Kornati Islands - 14 Day National Parks Sailing Itinerary
This route can be sailed from Rogoznica, Primosten or Sibenik
Day 1 - Zlarin (Zlarin Island)
Known as the "golden island" for its unspoiled natural beauty, Zlarin is an island of pines, sandy beaches, idyllic coves and one traditional village. Zlarin is most famous for its unique culture based upon harvesting coral and turning it into jewellery and ornaments. The inhabitants of Zlarin have been fishermen and sailors forever, and were the first coral fishermen on the Adriatic.
Day 2 - Skradin Krka National Park (Mainland)
Nestled in the rugged valley of the Krka river, the iconic venetian terracotta rooves, and brightly painted houses of Skradin comprise a great jumping off point for the trip upstream. This area was declared a national park in 1985 and without doubt the jewel in its crown is the stunning Skradinski Buk waterfall. After a busy day of swimming, walking and exploration in the national park, why not retire to the peace and tranquillity of your yacht for a quiet meal in?
Day 3 - Prvic Luka (Privic Island)
The island of Prvic is part of the Šibenik archipelago and a great stop on the way to or from the one and only Krka national park. The island has a population of around 400 people, concentrated mainly in the villages of Sepurine, and Luka. Prvic, meaning ‘the first one’, so named because it’s the closest to the mainland (around 1000m away) is covered with vineyards and olive groves. Our top pastime here is to relax and enjoy the gentle rhythms of island life, perhaps with a glass of locally produced wine
Day 4 - Kaprije Island
Situated in the middle of the Šibenik 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 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 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 - 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 - 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 8 - Sali Town (Dugi Island)
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 Telašćica 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 9 - Katina Island
Katina Island is at the northen tip of Kornat Island and is just outside of the national park. Here you will find another of our favourite restaurants, Mare-Katina. The atmosphere here is fantastic and is something you will struggle to replicate anywhere else in the Mediterranean
Day 10 - 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 11 - Anica bay (Lervnaka 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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.