Šolta is an island in the Split archipelago, 9 NM southwest of Split, west of island Brac, and east of Drvenik island. The Island of Šolta covers a surface of 58.98 km² and has a population of around 1700.
Although Šolta may not be well known as its neighbor island Brač or Hvar, this island is a secret paradise. Many pebble beaches are surrounded by the shade of dense pine forests and are ideal for families with children and adventurers who want to explore its many hidden coves. Exploring this paradise, you will come across traces of the Roman past. Šolta is an island of olive groves and vineyards.
Several smaller villages and settlements are on the island. The most attractive places among the seafarers are on the northern coast, Stomorska, Nečujam, and Rogač. On the western coast of the island, in Maslinica, is a beautiful and modern marina with a luxury hotel, Martinis Marchi Marina.
Stomorska, a village cozily nested in the northeastern part of the island, is 12 km away from the main port of Rogač. It is known for its fishing and maritime tradition and as such has greatly contributed to the development of the island.
Although fishing today is more of a hobby than a profession, the love of the sea is felt in all the pores of everyday life of the inhabitants.
The place is a perfect blend of old stone houses, sailing boats, and ‘kaići’ (small wooden fishing boats) docked only a few meters away from Dalmatian taverns and modern cafes. Stomorska is a place where you can experience a true Mediterranean way of life, slowly and relaxed.
Nečujam is situated in the northern part of the island of Šolta, just short of 9 miles from Split. Nečujam is the most recently formed village on the Island Šolta, and according to many, the most beautiful bay on the island. Many consider Nečujam the most beautiful bay on the island of Šolta.
The bay of Nečujam comprises eight coves: Bok Supetra, Šumpjivina, Podkamenica, Maslinica, Tiha, Bok od rata, Piškera andSupetar. There are located smaller houses, boats, and beaches.
Caesar Diocletian who lived in his palace in Split had been using the smallest bay as his fish bond in the 4th century. That’s why this bay nowadays has the name Piškera, in Italian pescare means fishing, and the remains are still there at the bottom of the sea.
Nečujam`s innermost cove hides an old shipwreck. An old sailing boat that sank a decade ago is a perfect snorkeling spot as it lies only two meters under the water.
Rogač is the main port on the island Šolta and it is actually the combination of three smaller bays: Kasjun, Banja, and Rogač. Thanks to its beautiful nature, beaches, position, and excellent transport connections, Rogač has become a destination in itself.
After morning coffee and the rush during ferry peak hours, you can visit the farmers’ market in Grohote which is located only two kilometers from Rogač. It is an ideal choice if you wish to explore the entire island and be surrounded by exquisite beaches with crystal clear sea, nature, peace, and quiet.
Furthermore, from Marina in Rogač you can start your sailing vacation in Croatia, by hiring a charter vessel, sailboat, or catamaran.
Maslinica Bay is in the west of the island of Solta, hidden by islets that give it a special charm. The westernmost is the largest island, Stipanska, where the remains of a Benedictine monastery and an early Christian basilica from the 5th century can still be seen today.
Traditionally an old fishing village, Maslinica is also known for the Martinis Marchi castle on the south side of the bay, built by the Alberti family in 1708. The castle has been renovated as a modern hotel with a luxury marina and a mooring for 40 boats.
Around this baroque castle, a fishing village with picturesque stone houses was built. The inhabitants were mainly engaged in fishing and agriculture, but nowadays they are turning more and more toward hospitality.
The old part of the place, inside the bay, is adorned with stone houses, and along the waterfront, there are excellent restaurants that always offer fresh fish and traditional specialties.
For kayakers interesting is a ride around seven islands in front of Maslinica or to nearby beautiful bays, and for bikers or joggers there are hills around the olive groves, with both mild and steep slopes, or riding the paved roads to the old villages in the interior of the island.
In Maslinica you will experience the most beautiful sunsets on the island.
Šešula is an indented bay in the immediate vicinity of Maslinica and is a true nautical treasure. Its natural relief is such that it can protect boats from the northern wind ‘bura’ and the southern wind ‘jugo’. These facts make it one of the favorite bays in the archipelago of Central Dalmatia.
At the edge of the bay during high and low seasons there are two restaurants with a great variety of fish dishes, konoba Šešula and Šišmiš. Šešula bay is often the 1st stop on the sailing itinerary of our guests who start the trip from Trogir. To be sure you will have a secured place, call them in advance and book a mooring buoy. Their friendly staff will welcome you upon your arrival in the bay and help you with the moorings.
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Tatinja bay - Lonely Paradise
On the southern side of the island is a beautiful secret bay, Tatinja bay – Lonely Paradise. Tatinja bay is a great choice for a day spent on the anchor and tasting the best, traditional "Peka" dish. Tatinja bay is often the last stop on the sailing itinerary of our guests who finish their trip in Trogir and Split. To be sure you will have a secured place, call them in advance and book a mooring buoy.
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The best way to explore the island of Šolta, its cozy little fisherman villages, and beautiful bays is by boat. If you are staying on the land, in the Split or Trogir area, we suggest exploring the island on a private boat tour.
Island Šolta will fascinate you with its scents and flavors. Excellent wines, liquid gold of the island – olive oil, honey of Šolta, and carob cake are a must-try when on Šolta.
Contact us, and we will organize a private boat trip from Trogir or Split. What you can expect is a perfectly spent day, swimming in the crystal clear sea of Šolta bays and tasting the best olive oil and wine.
If you would like to visit the island on your own, you can take the ferry from Split to Rogač. Here you can check the Jadrolinija ferry schedule.