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National Park Kornati

The islands of a large-scale sea surface were proclaimed a national park in 1980 due to their exceptional scenic beauty, interesting geomorphology, indented coastline and significantly abundant biocenosis of aquatic ecosystems.

Even though it covers an area of 217 sq km2, with a total of 89 islands, islets and rocks cliffs, the land part of the Kornati National Park makes less than ¼ of the its total area.

Speaking in meteorological terms, the Kornati Islands are located between two quite different areas - the northern Adriatic, which is affected by the Genoa cyclone during spring and autumn, and the southern Adriatic, which is influenced by a subtropical high-pressure belt in summer. Due to its scarce land vegetation, condensation is usually abundant, and somewhat replaces rain. According to the Köppen climate classification, the Kornati belong in the C group and have a Mediterranean climate (moderately warm, with hot and dry summers, and a great deal of rain in autumn). It’s warmer than 10°C for more than 270 days throughout the year, and there is an average of 4.2 cold days with temperatures lower than 0°C. It has at least 90 warm days with a minimum temperature of 25°C, which start in May and last till October. Finally, there are around 40 hot days with a minimum temperature of 30°C, lasting from May to September (most of them are in August, 16.9 days).

In summer period long-lasting gradient currents prevail, moving in the north-northwest direction. The maximum current velocities in the surface layer vary from 30 cm/s to 61 cm/s. On the other hand, the maximum current speed at the bottom layer reaches a much lower intensity: from 12 cm/s to 21 cm/s. In general, the intensity of the flow increases from the coast to the open sea.

The incredible symbiosis of nature and man, who has been living in the “unwelcoming” Kornati for thousands of years, is evident in the modest yet impressive structures like ports, dwellings, dry stone walls, olive gardens, docks, fortifications, churches, salt works and ruins which are valuable adornments of the area.

A relatively large distance from the coast, abundance of fish stock reserves, pirate attacks, rich pastures, restless land areas, barren karst soil, safe shelter in bad weather at sea... give reasons for which the Kornati have simultaneously been a compelling and an extremely dangerous area throughout human history. The Kornati have always been a focus of interest of various cultures and individuals, thus constantly being on the verge of settlement and evacuation, peace and turmoil, wealth and poverty.


The Kornati National Park:  
Number of islands 89
Park area 216,78 km2
Land area  49,67 km2
Sea area 167,11 km2
Average area of islands 0,55 km2
Average area of islands except the island of Kornat 0,19 km2
Coastline length 238 km
Highest point 237 m
Lowest point 125 m
Number of ‘inhabited’ inlets 24
Number of real estate ownerships 620
Number of inhabitants 25
Main trades olive growing, cattle-breeding, tourism



Public institution "The Kornati National Park'"
Butina 2
Croatia – 22 243 Murter
Tel. +385 (0)22 435 740
Fax. +385 (0)22 435 058

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weather icon 7°C
Humidity -
Air pressure 1008 hPa
Visibility 10 km
Wind speed 9.4 kph
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Tourist Board of the City of Biograd na Moru

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23210 Biograd na Moru
Tel. +385 (0)23 383 123, 385 382
Fax. +385 (0)23 383 123

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