In order to support Kornati traditional activities (sheep-herding, beekeeping, olive growing), promotion of local products as well as connecting local producers and vendors, Public Institution „Kornati National Park“, Tourism Board Murter-Kornati and Tourist Board County Šibenik-Knin, from June 3 – June 20 will organize Kornati Lamb Days Gastro – event. Media sponsor: Radio Ritam.
During that period, for both individual visitors (sailors) (1.) and group visitors (2.) tipical Kornati experience will be enriched with a new content - authentic and unique Kornati cousine.
1. SPECIAL OFFER FOR INDIVIDUAL GUESTS
During Kornati Lamb Days, in six Kornati restaurants/taverns (konoba) Kornati lamb will be served. For the 220 kn price, guest will enjoy in 3-course Kornati meal with Kornati lamb as main ingredient in appetizer and main dish. Local dessert with local products such as olive-oil, dry figs, honey will be served as well. The price includes a glass of wine or juice.
Konoba Stiniva will serve exclusively and only 2-course meal - „Roasted Lamb under the Bell“ with typical local sweets – fritule.
Restaurants/Taverns (Konoba) included:
- Tavern/Konoba Opat –Kornat Island ( www.opat-kornati.com ; +385 91 224 7878)
- Tavern/Konoba Beban –Gujak Bay, Kornat Island (+385 91 544 3507)
- Tavern/Konoba Levrnaka – Levrnaka Island ( www.konoba-levrnaka.hr ; +385 435 3777)
- Tavern/Konoba Stiniva –Stiniva Bay, Kornat Island (+385 98 937 1893)
- Restaurant/Restoran Fešta –Golubovac Bay, Žut Island ( www.zut.hr ; +385 99 347 3519)
- Tavern/Konoba Žmara – Sabuni Bay, Žut Island (+385 98 194 6831)
2. ONE-DAY EXCURSIONS TO KORNATI NATIONAL PARK
During Kornati Lamb Days, one-day excursions enriched with special culinary experience will be organized. Trip includes visit to the southern part of Kornati National Park (tour around Purara strictly protected zone) and enjoyment in 3-course Kornati meal in famous Tavern Opat. Free time after delicious lunch can be spent in swimming and snorkeling or hiking to the top of hill. Promotional price – 330 kn. Departures from Murter port according to following schedule:
- Saturday, 4.6.
- Wednesday, 8.6.
- Saturday, 11.6.
- Wednesday, 15.6.
- Saturday, 18.6.
- Monday, 20.6.
Excursion providers: motorboats Otac Božidar ( www.tureta-tours.hr ), Račić ( www.murterin.com/trips/Kornati_tour ) i Torcida ( www.mbtorcida-izlet.hr ).
SHEEP FARMING & OLIVE GROWING – KEEPERS OF THE KORNATI HERITAGE
One of the reasons why part of the Kornati archipelago has been protected as a national park is the anthropogenic landscape – karst pastures – created by human activity (regular burning).
Inhabitants of Murter and Betina came to Kornati in the 1630s. The former owners of the pastures, the Zadar nobility, sought reliable shepherds to take care of their flocks. On the other hand, people from Murter and Betina, who lived in the overcrowded island of Murter, were looking for a place to live off their main island. They took advantage of the situation and went to Kornati to keep sheep. During the second half of the 19th century, they bought the land and become the masters of Kor-nati.
Until the end of the 19th century, the pastures covered most of Kornati and at that time livestock farming (sheep and goats) was the main activity. The karst pastures were regularly burned in order to provide food for the animals. In the 1830s, only about 0.81% of the area had crops, mainly vines (and to a lesser extent, olives). Vines were grown within the Kornati fields which were surrounded by olive groves. More intensive clearing and planting of vines in Kornati coincided with the purchase of Kornati and the appearance of vine diseases (phylloxera) in France, the leading wine producer in Europe until then. In the last twenty years of the 19th century, the number of cultivated areas in-creased by 40%. During that golden age, people from Murter, the owners of most of Kornati, got involved in the financial economy of the European market. The arrival of phylloxera to the Kornati islands lead to the destruction of the Kornati vineyards, so they focused more intensely on olive growing (with the encouragement of the Austrian administration and the opening of the market). New Kornati pastures were cleared solely for the purpose of planting olives. An additional incentive to clearing pastures was a very favourable oil market and relatively little attention required by ol-ives. At the beginning of the 20th century, first beekeepers came to Kornati. Due to the specificity of the Kornati vegetation, they produced top quality Kornati honey.
Today there are no more vines in Kornati, but about 18,000 olive trees are estimated in the area of the Kornati National Park. The percentage of arable land is the same as before, but it is largely ne-glected. Olive groves cover 5.17% of the total area of the national park. The rest of the area is cov-ered mainly by karst pastures whose communities (Festuco-Koelerietum splendentis H-ić. 1975 and Stipo-Salvietum officinalis H-ić. (1956) 1958) are now Natura 2000 habitats that "support" sheep farming. In recent years, owners are slowly giving up on livestock and turning to easier tourist activi-ties. According to available data, there are now about 2000 sheep in the park area.
Preservation of sheep farming on Kornati enables the preservation of valuable karst pastures and this is one of the measures through which we want to encourage people from Kornati to preserve this important traditional activity.
This event is part of Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy and Action Plan for the Broader Kornati National Park Area (Activity 4. Connecting producers and vendors and creating tourism packages).