100km of trails and 84km of the coast - just for you

Active holidays

Murter Island appeals to fans of active holidays for a number of reasons. The proximity of the mainland and the connection of the island and the land by bridge makes it easier to reach the island and bring the equipment necessary for active holidays. Although relatively low, the island has plenty of hills that are interesting for recreational hikers and bikers looking for a challenge. In addition to the main road linking the island, it is possible to cross the entire island by bike, or on foot, by walking or running. Take the promenade that leads from Jezera to Tisno, continue to the Lovišća camp, along the coast of St. Martin, to the Banj beach, then pass through the bay of Plitka Vala which will lead you to Betina, and if you continue further, around the peninsula Gradina, you will reach Murter.  This trail is just one of many that will enhance your holiday on the island of islands. Murter Island is also happily visited by sailors, kayakers, rowers, and fans of all water sports. The vicinity of the spread out Kornati Islands will enchant everyone who decides to go on an adventure in the Murter waters. The Murter waters, particularly clean and clear, are also attractive to divers. True fans of diving should not miss the waters of Kornati and learn about the special features of this underwater world. For fans of active holidays, various events throughout the year are organised on the island. Take part in one of the regattas with traditional boats or modern sailboats, trial or street races, cycling races or sport fishing competitions. If you are not a fan of active holidays, you may just become one on Murter Island. Diving clubs, a sports fishing club, a sailing club, associations, charter companies, etc. are all at your disposal, offering courses, participation in regattas, boat rentals and more. Visit them, inform yourself and spice up your holidays on the island of islands.

Rent-a-bike

Moto Sport

Obala Murterskih škoja bb

+385 (0)98 1935 258

Idea

Luke 56

+385 (0)22 434 085

Argola

Put Jersan 21

+385 (091 6690 265

Adriagent

Mehanova 6

+385 (0)98 331 421

Diving center

Tramonto

Stjepana Radića 13

Najada

Put Jersan 17

+385 (0) 22 436 020

Fundiving

Crkvena ulica 8

+385 (0)91 167 4765

Aquanaut

+385 (0)22 434 988

Rent-a-boat

Tisno Rent

Istočna Gomilica 8

+385(0) 22 438 618, +385 (0)98 891 164

Sunčana oaza

Ante Starčevića 109

+385 (0)22 439 390

Prova

Put Jazine 41

+385 (0)98 911 0399

Mare

Put Hartića 1

+385 (0)95 902 6194

Fortuna Maris

Trg Rudina 8

+385 (0)99 2527 471

Eseker

Majinova bb

+385 (0)22 435 665

Argola

Put Jersan 21

+385 (091 6690 265

Adriagent

Mehanova 6

+385 (0)98 331 421

Rent-a-scooter

Moto Sport

Obala Murterskih škoja bb

+385 (0)98 1935 258

Idea

Luke 56

+385 (0)22 434 085

Eseker

Majinova bb

+385 (0)22 435 665

Argola

Put Jersan 21

+385 (091 6690 265

Adriagent

Mehanova 6

+385 (0)98 331 421

Weather in Murter

  • Today
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    14°C
  • 24.10.17
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    17°C
  • 25.10.17
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    22°C
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    22°C
  • 27.10.17
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    21°C
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    18°C
  • 29.10.17
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    16°C

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.