petak, 3. kolovoza 2012.

National park Kornati, Croatia

National park Kornati – Nautical paradise



Nautical tourism on Kornati:

Beautiful Kornati Islands are situated in the central of the Adriatic, stretching along with many Zadar and Šibenik’s islands which make a stunning picture of unspeakable beauty. National park Kornati consists of 89 islands, islets and rocks, and cover 220 km of mostly sea, which makes Kornati islands a real sailing paradise. National Park Kornati is definitely most indented area in Adriatic and occupy 12 % area of the islands in the Adriatic. National park Kornati are divided into two groups, the Upper and Lower Kornati.  The largest islands are Island Kornat and Island Žut, which count 70% total area of this archipelago.
We will mention some of the most popular parts of the park land, we advise you to take time and start touring. 

The crowns are definitely the most famous geological trace changes in this area. Vertical cliffs are the most interesting phenomenon on the islands. The longest crown is on the island of Mana, and the highest one is Klobucak. Some very interesting pieces live on the top of the crowns, such as peregrine falcons and common swift. It is not allowed to climb the crowns.

Besides the land crowns, also very interesting are the ones find in the sea. Diving in this area is allowed only in organized diving groups. So if you want to dive in this area please contact one of the local diving centers. You can choose between 7 zones which are envisaged for visiting divers. Each undersea crown bears its own uniqueness, so I do believe that you can safely leave the recommendation to the experienced divers from this area.  

Magazinova skrila  is a very special kind of soil, called the landslide, where the limestone most likely in a earthquake, slid on the similar background. If you want to visit ’Magazinova skrila’, you will be entering a private property so we need to inform you to be a little more careful not to disturb the sheep’s or picking fruit from the owners land. 

Diving on Kornati:

Besides the all mentioned beauties, certainly we must not forget the Viewpoints. There are many famous points but we will mention only some: Otocevac, Ravni zakan, Opat. Each Viewpoint offers a unique experience and above all a great excitement. We will point out Metlina on the island of Kornat because of its impressive height and peak which is harder to reach.
Besides the geological beauty of this region, we must count and those left behind in the heritage by our ancestors. Among them we definitely need to mention Illyrian ruins. First confirmed settlements are dating from Illyrian time. You can see a multitude of small dwellings, either individually or in groups, testifying to a larger population in this part of history.
Fort Turata dates from the Byzantine time. It is considered to be built in 6th ct. and it had a military role in this part of the ancient world.

Also very interesting are Three-nave Basilica and the Church of Our Lady of Tarca. Basilica also dates from the Byzantine era and is located below the fort Turada. Because of its size it is considered that in this period many people lived in the archipelago. Church of Our Lady of Tarca is a very modest building that was built on the ruins of older remains of the church. It is not entirely familiar when it has been built, but what is interesting for tourist, is that every first Sunday in July you can hear a Mass.
Apart from the above mentioned remains of our ancestors, you must visit Solana dating from the middle Ages and the Venetian castle which was used for collecting the taxes.

In addition to these natural beauties and the remains of ancient civilizations, I am sure your holidays on Kornati would not be complete without having a cruise between the islands of Korati. Known as the yachting paradise with the multitude of islands it will make this adventure unforgettable.  For the cruise it is enough just to buy a ticket to the Kornati Islands.
After enjoying the natural beauties, driving or diving you will be hungry, so enjoy a wide choice of restaurants and cafes offering local specialties. You can spend the night in one of the 20 bays, planed just for this purposes. Camping is not allowed but you can rent a cottage on the island or a room, or just find a place in a nearby town. 
You can find a various accommodation on, offering villas, apartments or rooms depends on what suits you best.

During the walk you can see ships-stores circulating around the islands, certainly if you want a little snack this is the ideal option. The park is open for the visitors throughout the entire year, and information, tickets and similar you can get on reception of the National Park Kornati.
Spend at least one day of your holidays in National park Kornati and see another peculiarity that beautiful Croatian coastline offer.

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