Mlini is a very pretty fishing village on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, just 11 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik. It has become a lively resort, packed with shops, cafés and restaurants, but preserves much of its original charm. Overlooking a beautiful bay backed by wooded hills, it boasts pretty shingle beaches and secluded coves with sparkling blue seas. There are facilities for every imaginable water sport, and a host of picturesque historic towns and villages to explore just inland. And magnificent Dubrovnik, with its exquisite walled old town, is only a 10-minute drive away.
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Mlini’s enchanting little coves and fine shingle beaches with crystal-clear waters are some of the best on the gorgeous Dalmatian Coast. Yachts and fishing boats bob in the pretty harbour, and you’ll find a host of water sports and aquatic activities on offer, from paddle boarding to parasailing. The historic streets of this charming town are sprinkled with a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and bars, and you’ll find plenty more just 10 minutes’ drive away in the breathtaking city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik’s magnificent walled old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its cobbled streets and elegant squares full of enchanting cafés and boutiques.
Mlini has a wide choice of restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. Take your pick from relaxed cafés and traditional tavernas offering delicious specialities from the Dalmatian Coast. You’ll find lots of wonderfully fresh seafood, of course, including the fabulous shellfish – the local prawns, and the oysters from Ston are famous. You could also try local dishes such as peka, a sort of stew made with eithermeat and seafood (often lamb or octopus) prepared in a bell-shaped pot and cooked over an open fire, or one of the tasty pasta dishes, such as tagliatelle with prawns. Finish up with rožata, the local version of crème brûlée, which is delicately flavoured with rozalin (rose liqueur).
Mlini is a fantastic destination for a holiday with the kids. Relaxed and peaceful, it nonetheless boasts plenty of activities for children of all ages, along with lots of convenient shops and family-friendly restaurants and cafés. Life in this tranquil town revolves around the beaches, which are strung out around the sheltered bay. The clean, calm waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and paddling, and there are loads of water sports available, from sailing and paddleboarding to jet skis and parasailing. You can also take water taxis from the harbour to Dubrovnik and some of the pretty little coves along this gorgeous stretch of coast.
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You’ll find a fantastic choice of water sports available in Mlini and the adjoining resorts of Kupari and Soline, with plenty more in the larger resort of Cavtat. Activities include windsurfing, water skiing, parasailing, fishing, snorkelling and diving, and you’ll find lots of local suppliers that can arrange equipment rental and organise excursions. The Dalmatian Coast is also a fantastic destination for hiking, with several scenic routes around Mlini. Inland, there are more beautiful walks, as well as places to go rafting and climbing. You might also fancy a boat trip to the Elafiti islands or the Mljet archipelago, now a national park.
Mlini overlooks a beautiful bay that is dotted with a series of little coves, each lovelier than the last. Shaded by cypress and pine trees, most of these coves boast small beaches of fine shingle and overlook the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. The main beach extends from the pretty harbour, and is a long stretch of white shingle, overlooking shallow and transparent waters. Beyond it is a series of miniature coves and bays, which are mostly linked by a boardwalk or path. There is a host of water sports available here, whether you want to rent a jet ski or have a go at parasailing.
Mlini is a vibrant resort, and you’ll find a wide choice of cafés, bars and pubs where you can while away the balmy summer evenings with an ice-cold drink in hand. However, because the town is geared largely towards families and couples, you won’t find big nightclubs or much in the way of serious party hot spots. But you could always head into Dubrovnik, which is just a 10-minute drive away, and offers a wider choice of nightlife, including some fabulous beach clubs and nightclubs. There is also a lively nightlife scene in Cavtat, a beach resort located about a 15-minute drive to the east of Mlini.
Mlini is a perfect destination for a romantic holiday. The hills tumble prettily into the turquoise bay, boats bob gently in the harbour, enchanting coves and beaches beckon, and the streets are dotted with charming churches and historic buildings. It’s truly an idyllic setting for romance! You can sprawl on the beach and soak up the sun, enjoy a languid seafood lunch on the waterfront, perhaps take a boat trip around the lovely coastline, and then enjoy a relaxed cocktail as the sun goes down. The glorious city of Dubrovnik, justly nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is only a 10-minute drive away, and its narrow streets and charming squares couldn’t be more romantic.
Mlini has a long history, and boasts some charming historic churches plus some picturesque mills after which it is named. Just 10 minutes away, you’ll find one of the great architectural jewels of the Mediterranean: Dubrovnik. This magnificent walled city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thanks to its beautifully preserved historic quarter, which is replete with palaces, churches and elegant squares. You can take a walk around the top of the ancient walls to admire the stunning views, visit one of the city’s outstanding monuments, such as the handsome Rector’s Palace or take a look at one of the many fascinating museums, which are dedicated to everything from modern art to local history.