Mljet is 23 miles from Dubrovnik and is the southernmost of the larger islands; it covers an area of 62 square miles (100 square km). Over two-thirds of the island is covered by forest with the western half of the island declared a National Park. Visitors must pay an entrance fee for the park, and adhere to certain rules.
The main places on Mljet are Sobra, where the ferries and catamarans dock at, Pomena, which probably has the most tourist facilities, Polace and Govedjari.
The Lonely Planet guidebook calls it “the most seductive island in the Adriatic”. Prince Charles has visited the island twice and was enchanted by its beauty on his visits.
Mljet is famous for the lakes on the island – Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero (Big Lake and Small Lake) and the abandoned 12th century (at least originally – it has been rebuilt over the years) Benedictine monastery that is located on an island in the middle of Veliko Jezero. (An island on an island!) Enquire locally for boat trips to the island.
One of the nicest things to do on Mljet is to hire a bike and explore this peaceful and lush island via its many paths.
History of Mljet
The majority of the other islands featured in this section have pretty straightforward histories. How’s about this for something different? According to legend, Mljet is the beautiful island of Ogygia where the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive for seven years.
The ancient name for the island is Melitta, which comes from the Greek melitte nesos, meaning honey isle. Lovely!
The island became part of the Republic of Dubrovnik in 1345, under whose control it remained until 1808 before becoming French, then Austrian. It became part of Yugoslavia in 1918, and was part of the Croatia that declared independence in 1991.
Getting to Mljet
There’s a daily catamaran service, run by G & V Line, from Dubrovnik to Sobra on the island of Mljet. Journey time is about an hour, and some boats sail via the island of Sipan. In the summer months – July and August – some services also sail on from Mljet to the island of Korcula.
The coastal car ferry route run by Jadrolinija – which sails from Dubrovnik up to Rijeka – also sails via Sobra. The full route is from Dubrovnik, Sobra, Korcula, Stari Grad on Hvar, Split and Rijeka (and vice versa, of course) so you can utilise it to make your way to Mljet from any of these locations. As it’s a ferry, it is a little slow, however, and it only sails twice a week and only in high season.
Jadrolinija also run a car ferry service from Prapratno on the mainland (on the Peljesac peninsula) to Sobra; this ferry runs several times a day and has a journey time of 45 minutes. This option would be the most suitable for reaching the island of Mljet if you have your own car.
The island of Mljet can also be easily reached on a day trip from Dubrovnik or Korcula.
Getting Around on Mljet
Buses on Mljet will take you around the island – there’s a bus that goes from Sobra to Pomena (via Polace and Goverdjari) on the west of the island, and another from Sobra to Saplunara (via Prozura and Korita) on the east of the island; take a look at this map from Libertas Dubrovnik for details of these two routes. These routes aren’t all that frequent, but enquire locally upon arrival for bus schedules.
Otherwise, taxis also exist on Mljet to take you where you’re going!
Accommodation on Mljet
There is only one hotel on the island, the Hotel Odisej; however, private accommodation is also available. See our page on Accommodation on Mljet.