Things to do in Mljet
Mljet’s principal attraction is its National Park covering the western third of the island.
From the main ticket office at Pristanište, it’s a short walk to the twin saltwater lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero, attached by a channel of water. You can also buy tickets at Polače, Pomena, Vrbovica, Pristanište and Mali most. Veliko Jezero is connected to the Adriatic by the Soline Canal and, like the sea, it has tidal flows. Make sure you know which way the current is going and don’t get swept out. Malo Jezero is ideal for children. There isn’t much of a shore. Take a deep breath and plunge in – the water is quite warm.
In the centre of Veliko Jezero is the tiny islet of St Mary with the church of the same name and a 12th-century Benedictine Monastery on it. Beneath the church is the former monastery, abandoned in the 19th century and now occupied by a restaurant. The monastery building housed the government offices for forest management until 1941. After World War II it was turned into a hotel, only to be looted and ruined during the Croatian War of Independence. Most visit the monastery islet by a little hourly boat (20kn) that goes from the little bridge on Malo Jezero. You can also hire a small canoe from the same place and row there.