KORNATI (43°47′N 15°20′E)
In the central part of the Adriatic there is a unique and special group of islands called Kornati. Due to its exceptional beauty, its indentedness and coastal line and especially due to its rich maritime ecosystem, The Kornati National park was proclaimed the National Park in 1980.
The NP “Kornati” has the area of 220 km2 and it includes 89 islands, isles and cliffs
all together with approximately 238 km of the coastal line.
In the central part of the Island of Kornat, there is a bay called Vrulje which is situated at the bottom of the greatest Kornati field Trtusa. In the eastern part of the bay there is the biggest settlement on the Kornati islands. With twenty houses, a reception, a mini market and two restaurants, Vrulje stands as a metropolis of the Kornati islands.
In the NP Kornati, beside many sheep herds, there are also more than 100 donkeys which help a lot to the local inhabitants, especially during the olive-gathering. In the sea area, surrounding the Kornati islands, there are more than 60 animal species. Their natural richness and abundance give the real proof of the sea cleanness.
The famous Kornati cliffs (called krune - crowns), which are exposed to the open sea, characterize the majority of the exterior islets, and at the same time they stand as a special distinctive and valuable feature of this area. The highest “crown” is placed on the Island of Klobučar (82 m above sea level), the longest one is on the Island of Mana
(1350 m long) while the deepest crown is on the Island of Piškera (more than 90 m beyond sea level).
In the north-western part of the Islet of Levrnaka, at the end of the Kornati islands there is the only sandy beach of this area. This shallow beach, carved into vertical cliffs and sharp rocks, abounds with little smooth stones and a sandy carpet. It represents an ideal place for total enjoyment and vacation and at the same time it is a real fantasy for divers and sailors.
“On the last day of Creation, God wished to crown his work and made the Kornati island out of his tears, the stars and his breath.”(George Bernard Shaw – British-Irish writer and the Nobel Prize winner)