Travel + Leisure Top 50 Places for 2018: Number 1 - Solta

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Travel + Leisure released its list of top 50 places to visit in 2018 on December 6, 2017, and the number one recommendation is one of Croatia’s most overlooked islands – Solta.

I am tremendously pleased to see the lovely island of Solta get the recognition it deserves. Less than an hour away by ferry from Split, it is often overlooked in favour of its more fashionable neighbours – the islands of Hvar, Brac and Vis. But no longer, perhaps? Here is what Travel + Leisure had to say about one of Dalmatia’s most charming islands:

Šolta, Croatia

“The jewel of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is home to more than 1,200 islands, but travel between them has long been dictated by expensive yacht charters and sluggish public ferries. In 2018, that’s set to change, now that UberBOAT, from the popular ride-sharing app, has launched on-demand transfers and private tours along the Dalmatian Coast. Hit the high seas in the direction of Šolta, a hilly isle a mere nine nautical miles from Split (the second-largest city in Croatia).

“Often overlooked in favor of more-developed, splashier neighbors like Hvar or Brač, Šolta’s under-the-radar nature has proved a boon: The stony islet has become synonymous with pristine nature (pebbly beaches, turquoise waters, lush greenery), medieval villages, winemaking (try the indigenous Dobričić variety), and family-run olive oil purveyors like Olynthia, a fourth-generation producer. After watching the sun set at Maslinica bay, check out the island’s peppering of stylish beach clubs, seaside bars, and open-air restaurants — then drop your bags at the Heritage Hotel Martinis-Marchi, built inside an 18th-century Venetian fort-castle and ideally situated for those who want to explore Šolta’s ancient villages and crystal-clear bays. —Kate Springer”

To see the full list, click here.

Want to learn more about this magical island? 25 things to know about Solta.

TCN spent a day with the Solta Tourist Board this summer getting to know the island a little better. Take a tour in the video below.


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