Sail the Kornati islands and Zadar Coast

The Kornati Islands stretch for some 40 miles down the Adriatic, offshore mainland Croatia from Zadar in the north to Sibenik in the south. Some 150 islands make this the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean, and a very popular cruising zone. The Donji (Lower) Kornati predominantly comprise the Nacionalni Park Kornati, while the Gornji (Upper) Kornati group, closer inshore, is home to a number of thriving communities. The mainland coast also holds a lot of scenic and historical interest, with Zadar being the largest city in the region.

The mid-region of Croatia offers all who visit a fine mix of natural splendor and authentic Croatian culture. Most bareboat chrterers head for the Kornati Islands, which provide hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. Some of the islands are arid, some well vegetated, some uninhabited, some dotted with small villages that ae home to very friendly people.

The Kornatis have a long history of human settlement, and ancient architectural remains are in considerable evidence, with many having become well-blended into the natural landscape. Since the establishment in 1980 of the national park, nature has made a big comeback to the 89 islands that comprise it. They are predominantly limestone islands, on which time and weather have created some amazing caves, cliff faces and other land forms that project an array of intense colours and textures. It's the sheer starkeness of some of these outer islands that make them so beautiful. Said by many to have the best underwater life in the Mediterranean, they are a magnet for recreational divers as well as sailors.  

In contrast to the outer Kornati Islands, the inner islands are wooded and picturesque in the classical Mediterranean sense. Many small settlements are there mainly to service the local farmers, and are not overun with tourists. But like on the mainland coast nearby, there are larger towns that thrive in season with their cafes, markets and restaurants - aspects of life in the Adriatic that form an essential part of any sailing trip in Croatia. It is a region with a myriad of waterways throuigh which to sail on an irregular course as time allows, with places at every turn that offer something different, each with its own appeal.

There are many operators with a fine selection of boats moored at a number of well-equipped marinas scattered through the region.  Let us work through the options and make sure everything is in place for an enjoyable sailing holiday in the waters of the Kornati Islands and nearby mainland Croatian coast. 

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