Šilo

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Šilo
Village
Šilo is located in Croatia
Šilo
Šilo
Coordinates: 45°08′49″N 14°39′50″E / 45.146831°N 14.663871°E / 45.146831; 14.663871
Country  Croatia
County Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Municipality Dobrinj
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 51515

Šilo is a village in the north-east of the island of Krk, Croatia, population 384 (census 2011).[1] It is one of the tourist centers of the Dobrinj municipality.

Geography[edit]

It is located in a well-sheltered lagoon called Stipanja, which is naturally enclosed by a cape called Punta Šilo. It is located across from Crikvenica, which is a tourist town on the Croatian coast. Šilo is separated from it by the Vinodolski Channel, which is only 2.5 nmi (4.6 km) wide.

Šilo is connected to the rest of the island of Krk by a regional road. It is 5 kilometers away from the center of its municipality, Dobrinj. It is also 20 kilometers far from Krk Bridge; 19.1 km from the main city of the island, Krk; 13.6 km from Vrbnik, another settlement on Krk; and 47.7 km from Rijeka, which is the most important Croatian harbor and the third largest city in the country.

Stipanja bay is well protected from eastern and southern winds by a narrow and low peninsula at the end of which cape Punta Šilo is located. At the end of this cape there is a lighthouse which emits a light beam: B BI 3s, whose maximum range is 7 nautical miles (13 km).

Šilo is the largest village in the municipality of Dobrinj, and it has the longest tourist tradition. It has numerous beautiful, sunny, and preserved pebble beaches and coves. Above Šilo there is a lovely old settlement called Polje, which, alongside of modern houses, has also preserved the traditional rural way of building as well as a traditional way of life.

History[edit]

Šilo was established by people from Crikvenica and Selce. The town has gained importance by development of tourism and the wish of people to travel to the islands. For a long time it was a link between the island of Krk and the continent. For these reasons on 19 February 1905 in Šilo the Krk Skydiving Society was established. After its foundation it bought a steamboat called Dinko Vitezić, and on 1 June 1905 it opened the regular Šilo – Vrbnik – Crikvenica boat line.

Tourism began to grow after the 1959, when the ferry between Crikvenica and Krk began regular service.

The basis of Šilo's economy is agriculture, fishing, tourism and ship building. Šilo also has an auto camp, tennis courts, cafes and pizza places, a post office, a pastry shop, tourist agencies, a clinic, and the Municipality of Dobrinj Tourist Board, as well as the biggest economic entity of Dobrinj municipality – a construction company.

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