820 – Circle around Šolta
If you want to escape to the sun, sea and beaches, don’t hesitate – Šolta is your destination! On the island of the pirate queen Teuta and ancient rustic villas, in addition to the relaxed atmosphere and breath-taking bays, this piece of paradise surrounded by the clear waters of the Adriatic will leave you speechless. Whether you pass through Rogač, its main port, Gornje Selo with the highest point on the island, Maslinica with the most gorgeous pebble beach or Stomorska, where everything looks like a postcard, Šolta will not disappoint you. These camera-perfect areas are just part of the fantasy that this island portrays. The symbiosis of tradition and modernity combined with pristine nature is what makes this island so particularly vivid. Wake up to the chirping of seagulls, listen to the murmur of fishermen’s conversations as they untangle their nets and, be lulled by the hospitality of your hosts, taste all the benefits of local cuisine and the liquid gold – extra virgin olive oil. Breathe in the essence of island life, come and feast on Šolta.
The start of the 39.9 km long trail with a difference in altitude of 595 m is in the Rogač ferry port itself and begins with a 2 km long climb with an average gradient of 5.8%. After the climb, you will find some flats and a gentle descent towards Maslinica, around which a circle is made, returning on the same road, passing through Grohote and Gornje Selo, and a very interesting descent to Stomorska, where incredible views open up along the hairpin bends.
Returning from Stomorska on the same road means a 2.1 km climb with an average gradient of 6.6% that may test the less trained cyclist, but after it you can take a breath because, apart from one short 800 m climb, the rest of the trail descends back towards Rogač. The last descent towards the Rogač ferry port should be ridden carefully due to steep gradients that reach -15%. A compact crankset is recommended for this trail because of the uphill sections that exceed 10%, but well-trained cyclists can ride the entire trail with a racing gear ratio. This is a trail that will take you along the majority of roads on Šolta island that are not overly busy.
Rogač – Donje Selo – Maslinica – Grohote – Gornje Selo – Stomorska – Gornje Selo – Grohote – Rogač
Asphalt: 39.9 km
Macadam: 0 km