Beautiful, lush, green island with hidden coves
Mljet Island is situated off the south eastern coast of Croatia and has a history dating back to before Roman times. Set in beautiful scenery, over 70% of the island is covered in green forests. Mljet National Park covers the north western part of the island and there are many lakes, valleys and beautiful coves to visit.
Mljet offers some wonderfully beautiful beaches with stunning views out to sea and an amazing forest backdrop. It is also particularly easy to find a private spot to enjoy the tranquillity of this island. The southern point of the island has especially lovely beaches and it is possible to hire bikes or canoes to explore this area. The beach at Saplunara is regarded as one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Croatia and there is a fabulous kilometre-long beach at Blace Bay which is popular with naturists.
Mljet Island is full of interest and beauty, there are wonderful, ancient villages set into the hillside and overlooking the picturesque lakes and busy little fishing villages along the coast supplying fresh fish to the local restaurants. Balbino Polje is the largest village on the island and Odysseus’s cave is located below the village. The island's one hotel is at Pomena, from where it is possible to hire cars, scooters or bikes to explore the scenery - there is also a limited bus service. It is also possible to visit the nearby island of Korcula, another destination full of beautiful beaches and historical sights.
The weather here can be very warm during the summer months and sun shines down on this area of Croatia from April to October. Temperatures can head up to the 30C mark from June to September and they will rarely dip below 25C. There is very little rainfall during the summer months and you can expect a dry and hot climate. Winters are also mild with temperatures generally hovering between 10C and 15C.
This breathtakingly beautiful holiday destination, an Adriatic island in Croatia’s Dalmatia region, has only a small population and just the one hotel. So if you have your heart set on an all inclusive holiday then you’ll be staying in Pomena Bay, with access to all the facilities you’d expect: swimming pool, restaurant, beach bar, tavern, gardens and shop. And while you can just book a room, there are also a couple of full apartments included in the hotel. But if staying all inclusive isn’t of paramount importance to you, then you’ll find various self-catering villas and apartments dotted around the island’s towns and villages.
Mljet has a large selection of large and small beaches including the beautiful Saplunara Bay and the hidden Blace Beach and Bay. The lagoon at Blace Beach has warm waters that stay warm even when other sea areas are cold. Blace Beach is very popular with naturists due to its isolated location.
Mljet National Park
This is a beautiful area with unique charm. It features two salt lakes – the Great Lake and the Small Lake. In the middle of the Great Lake you will find a small isle called St. Mary. This isle has an ancient Benedictine monastery and a small church dating to the 12th century. The small island bestows an exceptional aesthetic image to whole of Mljet and is a tourist favourite resort.
Cave of Odysseus
You should go to visit this cave at noon, preferably in summer. The sun rays penetrates directly into the cave which creats the most amazing light effects, colouring the whole cave in different shades of blue. It’s easy to find the entrance because you will see boats anchored in front of it. Legends say that Odysseus came to this island and it was here he was bewitched by the enchantress Kyrka.
Day Trip to Dubrovnik
A day trip to Dubrovnik from Mljet should be scheduled into your holiday. This beautiful historic town has great restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities here, and of course Dubrovnik beaches are a major attraction.
The town's restaurants offer a wide selection of dining options with some delicious Croatian dishes including white risotto with shrimp tails. Seafood restaurants will have the freshest selection of fish dishes and there are also hot cold buffet options as well pizza and meat dishes.
The nightlife here is a low key affair so if you fancy something livelier then take the short trip to the party island of Hvar. This is the place to enjoy cocktails and celebrity spotting. During the summers the harbour area gets very busy and there are plenty of nightclubs and bars to choose from.
If you like energetic pursuits, there is no lack of sports available in Mljet. You can choose from fishing, windsurfing, sailing, hiking and cycling. There are diving opportunities in Dubrovnik with full day excursions including picnics.