Croatia – The Kornati Islands

Kornati Panorama

The Kornati Islands

The Kornati islands are an archipelago consisting of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km). Most of the islands are part of the Kornati National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why.

George Bernard Shaw fell in love with the group of islands and said:

“On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.“

Zadar Map

Kornati Islands

Kornati Islands


After picking up the boats in Zadar we’ll head for the Kornati National Park where we’ll explore the many anchorages the archipelago has to offer.  Away from the popular tourist islands to the south these islands have just 7 permanent residents.

Our itinerary will include sailing inland through the Krka River canyon between the historic town of Sibernik and Skradin.  At the head of the navigable river we’ll find the magnificent waterfalls and lakes of the Krka National Park.

Vrgada Island

Halfway between Zadar & Sibernik is the secluded island of Vrgada.  With beaches of golden sand, surrounded by pine trees, it is a place of natural beauty.  When you visit this island you experience “the Mediterranean as it once was.”   Here you take a trip back in time as, with no cars, Vrgada still greets tourists on a mule, part of a long-standing tradition.  While you’re here you can relax and enjoy the island’s pace of life, where the nights are blessedly silent and the stars illuminate the sky.

Waterfalls at Skradin © comphotosmorton

Waterfalls at Skradin © comphotosmorton

Soline, Krk Island

Soline, Krk Island

The Highlights

  • Secluded bays
  • Warm crystal clear waters
  • Great snorkelling
  • Historic sites
  • Isololated restaurants
  • Stunning scenery


The islands enjoy dry and hot summers which average 25°C in July with 11 hours of sunshine a day.

Fortunately for us there are usually only about 3 days’ rain in July. The highest amount of precipitation is in the autumn and in the summer, due to the scarcity of land vegetation, dew is usually profuse and replaces rain to a certain extent.

The dominant wind during the summer is maestral (north-westerner) with winds from Beaufort 4 to 6.  However The bura (north-easterner) is a strong wind which can affect the region.  The saying goes “If the bura is blowing you don’t sail!”

Kornati Pebble Towers © Jason Rogers

Kornati Pebble Towers © Jason Rogers


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