Welcome to Šolta Island, a hidden gem located in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, just 9 nautical miles from the city of Split!
This beautiful island boasts an unspoiled landscape, picturesque villages, crystal-clear waters, and a rich cultural heritage. It’s surprising to me that it is not more popular and generally ignored by the tourists (their loss!)
Even the Roman Emperor Diocletian was in love with it, and he built a summer residence with a fishpond in one of the bays near Necujam village here.
So in this guide to visiting Solta Island in Croatia, I will share everything you should know to feel like royalty and enjoy an unforgettable vacation here. Let’s get this started!
Solta Island Map
The island is only 16km, or 9 nautical miles away from Split, with its 60km of coastline intertwined with four harbors and 24 bays. Check out the map of the area, via Google Maps:
Taking advantage of modern fast boats, one can reach the island within 15 to 20 minutes of departure from Split.
The island’s harbors and bays have a capacity to accommodate thousands of boats, so you will never be left outside. The numerous natural beaches offer sufficient space for swimmers and sea activities like sailing and diving as we’ll se below.
Getting to Šolta Island
Reaching Šolta Island is very easy, with several transportation options available, mostly from nearby Split.
The most popular way to get to the island is by ferry or catamaran from Split. The journey takes approximately 1 hour, with multiple daily departures to ensure a convenient travel schedule.
For a more luxurious experience, private boat transfers or yacht charters are also available. Here are the details:
- Ferry line N° 636 line is running five times daily in lower season while in period from 01st July to 04th September it sails five times a day.
- There is a daily only passengers catamaran line from Split to Rogac. The journey takes 30 min. This line is handled by LNP Company.
Where to Stay on Šolta Island
Šolta Island offers a range of accommodations to suit all preferences and budgets. From luxurious villas for families or groups to charming, cozy guesthouses, hotels and various apartments, everything is available at decent prices around the area.
However, I have one place that I highly recommend:
Heritage Hotel Martinis Marchi
Located in the heart of Maslinica, on the Eastern shores of the island, this luxurious boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century castle. You will not find anything like this on the entire island of Solta!
Here, you will enjoy elegant accommodations, fine dining, and a stunning pool, everything just steps away from the marina. You will feel history breathing through all your pores, but still get all the modern amenities you need. A place where unforgettable vacations begin and end.
Exploring the Charming Villages
Šolta Island is home to several quaint villages, each with its own unique charm and character. These villages include:
Maslinica is a picturesque fishing village on the island’s western coast. With its stunning sunsets, historic castle, and serene marina area, Maslinica is an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing meal at one of its waterfront restaurants.
This is where I recommend you to stay, also – see the hotel above. There are also plenty of rocky beaches in the area where you can enjoy the sun.
Stomorska is the oldest and most authentic village on Šolta, offering visitors a glimpse into the island’s rich history.
Explore its narrow streets, visit the ancient olive mill, or take a dip at the nearby pebble beach.
As the island’s largest settlement, Grohote serves as Šolta’s cultural and commercial center. Wander through its stone-paved streets, browse the local market, and admire the traditional architecture of its historic buildings.
The Pristine Beaches of Šolta
The island is blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches and secluded coves, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Some of the best beaches on Šolta Island include:
Nečujam Bay is the largest bay on the island, offering a family-friendly sandy beach, shallow waters, and a range of water sports activities.
The bay is also home to the remains of a Roman villa submerged underwater, making it a fascinating snorkeling spot for history enthusiasts.
Tatinja Bay is a tranquil, pebble beach surrounded by lush greenery, ideal for a peaceful day of relaxation.
The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, while the nearby forest provides a welcome respite from the sun.
Livka Bay, located on the island’s southern coast, is a secluded paradise accessible only by boat or a hiking trail.
Its pristine pebble beach, dramatic cliffs, and turquoise waters make it a must-visit destination for nature lovers seeking solitude.
Savor the Flavors of Local Cuisine
Šolta Island is renowned for its delicious local delicacies, which are deeply rooted in the island’s rich culinary traditions. Some must-try dishes and products include:
Šolta’s olive oil is recognized as one of the world’s finest, thanks to its unique taste and high-quality production methods.
Visit a local olive grove or oil mill for a guided tasting and learn more about the island’s centuries-old olive cultivation.
The island’s indigenous black bees produce a distinctive, aromatic honey with a rich, complex flavor. Sample this sweet treat at a local beekeeper’s farm or pick up a jar at one of the island’s markets.
Šolta is home to the indigenous Dobričić grape variety, used to produce a full-bodied red wine with a distinct character.
Visit a local winery for a tasting and discover why this wine is such an important part of the island’s heritage.
Of course, we have plenty of traditional Croatian dishes served at all the restaurants scattered along the island. Just pick one at random and you will have your senses delighted by the amazing food.
If you want to learn more about what to eat during your vacation, make sure to read my article about the best Croatian traditional foods.
Outdoor Activities and Adventures
Šolta Island offers a wealth of outdoor activities for visitors seeking adventure and exploration. Some popular options include:
Hiking and Biking
Discover the island’s diverse landscapes by hiking or biking along its numerous trails. Enjoy stunning views of the coastline, explore fragrant pine forests, and visit secluded bays as you traverse the island’s picturesque terrain.
And if you decide to go to nearby Split to do some more exploring, make sure to read my previous guide about hiking on Marjan Hill in Split.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Experience Šolta’s stunning coastline from a different perspective by kayaking or paddleboarding along its crystal-clear waters.
Paddle past secluded beaches, explore hidden coves, and immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty.
Diving and Snorkeling
The waters surrounding Šolta Island offer excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities, with a variety of marine life, underwater caves, and historical shipwrecks to explore.
Local diving centers provide guided excursions and equipment rentals for all levels of experience.
Šolta Island is a hidden gem, surprisingly located a stone’s throw away from Croatia’s extremely popular Split. I am sure that if you decide to follow my lead and visit this place, you will find an unforgettable Croatian getaway here.
It has everything you want an need: amazing beaches, picturesque villages, plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers, as well as great hotels and amazing restaurants… really everything you need!
And now you know the most important things about Solta Island thanks to my guide. If there’s anything else you feel should be added, don’t hesitate to let us all know by commenting below.