Kornati Islands - 7 Day Longer Sailing Itinerary


Day 1 - Smokvica Island (Kornat)

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 at the North and offers a bay (Lojen) in 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 2 - Sali Town (Dugi Otok)

    Located on the east coast of Dugi Otok opposite the off-lying island of Otok Lavadara, Sali is the largest town on the island with a population of 1698. This is a great place to rent bikes or scooters to explore the edge of the Telascica National park and the Saljsko polje Olive grove where you’ll find olive trees as old as 700years! Fishing has been a main tradition for a thousand years as is attested by written documents from the 10th Century. The fishing is still going strong so be sure to try the fantastically fresh fish dishes, which are a local delight! 
  • Day 3 - Ist Town (Ist Island)

    Located northeast of Zadar, between the Islands of Skarda 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 - Veli Iz (Island of Iz)

Iz Island, snugly nestled between the long islands of Dugi Otok and Ugljan, has been settled since prehistoric times and currently has a population of around 615. As awash with culture and tradition as it is with sunshine, the town of Veli Iz is well known for its traditional pottery pieces, named Iski Lopizi. The town also boasts claim to the only pottery workshop on the Dalmatian coast! If you’re lucky enough to visit over the end of July you may catch the two day long, Iska Festa festival where you’ll get the chance to witness the centuries old tradition of the election of the ‘King of Iz!

Day 5 - 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 some 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 6 - Zlarin town (Zlarin Island)

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 there 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.

Marina Mandalina (Sibenik)

Sibenik is a great place to ease yourself back into civilization from a trip around the Kornati Islands. In the words of The Lonely Planet “Sibenik has a magnificent medieval heart, gleaming white against the placid waters of the bay. The stone labyrinth of steep backstreets and alleys is a joy to explore.” If you have time we highly recommend to taking a day tour upstream into the Idyllic Krka national park where you can swim under waterfalls, roam the cobblestone passages of a picturesque Dalmatian town and enjoy some local delicacies.