Maslinica is the only settlement and port on the west coast of the island of Solta. On the south side of the Maslinica bay there is a beautiful landscape with a pine forest and hidden stone beaches and in front of the bay there is an archipelago of seven islands. On the largest of them, Stipanska, an early Christian basilica was built in the 5th and 6th centuries, and in the Middle Ages a Benedictine monastery whose remains can still be seen today.
The olive grove began to be inhabited in 1703 when the noble Marchi family asked the Venetian providor for permission to establish a new settlement and build a castle with defensive towers to defend against frequent pirate attacks. Martinis-Marchi Castle has today been converted into luxury accommodation and the Conte Alberti restaurant. A fishing village with picturesque stone houses was built around the baroque castle. The inhabitants were mainly engaged in fishing and agriculture, while today they are increasingly turning to catering.
As a tourist destination, Maslinica is interesting for lovers of nature, natural beaches and clear sea. Lately, it is often visited by cyclists, rowers, boaters as well as lovers of diving, sport fishing and hunting.
Today, Maslinica is an attractive tourist mecca, and has received a national award as the best tourist destination for up to 1,000 inhabitants on the Adriatic. Here you will experience the most beautiful sunsets on the island. Sailors are attracted by one of the most beautiful anchorages in the Adriatic – Šešula Bay, which is located right next to Maslinička Bay. Along the edge of the bay there are two restaurants in season with an excellent offer of fish, to which you will have to walk from the place for about twenty minutes. In the center of town there are 4 more restaurants that offer fish and meat from the grill or “under the oven”, but also some of the traditional Solta dishes.
Sezona kupanja traje od početka maja do Svi Svetih (31.10.). Kupat će te se i sunčati najrađe na šljnčanoj plaži Punta u Teplom Boku. Birati možete još između brojnih skrivenih plažica ili kamenih platoa na otočićima Saskinji ili Polebrnjaku. Nakon sezone povlače se stanovnici Maslinice u okolnje maslinike, na berbu maslina. Doživite s njima berbu maslina rukama na tradicionalan način!
Za kajakaše je interesantna vožnja oko 7 otočića ispred Maslinice ili do obližnjih čarobnih uvala, a za bikere ili jogere brežuljci oko Maslinice sa blažim, ali i strmijim stazama ili vožnja asfaltom do starih sela u unutrašnjosti otoka.