Maslinica is a charming town located on the Island of Šolta. Šolta betwen locals is also called the kingdom of the wild. The great advantage of the Šolta island during the tourist season is that Šolta is 30 minutes away from Split (ferry). It is very close to Brac, Hvar, Ciovo and Trogir.
The south side of the bay boasts a beautiful pine wood with secluded rocky beaches. In front of it lies an archipelago of seven islets making Maslinica one of the most wonderful spots in the Adriatic. The beauty of the surrounding nature is in harmony with the historical, architectural and environmental values of the old castle and picturesque stone houses.
The settlement developed around the castle built by the noble family Marchi in 1708. Due to frequent pirate attacks, the Marchi brothers requested from the Venetian governor an approval to build a castle with a tower to defend the village. The family populated their estate with farmworkers from the regions of Dalmatian Zagora and Herzegovina, who were also engaged in fishing and seafaring. The family also commissioned the building of the church of St. Nicholas, located on the highest hill south of the bay.
Upon restoration of the castle and construction of a marina, the once small fishermen'svillage gradually grew into a tourist and nautical centre of the island, welcoming more and more tourists and repeat guests each year. A 300-year-old castle is now a carefully refurbished heritage hotel offering individually designed luxury suites, with a helideck and an exquisite restaurant.
This is a great tourist destination for the lovers of the nature, unspoilt beaches and the crystal clear sea, lately becoming increasingly popular with cyclists, rowers, yachtsmen and divers, as well as with the aficionados of recreational fishing and hunting. Adventurous tourists will surely go for a jet-ski ride, while those who prefer basking in the sun will go to the beautiful pebble beach or take a trip to the nearby Šipkova Bay and be pleasantly surprised to find a sandy beach there, the only one on the island! Kayaking to one of the islets is also a good idea - the view of the nearby bays, Trogir and Drvenik, from the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, is quite rewarding, but we are sure that the view of the sun setting behind the islets scattered in the sea like gems will leave you breathless!
In 2012 Maslinica received a national award for the best tourist destination in the Adriatic with less than a thousand inhabitants, as an acknowledgment of its intact natural beauty and tourist achievements and in 2017 Maslinica recived nacional award as the best Authentic Coastal Destination!
As you probably already realised Maslinica in the summer months is the center of the island... but in the winter periods it becomes a real ghost town! That, or spring months are the best time to visit Maslinica, at least for those of you in search of true peace of mind. In the video below join us on a winter walk trough the Maslinica, enjoy the beauty of a rainy day and catch at least some of the peace and calm we mentioned earlier!