Although Solta is the closest island to Split, just 45 minutes by ferry, it's remained a place of pristine natural beauty. With only 1,500 year round residents, 24 bays and natural beauty, Solta is a place where you can find peace and tranquility wherever you wander. But the island is more than just a collection of sleepy villages. First mentioned by the Greeks as Olinta, for most of its history, Solta was a wealthy “province” of Split - whether it was the Roman Emperor Diocletian who had a “summer” home here as well as a private fish farm (!), or the wealthy Cindro and Cipiko families. The island is still famed for its olives, honey and wine.
Remains of Solta’s Roman, Gothic and other historical periods are everywhere, but you need to take the time to see behind the picturesque and charming to find them.
Even the simplest stone house and winding village road can be a surprising treat. Stop and look closely at that graceful archway over a konoba (the ground floor room used for storage, wine-making and olive oil); a pair of gorgeous weather-washed blue wood window shutters; a hand-made iron door latch; the way the stone has been laid on the roof of a small outbuilding that was once used for donkeys and other livestock. Even when restored, the charming original details of these timeless homes never cease to give pleasure.
We hope you will come see for yourself. It’s the perfect day trip from Split to enjoy our groves and mill and then go for a swim before returning back to Split for dinner. Or spend the night or more at one of the many apartments for rent!