When you visit Kornati Archipelago for the first time you get surrounded with unique beauty of savage and dry nature, basically with no trees. Therefore it’s easy to understand that Kornati islands are the area with least rainfall in all Croatia…
One thing that will take your attention in this wilderness is a product of a human hand. Massive stone walls going from one side of the island to the other, seem like they have been there forever. These walls are actually borders of properties built centuries ago. Kornati islands are all private, mostly owned by people from nearby island Murter.
The National park story came much later. It was only in 1980. that government protected Kornati Archipelago as a national park. That was the beginning of tourism era in Kornati that lasts till the present day.
Centuries ago life in Kornati was not so romantic. People were growing olive trees, vineyards and keeping sheep. To have fertile soil first they needed to take out the stone from the ground. With all this extra stone they were building walls.
These walls became borders of properties and also the fence for sheep herds. Nowadays they are unforgettable landmarks and specially protected part of the national park.
Perfectly hidden between the stones, the sheeps are still there. Sheltered from our worst enemy, the summer high sun. In this dry climate they are forced to eat aromatic herbs and drink seawater. That makes the Kornati lamb famous. If you order lamb in a restaurant you can be sure it’s wild grown on these islands.