On our one-week visit in Croatia, we went for a trip to the Kornati Islands. The Kornati National Park of Croatia is quite unusual: it lies on many smaller or larger islands. We went there from Zadar, buying a ticket for a tour on a large ship. We had a beautiful, sunny day ahead of us.
It takes quite a while from Zadar to reach the national island: we were well past breakfast when we saw the first islands belonging to the archipelago. Some of them are barely more than a large piece of rock standing in the water. We also saw a lighthouse – marking the border between Croatia and international waters.
We stopped on a small island; I did not feel like bathing in the sea, so I decided to climb the tiny hill. White, bone-like rocks were scattered in the grass, which smelled like thyme. Not the climb nor the descend later were easy, as it turned out, only the larger rocks are visible, the smaller ones were thoroughly hidden – I almost strained my ankle with an unfortunate step. From the top of the hill, the sight was truly breathtaking; I also saw three sailships, although they seemed to be far away, I could hear the happy shouting and the laughter clearly.
As I headed back to the ship, I could not stop thinking that these rocks and islands have seen the entire history of Croatia. People may come and go – Roman and Venetian ships may have passed here for conquest; they are all gone but the rocks and the sea remain here.
On our way back to Zadar, we stopped at another island – it had a small village where we had an hour to look around. Still under the effect of the Kornati Island, this place also touched me.
It was a beautiful day, I arrived back to Zadar with beautiful memories and with peace in my heart.
Further Reading: Kornati on Wikipedia (English)