Coastal cool on Solin holidays

Holidays to Solin place you at the heart of the Dalmatian Coast. If you’re thinking of a seaside town in Croatia, Solin is less likely to spring to mind than certain other ancient edifices overlooking the Adriatic. However, thanks to the setting, close to historic Split and the Diocletian’s Palace, this is one destination in Dalmatia that definitely deserves a second glimpse.

Not only do holidays in Solin place you close to Zadar and Krka National Park but you’re also just a short ferry ride from the Dalmatian islands of Brac, Hvar, Korčula, Vis, and Mljet. From archaeological amphitheatres and Roman ruins to strolls along the Jadro River and the convenience of day trips – if you’re looking for your next favourite town in Croatia, put holidays in Solin to the top of your list.

As the largest city on the Dalmatia coast, and the second largest in Croatia, Split is definitely a highlight if you’re on holiday in Solin. As it’s just a 15 minute drive or bus ride away, it’s the perfect place for a day trip with the Diocletian's Palace, within the Old Town, certainly worth heading to first. Sitting alongside the palace can be found the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. If you’re feeling fit, it’s well worth climbing up the 180 steep, stone steps into the bell tower for fabulous views across the city.

Any holiday in Solin has to feature a visit to the archaeological park, if only to show how important the ancient city of Salona was to the Roman Empire. This is the largest site of its kind in Croatia and provides a really peaceful place for a stroll in amongst the remnants of what once was a city that held more than 60,000 inhabitants. If you’re into your history, it’s well worth visiting the site in the company of a local guide although, try to avoid the heat of midday as there’s a distinct lack of shade.

Situated around the Adriatic coastline, about an hour’s drive northwest from Split, the city of Šibenik has long been attracting Solin holidaymakers looking for day trip ideas. Take a tour here and you’ll find yourself wandering around a labyrinth of winding streets and alleyways before, finally, the Cathedral of St. James emerges as one of the most revered in the whole of Croatia. Elsewhere the Prince’s Palace houses the uber-modern Šibenik museum whilst boat trips take you out to the islands and islets of the Kornati archipelago for snorkelling over fish-filled coral reefs.

The flight time from the UK to Solin (Split) usually takes two hours and 30 minutes.

Currently, British citizens holidaying in Solin don’t need a visa unless they’re staying longer than 90 days. Visit GOV.UK for more advice about entry requirements to Croatia or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.

Summers in Solin can be very hot with July and August the peak of the tourist season. Visit outside of these months and you’ll find cooler temperatures and fewer crowds although don’t expect every seaside restaurant to be open outside of May to September.

Solin is just one hour ahead of the UK.

Croat is the official language of Solin although you might also hear a fair amount of Albanian, Hungarian, Bosnian and Italian. English and German are also widely spoken within the tourist areas, closer to Split.

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