Before we arrived in Croatia I had researched to death which national parks were within ‘day trip’ distance and weren’t going to break the bank. I had narrowed it down to Kornati and Krka – though really wanted to do Plitvice too, but couldn’t fit it all in (another reason to return!).
These pics show why I chose these amazing the Kornati Islands!!
A shot of some of the 140 islands and the vibrant colours of the sea – then a fabulous aerial view of the salt lake and the dramatic cliffs (not unlike Dover) with a stunning salt lake tucked in behind it …..
We booked an all day boat trip and realistically if you want to chill and get off on the islands, it will take a full day. We left after 9 am, sailed through the islands, totally amazing scenery. It took about 2 hours or so to reach the islands from Pine Beach, Pakostane (we were picked up at the park which was great).
Before lunch there was time to explore one of the islands we stopped at and it was definitely worth the climb. (TOP TIP – don’t be like me and attempt this in flip flops, you need decent footwear that won’t slip around in the heat). The views from the hillside were stunning, aqua water and numerous other hilltops dotted in the tranquil sea. Honestly my photos do not show the true colour of the sea – you need to see this for yourself!
Time for lunch at a beautiful quiet bay. This place was ran by a couple who live on this island during the summer and on the mainland during the winter. It was very rustic and just perfect in terms of atmosphere and location. The staff were very attentive, ensuring everyone was fed quickly and had drinks – water, soft drinks and wine. Lunch was a whole cooked fish, so be prepared if not a fish fan! Though apparently it was mouth watering if you are – there was also dressed lettuce and we think lamb or pork so a nice lunch. My fussy boy struggled but filled up on the delicious fresh breads that accompanied the meal.
There was also time to swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters, which were also shallow. (TOP TIP – bring water shoes everywhere as Croatian beaches are mostly rocky)
The guides on the boat we very informative in a multitude of languages. They held out a map and explained the route and local history. Very impressed with interaction and number of languages! There were also drinks and snacks on board included in the price.
After lunch we sailed to the other side of the cliffs and visited the salt lake which was warm to swim in, just beautiful. There are a few bars and cafes here aswell as a very enterprising ice cream man! The walk to the edge of the cliffs is a good work out! Though if you can do it as the views are stunning.
Great day out for a family of 4 for around £100 including lunch. Definitely recommend x