A Shipwright’s Beauty

Betina

The most famous product and symbol of Betina is wooden shipbuilding and its products: gajeta of Betina, leut, fishing boat. It is also a place of atmosphere and get-togethers.

Betina is a picturesque, indigenous and traditional Mediterranean village, with a strong labouring and shipbuilding identity. A village of labourers, shipbuilders, blacksmiths, fishermen, artisans, but more and more a village where tourism activity prevails. The most famous product and symbol of Betina is wooden shipbuilding and its products: gajeta of Betina, leut, fishing boat and tourist boat. It is also a place of atmosphere, get-togethers, events and experiences.
The symbols of its appeal are experienced by looking at the panoramic vistas, strolling through the winding streets and squares of Betina, and enjoying the long and scenic walks through the Betina-Murter field, nearby lookout points and hills. All this gives the visitor an indelible impression that calls for his return.
Betina: a picturesque, quiet, discreet, traditional, attractive and intimate beauty, full of charm, authenticity, historical and sacral values, with cultural, economic and tourist identities. It is located in the heart of Murter Island, near the town of Murter and makes up a part of the
necklace of the island, together with Tisno and Jezera.
According to Grga Gamulin Betina is “the culmination of old architecture” and according to Vjekoslav Kaleb, it represents the “ultimate romanticism”!

*Source: Vlatko Jadrešić “Betinski vaterpolo”

Betina promo video See the promo video of the shipwright’s beauty of Betina. The main scene shows Betina’s Square on the Sea, which besides the square also functions as an outdoor museum.

Nearby beaches

Murter Island offers several stunning beaches some that are quiet, nudist, remote, and intimate or fun and crowd-filled beaches with a positive summer vibe. You can choose between a quiet hidden cove in a protected blue lagoon or a sandy rhapsody, one thing is sure - you chose your place under the sun. Visit them all and tell us which one was perfect for you.

Culture

Drystone walls, churches, chapels, and museum will whisper a part of the history of the island of islands. Do not miss the numerous folk customs, the regattas at Latin Sail, or traditional festivities that reveal a lot more – the soul of the island and its inhabitants.

Villa Rustica in Plitka Vala

Remains of the Roman cemetery, Plitka Vala. It is situated in the area of Pačipolje, not far from the centre of Betina.

The Old Mill

The former oil mill has now been converted into a restaurant where you can experience authentic Mediterranean relaxation.

The historic core of Betina

Betina was built on the slopes of cape Artić. The village is dominated by the baroque bell towers of the Church of St. Francis of...

St. Francis Church

About the church of St. Francis, there are saved data from the building bills that relate to the entire process of church formation. The church...

Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding in Betina

The Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding in Betina is located in a protected cultural and historical part of Betina in the very centre of the village,...

Hrelić tower

Defence tower from 1514. It is located at the entrance to Varoš Street. It was built by the architect Ivan Hrelić in 1514 for defence...

Events

The Island of Murter offers a range of different events throughout the year such as cultural events, entertainment events, and even sporting events. On the Island there is something for everyone.

Restaurants

Islanders are very professional and highly skilled, and some of Murter's restaurants have been found high up on the lists of best restaurants in Croatia.

Treva

Dolac 111

+385 (0)22 435 364

Trabakul

Varoš 70

+ 385 022 434 080

Plitka vala

Plitka vala

+385 (0)22 435269

Na moru

Trg na moru bb

+ 385 (0)22 435 231


Marinero

Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. 4

+385 (0)98 195 3236

Kalafat

Nikole Škevina bb

+385 (0)22 434497, +385 (0)22 434840

Dva volta

Dolac bb

+ 385 (0)98 485 127

Cafés

Pay a visit to numerous cafe bars and get familiar with the Mediterranean way of life. Enjoy a relaxed mood whilst chatting over a cup of coffee or a beer on a terrace.

Porat

Trg na moru 17

Pejo

Trg na moru 8

Muring

Trg na moru 10

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Interactive map

Interactive map - this interactive map will help you get around Murter Island. Search it and find your destination!

Weather in Murter

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Jezera have won the Blue Flower Award five times. It is awarded by the Croatian Tourist Board in the category of the most beautifully kept tourist destinations!

Jezera abound with distinctive, authentic customs. One of them is the Jezera Marine Ball - today part of the programme of the Cultural and Artistic Association Koledišće - dating back to the late 19th century. In 1911, the Association of Jezera Sailors was founded (locals called it "šocija naviganti") who would organise the ball at the sendoff of a young sailor on his first voyage. Other interesting customs are Preperuše - a Dodola custom of the calling for rain during dry months in which children participate.

On the island of Kukuljar Vodeni, next to Jezera, there is a  drystone wall named “Pirates” by the inhabitants of Jezera. According to legend, bodies of dead sea pirates killed by the inhabitants of Murter Island in a naval battle were buried there.

Legend of the name “boduli” (islanders) comes from the 15th century during the Turkish conquest of Croatian islands. As the Turks did not know how to swim, they used empty water skins in their attempt to conquer them. The islanders were formed into groups led by a commander. At his command "buodi duoli", they would dive into the sea and pierce the skins with spears and the Turks would drown. The surviving Turks escaped to their camps and talked to the agas (officials) that they were defeated by those who shout "buo doli".

Writer Vjekoslav Kaleb was born in Tisno. His birthplace is in the very centre of town.

There is a moveable bridge in Tisno. From 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. ​​to 5.30 p.m. each day in the summer months, the bridge is lifted so the larger boats could pass below. The drivers and passengers are not bothered by the half-hour wait, as everyone usually joins the crowd of tourists on the bride railing and enjoys the procession of traditional boats as well as luxury boats. A photo of the raised bridge with white boat sails is the perfect memento of Tisno.

The bell tower or campanile of the parish church of the Holy Spirit is unfinished. Namely, the Tisno campanile had to have two additional floors according to its original draft, but due to the lack of financial resources it was built shorter, and has remained so to date.

At the main altar of the today`s church of St. Spirit, there is an early Gothic statue of the Virgin Mary with the child. The mentioned statue (11/12th century) is unique in Europe because it is uniquely coated with silver and gold and has not previously been painted. This statue represented Tisno across Europe.

The story says that Murter Island was a pirate nest in its history, from which the famous name Isola del Morte - the Island of Death originates.

Inhabitants of Murter are the largest owners of the Kornati-Žuta-Sit group of islands that they bought in the late 19th century from Zadar's gentry.

The Kornati drystone walls or add-on walls are as high as is necessary so the sheep cannot jump over them and cross to another property, and they are as wide as is necessary to keep the wind from knocking them over

There are five small family shipyards in Betina, where high-quality shipbuilders use hand tools to build solid and durable traditional wooden boats.

The legend says that the name of the settlement Betina comes from the old Celtic word "bet" meaning mouth, which corresponds to the shape of the Betina harbour.

Did you know that in all four villages of Murter Island a different dialect is used? For some terms, every village on the island has a different word. About all the differences and curiosities of the speech of Murter island wrote Edo Juraga in the “Rječnik govora otoka Murtera” (Murter's Dialect Dictionary).

Frequently asked questions


Are there organised excursions to NP Kornati?

Excursion boats run in the summer months from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in the period of the pre-season and the post-season by appointment. In case of bad weather, boats do not sail. The Boats depart from Murter harbour.  

Is it possible to participate in regattas?

For all questions about participating in regattas, please contact the offices of tourist boards of Betina, Jezera or Murter.

Is Murter Island one municipality?

Murter Island has four villages and two municipalities. The Tisno Municipality includes Betina, Jezera, Tisno, and the mainland villages of Dubrava, Dazlina and Ivinj, while the Murter-Kornati Municipality includes Murter village and Kornati Islands.  

When does the bridge in Tisno rise?

The bridge in Tisno is raised twice a day, every day, in the summer months (15 May - 15 September), 9 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. and in the winter on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

Bridge opens for larger boats to be able to pass through narrow channel between island Murter and mainland in Tisno. Road traffic than stops for half an hour, twice a day. You might be caught waiting in a long cue - please be patient.

The rest of the time Murter Island is connected to the mainland.

Where can I buy a parking ticket?

On parking lots there are machines for purchasing parking tickets or use the SMS service to pay for parking. For weekly and monthly tickets and other information about parking, residents and visitors of Tisno Municipality can obtain information and services from the Ježinac utility company, and residents and visitors of Murter-Kornati Municipality from the Murtela utility company.

Where can I get a fishing license?

The Fishing license can be issued by Fishing Society Punta Rata in Jezera,  in Agency Levant, Dolac 93, Betina +385 98 981 4356 or in Agency ET, Ribarska 26, Jezera +385 22 439394.   

Where can I seek medical help on Murter Island?

 If you need a doctor, you can go to the General Practice office in Murter or Tisno for assistance. The nearest hospital is in Šibenik. Emergency health care is in Tisno.

Where to buy a ticket to NP Kornati?

You can buy a ticket for National Park Kornati at the park's office in the centre of Murter, or at the entrance to the park where the park's staff will welcome you in boats.