Adriatic island Silba: Just taking things easy…
Tradition has it that there are many myths and rumours about the small Adriatic island Silba (”forest‟ in English) which the less than 300 inhabitants have probably introduced into the world during the long winter months. The fact is, though, if you are anchoring on one of the many beaches, you feel like being in the past, decelerated from general stress.
On Silba, only the postman takes to the road on his motorbike – thanks to a permanent exemption, otherwise even bicycles are forbidden, at least during the summer months. The lack of mobility is replaced by the inhabitants‘ inventiveness as all kinds of bizarre vehicles can be marvelled at.
But also otherwise things are taken rather easy. Some days, the ferry from Zadar brings over some tourists or local residents who want to watch the summer go by comfortably on Silba. Just taking things easy. A post office, some restaurants and a doctor provide for plenty of variety in case the locals are not busy to catch some fish for dinner at sunset.
Skippers, anchoring or mooring on Silba, which likes to call itself somewhat boastful ”the gateway to Dalmatia‟ consider the island a foretaste of the Kornati Islands. Beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise coloured, clear water and plenty of sunshine hours exert an almost magical fascination on visitors. This is even enhanced as Port (Luka) Sv. Ante is quite sheltered from the wind and will protect sailors from approaching storms.
The Juzni Porat bay is fine, too, for sheltered anchoring, although the buoy field still listed in some directories, had not been granted any licence since 2018.
Adriatic island Silba