Croatia Sailing Destinations

Croatia sailing destinations: Mljet

The island of Mljet is the southernmost of larger Croatian islands and its surface of approximately 100 km2 the eight largest in the country. Its narrow and elongated shape of 20 nautical miles in length extends in a northwest-southeast direction parallel to the mainland.

Given that it is sparsely populated and that almost 85% of the island is covered with forest and other lush vegetation, it is often referred to as the “green island”. This fact indicates its amazing landscape which impresses with unspoiled natural beauty and diversity, including numerous secluded coves that make it also a popular boating destination.

Nevertheless, there are about twenty small settlements on the island, majority of which are located in the well-protected bays along the northern coast. The most famous are Saplunara with its beautiful sandy beach, Okuklje, Prožura, Sobra, Polače and Pomena, all being both magical and safe anchorages as well. There are also several inland settlements, of which Goveđari and Babino Polje are the largest on the island.

The most interesting sights on Mljet include ancient remains of impressive Roman Palace in Polače, the second largest of its kind in Croatia, as well as the magnificent Mljet National Park, proclaimed in 1960 because of incredibly well preserved nature and its lavish greenery. Park covers almost one-third of the island on its westernmost part, including two beautiful lakes linked with the sea by a very narrow channel. There is even a small island on the larger lake with the stunning 12th century Benedictine monastery.