Founded in the not so distant past, Šilo is a small town on the northeastern coast of the island of Krk, on the opposite shore of Crikvenica. With about 400 inhabitants, Šilo is the largest town in the municipality of Dobrinj. It is named after the cape, a sea cliff that protects the bay from the wind. Near Šilo, there is Dobrinj, Biserujka cave and Soline bay with healing mud.
Šilo is a favorite destination for a relaxing family vacation on the island of Krk.
You can find accommodation in Šilo in many apartments, holiday houses and rooms in private accommodation.
Here you can enjoy a beautiful long promenade by the sea, sandy and pebble beaches, numerous events and very interesting surroundings that invite you to explore.
Until the construction of the Krk Bridge, there was a ferry line from Šilo to Crikvenica. The first wooden ferry on the Adriatic "Bodulka" sailed on April 12, 1959. and could carry 12 cars or 130 passengers. With a speed of 5 knots, the ferry took about 20 minutes from Šilo to Crikvenica.
In the summer, the ferry sailed 4 times a day, from Šilo to Crikvenica and back. During the summer, the ferry used to make even 13 rounds a day. In winter, the ferry sailed twice a day.
Before the ferry, at the beginning of the 20th century, a much slower steamer operated on the same route, which could only transport passengers.
Today, taxi boats run from Šilo that can take you to nearby Crikvenica
The beaches in Šilo are pebble, sandy and partly with paved plateaus for sunbathing and various sports facilities.
Especially popular is the sandy beach Pećine in the center of Šilo, ideal for a family vacation.
The beach within the camp "Tiha" with a bar, showers and parking is open to all visitors, not only to camp guests.
Near Tunera, on Šilo Cape, there is a pet-friendly beach. You will also find a beach for dogs near Klimno and Čižići.
Only 7 km from Šilo, there is a unique beach Meline / Soline with healing mud.
Next to the Biserujka cave, there is a beautiful bay Slivanjska.
If you head south from Šilo in Vrbnik's direction, you will come across several hidden coves and beaches such as Murvenica and Petrina.
Near Šilo, there is the famous sandy bay of St. Marek in Risika.
In Šilo, you will be able to participate in several interesting concerts, exhibitions and workshops in the summer.
There are also unavoidable summer fishing festivities that combine music and local specialties.
Here we want to single out St. Rocco's Celebration - Rokova. St. Rocco is the patron saint of Šilo. Especially impressive is the votive procession that goes from Polje to Šilo. The evening is followed by a big party with music and fireworks.
The traditional swimming marathon Šilo - Crikvenica starts from Šilo. The marathon is held on 15.8. since 1910. The marathon's length is 3500 m, and participants need about 45 minutes to swim to the finish line.
We recommend that you find the remains of a Byzantine fortress/watch post from the 6th century.
You will be delighted by the great view of the nearby mainland.
Such a good view of the surroundings has been very valuable in the past for its defensive and life-saving role.
Tuna fishing in Silo fed many hungry mouths
It is especially worth mentioning the tunera at cape Šilo, a wooden observation post with a ladder tilted over the sea.
Flocks of tuna floating close to the sea's surface were monitored from the tunera, making them easier to follow. There used to be over 40 tuneras in the northern Adriatic.
The rich tuna catch was especially celebrated with traditional festivities, and religious processions were held for tuna fishing. Tuna fishing made it possible to survive, even in the most demanding times.
Silo is a favorite destination for divers who, among other things, can visit the sunken Greek cargo ship Peltastis.
The ship sank carried by a strong wind bora, in January 1968.
Its wreck, extremely rich in marine life, is 60 m long. It is located only 50 m from the coast between Šilo and Klimno at a depth of about 30 m.
Today, the sunken ship Peltastis is a top-rated attraction for divers on the island of Krk.