National Park Mljet (island Mljet) Locate On Map
National Park Mljet (island Mljet) - Tourist InformationHighlights:
- Untouched nature
- Cliffs, caves, islands
- Veliko (Large) and Malo (Small) Lakes
- Beautiful forests
- Island of St. Mary
- Cultural and historical heritage
- Animal life and rich vegetation
National park Mljet is located on north-west side of island Mljet in region of South Croatia. National park Mljet includes area from Crna Klada to cape Goli and settlements: Polace, Govedari, Soline, Pristaniste, Pomena. National park Mljet is located on area of 5375 ha.
National park Mljet is divided from peninsula Peljesac by Mljet's Canal which is 8 km wide.
Settlement Polace is main tourist port. Govedari is the oldest settlement on island Mljet. In settlement Pristaniste is administration of National park Mljet. The only hotel on island Mljet is located in settlement Pomena.
You can get to island Mljet by boat, ferry, car.
If you are coming by plane, you will land in Airport Dubrovnik located in Cilipi. Then you can get taxi boat or rent a boat and get to island Mljet privately or you can go with ferry. Island Mljet is connected with mainland and other islands with ferry port Sobra. Sobra is connected with Korcula, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Zadar.
If you want to visit National park Mljet with a boat you can use boat rentals or go on boat excursion on Mljet or from other coastal and island towns. You can also use private car transfers or private boat transfers on island Mljet.
National park Mljet is declared as national park on 11th of November 1960. National park Mljet has been declared as area of special purpose because of:
- Large and Small lakes system which represents unique geological and oceanographic phenomenon
- Rich woods which are protected from strong winds
- Unique look of coast, cliffs, reefs and islands
- Island of St. Mary which is located in Large lake. It has Benedictine monastery and a church from 12th century
- Locality Polace with Roman palace
- Cultural and historical heritage from Illyrian times
Large Lake was made by immersing of karst field. Surface of Large lake is 1,45 km2, lenght 2,5 km, width 1 km, depth 46 m. Large lake is connected with sea by canal called Large bridge and Soline Canal. Canal Large bridge is wide canal which used to be narrower. In 1958. Large bridge was demolished so that Josip Broz Tito's yacht could come into the lake. In settlement Soline used to be mill for salt production. In Soline Canal Benedictines built a stone cross when they arrived to island.
Island St. Mary is located on south side of the Large lake. On it is Benedictine monastery which was built by Benedictines in 12th century. Islnd St. Mary has dimensions 120x200 m. On south-east corner of monastery is defense tower. In 1869. monastery was abandoned. Legend says that Benedictines cursed inhabitants by doing everything backwards. On the porch of church of St. Mary is coat of arms of Gundulics.
Small Lake is located north-west of Large Lake with which is connected by 30 m long canal Small bridge. Surface of a lake is 0,25 km2 and depth 29 m.
Roman Palace is located in settlement Polace. It is not known for sure when palace was built. Palace is consisted of Antique palace, warehouse for galleys, arsenal, spa and two Early Christian basilicas. Spa is located 20 m far from main palace wall.
In 5th century inhabitants were directed to production of salt, olive oil, honey, wine, cheese and meat. Roman Palace in Polace is third largest Roman monument in Croatia. Port has drinking water source and is protected by four small islands.
Animal life in National park Mljet is consisted of mongoose, wild boar, mouflon, fallow deer, blue fish, white fish, shellfish, snakes, lizards, birds, owls, field mouse, hedgehog, bats, common rabbit, marten...
In 1909. on island Mljet was brought Indian small mongoose to destroy the snakes, but mongoose started to attack poultry, so it made a lot of problems for inhabitants.
Vegetation in National park Mljet is very rich. Aleppo pine woods is located around the lakes. Island Mljet is often called Green Island.
Climate in National park Mljet is Mediterranean. It has dry and warm summers and mild winters with a lot of rain. Most often winds on island Mljet are bora and scirocco. Bora is cold wind and scirocco is wet wind.
Highest peak on island Mljet is Veliki Grad, 514 m.
Archaeological sites and monuments:
- Area of island Ovrat – Antique shipwreck
- Areas of island Maslinovac and cape Glavat– amphora findings
- Area of port Polace – Antique shipwreck, amphoras, ceramics...
- Remains of villae rusticae
- Early Christian basilica from 5th-6th century
- Roman Palace from 5th century
In the sea of National park Mljet:
- Date mussels is roller shellfish which lives in cliffs and rocks and underwater caves. It is strictly protected species.
- The noble periska lives in muddy bottom, in depth of 2-30 m. It is protected species. Inside periska lives small crab. Sometimes in periskas can be found small pearl.
- Scallop has two shells. It is 8-15 cm long.
- Stone clod coral reef is located in Large lake, in depth of 4 and 18 m.
- Jellyfish Aurelia is located only in this area in the world. It is not dangerous for swimmers.
National park Mljet telephone: +385(0)20 744 041
During tourist season – 08h-20h
From November till March – at announcement
Official entrances: Polace, Crna klada and Pomena
Organized tour includes ticket for visitor which includes boat ride to island St. Mary, parking, insurance, van transfer for visitors in Polace. Tours can include 2 hour sightseeing, half-day or full-day excursions, biking or walking tours...
Visitors must follow rules:
- No damaging cultural, archaeological and historical remains and findings
- Not lighting a fire
- No smoking
- No killing, stalking, capturing or harassing animals
- No carrying firearms
- No hunting, no fishing
- No camping
- No walking in woods during the night
- No diving in lakes
- No marine pollution
- No picking or damaging plants
- No waste disposal
- No entering without ticket
National park Mljet accommodation is offered in hotel or private houses, apartments and rooms.