Turned to the sea from ancient times


Although one of the smaller places on Murter Island, Jezera has the largest number of ships, and in the early evening captains, officers and steersmen walk along the seafront…

Jezera has seen boras and storms, calm and rainbows. The stone and sea hide the stories of the first inhabitants. Arriving at what is today the cove at Jezera, which is protected and hidden from the winds by the surrounding hills, they saw two small lakes. They settled there, built their wells, including the well Donje vode (Dobre vode) (Good Water). The oldest part of the village was built on the north side: a handful of narrow streets, stone houses and courts. The village faced the lakes Lokva and Blato, which spread among the fields below the hill of Kromašnica. These two lakes dry out during the hot summer months and turn into large green areas with endemic vegetation.
The poor soil that they cultivated, liberating it from the Dalmatian rocky ground, building drystone walls and piles, was not enough for the inhabitants of Jezera. Since ancient times, they have turned to the sea, and over many centuries fishermen, sailors and divers built a port in their cove. Although one of the smaller villages on Murter Island, it has the largest number of ships, and in the early evening captains, officers, steersmen, bosuns, ship cooks and waiters walk along the seafront…

Jezera promo video See the scenes of Murter Island and lakes recorded by a drone in 2014. The video shows the main attractions of Jezera, as well as other settlements of Murter Island.

Nearby beaches

Murter Island in reality represents one large beach that just transforms and moves from a quiet, remote, intimate, nudist to a crowd-filled, fun and hot summer rhythm. If you choose a quiet, hidden cove, 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.


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.

Pastoral-Cultural Centre Baganelovica

A venue for cultural events in Jezera.

Monument to the victims of II WW

Second World War took 108 victims from Tisno. The monument dedicated to the victims is made in the old part of the village.

Church of St. Nicolas, Murtar, Jezera

One nice little church near to the sea, dedicated to protector of sailors, St. Nicolas.

Church of Our Lady of Health

Church of Our Lady of Health (1722) - a church in Mediterranean baroque style with seven altars. On the main altar there is a silver...


Murter Island offers a range of events throughout the year - cultural or entertainment events, sports or traditional events, there is something for everyone.


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

Zlatna školjka

Obala svetog Ivana 40

+385 (0)98206054, +385 (0)22438 024

Modro oko

Obala svetog Ivana bb- u sklopu ACI marine Jezera

+385 (0)91 318 9788, +385 (0)22439296

Kod ribara

Obala svetog Ivana 16


Obala Sv.Ivana 29

+385 (0)22438569


Pay a visit to numerous cafe bars and get familiar with Mediterranean way of life, which includes special relax mood that you get chatting over cup of coffee or a beer on a terrace.


Obala svetog Ivana 18


Obala sv. Ivana 31


Obala svetog Ivana 14

+385 (0)438393

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

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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.