Šolta (pronounced [ʃɔ̂ːlta]; Italian: Solta; Latin: Solentium) is an island in Croatia. It is situated in the Adriatic Sea in the central Dalmatian archipelago.

Šolta is located in Croatia
LocationAdriatic Sea
Coordinates43°22′N 16°19′E / 43.37°N 16.31°E / 43.37; 16.31
Area58.98 km2 (22.77 sq mi)
Highest elevation238 m (781 ft)
Highest pointVela Straža
Population1,975 (2021[1])
Pop. density33.48/km2 (86.71/sq mi)



Šolta is located west of the island of Brač, south of Split (separated by Split Channel) and east of the Drvenik islands, Drvenik Mali and Drvenik Veli (separated by the Šolta Channel).[2] Its area is 58.98 square kilometres (22.77 sq mi).[3][4]



In the 2011 census, Šolta had a total population of 1,700, in the following settlements:[5]

Island morphology


The highest peak of Šolta is the summit Vela Straža[6] which is 236 metres high.[4] On the north-eastern coast of the island there are the large bays of Rogač and Nečujam. In the western part of the interior of Šolta there is a field approximately 6 km (4 mi) long and 2 km (1 mi) wide.

Satellite image of Šolta



The economy of the island is based on vineyards, olives, fruit, fishing and tourism.[2][6] While the main settlements (Grohote, Gornje Selo, Srednje Selo, Donje Selo) are inland, the main fishing centres are Maslinica,[6] which is exposed to only north-westerly winds, making it a good shelter for smaller boats.[2] Rogač is the main port and Nečujam the centre of the island's tourism.

Viticulture - Dobričic ancestor of Zinfandel


Viticulture exists on the island since antiquity. The most famous autochthonous red wine variety is the Dobričić. According to DNA analysis, this variety is one of the original varieties of the American Zinfandel along with the Kaštelanski from the Split area.[7] The American wine pioneer Mike Grgich from Croatia brought the varieties to California. The Split noble family of the father of Croatian literature, Marko Marulić (1450-1524), who also lived on Šolta, were among the first to cultivate the Dobričic intensively. In the 19th century viticulture in Šolta suffered severe setbacks. A trade agreement between Austria and Hungary with Italy allowed low-cost Italian wines to be imported duty-free. Diseases such as downy mildew and phylloxera reduced the stocks. The best qualities of national importance were created in the 1870s and 80s by Pietro degli Alberti from Porto Oliveto di Solta (Maslinica). At the Vienna World Fair in 1873 he received an honorary prize.[8] At the Triester exhibition in 1882 he received a gold medal.[9] Even in the interwar period there was intensive viticulture.[10] As a result of the Titoism command economy, there is still no large wine industry upon the island. The cultivation is almost only for the own use. Some smaller winemakers, e.g. in Donje Selo, sell wine directly. It is also available at the market in Grohote. A large vineyard (on state leasehold land) was laid out for the first time again around 2015 on a hill on the road to Maslinica.



During the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the villages still have their Italian names. Villa Grohote, Villa Inf. short for Villa Inferior (Donje Selo) with the harbor Porto Olivetto (Maslinica), Villa Media (Srednje Selo) and Villa Superior (Gornje Selo) with the harbor Stomosca (Stomorska).[11][12] The property tax structure of the Austrian-Hungarian administration was based on "Fractionen". The local parish of Šolta was divided into the cadastral community Grohote, Donje-Selo, Gornje-Selo and Srednje-Selo, i.e. under the Croatian place names.[13] However, Šolta was no longer fully recorded in the land register by the Austrian administration. For parts of the island there is only the cadastre, i.e. site plans of the real estate, in which ownership and usage rights are not directly registered. This makes real estate transactions sometimes difficult. As a result of the communist economy[citation needed] there is still no larger winery. They are cultivated almost exclusively for their own needs. In Donje Selo, for example, wine can be bought directly from some smaller winegrowers. It is also available at the market in Grohote. A large vineyard (on state leasehold land) was laid out for the first time again around 2015 on a hill on the road to Maslinica.

The Telegraph arrived late at Šolta. In 1874, the k.k. State telegraph station Grohote handed over to the operation at "limited daily services". That was at the same time as in other smaller places of the monarchy as for example in the Carinthian Sankt Paul im Lavanttal or in Pontafel Pontafel.[14]

In April 1941, Solta came under Axis occupation, first by Italy. Nazi Germany took over after the September 1943 Armistice. In March and April 1944, Solta was the site of two British-American commando raids ten days apart which took many Nazi prisoners and destroyed numerous installations.[15]



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  3. ^ Duplančić Leder, Tea; Ujević, Tin; Čala, Mendi (June 2004). "Coastline lengths and areas of islands in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea determined from the topographic maps at the scale of 1 : 25 000" (PDF). Geoadria. 9 (1). Zadar: 5–32. doi:10.15291/geoadria.127. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
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  5. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Šolta". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Šolta". General Encyclopedia of the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute (in Croatian). Vol. 8. Zagreb: Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute. 1982.
  7. ^ N.N.: A tradition of olives, culture and wine. In: Discover Šolta, 2012, p 3–4.
  8. ^ "Von der Weltausstellung. Verzeichnis der Ehrenpreise". Fremden-Blatt der k. k. Haupt- und Residenzstadt Wien (in German). Vienna: ANNO. 1871-08-28. p. 10. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  9. ^ "Prämiirungen in der Triester Ausstellung". Die Presse (in German). Vienna: ANNO. 1882-10-02. p. 14. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  10. ^ "Franz Werner: Herbstfahrt nach Süddalmatien". Reichspost (in German). Vienna: ANNO. 1929-10-12. p. 2. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  11. ^ Stermich (Segretaria di Governo) (1841-02-02). "AVVISO Nr. 24979-9466" [NOTICE No. 24979-9466]. Gazzetta di Zara / Gazzetta di Zara. Foglio Ufficiale (d'Annuncii/d'Annuzi) della Gazzetta di Zara (in Italian). Zadar: ANNO. p. 12. Retrieved 2019-09-04. (Price list for cadastral extracts)
  12. ^ Kaiserlich-Königliches Militär-Geographisches Institut (Wien) (1869). "Special-Karte des Koenigreiches Dalmatien" [Special map of the Kingdom of Dalmatia] (in German). Karte aus dem Bestand des Projekts GeoPortOst am Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung. Retrieved 2019-09-05. (Austrian map with place names and field names)
  13. ^ "Landes-Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt für Dalmatien" [State Gazette of Laws and Ordinances for Dalmatia]. Oesterreichische Zeitschrift für Verwaltung (in German). Vienna: ANNO. 1867-08-29. p. 172. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  14. ^ "Kundmachungen" [announcements]. Klagenfurter Zeitung (in German). Klagenfurt: ANNO. 1874-12-10. p. 6. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  15. ^ Commano forces again raid Solta The Montreal Gazette, 3 April 1944, page 6 via news.google.com/newspapers, accessed 10 March 2023