Sail the Kornati Islands

Kornati Islands at sunset
Enjoy a fun and incredible scenic day of sailing from Zadar to the unique landscape of Kornati National Park. Nearly devoid of life, the barren and ruggedly beautiful 90 or so islands of the Kornati archipelago sit around the significantly larger Kornat Island. The area's highlights include scenic coves, crystal-clear waters, and reefs buzzing with life below the surface. 

Shaped like droplets placed in a pattern, Kornati is the densest cluster of islands in the entire Mediterranean Sea. You'll set sail and take in the stunning raw beauty of the jagged rocks, indented coastline, and relatively untouched marine ecology.  Along the way, there will be time to explore some of the islands, discovering secluded coves for swimming and snorkeling opportunities. In addition, Kornat Island has excellent hiking trails and viewpoints, plus the Tureta Fort from the Illyrian period. 

Other sites include the 16th-century Christian basilica, Church of Our Lady of Tarac, and the "crown" rock formations of Klobučar, Mana, and Rašip Veli islands. And if you're looking for Caribbean-blue hues, check out Lojena Beach on Levrnaka Island. Finally, when hungry, stop to enjoy a meal at a restaurant or traditional konaba for some of Croatia's best seafood.

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Itineraries with Sail the Kornati Islands

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Hidden Gems of Croatia: Zagorje, Kvarner Gulf, & Pelješac Peninsula - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Croatia, you will explore some of the country's lesser-visited treasures, featuring the barren islands in the Kvarner Gulf and forgotten villages on the Pelješac peninsula. From Zagreb, you'll immerse yourself in the castle-laden hills of the Zagorje, then on to discover the Kvarner Islands of Rab, Goli Otok, and Pag. Once in historic Zadar, you'll sail amid the Kornati archipelago, trek karst landscapes in Paklenica National Park, visit the abandoned village of Nakovana and the fortressed town of Korčula, before ending your stay in medieval Dubrovnik.

Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Kornati, Paklenica, & Plitvice Lakes - 15 Days

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