Located on the north-west side of the island of Brač in Croatia, Milna is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby islands, brimming with authentic Croatian experiences and friendly locals who take the pomalo (slowly) way of life seriously.
On this Ferryhopper page, you can find useful information about your holidays in Milna, the best nearby beaches and attractions, as well as ferry schedules. Book cheap ferry tickets to Milna in Brač with ease!
Aerial view of the picturesque small town of Milna in Brač
Holidays in Milna
For a glimpse of island life and to ease into a relaxed village vibe, head to Milna, one of Brač's sleepy fishing villages. Situated about 18 km away from the island’s main hub of Supetar, Milna is less touristy and has, therefore, retained its unique charms and authenticity.
This charming island town bustles with tourists during the busy mornings, but by mid-afternoon it transforms into a peaceful village. By spending a few days in Milna you can admire its picturesque horseshoe-shaped harbor, take in the scenic views and access Brač’s world-famous beaches, but away from the tourist crowds.
How to get to Milna
Getting to Milna in Brač by ferry is quite easy. In fact, Milna is well connected to hotspots in the Croatian mainland, namely Split and Dubrovnik, as well as some of its neighboring islands. You can also reach one of the other ports in Brač (such as Bol and Sutivan) and then resume your journey to Milna by bus, taxi or car.
Find more information about the ferry trip to Milna below.
Useful info: Brač is home to one of the very few island airports in all of Croatia; it is situated closer to the town of Bol, however.
What to do in Milna
Mlina is the ideal spot to unwind thanks to its picturesque marina and laid-back atmosphere. Start your day here by having breakfast at a sea-facing café while watching vessels coming and going.
Then go for a leisurely walk along the charming promenade of Milna harbor, lined with waterfront restaurants and traditional stone houses, masterpieces of traditional construction. Don't miss the Baroque-style Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation and the 16th-century castle.
For nature enthusiasts, Milna boasts stunning nearby beaches and coves like Pasika and Osibova, where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on a sailing adventure from Milna's well-equipped marina, exploring secluded coves and neighboring islands.
As the day draws to a close, don't miss the opportunity to witness idyllic sunsets over the Milna harbor.
Tip: timing your visit to one of the events is also a great way to see Milna. A few noteworthy examples include the Kalaton (a unique marathon held in the narrow streets of Milna, with a children's race in the evening), the Mrduja Tug of War and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The charming waterfront promenade of Milna
Beaches in Milna
There are several beautiful sand and pebble beaches located within walking distance of Milna Town where you can unwind and soak up the sun. These are the best beaches for swimming in the area:
- Pasika: around 1.5 km from Milna, this is a spacious secluded beach that can only be accessed by boat or on foot. It consists of pebbles and offers a beautiful view of the island of Šolta. Since the rocky path is a bit challenging, we recommend wearing appropriate footwear.
- Bijaka: this is an ideal choice for families with small children, thanks to the sandy seabed and numerous facilities. Along with activities such as water sports, there are many restaurants and cafes right next to the beach serving beverages and snacks.
- Osibova: around 2 km from the town center you can find the bay of Osibova. It’s characterized by crystal-clear waters and the smell of pine trees. Nearby you can find a number of vacation homes, apartments and rooms by the sea.
- Lučice: located in a deep bay 2.5 km from the center of Milna, Lučice has a sandy sea bottom, lush pine forests and azure colored waters. It’s particularly popular among boaters since it’s protected from the wind. A number of restaurants can also be found nearby.
- Makarac: situated in the vicinity of Milna, Makarac is the ideal place for privacy and seclusion. The sea is crystal clear and there’s a pine forest offering shade to visitors. Summer houses and apartments can be found close to the beach.
Useful info: being south facing, the beaches close to Milna are usually protected from the northern winds.
Beautiful waters in a quiet bay of Milna
Sightseeing and activities in Milna
Founded at the beginning of the 17th century, this quaint coastal town boasts a few historic buildings and cultural treasures. In fact, Milna is one of the most architecturally harmonious examples of Baroque urbanism on the Dalmatian coast.
Some of our favorite attractions and sights in Milna include:
- The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, a Baroque church with a typically Dalmatian bell tower the interior of which is adorned with valuable paintings by Venetian painters
- The Anglišćina Castle, built by the Cerinić family at the end of the 16th century
- The remnants of the Gothic chapel in Osibova bay
- The Baterija Fortification, the largest fortress on the island of Brač built in 1806
- The Ražanj lighthouse, built in 1874, it provides an orientation to ships passing through the busiest Dalmatian canal - Splitska vrata (the Split Gates)
And what about Milna's outdoor activities? We have it all covered, so don't worry. Specifically:
- Climbing in Ložišće
- Boat trips to the Blue Cave and the surrounding islands
- Diving - there are multiple sunken boat locations around Milna
- Kayaking sunset trips
Fun fact: the prototype for the famous Dalmatian-style boat called Bracera was built in Milna.
The beautiful Baroque Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Milna
Nightlife in Milna
Milna is one of Brač’s more peaceful towns, so you won’t find much in terms of partying here. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t have a good time.
From dining at authentic Croatian restaurants to enjoying cocktails by the sea, Milna takes pride in its relaxed evening ambiance. Head to Olife Beach Bar and Cafe Vox for a few drinks and great views.
For wilder nights, head to Bol or Supetar. Nightlife there lasts until the early morning sun.
Food in Milna
Milna harbor is well known for its top-notch restaurants, offering a culinary experience that has significantly contributed to Milna's appeal. The town's coastal location and maritime heritage contribute to the abundance of delicious fresh seafood options available. In addition to grilled fish and octopus, prawns and mussels, in Milna you can also find common Dalmatian dishes, as well as Brač’s specialties.
We highly recommend the following signature dishes to try out in Milna, Brač:
- vitalac (lamb offal skewered, salted and wrapped in lamb's sheath)
- butalac (lamb leg stuffed with aromatic herbs and drizzled with wine)
- tingul (stewed lamb)
- pašticada stew, served with homemade gnocchi
- brudet (fish stew)
- sheep milk cheese
- procip (1-day-old sheep cheese fried in caramelized sugar)
- smutica (drink made from fresh goat's milk mixed with red wine)
- fritule (fried balls sprinkled with sugar)
Useful information about Milna
Both islanders and visitors adore Milna since it offers them all the necessities, including entertainment options, shops, gas stations, and ATMs. In regards to accommodation, you have a wide range of options, from hotels and villas to seaside apartments. Alternatively, the nearest campsite is located in Supetar.
In Milna you will also find a pharmacy, but the nearest hospital is located in Supetar.
A charming cobbled alley in Milna
Important phone numbers for your stay in Milna
When staying in Milna, Brač, these phone numbers might come in handy:
- Port Authority Milna: +38521636205
- Municipality of Milna: +38521636212
- Pharmacy Milna: +38521636607
- Tourist Office: +38521636233
- Police Department Supetar: +38521631145
- European emergency number: 112
Transportation in Milna
Brač is one of the largest central Dalmatian Islands, so it’s a good idea to hire a car in Milna to explore the entire island at your leisure.
If you’d rather explore the surrounding area on foot, keep in mind that the 140 km long VIA BRATTIA hiking trail, which connects the island’s 12 most attractive historic and cultural locations, passes through Milna.
Alternatively, since all of Brač is networked with cycling trails, you can move around by bicycle during your vacation in Milna.
Ports in Milna
Milna, or as the Venetians called it, the “Cove of 1000 ships”, is well known as being one of the safest and most sheltered harbors on the island. In fact, it has been a safe haven for sailors since antiquity. Today, Milna Harbor maintains its importance as a marina for yachts and boats, attracting sailors and sea lovers from all over the world.
Keep in mind that ferries usually depart from a ferry terminal close to Marina Vlaska, a 15-20 minute walk away from the center of the town of Milna. You will find several restaurants and shops nearby.
If you wish to reach the port from other towns of Brač, there are convenient bus connections, though their timetables may differ depending on the season.
Island hopping from Milna
Milna in Brač is an ideal starting point if you want to spend your vacation exploring more than one Dalmatian island. Specifically, you can reach the following Croatian islands from Milna:
Tip: check out our ultimate island guide if you’re interested in learning more about the best Croatian Islands.
Milna ferry: schedules and tickets
You can easily travel to Milna (Brač) by ferry from 2 ports in mainland Croatia: Split and Dubrovnik. Specifically:
- Split - Milna ferry: you can catch a ferry from Split to Milna with at least 1 daily sailing all year round. Split - Milna ferry prices range from approximately €5 to €10, with the trip lasting around 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Dubrovnik - Milna ferry: there are seasonal ferries from Dubrovnik to Milna that make the crossing in about 4-4.5 hours. Ferry ticket prices cost around €45.
Useful info: not sure what to anticipate when taking the ferry in Croatia? View our complete guide about Croatian ferries to travel like a pro.
Ferries at the port of Milna
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