Talking about this incomparable creation of nature, the largest group of islands in the Mediterranean, it suffices to say that the number of these stellar tears petrified in the sea equals the number of days in a year. Here, the saying “an island for each day of the year” really does apply, and of the 365 strikingly beautiful isles, 150 form a quite special entity: the Kornati National Park. The sight of the lace-like pattern of island cliffs, bleached by the noble salt of the Adriatic and lashed by the fragrance saturated bora, plummeting into the sea, is one that has no equal anywhere else in the world. At the same time, the mellow, tiny ports and hidden beaches are a true paradise for modern day Robinsons seeking unspoiled nature.
To sail around the Kornati islands is the dream of every yachtsman. To absorb the breath takingly beautiful, and yet forbidding panoramas spread before our eyes while sailing the channels of Kornati or Žut, to claw our way against the wind between Rašip and Piškera, Gustac and Lavsa, to slip into a cove so tiny that it offers just enough room for our yacht and a Kornati boat or two, to meet the folk living in the cottages above the small docks where their leuts, or rather fishing boats are docked, to climb Toret on a dewy morning and let our eyes sail the Kornati Channel or to wander across Tarac, or perhaps join one of the fishermen when he pulls out his fishing nets…-
In the Kornati islands, man does indeed blend with nature, but do not be hasty in thinking that they are a complete wilderness – for they are not. The Kornati islands are entirely different from all the other Adriatic islands. Here we shall not find small seaside towns which, however small or even abandoned, radiate urban spirit and in summers live to the rhythm of dithyrambic mood, rather we come to a place where man hides himself in tiny sheltered coves, or in a hut in the middle of a field and leaves everything else to the will of the sun, to sheep bounding over rocks by the sea, to donkeys in the shade, and to us who come sailing here.