We’ve touched down in Mlini, Croatia. Couldn’t be more excited to spend the week exploring!
There’s really no-one in the world I’d rather hang out with than parents, and Riz of course! My mum retired earlier this year and as a kick off to her retirement my wonderful dad promised to take the whole family to Croatia – and here we are now! Only my brother is missing because he had to work.. boo! We miss you Mikko! We usually travel as a family somewhere at least once a year, that gives us a chance to spend some quality time together since we don’t all live in the same country.
We wanted to stay near Dubrovnik, but in a less crowded and more intimate location and for that Mlini is absolutely perfect. Only 10km away from Dubrovnik, Mlini is definitely easy on the eye; small and idyllic seaside village surrounded by Mediterranean fragrant pine trees, little streams bubbling away, crystal clear natural beaches and pebbly coves. The lively seafront promenade has a couple of lovely cafes and konobas serving most amazing fresh seafood.
Mlini (mills, Latin Molina) gets its name from being located between numerous freshwater springs that use to power grain and oil mills in the past. Mlini is also famous for its historical and cultural heritage and Greek and Roman settlements dating back to the ancient times.
So if you are like us and search for a quiet, relaxed and beautiful little place near Dubrovnik to spend time with family or friends while enjoying the sun and the sea; Mlini is your answer.
Water taxis are available from the promenade every hour or so, along with many excursions to nearby islands. There is also a regular bus service to Dubrovnik every half an hour.
We (once again) booked our accommodation Villa Fede through Airbnb. One of the best aspects of Airbnb housing is that you can get a glimpse into the world of locals, that doesn’t necessarily open to hotel guests. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, beautiful villa is owned by a lovely couple, Derek and Federika and they make you feel right at home. The villa is modern and very comfortable with breathtaking sea views that you can’t get enough of and we just kept admiring them from our balcony.
On our first evening, we headed to a friendly taverna, known to locals as Konoba Lanterna. We tucked into just-caught seafood in view of the marina and enjoyed our chilled local wine.
We started our first morning by jumping into the turquoise sea, soaking up the sun and enjoying the gentle and warm sea breeze few steps down from our Airbnb, Villa Fede.
This lovely restaurant is located right on the beach that’s between Mlini and Srebreno. I can’t remember the name, it’s apparently quite new, but you can easily find it by walking towards Srebreno along the seaside – well worth a visit!
I’d love to hear about some of your experiences from Croatia as well, so remember to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail once you are done reading the post. I hope you guys have a lovely week!