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Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park Review

The largest archipelago in the Adriatic, Kornati National Park comprises more than 100 islands that are privately owned, mostly by residents of Murter, who purchased them more than a century ago from Zadar aristocrats. The new owners burned the forests to make room for sheep, which in turn ate much of the remaining vegetation. Although anything but lush today, the islands' almost mythical beauty is ironically synonymous with their barrenness: their bone-white-to-ochre colors represent a striking contrast to the azure sea. However, owners tend vineyards and orchards on some, and there are quite a few small buildings scattered about, mostly stone cottages—many of them on Kornat, which is by far the largest island, at 35-km long (22-mi long) and less than a tenth as wide. Indeed, some of these cottages are available for so-called Robinson turizm (ask at the Murter tourist office, or enquire around town). In 1980 the archipelago became a national park. It was reportedly during a visit to Kornati in 1936 that King Edward of England decided between love for his throne and love for Wallis Simpson, the married woman who was to become his wife a year later.

    Contact Information

  • Address: An archipelago lying of the coast of North Dalmatia, between the mainland coastal cities of Zadar and Šibenik, Zadar, 23000 | Map It
  • Phone: 022/435–740
  • Cost: The entrance ticket is included in the price of the excursion, departing from Zadar
  • Website:
  • Location: The Kornati Islands
Updated: 12-06-2012

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