KORNATI ISLANDS is a group of about 130 islands, islets and reefs sprinkled in the deep blue sea of the Adriatic covering an area of about 64 sq km. The Kornati archipelago is in Dalmatia, a coastal region of Croatia just across the cities of Zadar and Sibenik.
The largest island is Kornat from which the archipelago takes its name. Other larger islands are, Piskara, Kurba Vela, Zut, Sit , Vrgada and Levrnaka. Apart from a tiny area of cultivated land with fig trees, olives and vineyards, Kornati islands are rocky, covered with thin grass, rare trees and Mediterranean scrubs.
Over the time erosion has been caused by the sea, over grazing by sheep and fire.This erosion has deprived the islands of their primeval luxurious vegetation, and the people have moved to more hospitable islands. Some of the bigger islands were inhabited during the Neolithic age by Illyrians. A number of wealthy families from Zadar and later Venice have claimed possession of the larger islands.
The Kornati have no permanent inhabitants, although the present owners from nearby larger Dalmatian islands periodically visit Kornati to tend their vineyards and olive groves, bringing their sheep to graze. The sea around the islands is rich with fish and a variety of marine life…. The islands have no spring water, only rainwater collected in water holes. The unique feature of the islands lies in their rugged shores with many caves and coves. The landscape of chalk limestone is covered with bushes of rosemary, juniper, lavender, thyme, myrtle and sage. Pathways leading to steep and huge cliffs facing the open sea and others gently decline towards the sea, ending in a small bay with a jetty and one or two fishermen’s cottages surrounded by pine, olives and fig trees….
Small Photo Gallery of Kornati Islands
- Kornati Islands (National Park of Croatia) – official website of Kornati, Croatian National Park. There are 89 islands, islets and reefs within the area of Kornati National Park….
- Kornati Islands – Nautical Large Map – very large and detailed map of Kornati Islands
- Croatian Islands Travel News and Articles – latest news from around Islands of Croatia
Accommodation on Kornati:
- Kornati Hostel ★★★☆☆
Situated right on the beach, this hostel offers a large sun terrace and free Wi-Fi access. Guests can make use of a shared kitchen, dining area and living room with LCD TV. Prices from €20.00 – Number of rooms: 4 – Check Kornati Hostel, Betina availability
As there are no permanent settlements in Kornati islands, the nearest island with hotels is Murter where one can stay to visit Kornati. Here is the list of Murter Hotels. Also, staying in Dugi Otok, Vodice, Biograd, Zadar or Sibenik will be close to visit Kornati Islands. Also, as there are no ferries between the mainland and the Kornati islands, to visit Kornati you can book excursion from neighbouring places. See more info here
Kornati Travel Articles:
- Zut allure – back to basics in the Kornati islandsFor some, staying for a week on a rocky, low-lying island covered in scrub and gorse – no beaches, no roads, no shops, no night-clubs – in a former fisherman’s cottage without a bathroom and only a bucket-flush loo, may not be quite enough to induce thoughts of holiday nirvana. However, as I lay in the sun, novel in hand and the sea lapping at my feet, I was happy.Zut, my home for a week, is one of the 147 Kornati islands, which lie off the coast of Croatia, roughly halfway down the country’s Adriatic coast. The beauty of these islands lies in their barrenness: their shores are lined with rocks, not sandy coves, and they have no natural water, only what is collected when it rains or is brought from the mainland. It is these arid conditions, though, that has kept the developers away….read more