Solin, the youngest town in Croatia as far as the age of the population is concerned, family and child friendly city with 24.125 inhabitants, is situated near the estuary of the river Jadro, in the middle part of the central Dalmatia, 3 kilometers north-east from Split. Kastela, Trogir and Klis are situated nearby. The City of Solin is located at the intersection of major road routes and close to the highway and the airport.
From the Roman Salona, the capital of the Roman Province of Dalmatia whose size, prosperity and opulence is attested by archaeological remains, to the times of the Croatian rulers when queen Jelena walked over Gospin otok (Our Lady’s Island) and king Zvonimir was crowned in Hollow church in 1076, to picturesque mills from the 18th century, city is really a monument itself. Promenade along the short but historically incredibly significant urban river, with ichthyologic preserve with protected endemic Adriatic trout at the upper stream, reveals an abundance of cultural and historical heritage such as Diocletian aqueduct, which is still in function, hydro power plant Vrilo from the beginning of the 20th century, Gradina - fortress from the Turkish times, and Hollow church - the coronation basilica of king Zvonimir. In the center of today's city there is a swamp cypress, protected monument of landscape architecture. The cultural landscape of Solin has many traces of cement industry in the areas of upper stream and estuary of Jadro River. At the beginning of the 20th century cement industry simultaneously developed and “suffocated” the modern city, and the named areas witness of the complex transformation of urban landscape and the coexistence of different spatial and historical layers.
Within the archaeological park you can see the ruins of Salona, while in the house Parać, erected on the perimeter of the amphitheater, you can participate in archaeological and restoration workshops. In the building of Public cultural institution Zvonimir Solin, which is located in the center next to Gospin otok (Our Lady’s Island) you can visit the art collection. In Teatrino, which is part of the City Library, numerous events and exhibitions are organized. The largest marine aquarium in Croatia can be found in Vranjic, a settlement on the half-island that is part of the City of Solin.
There were many important people that marked Solin’s history such as don Frane Bulic, the first Croatian archeologist and historian; don Lovre Katic, a priest, a historian and a publicist; Jozo Kljakovic Santic and Vjekoslav Parac, famous painters.
Traditional meals include trouts and anguje (eels). The most famous souvenir of Solin is the head of the girl, so-called "Solinjanka", probably Empress Plautila, and other traditional souvenirs made by restoration workshop Zvonimir Solin.
Learn more on the pages of Tourist Board of Solin.