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Silba, a small forest covered island located south-east of the island of Losinj, is one of Croatia’s car-free islands. With its 15 square kilometers, the whole island is a pedestrian zone. This means no traffic is allowed, with the exception of vehicles supplying local businesses. It’s interesting that a few hundred locals are living on the island, mainly the elderly population. However, during the summer, the island is full of tourists as tourism is the main economic activity. The only village is also called Silba and it’s located at the narrowest point on the island. Read on for details to visit one of the best islands in Croatia, Silba. 

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Best Things To Do in Silba

The only settlement is the small village of the same name – Silba. Full of magnificent courtyards, high walls, and churches, Silba makes a charming place idea for those looking for tranquility and a Robinson Crusoe type of vacation. Even though there are no cultural and historical monuments, you can engage in exploring hidden coves, beautiful beaches or find yourself enjoying swimming and sunbathing.

This petit island has a few attractions worth putting on your itinerary:

  • Toreta – the most popular landmark. This small tower has spiral staircase access and provides astonishing views of the island and its landscape. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Address: Silba 257, 23295, Silba, Croatia
  • Toreta open water – a swimming marathon, which is really cool to see. It is held annually in July. 
  • The local committee – a building of the local board is also a library and a place for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Silba.
  • Gallery of Marija Ujevic-Galetovic – an open-air art gallery of the local artist that will enchant every art fan.

Extra tip: One of the best islands in Croatia, Silba is well-connected by ferries with Zadar, Pula, and Mali Losinj.

Best Beaches in Silba

As previously mentioned, the island of Silba has numerous coves and beaches. The main public beach is Sutorisce, which is located close to the harbor of Mul. Completely sandy, Sutorisce has shallow water and it is ideal for families with children. 

For lovely pebble beaches, head to the Zalic bay while rocky beaches can be found on the southern side of the island. Vele Stene (Large Rocks) is the only part of the island with steep shores and rocky beaches. In the same way, Nozdre is a big cove with amazing flat rock formations cut out by the sea. Onwards, Port Saint Ante is popular among Croatia yachting lovers due to its location that is protected from winds. 

Dobre Vode, also located on the southern side of the island, is a lovely sandy beach with shallow water and sandy bottom. On the other hand, the northern part of Silba is less accessible but also has places of interest. The cove Pernastica with its sandy bottom, is considered one of the loveliest coves on the island. 

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Where to Stay in Silba

If you’d like to stay awhile on Silba, the main type of accommodations are apartments. Check out a few recommendations below.
Best Boutique Apartment in Silba – House by the Beach, Rooftop Terrace: This modern beach house has all that you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The rooftop terrace with a water view is gorgeous.
Best Budget Apartment in Silba – Apartment Marina: A cute and comfortable apartment just a 5 minute walk to the beach. With comfortable beds, a terrace, and all the amenities you’ll need this is a great option.

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