is the only settlement on the west coast of the island Solta. It is positioned in the same name bay with no permanent boat lines with the other settlements on the island nor the mainland. Thus, Maslinica is connected with the rest of the world over the neighbor settlement Rogač with frequent ferry lines to Split. Maslinica can be proud of intact nature with extreme beauty reflected in tick pine forests, surrounding bays and coves with the most attractive Šešula, along with seven islets Balkun, Rudula, Grmej, Stipanska, Saskinja, Polebrnjak and a rock Kamičić. Thus, the place is interesting to those who treasure nature and its fantasy, dispersed in crystal clean bluish sea and the murmur of dense branches braided over sunny beaches.
Spending a holiday in Maslinica means complete rest in peaceful warm afternoons and fresh silent nights, yet close enough to some more famous and vivid destinations. The island Hvar, Korčula, Vis, and the cities Split, Makarska and Trogir are on top of your hand. Still, in Maslinica can be found anything one can need for a perfect vacation. It has 174 inhabitants who are building their tourist offer renting cozyapartments and rooms. Maslinica is the favorite destination for sailors, surfers, divers and sport fishermen.
The beauty of the place merges natural wealth with cultural heritage; the islet Stipanska is hiding well preserved remains of the monastery and early Christian church built in 5th or 6th century. The village was founded in 17th century as a property of noble family Marchi, who raised a castle with towers for defense from pirates, whose attacks were pretty common in that time. Today the castle offers luxurious and attractive accommodation for the deeper pockets guests.
According to it's land area Solta belongs to the medium sized group of adriatic islands. However, juding it by it's natural endowments, it is centainly amongst the most beautiful. A mere 16 km, or 9 NM from Split, with its 60 km of castline interspersed with four harbors and 24 bays, it offers the visitor quick approach and safe, pleasant stay. Taking advanage of modern fast boats one can reach Solta with 15 ro 20 minutes.
The island's harbours and bays have a capacity to accommodate some thousand boats, whilist the numerous natural beaches offer suficient space for many more bathers. The island's civilization goes back as far as the time of the Illirians. During teh roman era it's purpose was specific; it was used as a crossroad by passing ships for the coastal roads but most of all, as a safe haven. All of those historical facts were documented up untiltoday. Furtermore, there are over 200 historical excavation sites on the island, giving evidence of events from the leater stone-age up until more recent times. Pre-historic rock formations, roman sarcophagueses, mosaics, earlycrhristian nuildings and rustic fortified castles. It was because of this rustic architecture that Solta become well-know long ago. But today it is appreciated mainly because of its virgin landscape. The southern side of the island whit its brethtalking bays, beaches, islets and cliffs is particularly beautiful. The surrounding sea nurtures a great variety of fish, offering a luxuriant opportunity for all sorts of recreational fishing. The flora found on the island is of no lesser value; with its 2000 ha of unspoilt mediterranean vegetation, including trees, bushes and grasses, it luser the visitor to take a deep breath of the intoxicatingm fragrant air and experience ancient Mediteran, the cradle of civilization. Apart from plants which flower here 10 months of the year, a wealth of aromatic plants and spices await to be discovered.
Throughout the centuries the indigenous vegetation was enriched by man who planted oliv, fig and almond trees, laid out vineyards and initiated agriculture. In this ecologically pure, biologically price-less atmosphere, vegetation thrives. Solta has always been and still remains the perfect combination of land, sea, air, nature and man. And this treasure is what Solta offers visitors triied of modern urban life.
One summer spent on Solta will make you dream of it for the rest of your life.
text source: turist board Solta