Situated just a short ferry ride away from Split, the island of Šolta is one of the most relaxing and unwinding day trips from Split, the second largest Croatian city! With a total size of less than 80 sq km, the tiny island is still considered one of the best Croatian- off-the-beaten-path spots, which will make you immediately fall in love with the azure waters of the Dalmatia Region. Don’t let the size of the island deter you from visiting, though the island is on the small side, there is plenty to do while visiting.
Getting to Šolta Island
Operational year-round, the ferry is fairly frequent and it is the best way to reach the island. It departs from Split and in just an hour, you will find yourself admiring the small, yet colorful harbor city of Rogac located on the Solta Island. Keep in mind that if you do not buy your tickets online beforehand, you would have to be at the port at least 30 minutes before departure. Lines can go on for ages during the summer season.
Getting around Solta Island
If you are planning catching the ferry to Solta Island and you have already rented a vehicle, it might be worth taking the car with you. The public transport on the island is extremely convenient and well organized, however, having your own car will give you the flexibility to take as much time as you want and plan your itinerary in a slightly slower pace. If you have decided not to rent a car, though, you can definitely count on the buses, which will take you to all major attractions and cities across the island.
When to Visit Solta Island
It might come as a surprise, but Solta Island is best to visit during the summer, touristy season. As an extremely tiny island, visitors will find themselves extremely limited in terms of what to do during off-season. Do not be worried about it being too crowded, because Solta Island is still considered a hidden gem, so you will definitely be able to find some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded streets of Split.
Things to Do on Solta Island
One of the main questions that many people ask is what to do on the Solta Island. Do not be fooled by its small size, because it’s packed with interesting places worth visiting! Keep in mind, though, that is best suited as a day trip. You can certainly stay overnight, but just one day will be enough to experience the tranquility of the island.
Explore the Beaches
Those of you looking to explore the truly spectacular beaches of Solta Island, should plan their itinerary around the southern edge. Little coves and pebble beaches, are nestled beneath the green rolling hills and the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. Zaglav Bay, for example, is among the most romantic spots on the island. Accessible only by boat or a little path through the lush greenery, the beach is the ultimate location for unwinding and relaxing. Jorja Bay, on the other hand, is the ideal hidden gem to take a dip into the refreshing azure waters of the Adriatic.
Visit the Colorful Harbors
If you are more of a town and village person, the colorful and quaint harbors of the cities of Stomorska and Maslinica might be the perfect destinations for you! Despite being just a small fisherman village with only 250 residents, Stomorksa is the biggest town on the island. The narrow streets are idea to take a stroll and just experience the peaceful atmosphere of the village. The port, however, is equally picturesque, especially early in the morning when the first sun rays are gently reflecting into the water and the promenade fills up with people looking to buy some fresh fish. During the hot summer days, it is best to find a shady spot on one of the rocky beaches for an easy access to the refreshing waters in the afternoons.
There are no views as breathtaking as the one’s visitors get to admire in Maslinica. The small harbor is situated right next to an archipelago of seven unspoiled, uninhabited islands. The azure waters and the deep green rugged nature blend perfectly well together with the old castle and the charming stone houses to create a picture-perfect scenery, which can only be experienced, because words and photos don’t do justice to its beauty. Pick one of the few local restaurants and treat your taste buds to an explosion of flavors of the local cuisine.
Even if you are a sports enthusiast, Solta Island has something for you! Being just 19 km long and 5 km wide, the island is often considered one of the best biking destinations in Croatia. Even if you do not have your own bike, you will be able to rent some from Maslinica or Stomorska. Visitors who are looking for the most stunning panoramic views can hike all the way up to Vela Straza, which is the highest point on the island at 237 meters. Last but definitely not least, one of the best ways to experience Solta Island is by water. From sailing to kayaking, the island offers it all and is the ultimate way to dive into its calm and tranquility.
Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Solta Island?
If you plan to hike bring good shoes, the trails are rocky and can be painful if you bash into one.
Be sure to bring water, the dry climate and summer heat will take a lot out of you. If you have some water with you then you don’t need to worry about finding a store. Island stores are always way more expensive than on the mainland.
Bring two bathing suits. It’s normal for Dalmatian people to bring two bathing suits, that way they can change from the wet one into the dry one while they are out of the water and walking around. When it’s time to swim again you’re ready for it, then just switch them out again.
Make reservations, make plans, yes I know it’s more fun without plans, but if you don’t have plans you might go hungry and may not make it on the ferry. Summer months are very busy, try to buy your ferry tickets in advance and print them out, then as of for the dinner, you need reservations to get a seat.
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