The Kornati Archipelago

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Alejandra Rangel

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The Kornati belong to the northern Dalmatian archipelago. Their total surface is about 300 km2 and such a concentration of islands on such a small surface is a unique phenomenon in the world. However, if they are numerous, these islands are no less arid, karstic rock requires. The rock cuts the Kornati islands into shapes that are each stranger than the next: cliffs, caves, creeks are all masterpieces of this arid and particular nature. To discover them, the ideal is of course to navigate along these hundreds of islets, most of which have been uninhabited since prehistoric times (a few traces are still visible).

If you do not have the chance to sail on your own sailboat, day trips are offered from Zadar and Sibenik (prefer the latter, the trip to the islands will be even shorter) or for an additional sum modest you will approach the most famous cliffs, the most sought-after caves and discover one or the other of these islands on foot before a well-deserved meal in one of the rare konobas open during the season.

For diving lovers, the Kornati have a typically Mediterranean underwater fauna and flora with however some particularities due to a rugged underwater relief at the edge of the labyrinth and marked currents. Certain species of algae, corals and sponges have thus become symbols of the archipelago.

Arid lands, these islands all have their own stories that have been woven over the stories of fishermen in the area. If you're interested in knowing why these sailors call one of the southernmost islands Grandmother's Butt (Babina guzica), head to the nearest bar!

See also our activity: Korcula island and wine tasting

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