Mljet National Park Travel Guide

  • to embrace sky and water
    to embrace sky and water
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  • one of the beaches along the lake shore
    one of the beaches along the lake shore
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  • a hole from one lake to another
    a hole from one lake to another
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Mljet National Park Things to Do

  • picturesque village established by...

    A picturesque little village of Goveđari rises on a slopes upon a fertile field in National Park - it is the first settlement that had been allowed to be built in Western Mljet by Benedictines and its history only begins in 18th century. It was a period of time when Benedicitnes already had harder time finding people for hard labour on their...

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  • small bridge and beach

    One way or other you'll eventually notice the Small bridge which is between Big and Small lake, upon a channel that delivers water in and out of the small lake. It is made of stone and there's public beach next to it with some kiosks, too... I have a feeling this is little overrated 'attraction', and you don't miss anything if you simply don't go...

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  • a gulf and Polace

    Many people begin their explore of Mljet in village Polace, a place which has long and turbulent history. There are a small port here in the waters of the gulf, sheltered behind tiny islands, dozens of restaurants, a few souvenir shops and appartments to rent from villagers; the also have National park office in Polace - you can get information...

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  • market feel of Pomena

    Why market feel? Because main street is like many Croatian coastal towns where one part of the place sells 'usual' merchandise for tourists - t shirts, souvenirs, towels, swimming suits and shoes, postcards and more sophisticated stuff (locally produced soaps and oils nicely packed), etc... yet, Pomena is small village so the main street is as well...

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  • cute cars can take you to...

    Ha ha! They are so lovely designed - the cars, ancient little Fiats! Some colored crazy, cool design, some cabriolet type... and one dressed in fur, like sexy cat. With nose, eyelasheses and make up and all that.Certainly you'll draw attention when you drive with them... we didn't, we had our own transport already, so I cannot comment on their...

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  • St. Mary church

    The church of St. Mary is inseparable entity with the monastery and shares the history – the two cannot be divided from each other as they stem from the same source, the Benedictine order. Built together with monastery in 12. century in Romanesque style, yet the form reminded on Byzantine buildings of that period. In following centuries it got...

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  • Benedictine monastery of St. Mary

    The history of Benedictines on Mljet begins when they got donated the entire island in 1151 by knez (kind of 'duke') Desa. These Benedictines settling now in Mljet were originally from Pulsano in Italy, from abbey of St. Mary – and on island they were to build the sacral building in name of their benefactor knez Desa and they were to use the land...

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  • Otok Sv. Marije - St. Mary island

    It is also almost impossible to miss the boat trip to St. Mary island, a tiny island in the Big salt lake: it is like the symbol of Mljet: this place has been long time visited by modern pilgrims - artists, architects, nature and culture lovers, romantics.Benedictines who established monastery couldn't find better location and the architecures melt...

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  • A small fishing village Soline

    You have reached that tiny village of Soline on shores of Soline gulf further from the Big lake if you walked (or cycled) 3 kilometers from Pristaniste and it could be by now time to have nice local snack or dinner in one of a few 'konobas' here - an excellent choice to enjoy home made dish of more or less local ingredient.A few houses there are in...

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  • Veliko slano jezero - big lake

    Well, you see... there are so many shades of blue in those lakes that you simply cannot feed your eyes enough with it. And when it comes combined with vegetation and rocks and sounds and air... it is just like in 'heaven'. So, I believe you won't miss walking by the big lake shores and that for sure you'll take a boat ride to Sveta Marija (St....

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  • Malo slano jezero - small lake

    Smallest of the two lakes is Malo slano jezero - it is 24 hectare area with max. depth 29 meters and has rich fauna, which includes some of the quite unique and rare species. Among the waters on and around Mljet this one is the warmest. It gets fresh sea water from big lake by the mouth by the small stone bridge and since its mouth are rather small...

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  • walking on the lake shores

    I believe walking is the best way to explore shores of the big and small salt lake (Malo and Veliko slano jezero) - and it will get you anywhere and (not-so) straight to the places for quiet swimming, contemplation, reading, sunbathing... while on the other hand enjoying the most beautiful scenes of Mljet landscapes. A pleasure for lungs and eyes...

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  • rent a bike around lakes

    you can rent bike for relatively cheap price and go around the whole national park. it's quite fun stopping at what ever hidden beach there may be and having a swim or sunbathing :)

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  • Mljet Beaches

    There are 2 good beaches on Saplunara Bay. A third, Blace Beach is a 30 minute walk along a track leading from Saplunara village. This is a beautiful lagoon often used by naturists. Unfortunately when we visited the beach it was spoilt by rubbish washed up by the tide. Apparently the local authorities do tidy it up periodically. Nevertheless, we...

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  • Mljet Beaches

    There are 2 good beaches on Saplunara Bay. A third, Blace Beach is a 30 minute walk along a track leading from Saplunara village. This is a beautiful lagoon often used by naturists. Unfortunately when we visited the beach it was spoilt by rubbish washed up by the tide. Apparently the local authorities do tidy it up periodically. Nevertheless, we...

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Mljet National Park Restaurants

  • why not some pasta after long time?

    There are few restaurants in Pomena but if you go before noon not all are serving lunch or breakfast yet and others remain closed before 12.The one I speak off now was in beginning of Pomena and displayed menu by the road, promised organic food and it was open - I browsed vegetarian options which were reasonably priced but didn't feel like having...

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  • traditional salted sardines

    We got hungry when we ended in Soline after many hours spent in shadow - and water of course - of the big lake and walking slowly though wonderful forest. It was time to sit down and Soline is very quiet village with a few houses, with very a few small and family run restaurants (better called 'konoba' which is local, Croatian word). Here you won't...

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  • bbq on the kerb

    i cant recall the name of the place but as you leave the pier in polace you turn left and a few hundred metres up the road there is a big bbq on one side of the road and the restaurant on the other. the service was great, the food was excellent and the pricing was a nice change from restaurants on hvar, korcula or dubrovnik. friends ordered the...

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Mljet National Park Transportation

  • to get to Mljet NP from mainland

    1. If you drive a car it is the easiest way to get to Mljet and National Park from mainland:take ferry from Peljesac (Prapratno is the name of place where you'll embark). You'll disembark in Sobra, a village in middle Mljet. From there is some 25 km to Polace where you can buy your park ticket.Ferry is run by Jadrolinija and all information...

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  • getting to and around the park

    The ticket you purchase includes two bus rides to the national park and one ride with a small boat driving you to and from little monastery inside the national park.There are a lot of stands selling the tickets for the Park all around the island so you shouldn't have problems finding them anywhere. There's one in Sobra ferry port, but if you miss...

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  • Mini Brums hire

    Mini Brums can be hired in Sobra, Polace and Pomena. Several are painted as animals including a zebra and a furry mouse with whiskers! They were great fun to drive.

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Mljet National Park Local Customs

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    by picek Written Oct 2, 2010

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    It's a little behind the monastery on St. Mary island, a few minutes walk by the evergreens shaded path and you will reach tiny chapel dedicated to St. Benedikt and his sister Skolastika built in 14th centuy. S simple building it is, all of stone and next to ancient Govedjari graveyard site with a few graves. A modest construction of small dimensions is inseparable with its immediate environment, like all good examples of architecture.

    A look inside - it feels bit like a little cave and light from tiny window opens the view towards the water and hills behind it, just plain walls ... and the front side, where you'd pray (or they, other visitors did if you wouldn't) a pannel with thousands of messages wishing this or the other, most often wishes and prayers for someone whom they loved and she won't be around any more, wishes to get better, healthier, to keep the love in the family, etc. Very intimate messages they are, just written down by hand on a tiny little papers, left to spirits, protectors, gods or god with hope. And it takes a little to persuade and in thoughts if not by written word you'd make a wish, yourself. So... that's how things work in this world(s) beyond...

    St. Bernard chapel board with messages in many languages inside
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Mljet National Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by picek Written Oct 3, 2010

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    Okay, not really a danger to be honest, just a warning about jellyfishes: they are few kinds in the lakes, some as large as half meter and endemic (Aurellia). Aurellia is 26 mio yers old species and discovered recently! Amazing. You can see how they look here:

    http://jadran.izor.hr/hr/novosti/med.html

    Realistically, you can get in touch with a jellyfish kind - we saw lonely ones and groups of them in waters of small lake, and of which I sadly forgot the name (on photo). They were really many.

    But: they aren't dangerous (scientists say none of Mljet jellyfishes are), they are in fact hybernating, only floating in water in a daytime and come to action by night. If you touch them they won't burn or anything, they don't even move their arms. So, don't worry. I heard some people actually like to play with them.

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Mljet National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Spilja, the cave near Soline

    There is a small cave off the path from Pristaniste to Soline (and its close to Soline), the sign saying Spilja (which means cave in Croatian) will point you into right direction. It's a few minutes walk on a unpaved path, under trees and among bushes - and they you will finally get close to it... well, it's not the grandest and most impressive...

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  • small cemetry by Pristaniste

    One cemetery in National park we did visited at least - it was near parking place in Pristaniste, hidden behind the bushes and trees, only a small sign pointed us in right direction.A modest chapel of stone there was - it looked of no significant importance and beside its doors were tightly shut. A little I sat down by the edge, thought of...

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  • excellent views above... from V. Gradac

    Taking a walk to the hills above the lakes is something special: for your eyes many views over the landscape will open, every time from a little different perspective as you keep ascending, sights most breath taking. For a little extra try you're rewarded with the pictures so different: waters bellow composed of blue beyond imagination - there's...

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Mljet National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • and also excellent for cycling

    Another next thing you will absolutely enjoy doing is cycling - and since you're not allowed to enter lake areas by car or motorbike unless you're guest somewhere within its vicinity, it is great way to cover the distances. If you like doing it faster than walking, of course. Those paved roads only allow to take mini buses from NP office (beside...

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  • great for quiet water sports

    Yes - Mljet National park is to do quiet water sports: swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing. You will be able to rent boats by the entry to NP by parking place or your guesthouse staff will be able to help you with it.In the lakes area you're only alowed to do these sports, no motorized ones (which is a great thing). You are not allowed to...

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  • Rent-a-kayak

    One of the options to get to the monestary island or if you just want some recreation, you can rent a kayak. Big & Small lake are very suitable for this sport as the water is very calm. It's also an alternative to the walking around the lake.There are few points where you can get a kayak. One is at channel between Small & Big lake.

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Mljet National Park Favorites

  • you've got a ticket to ride...

    It's 90 KN for entry ticket/adult to National park and you can enter as many times as you wish once you bought it. You can purchase it from a few different locations (Polace, Pomena, and by parking in Pristaniste) and keep it with you for your entire stay.Price (also) includes boat ride to Sv. Marija island on big lake and 2 tickets for mini bus -...

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  • Malo jezero (Small lake)

    After some time the monk noticed that water level gets sometimes higer due to a higher tide and that it could flood the monastery. So a smart guy among the monks calculated that if they dig another channel on the other side of the lake the water will flow into another lake. So they did and succesfully solved this tide problem. So, now by the high...

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  • Veliko jezero (Great lake)

    Big lake is an artificially created lake. In the past the monks from the monastery ruled the island and people had to pay big taxes. People revolted and to protect themselves, monks digged a channel on the eastern part of the valley and let the sea water flood the area. So, the water in the lake is actally salty. As the monastery was built on a...

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