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Zut Island and Kornati

Updated on February 26, 2018

Accesible only by boat

Island Zut or Žut in Croatian is a part of beautiful Kornati archipelago. There are 140 islands in the sea area, but Zut is one of my favourite places which I love to visit at least once every year. You can reach the island only by boat. Taxi boats and short cruises are organized from different places on mainland. I would recommend taking one in Sukosan, Biograd or Zadar.
The calmness, beautiful nature and kind people always make me and my family wanting to stay for a bit longer.

1 is for  Aci Marina Žut and 2 is for the hill with spectacular view.
1 is for Aci Marina Žut and 2 is for the hill with spectacular view. | Source

National Park Kornati

Part of the Kornati Islands, roughly two-thirds of land and waterways, is today a national park. From the Law on the introduction of the highest degree of protection, Zut and Sita are left out with their islands, although they geomorphologically, geographically and culturally belong to the Kornati islands. Good news for visitors is that you don't have to buy an additional NP ticket to go to Zut.

Sattelite image of Zut.
Sattelite image of Zut. | Source

Like you are off the map

It's a pure joy to jump into a crystal clear water. Fresh air, sounds of crickets and birds will invite you into a new day. No matter how stressful your life is, you can rest here with the help of spectacular nature. You feel like you've been thrown into a parallel universe.

Peace, beauty, nature. Kornati.

Peaceful day in Kornati.
Peaceful day in Kornati. | Source

Kornati sightseeing

Some Croatian Islands were chosen to be part of film scenery or the set for the entire movie. In 2017 Mamma Mia 2 was being filmed on island Vis near Komiža bay.
Mediterranean nature, culture, food and weather make this area unique and pleasant. Many Croatian coastline cities are cultural centres with long history. You have probably heard or read about Dubrovnik, Split or Pula.
My family and I like to go sailing in the summer. You can go sailing earlier in May but it's different because the sea has about 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. In summer it always goes above 22 or 23 degrees and that makes a big difference. Renting a sailboat in May is cheaper and so are marina fees. Islands are greener, everything is blossoming, mornings are fresh and wind is colder.

Island Veli Rasip, just before Piskera island comes. Piskera is bigger and has a marina.
Island Veli Rasip, just before Piskera island comes. Piskera is bigger and has a marina. | Source
Sailing through Kornati archipelago will give away many beautiful sights. This is island Mana. The Greek village was built on the top of the hill for the film 'As the Sea Rages' (1959).
Sailing through Kornati archipelago will give away many beautiful sights. This is island Mana. The Greek village was built on the top of the hill for the film 'As the Sea Rages' (1959). | Source

Morning on Žut.

Picking sage flowers in may.
Picking sage flowers in may. | Source
Beautiful smell of sage in the air while going up the hill. Kornati islands in the background.
Beautiful smell of sage in the air while going up the hill. Kornati islands in the background. | Source
It's worth to try to go just a little bit uphill. Aci Marina below.
It's worth to try to go just a little bit uphill. Aci Marina below. | Source
You will need a good shoe, don't even think of flip flops. There are thorns on some bushes.
You will need a good shoe, don't even think of flip flops. There are thorns on some bushes. | Source

Vegetation

The island is mostly rocky, it grows lush in spring when everything starts blooming. Small shrubs, spices like rosemary and sage, many sorts of teas. You will find mulberry trees, olive trees, pine trees and small cactuses. In the summer when there is less rain and more heat, it is good to go uphill early in the morning or late in the afternoon if the stones are not overheated from the hot day.

Flowers and rocks

This one will blossom in July.
This one will blossom in July. | Source
Quite common view on Croatian islands in spring.
Quite common view on Croatian islands in spring. | Source
Look where you're going. There are funny rocks all around :)
Look where you're going. There are funny rocks all around :) | Source

Let's go up!

You don't have to be a sporty person to get to the top. You might need to be a little stubborn though. Take a bottle of water, don't ever climb a hill without water! Take good shoes, sneakers will do. Take binocular and a camera and a good company. Start behind the Marina toilet hut. There are many paths and as long as they go up, you'll not get lost.

You will find rocks up there and rocky thrones where you can sit and watch sunset in the evening. There is nothing to do up there and you'll be fascinated how good it feels to have nothing to do.
You can just gaze the surroundings or build your stone sculpture like many others did before you came. You can build your own throne which will resist the strong forces of wind and rain and storm and will wait for you to come back again some day.

Top of one world

Island Sit and island Pašman in the back.
Island Sit and island Pašman in the back. | Source
Island Kornat at the back - the biggest island of Kornati National Park.
Island Kornat at the back - the biggest island of Kornati National Park. | Source
You see Katina, Lavdara and Dugi otok and a few islands with no name.
You see Katina, Lavdara and Dugi otok and a few islands with no name.
Sit like a king and watch the sun in your kingdom go down. Life doesn't get better than this.
Sit like a king and watch the sun in your kingdom go down. Life doesn't get better than this. | Source
And the sun is down. Let the party begin!
And the sun is down. Let the party begin! | Source

Aci Marina Žut

You will find a great restaurant here and they will serve you delicious mediterranean food. You can buy locally produced olive oil from the people - ask in the Information office. Sometimes they have honey too. I probably don't have to say all is eco and bio?

More information for sailors: http://www.aci-marinas.com/en/aci_marina/aci-zut/


Marina Zut at the beginning of the tourist season

Only us. Behind the sailboat is a restaurant with one a few more berths if the marina gets  crowded. Taking a berth there also means you'll have a meal at their restaurant.
Only us. Behind the sailboat is a restaurant with one a few more berths if the marina gets crowded. Taking a berth there also means you'll have a meal at their restaurant.
When not too crowded, water stays clean and you can jump into it. But be carefull with little children. Sea urchins are sometimes behind the rocks in the water.
When not too crowded, water stays clean and you can jump into it. But be carefull with little children. Sea urchins are sometimes behind the rocks in the water.
Can you feel the breeze?
Can you feel the breeze?

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