Mljet National Park Holidays & Tours

Mljet National Park, located on the island of Mljet in Croatia, is a pristine oasis of natural beauty and tranquility. This enchanting park is renowned for its lush Mediterranean forests, saltwater lakes, and breathtaking landscapes. The centerpiece of the park is the serene Veliko Jezero (Great Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake), both connected to the sea by narrow channels. Visitors can explore the lakes’ calm waters by boat or enjoy leisurely walks and bike rides along the scenic shores.

The island of St. Mary, located within Veliko Jezero, houses a picturesque 12th-century Benedictine monastery, adding to the park’s cultural significance. As one of Croatia’s most unspoiled and secluded national parks, Mljet offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking to immerse themselves in the unblemished beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.

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Often referred to as the greenest island in Croatia, Mljet is covered by dense Mediterranean forest. 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. You won’t want to miss the breath taking emerald waters!

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If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Croatia, then the island of Mljet is the place. Known for its national park, Mljet is rich in history, culture, stunning natural beauty and exquisite food.

Best Things to do in Mljet National Park

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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Best Time 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.

Mljet National Park FAQs

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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