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On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath" - wrote George Bernard Shaw.

According to the legend the islands of Kornati were created out of white rocks which remained after God has completed the Creation. He threw those rocks into the sea and as He saw the result, He decided to leave it that way, because they were perfect in His eyes. Beautiful nature, a network of countless islands and islets ( a folk saying goes: "one island or islet for each day of the year" ), the magnificent sea – all this makes the Kornati Islands a true promised land for boaters and yachting enthusiasts.

Kornati Islands are the largest archipelago in the Adriatic (147 islands), the islands stretch in the length of about 35km, between the island of Dugi otok (Long Island) and the island of Žirje. The archipelago was named after Kornat, its biggest island. Pliny called them Cratea. From the 14th century the island of Kornat had several names: Insula Sancte Marie, Stomorin Otok, Tarac, Toreta. In the 17th century the archipelago got the name Coronati.

The islands were populated as early as the Neolithic. In recent times there are no permanent habitations. Due to limestone formation there are no water streams or sources on the islands, the vegetation is very sparce, the predominant type is rocky ground with sparse pastures.

On the south-western side the coast is extremely steep; the highest cliffs are those on Klobučar (80m), Mana (65m), Rašip Veli (64m). The islands abound with karst phenomena, cavities, caves, gullies, crevices and represent the natural habitat of a number of bird species. The Kornati area is one of the richest fishing grounds in the Adriatic, especially rich in benthos species. The islands have a number of small coves, "wild" harbours, where boaters may take shelter and dock.

Boaters spend the nights on their boats, the other may rent a modest house or just a stone cottage. There are several yachting schools in the area. On the island of Piškera there is also a modern well equiped ACI-marina with 120 berths. The islands are a unique pleasure and experience to all those who are keen on bathing in the crystal-clear sea, who appreciate peace and quietness but also feel ethusiastic about eco-tourism.

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