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Milna
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Milna inlet from SE

The bay of Milna is situated at the SW tip of the island of Brac in Croatia, a mile E of the narrow channel that separates the island from its neighbour, Solta Island. It is a very busy harbour during the summer, hosting several hundred yachts at its two marinas of Marina Milna and Marina Vlaska and its town quay to the north of the prominent church at the head of the inlet. As the most sheltered natural harbour on the island, Milna inlet has been in use since Roman times and was subsequently adopted as a naval base by Venetian, Napoleonic and Russian fleets. The harbour has good all-round shelter, although strong W winds cause some swell on the town quay.

Charts

British Admiralty
2712
Croatian charts
MK18
Imray
M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)

Weather

Diurnal winds among the islands are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5, although gusting is common in narrow channels between islands and on the lee side of headlands. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains affect some of the islands close to the mainland coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms - luckily of short duration - with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the coast from Rijeka down to Zadar, although its effects can be felt as far south as Split.

Equally prevalent in winter - although not uncommon in summer - is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The approach to Milna has no dangers. There are three branches of the inlet. The first inlet to port on entry contains the small marina of Marina Vlaska; the top of the inlet branches into two, the part to port being shallow and containing local boat moorings only, the part to starboard containing Marina Milna. Straight ahead is the town quay, part of which (from the red port marker southwards) is operated by Marina Milna, the remainder being ‘public quay’. Depths in the entrance are over 20.0 metres; in the Marina Vlaska inlet 4.0 - 8.0 metres; in the Marina Milna inlet 3.0 - 4.0 metres and along the town quay 2.0 - 3.0 metres.

Entrance

Split is the nearest all-year round port of entry. During the summer, Hvar, Vis and, if arriving from N, Primosten on the mainland are also ports of entry.

Berthing

Yachts moored on Milna town quay

In addition to the two marinas there are two other berthing options in Milna:

  1. Town quay
    The section of town quay to the S of the red light structure is part of Marina Milna. N of the light structure, however, is public quay and yachts may moor here bows or stern-to using their anchors in depths of 3.0 metres. At quiet times or for short periods it may be possible to lie alongside. Shelter here is good, although strong W winds cause a swell on the quay. There are no facilities on this section of the quay.
  2. South quay
    The south quay is the section of inlet from the fuel berth to starboard on entry as far as the marina boatyard and reception pier. It is possible to go alongside here (depths are too great for anchoring until you get near to the boatyard). However, this position is subject to considerable wash from the ferries which run twice daily to Split on most weekdays. Shelter here is good - apart from the ferry wash - but strong W winds cause a swell.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina Milna - the ACI-operated marina of Marina Milna offers 189 berths for yachts up to 25 metres in depths of up to 7.0 metres.
  • Marina Vlaska - offers 90 berths for yachts up to 20 metres in depths of up to 8.0 metres.

Anchorages

It is possible to anchor with care in the N cove at the head of Milna inlet, clear of the local boat moorings and the fairway to the town quay. Depths here are 2.0 - 3.0 metres only, so this anchorage will not suit larger yachts. Holding is good in sand and weed. In winds from W and S, there are several quiet coves along the S shore of the island just outside Milna inlet where yachts can anchor, with a line ashore if necessary. The coves are unsuitable with anything N in the wind.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Boatyard with repair facilities at Marina Milna.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel berth on S side of entrance to Milna inlet. Depths of 3.0 metres alongside. Water and electricity in both marinas. Water only on the town quay.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

N inlet of Milna
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Milna

Milna village is a delight to explore, its streets lined with the old stone mansions of the former 18th and 19th century sea captains who created much of the prosperity of the village. The parish church of Our Lady of the Annunciation on the town quay, built in Baroque style in 1938, has an impressive stone bell tower and contains an ornate Baroque font and a beautiful altarpiece by Sebastian Ricci. The figures of Sts. Joseph and Jerome on the altar were sculpted by Ivan Rendic, a renowned realist sculptor from Brac Island, who also carved the fountain in the village square.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Supermarkets, and other provisions shops in the village. Fruit and vegetable market.

Eateries

Several restaurants and café/bars ashore.

Internet/WiFi

In the marinas and internet cafes.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

In Via Marina Milna.

Garbage Disposal

In the marinas and close to the town quay.

Transport

  • Ferries to Split on most weekdays and Sundays.
  • Buses to Supetar and other local destinations
  • Airport of Split with international flights

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References & Publications

See Croatia.

Comments

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