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Nautical tourism

ŠIBENIK-KNIN COUNTY

In full sail through

Šibenik's archipelago Those who experience sailing through Šibenik's archipelago, one of the most rugged in the Mediterranean, at least once, always return...

Written by: Željka Kunštek Photo archive: Murter - Kornati Tourist Board and Robert Kunštek

Every year, the Kornati Cup regatta attracts competitors from many countries; Sailing through the Kornati archipelago attracts all generations; A view of Murter and the surrounding waters; The Kornati islands.

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very year, nautical dreams come true for many sailors from all over the world as they sail the waters around Kaprije, Krapanj, Murter, Prvić, Zlarin, and Žirje, six of the largest inhabited islands of Šibenik's archipelago. Other than relaxing, exploring, and discovering new stories and experiences, other things that strongly attract them to this part of the Croatian Adriatic are the clear and warm sea, a large amount of sun per year, many picturesque sheltered coves, and high-quality marinas. The Kornati islands, the most rugged group of islands in the Mediterranean, made up of more than 140 uninhabited islands, islets, and reefs, are also an endless source of nautical inspiration. Due to their incredible beauty, untouched nature, and abundance of flora and fauna, 89 of them were pronounced a national park in 1980.

Each of the islands has a story of its own. On some you will see dry stone walls, hundreds of meters long, which laborers built in the past to guard their property, protect their pastures, and keep their sheep from travelling from one property to another. On the Kornati islands and Žut, there are Illyrian forts, which are the oldest buildings on the islands, and the Tureta fortress, which used to watch over ships sailing on the Adriatic, can also be found on Kornati. There is also the Church of Lady of Tarac - Queen of the Sea, and the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Tarac and the votive procession of boats are one of the most beautiful and interesting religious events in Croatia. It is also interesting to drop anchor next to the islet of Vela Panitula, where you can find the Venetian fortress. Kornati are a favorite destination not only for sailors, but also for fans of Robinson Crusoe style tourism. 

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