Photo by: Ervin Silić
KORNATI NATIONAL PARK
The Kornati Islands is a group of islands that are scattered very closely to each other, more closely than in any other archipelago in the Adriatic, and their number is among the largest in the Mediterranean. Because of the outstanding beauty of the landscape, the interesting geomorphology, the greatly indented coastline, and the exceptionally rich biocoenoses in the marine ecosystem, 89 of the islands, islets and rocks (making up the majority of the Kornati island group) were designated a national park in 1980.
What to see in Kornati National Park?
Most of the outer islands feature the so-called Kornati crowns (cliffs), which are facing the open sea. The longest crown located above sea level is on the island of Mana (1350 m), and the highest one is on the island of Klobučar (82 m). The crowns, of course, also extend under the sea. The deepest one is on the island of Piškera (over 90 m deep).
THE MAGAZINOVA ŠKRILA ON THE ISLAND OF KORNAT
The Magazinova škrila, also called the Plate (Ploča), is the largest sedimentary limestone plain in the Adriatic. It is located near Metlina, the highest point on the island of Kornat (237 m above sea level).
Metlina on the island of Kornat is the highest point (237 m). From it there is a great view of the islands and islets surrounding it, the Tureta Byzantine fortress, the Church of our Lady of Tarac, and the fields of Tarac, Željkovci and Trtuša. The viewing points called Vrh Opata and Litnji vrh on the island of Vela Smokvica provide views over the Murter Sea stretching towards the northeast, and the islands on the other side, whereas from the point called Otočevac on the island of Piškera you get a panoramic view over almost the whole Kornati Archipelago.