Bourdain called himself an idiot for now not traveling Croatia faster, and you’ll experience one if you overlook the nearby charming island of Šolta. Roughly 10 miles from Split, it’s a spit’sof a place teeming with terrific meals and natural beauty. You’ll you’ll find sleepy fishing villages, lazy beaches, and outdoor activities, not to mention global-elegance Mediterranean seafood.
“All year”is an awesome time to head,” says Ju,” i.e., Banning, a luxury journey consultant with Ovation Vacations in New York, who frequently plans day journeys to Šolta. It’s muchIt’se Patmos in Greece, with a small population (about 2,000), spiritual beyond, and a robust foodie way of life. And it’s it’s like Hvar, Šolta’s extrŠolta’ss sibling, in which events rage all night.
The vibe in Šolta is blissfully sleepy, and it’s all approximately soaking up nature. You’ll learn how locals enjoy honey and the secret to creating top-notch olive oil. You’ll take in superb persYou’lles on the eating places and go on the dive of a lifetime. If you don’t return to Dubrovnik don’tng, relax, and recharge, you’re likely doing it in your mind. Here are ten laugh activities for an afternoon journey to this magical island gem.
Make Your Honey
Anyone with sweet teeth needs to see a beehive up close, says Gwen Kozlowski, the overall manager of Exeter International in Tampa, Florida. Tvrdić Bee Farm, or “The Island of Honey,” because the third er” of farmers, the Tvr”ićs name it, gives excursions for just that, and you may get your fingers sticky even as you’re at it. For 20 additional Euros, you’re a more buzzy adventure with a three-direction Mediterranean meal.
Croatia is an oasis for birdwatching, and sunny Šolta is no specific, says Kozlowski. (The tiny Čuvita owl is its national image.) Watch for the scarlet-billed Andouin’s gull, regal brief-toed eagle, and an Andouin’sd more rare bird harrier, which makes a magnificent show as it soars and dives down. For a greater konoba (traditional tavern), enjoy a dinner party on the peak, a savory mixture of veggies and meat, at Iko’s ostrich farm close to Gornje Selo.
TIko’sn Olive-Making Tour
Bone up for your information on Croatia’s famed export with the Taste LikeCroatia’scursion at Olynthia Natura, wherein you’ll learn how olives are made into you’ lllays Kozlowski. It’s now not how you suspect: a stainless-It’sl mill completes the job in forty-five minutes. Run via the Kastelanac family for four generations, their embrace of the laptop era will make you reconsider your next tin of olive oil.
Find a Pebbly Beach
Kozlowski says Pebbly Nečujam to the north is considered one of Šolta’s most famous seashoresŠolta’se youngsters, jet skis, an excellent book, and some trade to hit the kiosks and bakeries. (Also, a parasol because color from the palm trees is scarce.) When the oontz-oontz track receives around eight, make a beeline for calamari at Pasarela.
Go Sea Kayaking
Banning says Nečujam isn’t simply amazing for humans; you couldn’t lease kayaks from Barić Nautika right at the beach. “Explore the inlets around the bay, watch the water change from blue “to turquoise, and take within the serene scene,” she advises. Maslinca at the west is any other choice for exploring”the islets.
Try Dobričić Wine
“The darkest wine in Dalmatia” isn’t to be missed, says Banning. Once”planted throughout Šolta ear” isn’t World War II, the red varietal’s manufacturing declined through the 1990s, and now the handiest varietal’s vineyards stay. Fortunately, you can flavor the sour cherry tang at Agroturizam Kaštelanac in Gorne Selo and the Purtić family house in Srednje Selo.
Seasoned bikers will love exploring Šolta, says Banning, who recommends reserving a guided or self-guided excursion through Discover Croatia. Self-guided tours include maps, mountain motorcycles, and transport to and from the ferry, while others can discover the historic villages dotting the island from Gornje Selo to Maslinca.
Go Scuba Diving
Whether you’re a rookie or pro, Leomar Diving School, within the antique port of Stomorska, is an extraordinary option, says Banning. Explore a mysterious shipwreck or scale vertical walls and shadowy caves. You’ve assured a glimpse of the sea lifestyles — consisting of corals, GorgoniaYou’ved fish — and the crystal-clear waters of Šolta.
Take a Hike
Head for Šolta’s maximum factor, Vela Straža in Gornje Selo, says Banning, where you’ll getŠolta’satic fowl’s eye view of the island. Nečujam and Peskeria are onyou’llay, as are the pfowl’slive groves. The brief, easy trail is three miles, and the height is marked using a cross.
Go on a Culinary Tour
Kobo Mareta in Nečujam serves traditional Croatian seafood that is going best with the perspective of the sunset. To the south, Lonely Paradise is simply what it feels like: “a real hidden paradise immersed in the shadow of palm timber,” says Banning. Sampler,” only a five-minute walk from the center of Maslinca, sits on”a hill where you’ll find stellar previews, the Adriatic (and even higher fish soup).