The picturesque town of Milna is located on the western coast of Brač Island in Central Dalmatia. It is surrounded by beautiful sandy and pebbly beaches, and you can admire the Venetian architecture in the port. What to do in Milna? We are going to show you the programmes you can choose from in town and in the near vicinity.
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Things to do in Milna: Beaches and sports opportunities
- What to do in Milna: The nature calls
- The main sights to see in town
- Traditions and events in Milna
- Gastronomy of Milna
If you would like to swim and sunbathe in a peaceful environment, we particularly recommend the beaches in Milna; as they are less known by the public, you don’t have to worry about the crowd. The best choices include Makarac on the western coast or Salbunara located opposite Šolta Island. Both have a pebbly beach and slowly deepening waters. If you visit the town, you won’t be disappointed by Pasikova, Maslinova, Osibova, and Vlaska either.
The beaches, which have crystal clear waters, are facing the south, so they are perfectly protected from the northern winds. As for watersports, scuba-diving and sailing are definitely worth trying here. Land sports that you can do here include football, beach volleyball, basketball, table tennis or bocce; the latter is a traditional Dalmatian sport recommended for any age group.
The 12 km2 Sutivan National Park. is 3 kilometres west of Sutivan, in the middle of a pine forest. You can spend a whole day here with your family. You can see peacocks, pheasants, turkeys, doves, and ducks. In addition, there are wilder animals such as mouflon, deer, ostriches, and wild boars. Of course, the park also houses domestic animals like goats, donkeys, and rabbits. As for Mediterranean flora, you will be surrounded by olive trees, lemon and orange trees, mimosa, lavender, sage, pampas, and oleanders. Interestingly, the restaurants on the island use many of these flowers to enrich the local dishes and drinks.
There are several decorative manors and other breathtaking buildings in the port of Milna. Most of them originate in Venetian times. The main sights include the Baroque St. Mary of the Assumption Church built-in 1783. The building has a lavishly ornamented facade and an interior with giant columns and bright spaces. It is decorated with the most beautiful altarpiece on the entire island of Brač, and the carved tombstones that we see here were made by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendić. There are two giant palm trees standing outside, giving an even more unique look to the church. It is recommended to visit the castle Anglešćina located above the port, built by the Cerinić family for protection. Due to its characteristics, the building was later transformed into a residential building.
They organise several programs during the summer months, offering visitors a taste of the atmosphere of the town and insight of its gastronomy and music. It is particularly important to mention events such as the Fishermen’s Festival, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the celebration of Our Lady of the Annunciation in August.
The town is characterised by Mediterranean cuisine with fresh frutti di mare, excellent olive oil and local wines of the greatest quality. If you are looking for a nice lunch or dinner, we particularly recommend the restaurant Bago, located near the port of Marina Vlaska. You can expect a friendly staff and a fast service here. They have fresh fish, grilled octopus, and delicious steak on their menu. Another great restaurant is the Navigara, which can be found at the port ACI Marina Milna. They are also known for their tasty dishes and friendly service; they prepare some of their meals in an open kitchen setting.
Milna, which has over 300 berths, is a perfect destination. There is a wonderful natural park and beaches with crystal clear waters nearby, and we also recommend that you try the local specialties. Read more if you plan Milna sailing or rent a boat in Milna.