Where the island kisses the mainland


The place where Murter Island almost touches the mainland, where only a narrow and tight channel separates it from the shore. This is what gave Tisno its name: (Tisno means tight).

Tisno is a miniature large town. A village with an urban feel, with beautiful stone houses, churches, historical and cultural sights, hidden beaches behind every corner, taverns, pizzerias, restaurants and pastry shops. It has its own style and way of life supported by cultural institutions and social events throughout the year. The central venues for socialising are charming local cafés, each with their own unique story, tasty coffee and a circle of believers. Everything is at your fingertips and you do not have to go any further to experience all the charms of an Adriatic summer atmosphere!

Tisno’s thoroughfare allows you to explore all the small pleasures that life has to offer. Everything is so close that you can return from any excursion in time for lunch, dinner or sleep in your temporary home.
Tisno is the place where Murter Island almost touches the mainland, where only a narrow and tight channel separates it from the shore. This is what gave Tisno its name: (Tisno means tight). Today, Tisno continues to be the administrative centre of the island, and in the summer it becomes a popular tourist destination because of its many vibrant festivals. Tisno is the perfect combination of traditional and modern with breathtaking nature close by.

Promo video Tisno Tisno is ideal for families with children. The video shows a wealth of cultural and natural heritage, as well as opportunities for entertainment and sports for both children and adults.

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.


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.

Tisno through history

The ancestors of today's inhabitants of Tisno occupied the eastern part of Murter Island when they first came, and the village got its name from...

The parish church of the Holy Spirit

The oldest church in the village, parish church of the Holy Spirit was built in 1548 and was rebuilt in baroque style in 1640. The...

Pilgrim`s Sanctuary of Our Lady of Karavaj

A revered painting with miracles of the Virgin Mary of Caravaggio, where she appeared in 1432 on 26 May, and created a source of grace”....

Historical Italian villas in Tisno

During the 18th century, rich Italian families came to Tisno, and in time they assimilated and mixed with the Croatian inhabitants. From that time, 11...

Church of St. Rocco

The Church of St. Rocco was built in 1651 and erected as a votive church to St. Rocco, the protector from the plague. In front...

Church of St. Andrew

On the hill of Brošćica on the southern part of Tisno lies the church of St. Andrew from 1606. You can reach the church by...

Archaeological site Ivinj

Ivinj near Tisno is the first village you will see on the way to Murter Island. Ivinj is a mainland settlement belonging to the Municipality...

Archaeological Collection of St. Martin Ivinj

An archaeological site was explored in the area of ​​Ivinj where evidence was found of settlements at the beginning of the 1st century AD. Settlement...


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.


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.


Put Brošćice 13

+385 (0)22 438 203


Put Jazine 41

+385 (0)98 911 0399


Kapela 61

+385(0) 22 460 070, +385(0) 91 5820 668


Dubrava kod Tisna 60

+385 (0)22 467 128


Trg Rudina bb

+385 (0)22 438 133


Put Jazine 9

+385 (0)22 438 580, +385 (0) 22 438 121


Obala Sv. Martina 5

+385 (0)22 438 06


Velika Rudina


Pod Garmom 33

+385 (0)22 438 601


Put Jazine 37

+385 (0)22 438 254


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.


Velika Rudina


Šibenska 1

+385 (0)99 440 0144


Velika Rudina 6

Mob: +385 (0) 98 169 36 76


Zapadna Gomilica 3


Velika Rudina


Uska ulica 6

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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.