Kornati National Park
HistoryIn 1980 the area was declared a national park.
The park includes 89 islands with a total area of 50 square kilometers and a coastline exceeding 238 km. The total area of the park with the sea area - 220 km². The uniqueness of archipelago is that its area is densely "populated" by bigger and smaller islands, so the passages between them are sometimes almost like a maze among the rocks.
From the neighboring islandы of Pasman and Dugi Otok, the archipelago is separated by straits, and from the island of Murter by the bay of Murtersko more (Murter's sea).
Two-thirds of the park is occupied by the island of Kornat - the largest one in the archipelago with an area of more than 32 km². The length of the island - 25 km, the width is about 2.5 km.
Flora and faunaDespite the semi-desert appearance of a large part of the islands, flora and fauna of the archipelago is rich both on the land and underwater. There are 537 species of plants there, with trees are mostly represented by pines and olive trees.
In addition to a variety of rodents, snakes, lizards, insects, fauna of the island is presented by martens, squirrels, and birds, the most notable of which were owls, falcons, kestrels, buzzards and cormorants.
The seabed consists of reefs of different shapes, rich of coral, pearl shells and shellfish. The waters are rich of fish.
ClimateThe average monthly temperature for January is 7.3 °C (45.1 °F), in July it is 23.9 °C (75.0 °F); the average sea temperature in winter is 14 to 15 °C (57 to 59 °F) and in summer 22.8 °C (73.0 °F).
By boatThe only way to visit the park is by boat:
- By organised day-trips from Zadar, Šibenik, Murter and other tourist locations around
- By private or chartered boats
Fees and permits
If visiting by a own or chartered boat then tickets could be either bought at some tourist agency outside the park, alternatively the park's rangers are issuing tickets in situ, but bear in mind that this way you'd pay twofolds of the "outside" price.
For more details check the links Ticket prices and fees and Spots of comission ticket sales at the bottom of Useful information page at the park's official site.
KruneA geological phenomenon: a rock, "growing" out of the sea. Reach up to 100 meters as in the underwater part, and in the freeboard. Hiking on the crowns is prohibited!
Magazinova škrilaA flat limestone plateau on the island of Kornat, inclined at an angle of 40°.
TuretaRuins of a Byzantine fortress at the Kornat island, just opposite the island Levrnaka. The oldest building at the archipelagos dating from the VI century.
Crkva Gospe od TarcaA modest late Romanesque church. Here also can be seen remains of an early Christian three-nave Byzantine basilica.
Crkvica na Piškeri
Ilirske gradineRemains of Illyrian settlements are located on several islands of the archipelago.
ManaQuite a curiosity as there in the late 1950s was a movie shooting location. Some remains to the stone decorations still can be seen there.
Camping is only allowed at the authorised locations (Ravno, Žakan, Levrnaka).
A few private accommodations could be found inside the park. For details check the Accommodations page at the park's web side.