Complete Travel Guide to Visiting Solta Island, Croatia
It is no exaggeration calling Solta island an environmentally friendly island. Even the Roman Emperor Diocletian was in love with this island where he built a summer residence with a fishpond in one of the bays near Necujam village.
This island is the closest island to mainland, only 35 minutes from Split port. It’s an ideal destination for quiet holidays, without having to give up visiting Split city in one day. It’s the wisest secluded destination and yet not far from the city of Split.
It’s rather strange that many guide books provide a poor information about this splendid island. For example the prestigious guidebook like Lonely Planet’s on Croatia, dedicates only 16 lines.
In order to correct this injustice about the only island, you can see while strolling popular Riva promenade, follow this page to have a true picture of the island and why it deserves to be visited.
According to its land area, Solta belongs to the medium sized group of Adriatic islands, which makes an integral part of Central Dalmatia islands.
Solta Island Map
It is only 16km, or 9 nautical miles from Split, with its 60km of coastline intertwined with four harbors and 24 bay.
Taking advantage of modern fast boats, one can reach the island within 15 to 20 minutes. The island’s harbors and bays have a capacity to accommodate thousands of boats. The numerous natural beaches offer sufficient space for swimmers and sea activities like sailing and diving.
Getting to Solta Island
To get to Solta you can use car ferry or fast only passengers catamaran from Split.
If you are getting by car to Solta (not recommended) than you have to take Jadrolinija car and passengers ferry from Split to Rogac (the main port of the island). It sails one hour from Split.
- 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.
The Most Beautiful Places On The Island
Maslinica is the only Solta village situated in the cove of the western part of the island. It has beautiful scenery of picturesque cove and pinewood in the southern side and also of its well protected cove and archipelago of seven islands. Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at 5 stars Heritage Hotel Martinis Marchi.
Is the oldest port on the island. First families settled in Stomorska as early as in 16th century. Stomorska has been famous for its fleet of big wooden ships that were used to carry island wine and olive oil to markets on mainland and in Italy.
Rogac is the main port of the island but also a tourist village with nautical marina, gas station and beautiful coves (Banje, Kasjun, Zustova and others) which makes this place an excellent spot for nautical tourism.
The youngest village of the island, founded by building summer houses but also offers same hotels. Necujam is the largest and according to some it has the most beautiful cove of the island.
Getting Around Solta Island
Local transport on Solta is more reliable than on any other Central Dalmatian islands. The bus connections are run by by the same company that operates local bus transport in Split – Promet Split.
It’s helpful to know that all bus schedules are synchronized by either, car ferries and fast catamaran connections. Anyhow if you visit this island without a car (highly recommended), you can reach any place on the island.
The best way to move around this island is on foot or renting a bicycle and scooter.