Šolta

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Šolta
Šolta Maslinica Hrvatska Hafen 2012 a.jpg
Šolta
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Geography
Location Adriatic Sea
Coordinates 43°22′N 16°19′E / 43.37°N 16.31°E / 43.37; 16.31Coordinates: 43°22′N 16°19′E / 43.37°N 16.31°E / 43.37; 16.31
Area 58.98 km2 (22.77 sq mi)
Highest elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Highest point Vela Straža
Country
Croatia
County Split-Dalmatia
Demographics
Population 1,700[1] (as of 2011)
Density 28 /km2 (73 /sq mi)

Šolta (pronounced [ʃɔ̂ːlta]; Italian: Solta; Latin: Solentium) is an island in Croatia. It is situated in the Adriatic Sea in the central Dalmatian archipelago, 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 km2[3][4] and it has a population of 1,700 (as of 2011).[1]

The highest peak of Šolta is the summit Vela Straža[5] which is 238 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.

The economy of the island is based on vineyards, olives, fruit, fishing and tourism.[2][5] While the main settlements (Grohote, Gornje Selo, Srednje Selo, Donje Selo) are inland, the main fishing centres are Maslinica,[5] 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.

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Satellite image of Šolta.