Mlini – Croatia

Mlini, Croatia | Karoliina Kazi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!


  1. 19th June 2016 / 12:28 pm

    The scenery is so lush and serene, it looks like the perfect place to recharge. Your posts I’ve seen so far usually include lovely photos of the rooms — was there a reason you didn’t do that this time?

      22nd June 2016 / 11:48 pm

      Hi Sue! Croatia is so beautiful, it was our first time near Dubrovnik area and we all really enjoyed it. I didn’t get a chance to use the wifi (which is always rather refreshing) while in Montenegro and therefore couldn’t reply sooner. You are right, I often post pictures from hotels, but with Airbnb I sometimes feel odd doing that since it’s someone’s home. So instead I decided to share the image of the sea view only and add a link to their own images of the property in case someone wants to check it out. I have so many blogs to catch up on now, I’ll start with yours 🙂

  2. 9th July 2016 / 7:25 am

    What a wonderful location for a family holiday! I’ve never been to Croatia, but your post and excellent photos are a great advertisement for the place.

      9th July 2016 / 10:01 am

      Thank you so much – its a magnificent place and the coastline is absolutely stunning. I especially love Brac and Hvar islands that we visited last summer.

  3. 14th October 2016 / 10:02 am

    That place looks so beautiful and idyllic – perfect for a stress free holiday. Not sure I would have managed to leave that little village during my holiday at all, I’d just stayed there and enjoyed 🙂 I also love the Airbnb tip – I always try and find a holiday apartment rather than a hotel because I like experiencing my destinations like a local rather than a tourist.
    Katja xxx

  4. 14th October 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Love the idea of travelling once a year as a family makes so much sense. Croatia looks so beautiful. The food looks delish.

  5. 14th October 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Kroatia on aina ollut mulle vähän semmosta harmaata aluetta, siellä olis tosi ihana päästä joskus piipahtamaan! 🙂 Oon kuullut tosi monelta että on ihana paikka 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  6. 14th October 2016 / 4:51 pm

    The place looks just amazing. I love the pictures totally, makes me wanna be there.

  7. 14th October 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Wonderful pics!! Place looks too beautiful and serene!! Short Waterfall, walkways, stress free area and obviously food! A total thumbs up from my end

    • 14th October 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you. Its a lovely little village where you can walk everywhere and truly relax. And the sound of water is just a cherry on top.

  8. 14th October 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I’ve never been to Croatia but I knew a friend who studied abroad there and just loved it! The architecture just looks incredible!

    • 14th October 2016 / 10:52 pm

      We have completely fallen in love and Im sure you would too 🙂

  9. 15th October 2016 / 6:50 am

    what a stunning place to visit and the food looked to die for, most definitely need to visit this in the future, looks so peaceful and serene 🙂

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