Kornati Islands - 14 Day Full length Sailing Itinerary
Day 1 – Biograd
Biograd is one of our most popular yacht charter departure ports in northern Croatia due to its central location and ease of access, but also as it is regarded a holiday resort in its own right. It has a population of just over 6,000 people and is noted for being the former seat of the medieval Croatian Kingdom.
Day 2 – Sutomiscica (Ugljan Island)
Sutomiscica, lies on the eastern coast of the island of Ugljan, 3 miles across the water from Zadar. Sitting in a beautiful bay of the same name, Sutomiscica is a quiet and relaxed town with a well provisioned, modern marina, making this a great stop for your first night. There’s a supermarket to stock up on any last-minute essentials as well as a few bars to help get you into the holiday spirit!
Day 3 - Ist (Ist Island)
Located northeast of Zadar, between the Islands of Škarda and Molat, Ist Island only has a permanent population of around 180. The port town of Ist lies in between the two hilly hemispheres of the island, the highest of which is straza reaching 175m above sea level. The island is lined with lovely sandy beaches which is a rare treat in coastal Croatia. We recommend taking the hike up to the St Mary’s Church for a better view over the Zadar archipelago (around 3km round trip).
Day 4 - Pantera bay (Dugi Island)
Just under 2 miles northwest of the town of Veli Rat, this gorgeous crescent bay on the tip of Dugi Island is surrounded by pine woodlands, beautiful bays and rich sea life. This is the perfect area to relax, wind down and enjoy the stunning scenery. If you’re feeling more energetic an early morning snorkel will unveil a myriad of colour and life. A short walk over to the western beach will introduce you to the iconic Lighthouse, which was built in 1849 and at 42m tall is the highest lighthouse in the Adriatic.
Day 5 - Brbinj (Dugi Island)
Brbinj is a charming little village surrounded by wooded slopes and at the head of a deep bay. You’ll find a variety of mooring options including a town quay and laid moorings. In the village you’ll find a couple of restaurants and a small grocery shop.
Day 6 - Veli Iz (Iz Island)
Iz Island lies off the mainland coast of Croatia six miles SW of the port of Zadar and sandwiched between the larger islands of Ugljan and Dugi Otok. Although one of the smaller islands, at just under seven miles long and 1.5 miles wide, it caters well for the visiting yacht, with a small marina at its main harbour of Veli Iz and six other small harbours and anchorages around its shores.
Day 7 - Telascica Bay (Dugi Island)
Once part of the Kornati national park, Telascica Bay has now been declared its own park authority, and it’s not hard to see why. With 6 islets and 25 small coves to explore all surrounded by forests of Aleppo pine and Holm Oak and not to mention some 400 species of plant, you really can’t help feeling that you’re in the heart of an island paradise! The emblematic cliffs in the area reach dizzying heights of 200m above sea level and provide a great nest area for huge numbers of bird species including the Peregrine Falcon and Eleanor’s Falcon. A short walk over to the Mir Salt Lake (home to the endemic Kajman eel) and back along the cliffs is a lovely way to spend the afternoon before sampling the fare of a local Konobo (restaurant).
Day 8 - 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 9 - Gustac Island
Part of the Kornati national park, this island houses a fantastic restaurant called Darko Striznja which is a personal favourite of ours in the office. You won’t find any shops in the national park so you will need to make sure you have picked provisions up in Primosten. Don’t forget you need a permit to visit the national park.
Day 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 – 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 spots. 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 14 – Biograd
Biograd town is famous in Croatia and is well worth exploring on your final night. There are 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 as Biograd is well known for these too!