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About Maslinica and island Šolta

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Embrace the feeling

It feels like coming home after a long bumpy ride. The last bend of the winding road and suddenly you see it in all of its glory. You’ve just discovered Maslinica, a jewel in a crown, a paradise on earth, a well-kept secret.

The eye first lands on the old castle magnificently restored into the upscale hotel with accompanying marina. Just a stone’s throw ahead is the smallest possible roundabout where the local driver artistically maneuvers the bus around an old tree. Faded fishing boats are swaying in the light breeze, the chef in a nearby restaurant is setting the barbecue to roast a piglet and the locals are hanging out by the houses along the waterfront and quench their thirst with a glass of refreshing drink. Suddenly you are overwhelmed by the feeling that the time has stopped.

Enjoy every hour – day or night

Early morning before the sunrise embraces utter peace and tranquility. Sailing boats anchored in the marina quietly dance on the waves, shop owners slowly unload new products and local fishermen are heading to the sea just like decades ago. The silence is suddenly cut by a cry of a seagull, random footsteps of a jogger or strokes of an early morning swimmer.

As the town slowly wakes up people are emerging from the boats and houses to form a cue in front of the little bakery by the sea. Just a few meters away the waiters are busy serving fragrant coffee to early customers.

When the morning turns into early afternoon the bay comes to life. Nautical tourists are heading out and tourist ships are coming in bringing daily visitors from the mainland. Numerous small beaches are filled with bathers. Fishermen return from the sea, clean the catch and spread the nets.

When the sun is about to go down it is time to stop and stare at the sunset, either from the cape or from the top of the hill among olive trees. At dusk, the restaurants by the sea are gathering the crowds and the air is filled with sounds of cutlery and subdued conversations. Fishermen are heading out to the sea and locals occupy their seats in front of the houses.

Late at night when tired vacationers return to a safe haven of their vessels or homes the most magical part of the evening begins. The silence of the night is disturbed only by random voices, a gust of wind and clicking of the masts creating a wonderful melody.

Paradise for tranquility lovers

Maslinica is a synonym for slow life in an untouched nature where the sound of silence is mixed with the hum of wind and roar of the sea. Finding inner peace is as simple as swimming in the crystal-clear water, sunbathing, wondering on endless paths among olive and fig trees, meditating in the early morning in a secluded bay or climbing to St. Nicholas church enjoying the spectacular view.

Destination for adventure seekers

Numerous bays, little islands, and marinas create the sailing paradise but being anchored in Šešula Bay known as a safe haven during the stormy night is a unique experience. The waters around the island are full of diverse sea life, coral reefs, underwater caves, and shipwrecks, therefore, diving is a must for adrenaline lovers. Steep ascends and descends enable breathtaking views while riding a bike on a tarmac track from Maslinica to Stomorska or jogging from one end of the island to the other. Learning medieval archery traditions like using a bow and an arrow in the shade of pine trees is a great way to satisfy the desire for chivalry (Archery Club Oliveto).

Exquisite local and international cuisine

Nurturing taste buds by the sea (Šakajet Food & Wine, Fortunato Wine BarRestaurant ŠišmišTavern Gajeta, and others) or on top of the hill (Šampjer) with breathtaking views is a unique gastronomical and sensual experience. Variety is the key, from typical local snacks such as prosciutto and cheese to numerous seafood dishes, grilled piglet, lamb, and pizza. The old castle restaurant offers fine dining in style, exquisite dishes accompanied by superb wines from all over the world.

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  • Delicious specialties

    Delicious specialties

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    Fresh Seafood

The finest local products and art

Every Thursday and Sunday Maslinica is buzzing with excitement and displays of local products, art, and souvenirs. The events are organized by the cooperative called Šoltanski trudi responsible for the unique promotion of rich gourmet and cultural heritage of the island with an emphasis on using exclusively local raw materials such as olives, figs, lemons, grapes, olive wood, and stone. Mingling with visitors, sharing their stories and offering them to taste the goodies often form great friendships.

Šolta is famous for its olive trees, some older than thousand years, owned by local families, honey, and wine making traditions. Olive harvest takes place from mid-October to the end of November and is an experience of a lifetime. Every olive is handpicked and cold pressed in the mill to make the superb quality olive oil. The harvest of a dark red indigenous wine variety called Dobričić starts at the end of August and stretches to mid-September. Beekeeping and production of the honey are one of the oldest traditions of the island and wild rosemary honey is well known for its healing properties.

Let’s party

When the evening air is charged with electricity and expectation it’s party time. The locals are setting the stalls and the stage and the visitors are all dressed up and excited. The happening is usually centered on the waterfront or on the stylish amphitheater in the marina offering the variety of events such as contemporary music concerts, ethnical singing, Pirate or Brazilian night. The amphitheater is also a place to sit down and have a night cup with family or friends while enjoying the display of luxurious and vintage vessels in the marina.

Perfect for all seasons and in any weather

Maslinica is a destination for all seasons. Summer days are filled with water sports, sunbathing, biking and strolling but the real magic happens on stormy nights when the electricity goes off and the village is suddenly wrapped in the total darkness. Magnificent strikes of lightning are brightening up the stormy sky, rumbling clasps of thunder are echoing in the charged air, the roaring of the turbulent sea and the sound of raindrops hitting the water all make the unique sensual experience.

Autumn and spring are peaceful and pleasant. In September, October and often in November the air and the sea are still warm enough to swim and sunbathe, the marina is well-visited by the sailboats and the restaurants are opened. In March, April and in May nature is bursting with life displaying magnificent colors and blooms. The air is pleasantly warm and ideal for long strolls and biking.

Winter can be quite harsh but breathtakingly beautiful with strong winds and stormy seas.

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