Kornati Islands - 7 Day Short-Hop Sailing Itinerary
Day 1 - Hiljaca bay (Zut Island)
Otok Zut is the second largest island in the Kornati island group. It’s uninhabited and separated from the protected island of Kornat by a two-mile wide channel. While it may appear barren from a distance, Zut is still home to traditional Mediterranean agriculture such as figs, olives and some vineyards. Hiljaca bay presents a slightly tougher approach than ACI Marina Zut, but it’s well worth it for the seclusion and tranquility gifted by this beautiful mooring. Each new cove around the bay seems to have its own private restaurant so there no risk of going hungry!
Day 2 - Anica bay (Levrnaka Island)
Anica bay in the heart of the Kornati National Park its beautifully secluded and well protected from most winds. Levrnaka with its peaks Veli vrh (117m) and Svirac (94m) offers its visitors stunning views over almost the entire Kornati archipelago. Why not take a short walk over to Lojena beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. This is a great place just to relax, unwind and get away from it all, and when you’re ready for a bite to eat head back to the family run Konoba Levrnaka.
Day 3 - Smokvica Island
Vela Smokvica is an uninhabited Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea located southeast of Kornat. The highest peak (Veli) is 95m high. The island has a lighthouse in the North and offers a bay (Lojen) in the South which protects from all winds accept southerlies. There are only two restaurants on Smokvica which is indicative of the peace and tranquility to be had in the Kornati National park, and a great way to ease you into the relaxed pace of life here.
Day 4 - Zlarin town (Zlarin)
The verdant island of Zlarin is just on the doorstep of the mainland. The only settlement here takes its name from the island and is most famous for its unique culture based upon harvesting the iconic red coral and turning it into jewelry and ornaments. The current island settlers came here in the 13th century to work on the island’s olive, fig and wine groves. Zlarin town also boasts the longest pier in Croatia. Why not take in the lovely stone-built houses and the impressive clocktower built in 1829 before a visit to the Zlarinka coral workshop to see how the coral is cut and polished.
Day 5 – Primosten (Mainland)
Primosten is a gorgeous town that lies at the very south of the Kornati Islands sailing area. This small settlement is built on an island that has been reclaimed by the mainland by way of a man-made spit. It’s known for its indigenous stone houses, churches, narrow Mediterranean style streets and its production of olive oil and wine.
Day 6 - Kaprije (Kaprije Island)
Situated in the middle of the Sibenik archipelago Kaprije island is the dream destination for those wishing to get away from it all. Kaprije is a rare oasis full of clean air, due to being car free, which seems to have remained trapped in the past far from the modern world. The island which is said to be named for the capers which bloom here, is known for its unspoiled coasts and gorgeous swimming spot. If you’re lucky enough to befriend some locals, spending an evening playing balote (a traditional Croatian Bowling game) before finding a local restaurant and watching the sunset.
Day 7 – Biograd Town (Mainland)
Biograd town is famous in Croatia and is well worth exploring on your final night. There is an abundance of historical sites which are well worth exploring. If however you fancy something a little more relaxing then you’ll find various beaches dotted along the edge of the city. You may also want to do some research into whether any festivals are on while you’re there as Biograd is well known for these too!