The Kornati islands are an archipelago consisting of 140 islands and islets covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km). 89 of the islands are part of the Kornati National Park, which was established in 1980. With its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why this part of Croatia has been designated a national park. The largest island in the archipelago is Kornat – from which the group of islands gets its name.
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.“
There are no permanent residents of the islands and most of the area belongs to the people of Murter island who come to tend the olive groves, the vineyards and orchards. They have cottages on the Kornati islands in which they stay during the agricultural season.
The islands are best visited on a day excursion from Zadar, Sibenik or Split. It is possible to stay in one of the cottages for a Robinson Crusoe type holiday in which you stay in a house with no electricity or running water – the ultimate in “getting away from it all”! A boat from Murter delivers you there and picks you up a week later.
Getting to the Kornati islands
Visit the islands through an organised excursion – see the Excursions page on the National Park website. Alternatively, ask a local agency when in locations such as Zadar, Sibenik and Split to see what excursions can be booked.
Take a look below at some of the tours offered to the Kornati islands:
Accommodation on the Kornati islands
Accommodation can be arranged with Agency Lori.
Find out more about the islands on the official website of the Kornati National Park.