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Kornati Islands is made of up of about 152 islands, islets and reefs scattered in the blue waters of the Adriatic. The name of the archipelago is the plural form of the name of its largest island, Kornat. Because of its beautiful landscape, natural bays, and rich sea flora and fauna, 89 of the Kornati islands are national parks. There are no permanent settlements in the island. Simple houses are used by mainland landowners as temporary shelters.
Landscape and climate
Geographically, the islands can be divided into 2 main groups: Upper Kornati, which is closer to the mainland, and Lower Kornati, which mostly faces the open sea in the southwest. Aside from the small area of cultivated land with fig trees, vineyards and olives, Kornati is rocky, covered with rare trees, thin grass, and Mediterranean scrubs. The average temperature for January is 7.3 °C; in July it is 23.9 °C.
Getting around Kornati
Many ferries leave from Split and Dubrovnik that will take visitors to Kornati. The islands can only be explored by getting rent sailboat Croatia. There are many guided tours by some of the locals who are familiar with what you may want to see on these islands.
Things to see and do
Getting boat rental Croatia and exploring the islands and bays is highly recommended in Kornati. Dive into the underwater to see a wealth of underwater world, which one of the highlights of this national park. The most beautiful beach in Kornati is sandy bay Lojena on the island Levrnaka. Those who are a little braver can swim beneath the spectacular cliffs of Kornati.
Another stunning attraction are the great cliffs that stretch outside Kornati to the open sea. Things worth visiting is the island of Panitula where the remains of a Venetian castle are found; bay Vruje on Kornat Island, the largest fishing village; and Tarac bay where a fort Tureta from the 6th century Church of our Lady of Tarac is located.
Many Kornati belvederes offer memorable impressions and moments, including interesting geomorphical and geological phenomena. It is not difficult to get to the belvederes, but know that summer can be strong and make the hiking horrid. The continental part of Kornati is private property of local Murter residents. So, decorum is expected while walking on the islands.
Eat and drink
There are about 20 restaurants and taverns in Kornati that offer quality local food. These are usually seafood specialties, like fish and crabs, and local Kornati specialties, like lamb. Still, visitors can order “common” food for those who are not too fond of the Kornati cuisine. For young and old, according to taste and means, hundreds of different meals are being prepared in their local kitchens.
Kornati has a large selection of wines from Croatian wine makers, but there is a popular restaurant that offers wines from Australian winery d'Arenberg. For those who like just a glass of wine with their meal, they can choose from a selection of 15 optimally selected wines.