made of tears, stars and divine breath

Kornati

Hundreds of islets scattered like pearls in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, only at first glance empty and fall, will fill your body and spirit with special energy. Get acquainted with exceptional nature, wildlife and heritage, a heritage that attests to the history of this region, and the Kurnatara-the Kornati owners who have been inseparably connected with this island for years.

As many as 150 islands, islets and cliffs are situated near the island of Murter, and 89 of those islands are part of the National Park Kornati. In the past, the islands were inhabited and many agriculture sorts were cultivated there, while now only olives are present, due to easy maintenance. The life of the Kurnatari (people who own Kornati and live part of the year there) was altered by the arrival of tourism in the 70s of the 20th century. And today the coexistence of the population of Murter with Kornati Islands has been completely altered. The island has no permanent settlement, but there are still houses that have mostly adapted to tourism and in the summer months this islands turns into a popular tourist destination. The Kornati are especially interesting for sailing, but also for everyone who is in love with the sea, the islands, the peace and the silence that can rarely be experienced as on the Kornati islands. The Kornati, “made of tears, stars and divine breath” will certainly not leave you indifferent …

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Bays

Due to its distinctiveness and beauty and its irresistible charm there is no doubt you will choose what is best for you - shallow and sandy, pebbly or rocky with stone sunbeds.

Culture

Never populated for a long historical period, Kornati still leave a trace of human presence through its cultural sites.

Tureta

The Byzantine era has left many of the most remarkable buildings in Kornati today: the fort of Tureta on the island of Kornat is one...

The memorial crosses on the island of Kornat

On August 30, 2007, 13 firefighters from Tisno, Šibenik and Vodice lost their lives on Kornati island during a routine firefighting operation. 12 firefighters suffered...

Drystone Walls of Kornati

Since the arrival of new colons (people of Murter, Betina and Zaglav in the 17th century) until the end of the 19th century, the circumstances...

Kornatske krune

  Famous Kornati "crowns" are witnesses of geological transformations in the past. The vertical cliffs of the Kornati islands facing the open sea are the...

Church of Our Lady of Tarac

There are very interesting cultural buildings in the park area from the Middle Ages, among which is certainly the most impressive church of Our Lady...

Events

From the events on Kornati do not miss one of the longest run regatta cruises in this part of the Mediterranean and a great religious pilgrimage with the boats.

Restaurants

Discover how it is to dine in one of the numerous quality restaurants in this nautical paradise.

Žut

Uvala Podražanj, Žut

091 473 511

Žmara

Uvala Sabuni, Žut

+385 (0)98 757 165

Vision

Uvala Dragišina, Žut

+385 (0)98 266 376

Stiniva

Uvala Stiniva, Kornat

+385 (0)98 937 1893


Šoleta

Šipnate

Sandra

Uvala Papeša, Žut

+385 (0)98 923 5033

Quatro

Uvala Strižnja, Kornat

+385 (0)91 754 9420

Piccolo

Smokvica Vela

+385 (0)98 183 2286


Opat

Uvala Opat, Kornat

+385 (0)22 435 061

Marija

Lavsa

+385 (0)98 258 932

Mare

Smokvica Vela

+385 (0)22 752 558

Klif

ACI marina Piškera


Ivo

Uvala Vrulje, Kornat

+385 (0)98 921 6254

Idro

Lavsa

+385 (0)99 343 8726

Fešta

Uvala golubovac, Žut

+385 (0)22 786 0410

Bain

Uvala Strunac, Žut


Ante

Uvala Vrulje, Kornat

+385 (0)98 237 665

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Interactive map

How to get around Kornati? With a boat of course! :) But our map can surely help you find all you need or want to see.

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.