Solaris Beach Resort, Sibenik
We were really looking forward to going back to Solaris Beach Resort in Sibenik which was our next stop after Trogir. We were not intending to go back to all the sites we visited last year but just a few of the ones we particularly liked.
The resort is massive with several forms of accommodation including hotels, apartments, cabins, bungalows, pre-erected tents and the camping area for tents, motorhomes and caravans.
Although the camping area has its own swimming pool, bar and restaurant there are many more on the resort which if you are staying on site you can use. There is also a wellness centre which you can use at a small charge.
The sunbeds and seating areas at the bars were all quality furniture which gave a nice luxurious feel to the resort. My favourite area is the bar with the tables, chairs and sunbeds in a shallow pool. Absolutely perfect – and just what you need on a hot day.
There is a harbour packed with boats and a camping area around it as well as camping in shade amongst the trees or right on the beach. We were tempted to park up on the beach this time but it was so hot we thought it would probably be better to be in the shade.
Lots to do for all ages at the resort. The facilities range from a playground to a Pirate mini-golf course, and everything in between. The mini-golf course is beautifully landscaped and when we were transported back to Disney in Florida as every so often they have a little pirate show.
For sports enthusiasts, you can play basketball, football, beach volleyball, bowling, tennis, table tennis and water sports or rent a bike.
There is an entertainment crew who provide entertainment for everyone, night and day and there is a special mini club with activities for the kids. Oh, and new this year is the water park.
In total Solaris, beach resort has 10 bars and 5 restaurants, several snack bars, an ice-cream parlour and a disco. There is also a tourist train that transports you around the resort (free of charge).
Situated in the very heart of the resort is the Dalmatian Ethno Village restaurant, where the little stone houses took us into a completely different world. The waitresses dress in traditional Dalmatian dress, klapa singer’s move around the tables and the whole atmosphere is wonderful.
If they happen to be baking when you wander around you are offered a taste of the lovely warm home-made bread which is prepared under a traditional iron bell from their own bakery.
There is an ancient 100-year-old water mill where they manufacture their own traditional brandy. One of the stone buildings is used as an oil refinery for the manufacture of their own olive oil and there is a flour mill which you can walk around. It’s all just amazing.
The cooking is done in the fire pit in the middle of the buildings.
The food is pretty good too.
Just along from the Dalmatian Village restaurant is a bar which is made to look like an old Pirate Ship Wreck. When you walk round to the other side of the ship there are slides going into a pool.
The first time we visited the resort last year we didn’t realise there was more to the site other than the camping area. We had noticed lots of people walking past our motorhome towards the beach and thought they were just going to the bar but the next morning we packed up the van and then decided to take a walk to the bar to see what was making it so popular. It was then that we discovered the rest of the resort and ended up staying on another night and booking a table for a meal that evening at the Dalmatian Village restaurant.
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Places of interest around Solaris Beach Resort
Solaris is located in a really attractive area, just a short distance away from various National Parks. These include the Krka Waterfalls (only 15 km) and the Kornati Islands. From the harbour in Solaris, you can sail to these beautiful islands in next to no time! The Plitvice Lakes are situated further away but are certainly well worth a visit!