The scenery is perhaps the most impressive on the open sea side of the island, where steep slopes rise above the sea.
It is the highest in Klobučar (80 m), Mana (65 m), Rasip the Great (64 m), Hoop (50 m) and Piškera (45 m). The submarine springs plunge into the sea and ninety feet deep. Visitors are also visually impressed by the horizontal layers of some islands, such as Mali Šilo. The layers give the impression of neatly laid stone steps to the top of the island.
There are innumerable micro-localities in the Kornati islands, because of their landscape and abundance. The Vela Plate or Magazine Slate is just one of them and is located below Metlin. It is the highest peak of the Kornati (237 m), a smooth limestone surface that slopes above the sea and plunges tens of meters deep, home to the living world of the Kornati waters. The magazine’s slate is an open and stripped limestone surface that in the past has simply “slipped away” from its former upper layers and accumulated at the base of the slate as a slip.
Along the cliffs that plunge into the sea are corals. The sea is very clear and very transparent, because the light penetrates deeply, creating a specific habitat for fish and various types of very beautiful corals. The whole aquatorium is very well preserved, a real source of biodiversity, and also very attractive and only divers know the story of all the colors of the depths below the Kornati cliffs.
Above the blueness, it is almost just the starkness of the stone. Although in the eyes of some observers the islands will be like a “moon landscape”, more than 650 plant taxa have been recorded so far. Vegetation is slow and spontaneously restored. For a long time, the islands will surely remain uncovered from their ancient forest cover and, in fact, very interesting because it reveals so many relief features, such as layered rocks.
Golet is not without cultural heritage. Life was mostly pulsating around the Tarca field on the Kornati. As it usually is, life is looking for green places. The fort of Turet or Toret was erected in the sixth century. For a while, the island bore that name. Highlights are another Kornati island, Piskera. As early as 1824, Piškera mentioned the existence of 13 houses, fish and salt warehouses, barrels and various fishing supplies. Until the fall of the Venetian Republic, the owners of settlements and Kornati fishermen were Sali fishermen. The Venetian tax collectors were stationed nearby, in a small citadel on Panitula. There are only five houses in Piskera today, but there is a church dating from 1560. It is a small church measuring 14.8 x 8 m.
It is built only for fishermen and is the only one on the Adriatic.
The rock is a cozy home to rare species such as birds, mammals are a rarity, and the only beast living in the Kornati is the Martian foal (Martes foina).
Boaters experience the Kornati islands with a treat. They are both challenging and a safe haven at the same time. The waters are regularly covered with sails. The wind needs to be known, the directions of the profession and the forecasts obeyed because the proximity of the rocks, the small distance between the islands combined with the winds can provide unpleasant surprises on the open sides that do not have a wind.
Beauty always evokes description, and description can rarely be equal to that beauty. When the power of realistic description runs out, it resorts to legends. Thus, according to legend, the Kornati came from the white rocks that remained to God after the creation of the world. He threw them into the sea, looked at them, and realized that there was nothing to repair.
Most of the Kornati delight with the sight. More curious people can “read” more from the stone, and in combination with asking local people to hear particular stories from islands that are relatively far from the coast, located in the fish-rich waters often visited by pirates. The Kornati islands are always a safe haven for bad weather.
The Kornati islands are alluring in their inhospitable and stingy stone. The great wealth of nature and the great poverty of the Dalmatian man throughout history.
The Kornati story is a quiet story; petrified story. For those who know how to listen and question how life has survived in scarcity.
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