“On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.”
George Bernard Shaw
According to the legend, the Kornati Islands were created from a handful of white stones that God was left with while creating the world. He scattered them and, having seen the result, decided he did not have to change a thing. The extraordinary Kornati archipelago is known for its unique beauty and charm and there is nothing like it in either European or world’s seas. There is nothing out there with so many rocks, capes, islands, islets and coves – it is truly the promised land for sailors. Because of the incredible landscape, interesting geomorphology, a heavily indented coastline, and particularly because of its rich marine ecosystem most of the Kornati area was proclaimed a national park in 1980.
The Kornati archipelago
The Kornati archipelago is the densest archipelago in the Adriatic Sea and the biggest archipelago in the Mediterranean. This heavily indented area includes 12% of Croatian islands and only takes up 1% of the Croatian territorial waters’ surface. The archipelago got its name after the biggest island – Kornat. It encompasses 147 islands, islets and rocks and has the total surface of 62 km2. The islands stretch from Dugi Otok (Long Island) to the island of Žirje at a surface of 320 km2. Kornati National Park includes 89 islands and occupies the area of about 220 km2. The land part of Kornati National Park covers less than 1/4 of its total area, while the rest belongs to the marine ecosystem. Numerous archeological discoveries prove that the Kornati archipelago was inhabited in prehistoric times.
An oasis of intact natural beauty
The Kornati archipelago is attractive because of its uninhabited and unaltered area, the magnificence of the Micronesian-like landscape and astonishing natural beauties. The sea bed by the shore is comprised of magnificent rocks in different shapes, steep spikes, bare surfaces, deep rifts, cracks and caves which are home to red corals, pearl oysters, sea snails and a wide array of colorful shells. The hidden oasis of pines and olive trees, along with quiet and sheltered coves, offer the visitors a pleasant and peaceful stay far away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. The traces of cultures form the past centuries scattered about the islands are signs of long-lasting and restless life in this area. The Kornati archipelago is an oasis of intact nature, perfect for those who wish to escape reality for a while and recharge their batteries by swimming in the crystal clear sea and relaxing surrounded by exquisite natural scenery.