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Solta is an island in the middle of Dalmatia, a coastal part of
Croatia. It is only one hour away from Split, the economic and cultural
center of Dalmatia.
The natural beauty of Solta has attracted and inspired many well known
people. In 295 AD the Roman Emperor Diokletian built his fishery in one
of Solta's bays.
The father of Croatian literature, Marko Marulic, wrote parts of
"Judita" while spending his leisure time on Solta. In 1555, in honor of
Marko Marulic, another great poet, Petar Hektorovic, wrote "Ribanje i Ribarsko
Prigovaranje". In the poem he describes his fishing voyage to Necujam, the
purpose of which was to remember Marulic.
Today, Solta remains as an oasis of untouched natural beauty, because
of the lack of industry and tourism. The traditional way of life is still
preserved: As the sun comes up the day begins. Fishermen take to the seas, while you walk to town to get freshly backed bread, home made wine and the daily portion
of the town's gossip. As you enjoy your morning coffee and talk about
yesterday's events, the fishermen come back offering their catch.
After a day filled with activities like wind surfing, swimming, and
fixing little things around the house, you and your friends sip wine,
enjoying grilled fish and watching the sunset behind the distant mountains.
Distance from Split: 15 km (9 nm)
Length: 19 km
Width: 3 km
Area: 57 km2
Winds: Bura (north), Jugo (south), Maestral (west)
Average temperature in January 7.8 C
Average temperature in July 28.3 C
Annual precipitation 850 mm (mainly autumn - winter)
Average sea temperature during summer 22 - 25 C
According to its land area, Solta belongs to the medium sized group
of adriatic islands. However, judging it by its natural endowments,
it is certainly amongst the most beautiful. A mere 16km, or 9
nautical miles from Split, with its 60km of coastline interspersed
with four harbours and 24 bays, it offers the visitor quick approach
and a safe, pleasant stay. Taking advantage of modern fast boats, one
can reach Solta within 15 to 20 minutes. The island's harbours and bays
have a capacity to accomodate some thousand boats, while the numerous
natural beaches offer sufficient space for many more swimmers.
The island's civilization goes back as far as the time of the Illyrians.
During the Roman era its purpose was specific: it was used as a
crossroad by passing ships, a supply station for the coastal roads, but
most for all, as a safe haven. All of those historical facts were
documented up until today.
Furthermore, there are over 200 hundred
excavation sites on the island, giving evidence of events from the
later stone-age up until more recent times. Pre-historic rock
formations, roman sarcophaguses, mosaics, early christian buildings
and rustic fortified castles. It was because of this rustic
architecture that Solta became well-known long ago.
But today it
is appreciated mainly because of its virgin landscape. The southern
side of the island with its breathtaking 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 2000ha
of unspoilt mediterranean vegetation, including trees, bushes and
grasses, it lures the visitor to take a deep breath of the 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 species await to be discovered. Throughout the
centuries the indigenous vegetation was enriched by man who planted
olive, fig, and almond trees, laid out vineyards and initiated
agriculture. In this ecologically pure, biologically priceless
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 tired of modern
One summer spent on Solta will make you dream of it for the rest
of your life.