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. An early Christian basilica was built on the largest of them, Stipanska, in the 5th and 6th centuries, and a Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages, the remains of which can still be seen today.
Maslinica 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.
The bathing season lasts from the beginning of May until All Saints’ Day (October 31). You will enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the pebble beach Punta in Teplo Bok. You can also choose between numerous hidden beaches or stone plateaus on the islands of Saskinja or Polebrnjak. After the season, the inhabitants of Maslinica retreat to the surrounding olive groves to harvest olives. Experience harvesting olives with your hands in the traditional way!
For kayakers it is interesting to ride around 7 islands in front of Maslinica or to the nearby magical bays, and for bikers or joggers hills around Maslinica with milder but steeper trails or asphalt ride to the old villages in the interior of the island.