Interested in the greenest island in Croatia? Visit Mljet!

Interested in the greenest island in Croatia? Visit Mljet!

Mljet is the northernmost of the larger inhabited islands in the Croatian Adriatic. It is known for its dense forests, clean beaches and variety of sights. Let's discover its beauty together.

With its varied coastline,Croatia presents not only numerous bays, but also a multitude of islands. Almost 1000 lie in the Adriatic Sea, most of them not far from the mainland. Among them, there are only about 50 inhabited ones. We would like to introduce you to some of the most beautiful islands, with Mljet serving as an example today.

Mljet is known for its dense forestation and is considered the greenest island in Croatia. Only 35 nautical miles from Dubrovnik, it is a popular destination for a South Dalmatia cruise and also for those staying in Central Dalmatia. On Mljet you can relax in the shelter of nature and enjoy delicious food in the konobas. You can go swimming, diving, snorkelling, hiking, cycling and kayaking. On the way from Dubrovnik to Mljet are the Elaphites, beyond the island of Korčula and Lastovo.

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Sights and activities

Croatia's island of Mljet is a true paradise, consisting mainly of forests, vineyards and small villages. The national park in the northwest is particularly impressive and definitely worth a visit. In the fishing village of Pomena, guests can find moorings and electricity in the local konobas.

Pomena is the ticket to one of the largest national parks in the country, which embodies the unique character of the island with its lush vegetation, pine forest and saltwater lakes. The park and the hiking trails are designed in such a way that you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature despite the larger number of visitors. Entrance to the park costs something, but you can also rent bicycles to explore the landscape. The national park has a rich flora and fauna with more than 100 bird species and over 600 plant species.

Mljet National Park

Mljet National Park

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You can explore the two salt lakes, one larger and one smaller, on foot, swim or take a kayak tour. In the large lake is the island of St Mary, which is home to a 12th century Benedictine monastery. Its church building has impressive stained glass windows, icons and stories inside. In the restaurant or café on the monastery grounds, visitors can fortify themselves and enjoy the view over the lakes.

Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary

Small island with Benedictine monastery of St. Mary in Mljet National Park

In the northwest of Croatia lies Polače, a place protected by four islands from the largest bay and therefore a popular anchorage. Here, sailing enthusiasts gather in inns and cafés to sample red and white wines and goat cheese. A Roman palace from the 5th century, one of the largest in Dalmatia, and several ruins from the 1st to 6th centuries can also be visited here.

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In the south-east of the island, in the bay of Saplunara and Blaca in Limuni Bay, are some of the most beautiful sandy beaches. The coast of Mljet is famous worldwide for its breathtaking diving site, which Jacques Cousteau described as one of the best. The crystal clear waters offer optimal visibility and a rich underwater world that makes day and night dives a unique experience. There are also several dive centres on site that offer visitors an unforgettable adventure.

Mysterious island worlds

It is no coincidence that Mljet brings with it such a legendary quality, for in addition to the lush vegetation and the cliff jumpers, snorkellers and bathers who congregate here, there are also numerous stories entwined around the island. It is said that the Greek hero Odysseus spent seven years here with the nymph Calypso after his shipwreck. Although Homer does not speak of Mljet in his epic, but of Ogygia, the cave of Odysseus near the village of Babino Polje on the south side of the island is a popular destination for cliff jumpers, snorkellers and bathers. Especially when the sun shines, the cave becomes even more mystical with colourful rays of light.

Besides Ulysses, this island is said to be one of the places where the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked. In earlier times, Mljet was known as a centre for piracy.

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Ulysses Cave

Ulysses Cave on the island of Mljet

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