CROATIAS BEST KEPT SECRET
The island of MIjet hugs the Dalmatian coast. Known for its beautiful scenery and serenity, it is not the typical stop for a group of 18 year old inter railers. However, wanting to relax after three weeks of roughing it in European cities, MIjet seemed ideal. We were all glad we chose, albeit completely randomly, to visit this Croatian gem.
The AirBnB we used was situated in Sobra, a sleepy costal village in the north of the island. Our apartment had a private beach accompanied with panoramic views of the Adriatic ocean. This luxury came at £14 a night each. Fair to say we were very happy with our internet trawling.
Our first day was spent in the national park of MIjet. We arrived in Pomena port mid-morning after catching the 3 hour ferry from Split. Our hospitable AirBnB host took our rucksacks in his car and we were free to explore for the rest of the day.
It cost 50,00K, roughly £6.00, for student entrance into the national park, which included a boat trip to the island of St Mary. The park encompassed two salt water lakes, surrounded by forest trails and greenery. The day was spent lounging in the sun and swimming in the warm waters. We practically had the park to ourselves, unlike Krka Falls in Split.
Before we left to catch the late afternoon ferry to Sobra from Poláce, we took a boat to Sveta Marija, in order to eat lunch at the converted monastery. You could easily spend a week at the park swimming, cycling and canoeing. We wished we had more time here.
We spent the remainder of our days eating fresh seafood at one of the two restaurants in Sobra, lazing at the beach and on our balcony recuperating from our past month of euro travelling and partying.
Mljet is a place for true escapism. Regardless of your age or budget it is an amazing place to visit to relax and unwind. Not as popular as other Croatian islands, you don’t have to contest with annoying tourists- you have it all to yourself !
Me and my friends only experienced a glimpse of Mljet island life, yet from what we saw we loved. I would recommend it to everyone… but I don’t want anyone knowing about real life paradise of course!
TOP TIPS FOR MLJET ISLAND
- Bring a book to help you chill out, internet is unreliable so you may as well disconnect for a while!
- Don’t rely on public transport or taxis. We had the fortune of a helpful host who aided us with transport. You may need to consider a car.
- Make sure you have enough cash, only a few businesses take card and cash machines are sparse, only located in ferry ports and big hotels.