Looking for a European getaway with the tranquillity and allure of the Caribbean but without the price tag? We are students after all, and budgeting is a priority. If so, look no further…The island of MIjet hugs the Dalmatian coast and is known for its beautiful scenery and serenity. Although not the typical destination for the younger traveller, it is the ideal place to kick back and relax –especially after a week partying in Croatia’s nearby party hubs of Split and Hvar.
Mljet island can be reached by ferry from the main ports of Croatia including Split, Korcula, Hvar and Dubrovnik with return tickets under €20. There is a selection of Airbnb’s and cheap hotels situated in the various sleepy costal villages of Sobra, Polače, Pomena or the sandy beaches of Saplunara. Where apartments with panoramic sea views and private beaches (yes private beaches) can be obtained on student budget!
The National Park is Mljet’s main attraction, two large salt water lakes surrounded by forest trails and greenery. Entry is 50,00K, roughly £6.00, for student entrance into the national park and this ticket lasts for the duration of your stay and includes a boat trip to the island of St Mary. Spend a few days here lounging in the sun, swimming in the warm waters, cycling around the forest trails or taking part in the water sports on the lakes.
Mljet is an island for true escapism. Regardless of your age or budget it is an amazing place to visit where you can truly relax and unwind. Not as popular as the other Croatian islands, it is an ideal place to visit when travelling around the Adriatic coast for a spring or summer break.
TOP TIPS FOR MLJET ISLAND
1)Bring a book to help you chill out.
2) Don’t rely on public transport or taxis. Hosts of hotels and apartments can be helpful but you may need to consider a car rental, although check you have the right documents beforehand.
3) Make sure you have enough cash before reaching the island, some towns are very small and not all businesses take card.
Text and photos by Eve Willis