Island of Olives and Honey

Explore Šolta island and its tradition of honey and olive oil production

The golden elixirs of Šolta! Experience and taste the award-winning olive oils and the famous honeys made from wild rosemary flowers that cover the island, both longstanding traditions still persisting today on Šolta island. Only a short distance from Split, Šolta is a Mediterranean paradise of ancient olive groves and sleepy villages tucked away in the hills, enveloped in a meandering coast, just a heaven for sailboats. This relaxing and engaging excursion brings you over to the island to spend a day with the locals proud of their craft and traditions, introducing you to the famous Dalmatian lifestyle called 'pomalo'. Literally translating to 'take it easy’ and ultimately meaning ‘slow down, relax, take in the moment' this philosophy is perfectly embodied by the natural beauty and the charming people of Šolta.

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Šolta island

Available all year round

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At Tvrdić shop
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Bee hives in the nature
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Among the dry walls and flowers
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Bees at work sign
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Mr. Goran Tvrdić
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Mr. Goran Tvrdić
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Learning about bees
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Learning about bees
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In the olive groves of Šolta
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Learning about olive oil production
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Tasting olive oils

Tour description


A quick ferry trip and you are on the blissful island of Šolta that seems worlds away from the urban buzz of Split. With a sleepy Dalmatian charm it is ideal for a day of soaking up what makes island life so unique! By the end of the day the infectious charm of the local living will have rubbed off on you for sure.

Upon arrival to the island you will be greeted by Mr. Kaštelanac for a private tour of the Olynthia Olive Mill where both traditional and modern techniques of production will be presented in an engaging walk through the premises. Well-known for their sustainable development efforts and dedication to preserving the old traditions of olive tree planting and harvesting, Olynthia produces some superior olive oils that you will have to the opportunity to taste - especially unique are the oils infused with lemon, rosemary, garlic and wild Dalmatian herbs!

This tour further takes you to the residence of the Tvrdić family. Third generation beekeepers will introduce you to the process of honey production and welcome you to the sampling of their carefully crafted varieties and flavors. As an option, it is possible to visit the family beehives in the hill or to make your own honey! On the farm you will also enjoy a home-cooked Dalmatian meal paired with some great local wines, of course!

Use the remainder of your time to explore Šolta on your own, swim in the crystal clear Adriatic or enjoy another favorite local activity, a cup of coffee in the village of Maslinica, glancing at the marina centered in front of the impressive Martinis Marchi castle.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Split region, chauffeured off-road vehicle and guide for the duration of the trip, ferry tickets, olive oil tasting, honey sampling and home-cooked lunch.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen and swimwear in the summer months.
  • OPTIONAL: The tour can be upgraded with a private speedboat transfer from/to Split. Available at additional cost.


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Maslinica is a lovely village in a bay on the west coast of the island, sheltered and well protected from the winds thus a popular marina for yachts and sailboats. The views of the open seas are splendid, dotted in seven inlets forming an enchanting archipelago. On land, the Martinis Marchi heritage hotel, situated in a historic castle, dominates the environment with its tower and the surrounding marina. Originally, the estate was built by three brothers back in the in 17th century with a special permit issued by the Venetian authorities.

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Eric Schuman & Albert Folsom, USA

Island of Olives and Honey, September 2016

Dear Vlasta and Alan,

We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience with Secret Dalmatia, from our first phone call from Alan, until we were picked up promptly at the hotel and delivered to the airport in Dubrovnik to return home.

You chose terrific hotels for us. They were all clean, adequately spacious for our needs and located perfectly -- considering factors such as noise, access to city center attractions and our ability to walk to the best sites.

The guides were all prompt, friendly, professional and had a great sense of humor which we appreciated. The drivers were welcoming, helpful in orienting us to the area and added the personal touch of allowing us to learn about their home and work lives in Croatia.

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Island of Olives and Honey

Island of Olives and Honey

Explore Šolta island and its tradition of honey and olive oil production