Milna history

Milna was founded in the 17th century and developed around the Cerinić kaštil fortress. This noble family from Nerežišća chose the Milna inlet to build their fort and a church. During this period the settlement of Milna grew around the church and in 1783 a new baroque parish church was built – Our Lady of Annunciation. Another unique example of cultural heritage are the remains of the Gothic church in the Osibova bay. An interesting fact about Milna, during the Napoleon wars, in 1820, the Russian fleet installed its naval base here.

Milna is naturally oriented toward the sea. It is known for its shipowners and sea captains whose vessels sailed all over the Mediterranean and faraway oceans. Mid 19th century Milna shipyards produced no less then 16 sailboats. The prototype of the famous Dalmatian-style boat bracera was built in Milna of all places. The name bracera (brah-tze-rah) comes from Brazza, the Italian name for Brač.


Milna lies on the western coast of the island of Brač. During the period of Venetian rule it earned its Italian name of Valle di mille navi – The Bay of Thousand Ships. The inviting coves of Milna are a favorite stopover for many of those who sail the islands of Central Dalmatia. The bay of Milna is considered the most sheltered as well as the most beautiful on the island. Even the most demanding among sailing enthusiasts will find a spot they like in any one of its 3 well-equipped marinas. Milna’s long, beautiful seafront is adorned with stone houses; each a little piece of art and local craftsmanship in its own right. Dominating the town is Milna’s baroque church with a characteristic Dalmatian bell tower. The inside of the church is decorated with precious paintings by Venetian artists. In the past Milna was known for shipbuilding. It was here that the first Dalmatian-style boat bracera was built. Graceful yet neglected old houses of former shipowners and captains line the seafront. At the northern end of the harbor remains a stone house once owned by monks from the Blaca hermitage or Blaca monastery, who used it to sell or barter their products and connect with the World.

Today, Milna is a well known tourist destination and a favorite sailing harbor. Besides its historical sights, natural beauty and irresistible charm of a typical Dalmatian small town, Milna wins anyone over with healthy Mediterranean cuisine full of fresh seafood, high-quality olive oil and locally made wine. Visitors can enjoy watersports, diving, sailing or fishing, while staying at a hotel, a villa or one of many apartments for rent. Anyone looking to explore the surroundings will be thrilled by the many hidden coves, in particular the Lučice bay, Bobovišće harbor and the nearby village of Ložišća. And lastly, one of the most characteristic things about Milna is the tiny island of Mrduja, located at the entrance to the harbor.