A green refuge from Dubrovnik’s summer crowds, this undeveloped island offers dense pinewoods and two interconnected saltwater lakes.
[AdsWithin]Contained within Mljet National Park, the emerald-green lakes are perfect for swimming (and normally a few degrees warmer than the open sea) and you can rent kayaks, too. Alternatively, hire a bike and cycle the 7.5-mile perimeter of the Big Lake, hike up to Montokuc (830ft) for fantastic views, and visit the 12th-century Benedictine monastery on an islet on the “Big Lake”.
As most visitors to Mljet come on organised day trips from Dubrovnik, once the last excursion boat has left, tranquillity reigns. Just a few yachters stay overnight, putting down anchor in sheltered bays, then hopping ashore to eat the local speciality: lobster. French deep-sea explorer Jacques Cousteau was especially fond of Mljet – you can investigate underwater caves and wrecks with the local aquatic scuba diving club (aquatica-mljet.hr).
Stay in Hotel Odisej (adriaticluxuryhotels.com), the only hotel on the island, offers basic but comfortable three-star accommodation, plus a small spa. Double rooms from £55 per night in June.
Photo: Croatian Tourist Board