Yacht Destination

Mljet Yacht Charter

Floating through the Dalmatian archipelago, it’s almost impossible not to play a game of ‘what’s your favourite Croatian island’. Maybe as yacht charter brokers we’re not meant to play favourites, but here’s ours.


Why Visit Mljet?

We kicked off your yacht charter in the medieval walled city Dubrovnik, where Danaery’s fictional dragons warred for air time with the city’s true history of invasions, earthquakes, and stunning periods of renaissance. Those on yacht charter in Dubrovnik will be torn between exploring the exotic gardens of date palms and bougainvillea, the baroque palaces and Franciscan monastery, or just passing a blissful day sunbathing, diving off the rocks and drinking cocktails on a sea terrace.

In the last article, we left you sleeping in your stateroom after a brilliant night out in Dubrovnik, as your Croatia yacht charter yacht took the short cruise across to the island of Mljet, the southernmost island in the Dalmatian archipelago.

Mljet : A Natural Paradise Apart from the World

Mljet is the most green and wild of all the Dalmatian islands, its thick mantle of green pines contrasting vividly with the almost shocking shade of blue water that laps at the rocky shore. Much of the island is National Park, where a blissful day can be spent swimming in crystal clear saltwater lakes or cycling along loamy forest paths, while the coast promises a tranquil landscape of villages and vineyards, as well as ancient shipwrecks in the deep.

Considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Croatian islands, Mljet is for those who want to escape into a paradise of secluded coves and sparkling water, swimming lazy days away as the cicadas buzz sleepily in the nearby pines. Breathe deep and let the world fall away on a yacht charter on Mljet.


History and Myth on Mljet

History and myth run deep on Mljet, stretching back to distant antiquity. The first people arrived on Mljet around 4000 years ago, discovering a gentle, heavily wooded island perfectly suited to a quiet life farming goats and sheep and growing vines and olives. In that way, Mljet hasn’t changed at all.

The new inhabitants stayed, and little wonder. This island is so dreamy that Odysseus himself was said to have stayed seven years, (even if he was captured by the nymph Calypso and kept as a sex slave in the sea cave, rendering his stay rather involuntary.) And later the pirates of Illyria came too, leaving tombs on the island to mark their passing.

The ancient Greeks then came to Mljet for holidays, and sailors sheltered their galley ships in the natural protection of Polace and Sobra harbours, where ancient amphorae still lie on the seabed as a memory of their visits.

Nymph Caves, Pirates, Roman Palaces, and Monks

The ancient Romans then made their mark from the 2nd century BC, leaving behind the ruins of a splendid palace, an early Christian basilica, and Roman baths, indicating that the town of Polace was once a thriving city in late antiquity.

Mljet is also important as a site of Christian pilgrimage. The island may not be the only island that claims to be the site of the shipwreck of St Paul the Apostle, but it is almost certainly the most beautiful island to do so. Some biblical scholars say that St Paul almost certainly spent three months on the pretty Croatian island of ‘Melita.’

In the 12th century, Benedictine monks arrived, building a Romanesque monastery on St Mary’s Island. They had total rule over the island and its subjects until 1410, when Mljet passed under the control of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The monastery is still there on the lake today, and is a superb place to visit on your Croatia yacht charter.

What To Do

Explore or relax? On charter on idyllic Mljet, you can do both, almost effortlessly. Here are some of the highlights of a day and night on Mljet so you can plan your time here.

Twin Lakes

Mljet is most famous for its twin saltwater lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, which are linked by a narrow…

Visit Odysseus Cave

As you float into the ethereal grotto blue light of Odysseus’ cave, you can imagine how it could have inspired…

Hire A Bike

Hilly, wooded Mljet is perfect for exploring by bicycle, as you cycle through the fragrant pine forest…

Shipwreck Dive

Jacques Cousteau said that Mljet was one of the most beautiful underwater realms on earth – and he knew…

A Secluded Cove

Mljet’s limestone and dolomite coast creates a rugged coastline riddled with a multitude of blue-green coves…

Visit Polace

Polace is one of the most protected bays in the Adriatic, and has been used by warships, merchant galleys…

Visit Pomena

Visit the harbour of Pomena near the lakes, where your yacht may anchor for the night. Polema is an…

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In the morning, you might like to wake up early for a refreshing swim in the lakes or off the back of the yacht, before the captain will weigh anchor and you’ll be on your way to the next beautiful destination in our Croatia Yachting Series, the island of Korčula.

To check availability and book a charter, please get in touch with Bespoke Yacht Charter today.