Often referred to as the greenest island in Croatia, unspoiled Mljet is covered by dense Mediterranean forest. Those who appreciate nature and adventures won’t want to miss it, with practically an endless list of things to do. In Mljet National Park, which covers about a third of its terrain, you’ll find two saltwater lakes, one of which features a tiny islet topped by a 12th-century Benedictine monastery and church. There are sandy beaches along the shore that are popular for summer swims in the enticing water that ranges from emerald to turquoise. Miles and miles of scenic trails can be enjoyed for walking and cycling too. There are no bustling cities or big hotels here with much of the island beautifully unspoiled, although the seaside village and tourist enclave of Pomena provides access to the park along with many of Mljet’s restaurants and accommodation.
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There are around a dozen villages spread throughout the island, but the seaside villages of Polace, Pomena, Saplunara, and Sobra are the main places to stay for visitors. Sobra is where the port of car ferries is located if you’re looking for convenience, while Saplunara is known for its idyllic beaches. Most travellers choose to stay in Polace or Pomena which serve as entry points to the national park. There’s just one hotel in Pomena but you’ll find guesthouses and other private accommodation here and in Polace.
Things to do in Mljet
Become An Intrepid Explorer
Covering the majority of Mljet Island, Mljet National Park offers you an opportunity to become an explorer. The spectacular landscapes features diverse ecosystems and two saltwater lakes for you to navigate. You can explore Veliko Jezero (large) and Malo Jezero (small) on foot, by walking along the trails that lead to the water’s edge, or opt to sail across the lakes in a boat. You can also venture to the island to discover its monastery.
Explore The Cycling Trails
One of the best ways to explore Mljet is on a bicycle. You can easily rent a bike for the day and venture off solo. Following the well-marked paths that encircle the beautiful lakes of Mljet National Park ensures that you won’t get lost. There are also shady trails that lead deeper into the stunning natural landscape. The many defined vantage points and peaks that are dotted all over the island offer prime photo opportunities.
Discover Secluded And Hidden Beaches
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hire a kayak and explore Mljet from the unique water’s edge perspective. Paddle your way across the clear aquamarine waters whilst admiring the stunning unspoiled natural landscape. There are peaceful secluded bays and hidden coves, and also white pebble beaches for you to visit and explore. Find yourself an idyllic spot, and enjoy an afternoon kayaking, swimming or snorkelling. Sunbathing is the perfect alternative option if you’re feeling lazy.
When to visit Mljet
The tourist season in Mljet runs from May through October, with summer the peak time for visitors. July and August are likely to be busy and hot, which means those who want to enjoy mild weather and few crowds might want to consider May, June, September or the first half of October. These shoulder season months are ideal for all types of outdoor activities, including swimming, although the water will be warmer in June and September with the average sea temperature above 20 degrees Celsius.
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How many days do you need in Mljet?
Mljet is a tiny island that makes an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation, nature, and outdoor adventure. There are many hidden beaches and secluded coves, as well as opportunities to hike, bike, paddle, swim, and more. That means you’ll want at least two days to take it all in and ideally more in order to truly savour the scenery and enjoy a good sample of the delicious cuisine served in the local family-run tavernas.
What is the best time to visit Mljet National Park?
July and August will be the warmest and driest, but those months are also the busiest in Mljet National Park. If you want to enjoy a more tranquil atmosphere without a queue for the short boat ride in Great Lake, plan to visit in May, June, September, or October. This is also when it’s possible to walk across the sand without stepping onto someone else’s towel. If swimming and sunbathing is your goal, during this quieter period June and September are best.
What are the essential sites to see in Mljet?
One of the top sites on the island is St. Mary’s islet in Great Lake (Veliko Jezero) which lies fairly close to the southern shore. Visitors can hop on a boat to visit the island and its 12th-century monastery. The ruins of a Roman palace along the Polace waterfront is also a must, built around the 5th century, while other ancient ruins are scattered around the town, including a fort and an early Christian church. Beach-hopping is considered essential too, with beaches around the saltwater lakes in the park as well as the island shoreline.
Is Mljet worth visiting?
Mljet is especially worth visiting for nature enthusiasts, hikers, snorkellers, and divers. Anyone who is seeking solitude and beauty in nature is likely to love it here, with the stunning closers in a myriad of green and blue shades. That includes turquoise bays, emerald lakes, high cliffs, and postcard-perfect beaches framed with cobalt water. Incredible untouched nature can be found everywhere on this island.
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