Kornati / Telašćica
Kornati / Telašćica
The number of 89 islands and islets over 220 square kilometres maybe doesn’t reveal much to you about the beauty of the Kornati archipelago, however, the exceptional biodiversity of this national park is impossible to express even in words. The richness of these pearls scattered in the open sea is not only of a geological origin but it has also emerged through the coexistence of man and untouched nature in these inaccessible and barren terrains.
The Kornati can only be reached by sea, and this is by a single boat connection that comes from the town of Sali on Dugi Otok. Therefore, it is the best place to start a kayaking tour into the Nature Park Telašćica, the largest natural harbour in the Adriatic surrounded by thirteen small islands which are the home of many protected plant and animal species, and the saltwater and therapeutic lake right next to the sea is a unique attraction in the Adriatic.
If you are prepared for a multi-day paddle, you can arrange it with one of the agencies from the surrounding islands because this is the best way you will manage to catch the genius loci of the Kornati.
You can also visit small fishing villages which date from Antiquity plus turrets and churches from the Middle Ages, because here the stone like nowhere else writes the history of the people who have lived in this barren region.
So, prepare all your senses to feel new sensations, because there follows kayak paddling along steep cliffs which from the deep crystal blue water rise above the sea like a kind of stone skyscraper or along vast pastures enclosed with more than three hundred kilometres of drystone walls, whilst amidst them small oases of olive trees which have grown here for centuries. The approach to the impressive cliffs is reserved only for kayakers, and then there is the unique free climbing from the sea and the prize for the most skilful - true cliff jumping! Such memories cannot be bought with any currency. Just imagine the rest of the scattered beaches and destinations amongst the islets for snorkelling and it will become clear to you why this tour, first of all, feeds the soul.