of Ithaca, and the god Zeus ordered Calypso to let Odysseus go. The cave where he stayed is named after him to this day.
On the island of Korčula an unusual cake called “Lumblija” is prepared from wine must, almonds, fruit and spices. They say such a cake was prepared by a French soldier for his island sweetheart on his departure, presenting it with the words “n'oubliez pas!” (“don't forget!”). She heard this as “Lumblija”. The story and the delicious cake remain the stuff of island folklore.
Nera and Antonio
In Smokvica on Korčula island lived a young man named Antonio who was so good-looking that any girl that set eyes on him fell for him. He barely noticed, working in the fields and enjoying refreshing swims. He caught the eye of Nera, a sea goddess, and the two fell madly in love. But Nera’s mother and sisters took her back to the waters since she was betrothed to the Greek sea god.
Nera vowed to give up her life as a goddess and live on the land with her love, but her father swore to turn the pair to stone. To save Antonio's life, Nera slipped back into the sea and never saw him again.
Miljenko and Dobrila
In 17th century Kaštel Lukšić lovers Miljenko and Dobrila were from feuding families. Banishing Miljenko to a monastery didn't extinguish their love so the pair were allowed to marry. Dobrila's father couldn't reconcile himself to the match and killed poor Miljenko. Poor Dobrila went mad from grief and died shortly after.