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The island of Šolta

22 November 2011 No Comment

The island of Šolta is very close to the coast and to Split, but nevertheless gives the feel of a faraway island. Most of the settlements are located in the inland of the island on the north side, while the south side, with a high, steep rocky coast is quite unreachable. Sailing enthusiasts are attracted to the bays in Šolta, while cyclist to its cycling paths. The symbol of the island is the hooting-owl, whose figurines decorate many of the houses. Šolta is famous for top quality olive oil that is even mentioned in the Split statute from the 14th century.

Towns and villages on the island of Šolta


Grohote is the oldest and largest settlement on Šolta and the capital city of the island which the Greeks called Olynta and the Romans Solenta.

Grohote is located in the inland and some of the sites to visit are the foundations of the ancient Christian basilica from the turn of the 6th to the 7th century, the parish church of St. Stjepan and the tops of ancient sarcophagi. Situated in Grohote is the defense tower from the 17th century and the Gothic church with frescos from the 14th century can be found in the vicinity.


A settlement founded in 1703, when the Marchi brothers got permission from the Venetians for the construction of a tower, a village and a church. Five years later they built a fortified castle, which has today been reconstructed into a hotel. It is visited by sailors because they can moore right next to the hotel.

Gornje, Srednje and Donje Selo

The best way to get to know Šolta and step back in time is a visit to Gornje, Srednje and Donje Selo. These are typical Mediterranean villages which with Grohote form the soul of the island.


Stomorska developed as a port of Gornje Selo. It was famous for its fleet of sailboats which carried wine, olive oil and whitewash across the Adriatic which was then used in the buiding of Diocletian’s Palace in Split.


This is a village with the largest tourist capacity on the island. Located in a string of bays, in one of which the Roman emperor Diocletian kept his fishponds.

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