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Covered in forests and dotted with tiny villages and vineyards, Mljet is a traditional and unspoilt island 23 miles from Dubrovnik. It’s the southernmost of the larger Croatian islands and offers true holiday escapism.

There are no large towns on Mljet and half the island is declared national park, making it a haven for wildlife. Known for its red and white wine, olives and goat’s cheese, this destination is bliss for visitors too – perfect for those who want to escape the tourist hotspots and enjoy a slice of old Croatia.

Culture and history

The island of Mljet was first discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote what are thought to be the first records and descriptions to include the destination. Greeks and Romans used the island for shelter during bad weather, with the ancient name for the island, Melita, coming from the Greek word for honey.

Much of the early history centres around a Benedictine monastery built on the island, which was built between 1187 and 1198. During the rule of Napoleon in the early 1800s, the Mljet monastery was disbanded, with Austria using the building for its forestry office when it took over the island. Nowadays, Mljet is well known for its cultural heritage. Its lively and bright folk costumes and wonderful handicrafts are respected around the world, paired with original folk music and dances.

Things to do

Referred to by the Lonely Planet guidebook as the “the most seductive island in the Adriatic”, Mljet is a jewel of a destination. Many of its top activities revolve around the impressive national park, which offers beautiful views, hiking routes, cycle paths and plenty of picnic spots to take everything in.

Hiring a bike is one of the best ways to explore this peaceful island, giving you the opportunity to travel to some of the many small villages, or venture along some of the coastal routes to take in the breathtaking landscape.

For an insight into the island’s history, head to the town of Polače, with its impressive Roman palace, or enjoy a slower pace at Limoni beach – the perfect place for nature lovers to soak up the wonderful Mediterranean weather.


As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.