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Silba the Unknown Island

calendar iconMay 31, 2024

Silba, a tiny island nestled between Premuda and Olib, is a must-visit destination in the Zadar Archipelago. Stretching over just 15 square kilometres, Silba is a haven for those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. One of the most appealing aspects of Silba is its ban on cars throughout the year.

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Dive into the wonders of the Zadar Archipelago, with a special focus on the enchanting islands of Silba

One of the best ways to explore this breathtaking region is by hiring a speedboat tour with Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours.

Getting to Silba

Reaching Silba from Zadar involves a scenic speedboat ride or a slow and grilling ferry ride. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the island’s charming town, also named Silba, which is home to around 150 residents during the winter and swells to 6,000 in the summer.

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The Zadar Archipelago is home to numerous other lesser-known islands that are worth exploring. These islands offer a mix of natural beauty, historical sites, and tranquil beaches, making them ideal destinations for those looking to escape the crowds and discover a more authentic side of Croatia.

The closest international airport is Zadar Airport, which is well-connected to various UK cities including Bournemouth, London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, and Birmingham. Flights can be surprisingly affordable, with prices starting from as low as £18 for a one-way ticket from Bournemouth.

Exploring the Island

One of Silba’s key landmarks is the cylindrical stone tower known as Toreta, or the “Tower of Love.” According to local legend, a sailor built the tower for his sweetheart, who would watch for his return from the sea. Today, visitors can climb the narrow staircase on the tower’s exterior to reach a panoramic platform offering stunning views of the island and the surrounding sea.

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The Church of St. Marko, the oldest church on the island, is another noteworthy site.

Exploring Silba offers more than just beach days and historical tours. The island is rich in diverse activities and experiences that cater to all kinds of travellers; adventure seekers, history buffs, and travellers in need of relaxation – all will find their place on Silba.

Water Sports and Activities

For beach lovers, Silba does not disappoint. Pocukmarak Beach, located just a 10-minute walk from the town, is the island’s largest beach on the south side.

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The crystal-clear waters surrounding Silba are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Silba, with its underwater museum featuring a 1,500-year-old sarcophagus, offers a unique snorkeling experience.

Connected by a seafront promenade, Pocukmarak is famous for its “underwater museum,” where a 1,500-year-old sarcophagus lies in shallow waters, just two to three meters deep, allowing for easy viewing without the need for diving equipment.

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The islands’ numerous beaches provide perfect spots for sunbathing and relaxation.

Other beautiful beaches on Silba include Tratica Beach, a gravel beach with a café known for its spectacular sunsets, and Sotorišće Beach, the largest and most popular beach on the island. At Sotorišće, visitors can rent beach essentials like parasols and deck chairs, making it an ideal spot for a day of relaxation by the sea.

Other Lesser-Known Islands to Explore


Located near Silba, Premuda is a small island known for its excellent diving spots. The underwater cave system known as the Cathedral is a popular site for divers, offering a unique underwater experience with its mesmerizing play of light and shadows.


Olib is another tranquil island near Silba, known for its sandy beaches and clear waters. The island’s peaceful environment and lack of motor vehicles make it a perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.

Why Choose Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours?

Hiring a speedboat tour with Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours offers a convenient and exciting way to explore Silba and its neighbouring islands. With a private speedboat tour, you have the freedom to explore multiple islands at your own pace. You can customize your itinerary based on your interests, whether it’s beach-hopping, diving, or exploring historical sites.

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Speedboats offer a comfortable and convenient way to travel between the islands in the Zadar region

The knowledgeable guides at Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours can provide valuable insights into the history, culture, and natural beauty of Silba. Their local expertise ensures that you won’t miss any must-see spots or hidden treasures.

Also, speedboating adds an element of adventure to your island exploration. The thrill of zipping across the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, combined with the breathtaking scenery, makes for an unforgettable experience.

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So why wait? Plan your island-hopping adventure today and discover the magic of Croatia’s lesser-known treasures. The crystal-clear waters, secluded beaches, and charming towns of the Zadar archipelago are waiting to be explored

The Zadar archipelago offers a unique and enchanting travel experience; by hiring a speedboat tour with Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours, you can explore these hidden gems in comfort and style.

Silba: Your Gateway to the Adriatic’s Hidden Treasures

The Zadar Archipelago, with its blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and tranquil atmosphere, is an ideal destination for travelers looking to experience the unspoiled charm of Croatia. Hiring a speedboat tour with Zadar Archipelago Speedboat Tours not only offers convenience and adventure but also provides a personalized way to explore these magnificent islands.

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The Zadar Archipelago is not just a destination; it’s an experience waiting to be discovered.

Don’t miss the opportunity to uncover Croatia’s best-kept secrets. Book your speedboat tour today, pack your bags, and set sail for an adventure that will captivate your senses and rejuvenate your spirit.

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