One of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, Mljet can be a welcome break from the hordes of tourists in Croatia during the summer season. There is no mass tourism on this island unlike other islands of Croatia.
You will benefit from the most authentic non-touristy experience at Mljet and it that interests you, you are in the right place. In the next few paragraphs, we are going to explore some of the best things to do in Mljet Croatia.
Explore the Odysseus Cave
The cave is located near Babino Polje on the south of the island. Some people believe this is the cave from the legend of Odysseus.
To reach the cave you will have to do a 45-minute hike. Once you see the Hotel Penelopa, which has a bar too, you will know that you’re at the Odysseus Cave.
You can expect rocky slopes, rough terrain and great views. Once you reach the caves, the best thing to do is to jump in the water to cool off.
Swim to the caves and enjoy the lovely turquoise water. Also, there is a rope sticking up from the cliff if you want to climb back to the spot you jumped off.
If you are in for a little bit of adventure, you can try snorkelling in the cave too, as the water is pretty deep.
Hike in Mljet National Park
The Mljet National Park covers the entire northeastern part of Mljet island, which is about 5,300 hectares of land. It is an untouched area of land which certainly deserves a visit if you are in this town.
One of the many attracts of this lake are its internal saltwater lakes. There are two salt lakes, namely the Big and Small Lake.
These lakes stretch for four kilometres, and among them, you can walk or ride a bike. When you visit Big Lake, you will spot an island-like structure in the middle of the lake.
It looks almost right out of a storybook, it is the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. St. Mary’s Monastery is now a cafe and a restaurant.
To get there, either take a boat that leaves every hour (from 9 AM to 7 PM) from Mali Most or Pristanište for 4€. You can even kayak till there which can be a very enjoyable experience.
Visit the Sobra Village
Sobra Village can make for a great getaway. It is a tranquil, peaceful village which is located 2.5 kilometers from the port.
Sobra is a great place to kick off your journey in Mljet, as you can rent a car or a scooter by the ferry terminal. The village is surrounded by turquoise waters and there are just 80 permanent residents in this village.
But don’t worry, there are plenty of places to rest and eat in the village. You can find most guesthouses and apartments in the northern part of the village.
Visit the Untouched Beaches of Saplunara
If you have a thing for isolated beaches which are untouched, you have to go to Saplunara. It is a large horseshoe sandy beach which is renowned for its beauty.
It is a great place to go for couples. At the back of the beach, there is a beautiful pine tree forest which adds to its surreal beauty.
Okuklje is a bay which is 4 kilometers west of Prožurska Luka. It is a scenic bay with lots of nice swimming spots with crystal-clear water.
Plus, there are a few hills here too. If you like hiking and nature, it would be a great idea to explore them.
Go Snorkelling at the Mljet Coral Reef
Mljet is most known for its crystal clear waters which attract a lot of swimmers and divers all through the year. There is also a coral reef in Mljet which is actually the only one in the whole of Croatia.
You can find the coral reef on the inland side of the bridge, on the Big Lake in the Mljet National Park. Though the coral has been damaged over the years due to global warming, but it is still a sight to see!
End your Vacation by Tasting Some Wine
Just like the other islands in Croatia, Mljet also produces its own wine. The temperature for wine growing grapes is just perfect.
You can find most wine fields on the numerous karst fields on Mljet. They are made in both red and white wine variety.
The wine completely complements Mljet cuisine and you can buy a bottle or two to take back home.
Mljet is one of the best islands to go to in Croatia if you want to visit an island which is untouched and devoid of any crowds. The lovely coral reefs, scenic beaches all make this island worth the visit.