Mljet Island Holidays
"Home to it's own National Park, Mljet Island is known for it's green vegitation and forests..."
A secluded island paradise renowned for its unspoiled beauty, making it the
perfect holiday destination for those who wish to enjoy a tranquil time amidst
majestic natural beauty. Its spectacular national park is one of the most
magnificent sites in all of
Croatia: an idyllic island with a picturesque monastery at its centre,
surrounded by two huge saltwater lakes and tree-covered emerald hills. The
National Park surrounds 2 large saltwater lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero (‘Large’
and ‘Small’ Lake) and in the middle of the Large Lake there is a small island
which houses a former monastery that now acts as a restaurant.
This makes Mljet the kind of place where visitors can get out and explore nature, be it beneath the sea, in the dense wooded hills or on the white-pebbled beaches.
Mljet Island Travel Guide
At A Glance:
An untouched Island that is the most eastern of Croatia’s Adriatic islands, Mljet, is famous for its many beautiful forests, olive groves and vineyards, along with the gorgeous beaches that populate its coastline. It is fairly small covering an area of around 100 kilometres and has a population of just over 1000, making it the perfect place for people who want to relax and enjoy nature.
Mljet enjoys a warm island climate, which has a rainy season and a very dry summer. This means that the best time to visit is June, July and August, when the temperatures top 25 degrees and there is almost no chance of rain. The early autumn is also a great time to visit, though visitors should be aware that early Spring can be quite wet.
History and Culture
Like many of the islands in the Adriatic, it was originally settled by the Illyrians, who were then conquered by both the Greeks and Romans, who built the harbour of Polace. Following that, it was invaded by the Slavs and fell under the influence of the Dubrovnik Republic, before passing through French hands to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The island then joined Yugoslavia, before becoming a part of modern day Croatia when it was created in the 1990s. The island’s culture is fairly rich, with local legend claiming that Odysseus, the apostle Paul and the Roman Emperor Augustus all visited.
The size of Mljet, means that its culinary legacy is not as rich as many of Croatia’s other islands. The local diet consists mainly of seafood, with lobster and scorpion fish especially popular. The best restaurants on the island are found in Saplunara, where you can find many of the Dalmatian classics that make Croatian cuisine so famous.
Mljet Island is an unspoiled area of natural beauty, making it perfect for anyone seeking an active family holiday. It plays host to dense woods, azure sea lakes, and craggy cliffs, perfect for hiking, biking and swimming.
Tours and Attractions
For anyone that loves the great outdoors it is the perfect place, featuring lots of exciting activities that visitors are bound to enjoy. The national park on the island is a gorgeous place dominated by two saltwater lakes, it is ideal for hiking, biking and kayaking amidst truly majestic scenery. The island is equally beautiful beneath the sea’s surface, with a plethora of underwater treasures that can be accessed using one of the diving schools on the island.
The island isn’t especially renowned for its nightlife and islands like Hvar or mainland spots like Dubrovnik are certainly better for those seeking a livelier location. The island, is however, stunning and unique, meaning there are several excellent restaurants and bars where visitors can spend their evenings amongst spectacular natural scenery.