Central Dalmatia has four main islands, and they are all magnificent, but it is fair to say that Hvar, Brac and Vis seems to get a lot more press than the closest island to Split by ferry – Solta.
Often overlooked in favour of its more fashionable neighbours, Solta is a true island paradise that many tourists miss, and the locals often like it that way – with less tourist traffic, it really is one of the chill zones of the Adriatic.
But some people are noticing… Travel + Leisure, for example, which recently placed the island of Solta first in its list of the top 50 places to visit in 2018.
“The jewel of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is home to more than 1,200 islands, but travel between them has long been dictated by expensive yacht charters and sluggish public ferries. In 2018, that’s set to change, now that UberBOAT, from the popular ride-sharing app, has launched on-demand transfers and private tours along the Dalmatian Coast. Hit the high seas in the direction of Šolta, a hilly isle a mere nine nautical miles from Split (the second-largest city in Croatia).
“Often overlooked in favor of more-developed, splashier neighbors like Hvar or Brač, Šolta’s under-the-radar nature has proved a boon: The stony islet has become synonymous with pristine nature (pebbly beaches, turquoise waters, lush greenery), medieval villages, winemaking (try the indigenous Dobričić variety), and family-run olive oil purveyors like Olynthia, a fourth-generation producer. After watching the sun set at Maslinica bay, check out the island’s peppering of stylish beach clubs, seaside bars, and open-air restaurants — then drop your bags at the Heritage Hotel Martinis-Marchi, built inside an 18th-century Venetian fort-castle and ideally situated for those who want to explore Šolta’s ancient villages and crystal-clear bays. —Kate Springer”
And to learn more about the fabulous island of Solta, click here.