The Kornati archipelago is situated in central Dalmatia about 15 NM south of Zadar and it is one of the most beautiful phenomena of the Croatian coast. The archipelago consists of about 150 islands, islets and rocks that cover 320km2 of sea surface, and they are the densest and most indented group of islands in the whole Adriatic Sea.
The most beautiful way of visiting Kornati is of course by sea, whether you own your boat or you prefer to rent a sailboat in Croatia.
Because of extraordinary beauty of the landscape, indented coast and rich flora and fauna, the majority of the archipelago was declared a national park in 1980. Today there are 89 protected islands, with total area of only one quarter of the entire area of the national park and the rest is the surrounding maritime area.
The whole archipelago is one of the most attractive locations for sailing in Croatia and it is a paradise for nautical enthusiasts and yachtsmen who enjoy to research deserted islands and sea passages, picturesque views from the cliffs towards the open sea and to swim in the crystal clear idyllic bays.
In the park there are restaurants that provide all the essential services to visitors, supervision service and information points, and visitors are allowed to stay within the entire park except in the area around the island Purara and rocks Mala Purara and Volić which were declared special protected areas. Visitors of the national park should always bear in mind that beside being protected as a natural heritage, all the islands are private properties. Owners are mostly inhabitants of Murter, a nearby island from which the national park is administered, because there are no permanent inhabitants and settlements on Kornati islands.
In addition to sailing Kornati islands it is interesting to practice other various activities as snorkeling or scuba diving, trekking one of the eight marked hiking trails which offer unforgettable views, observe the rich flora and fauna, or simply swim and enjoy beautiful beaches which this archipelago offers. After exploring of the area and various activities, it is best to treat yourself with excellent local specialties and cold drinks, especially because the fish delicacies served in restaurants here are mostly caught during the same day from the nearby sea depths.