Luka Polace

Located at the western end of Otok Mljet on its northern shore, the large inlet of Luka Polace is protected at its broad mouth by four larger islands (Tajnik, Moračnik, Ovrata and Kobrava.) and several smaller ones. Running inland to the west it opens into a large bay over 300 metres wide and 800 metres long with the village of Polace (123 people) located around its southern shores.

Though well surrounded the bay is subject to strong gusts in westerly and north-westerly winds and a during a Sirrocco (blowing from the east) the bay is large enough that waves can build up making the anchorage uncomfortable.

Polace’s economy centres around tourism with a number of restaurants (at least 6) offering their own dockage or mooring buoys, some with power and water, on the basis that you frequent their establishments. For those who do not have a recommendation and do not want to gamble on cost or quality there is also a large anchorage in the north and west of the bay, here you can drop anchor in 5-15 metres of water.

The Polace Anchorage

All visiting yachts, regardless of whether you use a private dock, a buoy or an anchor will be charged for visiting the National Park at a rate of 90Kn per head. This price includes entry to the park, a bus to and from the Velo Jezero and access (via a short boat ride) to the monastery of Sv. Marija.

Polace is one of two entrance points to the Mljet National Park and is a beautiful enclosed bay surrounded by thick and ancient woodland. Paths provide generally well marked walking routes through the woodland to other areas of the National Park (including Velo Jezero) and around the bay and for those who are feeling more energetic bicycle hire is available in the village.

Other than bicycle hire and the National Park ticket office, Polace village is very basic, there are a couple of small shops, the restaurants and very little else. You may even struggle to find a bar/cafe as the night draws in as the restaurants turn to serving food and though not actively discouraging drinks-only customers, this is definitely not their focus. We did find one establishment within the walls of the old Roman Palace (from which the village and the bay draws its name)  located at the west end of the village close to the ferry pier and the National Park office just inside the palace gate.

A cafe within the walls of the Roman Palace

There is no doubt that you visit Polace for the National Park, they bay is very beautiful, but in the summer season it is busy and provides only limited shelter in some conditions. The services (with the exception of eateries) are very limited so if you are looking for main stream urban shops or repair services etc this is probably not the place for you. If you want to dine in a beautiful location and have access to miles of woodland walks and the National Park it is a good place to stop.

On a final note it is difficult to know how to grade Luka Polace - it is very beautiful and as a result busy - but you should not let this put you off. For us it rated between 3 and 4 Flags, so we have err’d on the side of caution and rated it 3. It is one of two official entrance points for the National Park (the other being Pomena) but some of the services are exceedingly basic and can be patchy in quality - so buyer beware...