THE VILLAGE OF MURTER - THE GATEWAY TO THE KORNATI

Murter

Murter offers its visitors serenity, with its crystal clear sea, ancient olive groves, the climate of the unique Kornati Islands, and the coves nestled within the dense pine forests.

Murter was first discovered in 1273 and labeled as a “Large Village”. Today, it is a tourist destination with 2000 inhabitants, which offers its visitors a wonderful holiday. The town of Murter is surrounded by the hills of Raduč (128 m) which is the highest peak of the island, St. Rocco (Vršine) (70 m) and Gradina (62 m). At the top of St. Rocco is a stunning Church which offers amazing views of the Island and at the foot of Gradina lies the settlement of Colentum which was founded in ancient times.

Even though Murter is a rural settlement, throughout its time, it has initiated, nurtured and preserved the high standards of cultural, especially folk and spiritual expression. The story of Murter as it once was is preserved in the authentic stone arched streets, simple houses, stone walls covered with ivy, combined with a modest but innovative ingenuity in the old part of Murter.

Numerous cultural, entertainment, and traditional events makes staying in Murter even more fun. Once you experience the history, culture, natural beauty and breathtaking landscape of Murter, you will be unable to resist coming back again. Murter offers its visitors serenity, with its crystal clear sea, the ancient olive groves, the climate of the unique Kornati Islands, and the coves nestled within the dense pine forests.

Murter promo video See the vistas of Murter and the surrounding islands, the Kornati National Park, beaches, coves, and the Latin Sail event shown in this excellent video.

Nearby beaches

The distinctiveness and beauty, irresistible charms and privacy leaves you in doubt about which one to choose - shallow and sandy, pebbly or rocky with stone slabs for sunbathing.

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.

The Church of St. Rocco

The Church of St. Rocco is situated on the hill Vršine, from where you can see the whole island of Murter and the surrounding area....

Colentum

Colentum - the area of the entire Gradina peninsula near Murter with its content and presence in space and time represents cultural heritage of national...

Church of St. Michael

St. Michael - the parish church of St. Michael (reconstructed in 1770) has a Baroque altar, the work of the masters Pio and Vicko dall’Acqua....

Church of Our Lady in Gradina

The Church of Our Lady in Gradina - an early Christian Church, dating from the 6th century, was enlarged in the 17th century by adding...

Events

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

Restaurants

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.

Zminjak

Otok Zminjak

Zameo ih vjetar

Hrvatskih vladara 5

+385 (0)22 434 475

Žakan

Ravni Žakan

+385 (0)91 377 6015

Tic Tac

Hrokešina 5

+385 (0)22 435 230


Runje

Luke 14

435 635

Rebac

Put Gradine 32

+385 (0)98 623 064

Račić

Na škaji bb

+385 (0)22 434 584, +385(0)22 435803, +385 (0)98 341 642

Pjero

Pijaca društva seoske izobraženosti bb

+385 (0)22 435 271


Mate

Kornatska 1

+385 (0)22 435 351

Mareta

Rudina bb

+385 (0)98 258 932

Malo misto

Hrvatskih vladara 4

+385 (0)22 435 137

Lantana

Uvala Čigrađa

+385 (0)22 436 028, +385 (0)98 180 6994


Kezo

Butina 1

+385 (0) 98 334 780

Karaka

Majinova bb

+385 (0) 917691682

Jadran

Trg rudina bb

098 626 464

Fine Food Murter

Mainova 5

+385 (0)22 434 803


Fabro

Žabićeva 7

+385 (0)22 434 561

Čigrađa

Uvala Čigrađa bb

+385 (0)98 461 897

Butina

Put gradine BB

+385 (0)22 434 411

Boba

Butina 20

098 948 5272


Cafés

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.

Šumica

Čigrađa bb

Sirena

Luke 3

+385 (0)99 404 2931

Reful

Sabuni 11

+385 (0)98 757 424

Pierres

Trg Rudina 2


Makarena

Slanica bb

Lostura

Podrvške BB

+385 (0)98 965 7348

Leopold

Rudina 1

+385 (0)98 191 8814

La Playa

Luke BB

+385 (0)98 858 783


Kućarin

Trg Rudina bb

Kamičac

Slanica bb

+385 (0)98 883 641

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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.