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Croatia's hidden gem: 8 things you'll experience on a luxury yacht charter in Šolta

By Steph Loseby   Last Updated: 19 May 2023

Sitting in close proximity to the popular hotspots Split and Brac, Šolta is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. Boasting exquisite anchorages, crystal clear bays, mouth-watering cuisine and breathtaking scenery, Šolta offers everything you could ask for when it comes to a luxury yacht charter vacation around the East Mediterranean.

Despite sitting just 9 nautical miles from Croatia’s second-largest city Split, the island of  Šolta is definitely one of the lesser-known islands in the Dalmatia region. Packed with pristine bays and unique landscapes that are great for exploring, Šolta promises a truly mesmerizing superyacht charter destination for all involved.

Interested in exploring a stunning destination by superyacht that is not yet overflowing with tourists? Look no further. We take a look into some of the best places to visit and things to do on a yacht charter in Šolta. 

1. Secluded bays in the south

Yacht enjoying the beautiful crystal clear bay in Solta, Croatia
pebbled bay on the island of Solta, Croatia

Šolta’s southern side is a true treasure for boaters, hikers and inquisitive souls.  The indented oases are mostly only accessible by boat and are ideal for exploration adventures, swimming, fishing and snorkeling. Anchor down at Tatinja Bay where the turquoise, crystal clear sea is protected against both northern and south-eastern winds providing you with the perfect anchorage for a day soaking up the Croatian sunshine. Other popular bays include the likes of Šešula, Poganica and Zaglav.

2. The old town of Grohote

As Šolta’s oldest, largest and most important settlement throughout history, the village is incredibly charming and lures visitors thanks to its architecture and picturesque streets. It is located in the middle of the island, just 1.5km away from Šolta’s main port, Rogač. The village is dominated by the neo-Renaissance Church of St Stephen which is built right next to the remains of an Early Christian basilica.

As you soak up the splendor of the village, keep a lookout for the Slavić tower, an old castle owned by a noble family from Split, developed over three stages – with the final part built in the 19th Century to ward off attacks against pirates.

Old town of Grohote on Solta islandOld town in Solta Island, Grohote
View over Grohote, Solta island

Šolta is like paradise, a place where time stands still.

3. Maslinica Town

Oozing with character and charm, spending some time in the gorgeous town of Maslinica is a must-do when exploring Šolta. Dock your superyacht in the modern marina and follow the walkway across the waterfront. Maslinica received the national award as the best authentic coastal destination and it’s easy to see why, boasting orderly stone houses and elegant waterside restaurants, the relaxed and tranquil atmosphere can be felt as soon as you arrive. 

The Martinis Marchi Hotel and Restaurant are a real highlight when visiting the quaint town. Boasting sophistication and elegance, the opulent five-star resort is definitely worth a stay if you have the time to relax amidst the peaceful grounds and indulge in the luxurious spa.

beautiful Martinis Marchi hotel overlooking the waterfront in Solta island
Superyachts lined up in Maslinica bay, Solta
View of the Maslinica Bay in Solta

4. Shipwreck Snorkeling

Shipwreck found in Maslinica, Solta
Shipwreck found in Solta's waters, Croatia

Beneath the sea around Šolta island lay many rusted remains of once-great ships. Be sure to head over to Mala Maslinica bay to discover one of them for yourself. Spend an afternoon admiring the Kontesa shipwreck that is now also home to an abundance of marine creatures from fish, crabs and magnificent corals. The ideal activity when exploring on a Croatia yacht charter, the breathtaking wreck lies shallow enough for you to explore using a snorkel making it easily accessible for all abilities.

5. Delectable local cuisine

Olive groves found in Solta, Croatia
East Mediterranean cuisine, local food in Solta, Croatia

If you can pry yourself away from the gorgeous coves and anchorages on the island, be sure to head over to one of the numerous family-run farms and learn the art of making oil, wine and honey. Renowned for its authentic gastronomy, get lost in the divine flavors and mouth-watering cuisine that is found throughout the island as you treat yourself to some of Šolta’s world-famous treasures, from superb red wines to succulent olive oils, your taste buds will certainly enjoy what this island has to offer.

6. Šolta’s fine art

To nurture numerous artists on the island and their exquisite work, organized exhibitions of Šolta’s artists are shown in a small charming gallery in the Bratska Kuća in the center of Grohote. Open every day in the months of July and August, be sure to stop by to witness some of the art created by Šolta’s finest. Another popular artistic space is the Buktenica and Buktenica Gallery, situated in central Grohote. Home to two of the most famous painters of Šolta’s naive art, Eugen Buktenica Đenko and his heir Vicko Buktenica.

7. The charm of Stomorska

Old buildings in the quaint fishing village, Stomorska, Solta, Croatia
Yachts lined up in the fishing village of Stomorska, Solta
View of Stomorska bay, Solta, Croatia

Set some time aside on your Croatia yacht rental to soak in the beauty of Stormoska, a village cozily nestled in the north-eastern part of Šolta. Boasting an incredibly picturesque waterfront, stunning beaches and idyllic Dalmatian taverns, Stormoska is the perfect location for admiring the heavenly views and watching the fisherman coming back in land to sell their early morning catch. Perch upon a table by the waterfront and enjoy a coffee in the morning Croatian sunshine.

8. Hike, Bike and kayak

For those yearning to fuel their adventurous spirit during their Croatia yacht charter, there is a multitude of opportunities to keep you occupied during your vacation thanks to Šolta’s varied landscapes. Hiking, cycling, scuba diving and kayaking are all popular ways for guests to explore the vast beauty and tranquility of the island.

With mile-long hiking and cycling trails, Šolta's terrain will give you the pleasure of enjoying the infinite blue scenery, feasting your eyes on the open sea and traversing through the new and old olive groves. Šolta offers numerous possibilities that will ensure your charter vacation is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, and by all means memorable.

Renting a charter yacht around Šolta will allow you to enjoy this flawless paradise on your own terms. If you are interested in cruising around this region, please consult your chosen yacht charter broker. They can provide you with personalized information and advice concerning your vacation, creating an itinerary that perfectly caters to your individual needs.

For some inspiration, check out our sample Croatian itineraries handpicked by experts with in-depth knowledge of the region.

Alternatively, you can view the entire fleet of superyachts that are available for East Mediterranean yacht charters.

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