Combining relaxing beaches with freshwater springs and rich greenery, holidays to Mlini offer tranquillity not far from buzzing Dubrovnik.

Pretty as a picture

Just a 20-minute drive down the coast from Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, the old village of Mlini's peppered with signs of its ancient roots. On the town's doorstep, Mlini Bay is a perfect swathe of white pebbles along a crystal-clear sea – with a backdrop of pine-covered mountains to boot.

Cocktails on the promenade

Seafront cafes are just the place for watching the world go slowly by. Whether sipping your morning coffee or a cheeky afternoon cocktail, you'll soon get why both the locals and the tourists are enchanted by this little corner of Croatia.

Mlini's fun side

Peace and quiet aren't the only things on offer in Mlini. Thrill-seekers can hire out jet-skis from the harbour and zoom off to the nearby islets. If the breeze is blowing, hit the water for a spot of windsurfing.

Dinner with a view

The traditional Croatian restaurants in Mlini turn the catch of the day into scrumptious specialities. You'll find plenty of them between pine trees and overlooking the town beach. Settle in to treat yourself to a swordfish steak – washed down with a tasty local vintage, naturally.

At a Glance

  • Sip a cocktail under the cool shade of pine trees
  • Jet-ski across the water to find hidden caves
  • Tuck in to a fresh seafood platter at a waterfront restaurant