Island`s Heritage - a guiding star for the future


Passing through the island of Murter, you will see that each of its stones is part of a long history that tells the story of an island of hundreds of islands. The whole history of Murter is inextricably connected to the sea and the surrounding islands. The first island was inhabited by Illyrians in the prehistoric time, then the skilled Liburnian sailors found a safe harbour here, and later the Romans built their villas on the island coast, right by the sea. The island was also found by sailors looking for a safe harbour, and it served as a hideout during attacks by the Turks. Traces are still seen today in archaeological remains scattered all over the island. Over time, the island became a permanent residence for a large number of people. Although connected to the mainland by a bridge, the island population has always looked to the sea and the surrounding islands, the endless open sea and the far Kornati Islands. As a result, sailors, labourers, fishermen and shipbuilders all live here. Tradition and heritage are created in parallel coexistence with the sea and the islands, which is visible to this day through the material and immaterial heritage of the island. You will see the ships sailing on the holiday of St. Nicholas to the protected Murter harbour where there is a church dedicated to this patron of sailors. You will see the inhabitants of Betina who celebrate the launching of ships into the sea by dancing the traditional kanata in folk costumes. There are indeed many customs associated with the sea, the reason for that being that in this area the sea has always represented life. 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.

Traditional events

Cultural heritage

Villa Rustica in Plitka Vala

Remains of the Roman cemetery, Plitka Vala. It is situated in the area of Pačipolje, not far from the centre of Betina.


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...

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...

The Old Mill

The former oil mill has now been converted into a restaurant where you can experience authentic Mediterranean relaxation.

The historic core of Betina

Betina was built on the slopes of cape Artić. The village is dominated by the baroque bell towers of the Church of St. Francis of...

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....

St. Francis Church

About the church of St. Francis, there are saved data from the building bills that relate to the entire process of church formation. The church...

St. Constant

If you climb up to the Cross on the mountain Kružak, in front of you is the church of St. Constant, protector of malaria. for. For...

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...


Pudarica- the pile of stones - a heap of spiral shape, like a seven-spiral stack of cattle, built from improper rocks in the drywall technique....

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”....

Pastoral-Cultural Centre Baganelovica

A venue for cultural events in Jezera.

Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding in Betina

The Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding in Betina is located in a protected cultural and historical part of Betina in the very centre of the village,...

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.

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...

Hrelić tower

Defence tower from 1514. It is located at the entrance to Varoš Street. It was built by the architect Ivan Hrelić in 1514 for defence...

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...


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. 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. Nicolas, Murtar, Jezera

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

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 St. John of Trogir

Church of St. John of Trogir is situated in the harbor of Jezera. In the church, there is an interesting local exhibition. The church is linked...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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.