The popular ‘Walk Through Mlini’s History’ program will continue through September, Župa Dubrovacka Tourist Board has announced.
Led by local author Vedran Mezei, the program is in English and free of charge with no advance booking required. Held on Saturdays at 10am, the meeting point is at the lower entrance of the Hotel Astarea (near the Wellness centre and spa). Lasting around an hour and a half, the walk through Mlini will be held in the form of a lecture if weather conditions are bad.
"I would like to thank Župa Dubrovacka Tourist Board, especially director Anamarija Kusalo, for her support and successful cooperation for the second season in a row. I am very glad that we are continuing with the walks in September and I believe that tourists’ interest will continue to grow.
“The program has also been a success in a large part thanks to the support of local hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and their bookers.
“So far, we have had guests from all corners of the world; the USA, Peru, Australia, Canada, Venezuela and, of course, many European countries. Despite the great heat this summer, some pregnant women, babies only a few months old, as well as people in their nineties successfully walked through the history of the Mlini.
“There were also visitors who decided to come on the tour after having read "The Third Key", as well as those who bought the novel in bookstores in the city and learned about the walks just a few days before. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all private accommodation owners who recommended ‘Walk Through Mlini’s History’ to their guests and invite all interested parties, both guests and locals, to join us on one of the tours in September."
Mezei’s historical novel "The Third Key" is largely set in the picturesque village of Mlini and on the walk interesting things about this place are revealed to visitors through its historical sites. Participants have the opportunity to find out details about the parish church of St. Hilarion (Sv. Ilar) as well as the great earthquake of 1667 in which this religious building was completely destroyed. Under the old plane tree in Mlini, you’ll learn about production of olive oil and the numerous mills that gave the place its name.
Through the story of the little church of St. Roch (Sv. Roko), details about the plague epidemics in the Republic of Dubrovnik are revealed, after which the walk continues along the nearby beach, which is linked to the legend of the battle between St. Hilarion and a dragon from Šipun cave in Cavtat. Upon arrival in Beterina, you can hear details about the Russian-Montenegrin siege of Dubrovnik in 1806, when the Bettera summer house was looted and burned. On the terrace of the old house, Mezei describes the country building with a special emphasis on the figure and work of Ruđer Bošković, one of the greatest Croatian scientists who lived here for some time, before revealing a story about the conjuring spirits and the tragic death of a young commoner.