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You will get a completely different picture of the island of islands if you dare climb one of its hills. Most of these lookout points are accessible via steep, less or more tended paths. Some of the trails are marked, while you will find out about the others only from conversations with the locals. Once you discover them you will jealously keep the secret to preserve the view all for yourself. These lookout points will be particularly interesting for hedonists, adventurers, and tourists looking for active holidays. Cyclists will find some of the most interesting trails here. Besides a beautiful view, most of these lookout points also offer an interesting background story. At these lookout points you will experience the history and the present of the island of islands, and it will seem that you can see its future on the endless horizon decorated with islands.
The highest peak of Murter Island is Raduč at 128 m and is located in the village Murter. There you will find tunnels from World War II that will evoke a part of the mystery of this island. Climb on the plateau above the tunnel and try to see the whole vista of the horizon. The plateau on the hill will provide extraordinary views of the Murter waters, Kornati Islands, the Murter Archipelago, Murter Island and the surrounding area all the way to the mountain of Velebit. In Murter, visit the hill Vršine with the church of St. Rocco. The hill Vršine is especially attractive in the summer months when various, always very popular cultural events take place here. The must-visit lookout point is situated on the hill Gradina between Murter and Betina. If you go up to the top of the lookout point marked by a cross, on one side at the foot of the hill you will see the archaeological remains of the villa rustica and the ancient city of Colentum, and on the other side, the view of the whole island. Further, in Jezera on the hill Kružak, you will find the church of St. Constantius, and if you climb over the Murtar cove, you will see a stone pile of strange shape that the locals call Pudarica. It is presumed that Liburnians used it to signal their ships with fire. Tisno also hides beautiful lookout points. You will find the highest peak of Tisno, Ravničina, by taking the Way of the Cross to the Church of Our Lady of Karavajo. Well hidden from people, with a barely visible trail, you will have an unforgettable view. There you will find interesting stone structures that were most likely used as a lookout. One of the most famous lookout point is the hill Brošćica with the Church of Our Lady of Karavajo. In addition to the pilgrimage site, this lookout point also hides an interesting trail in the silence of the forest, which only rare visitors discover, and when you reach the end of the trail, it will seem as if you can embrace the centre of Tisno. A beautiful view stretches from the hill by the church of St. Andrew, and you can reach it by two routes – from the beach of St. Andrew, or walking down the Vlado Mićo street. The land side of Tisno and any steep slope leading up to the top of Gomilica offers views of the Tisno channel and neighbouring Betina and Murter. Gračina, a lookout point you can reach by an asphalted path, with a view of the entire Murter Island and the surrounding islets, offers a view of the hinterland, especially Ivinj with the church of St. Martin and the villa rustica. From there, you will also see Vodice, as well as part of the Šibenik hinterland.

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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.