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Murter (Morter or Mortero in Italian) is an island in the Croatian part of the Adriatic sea, located in central Dalmatia. A small village on the north-western part of the island also bears the name.


The island is populated by around five thousand people, with two thousand of them living in the village of Murter.

The island lies in the northwest part of the Šibenik archipelago and is separated from the mainland by a 20 m wide sea canal at Tisno. The canal is spanned by a 37 m draw-bridge. The island covers an area of about 18.7 km², and the highest point is the peak of Raduč at 125 m above sea level.

The southwestern coastline is predominantly of steep slopes divided by many sandy coves. The island has an assortment of both sandy and rocky beaches.


Murter is the biggest and oldest settlement, the three other settlements on the island are Betina, Jezera and Tisno.

  • Murter was named in 1715 and carries the same name as the island. It offers hotels, homestays condominiums, marinas, nice quiet beaches, numerous restaurants and taverns. The township also has many sports facilities providing for tennis, basketball, five-a-side football and water sports. In the April the regatta Murter-Kornati helps start off the season. More traditional celebrations are St. Roko annually on 16 August and Nativity of the Virgin Mary on 8 September. The static population of around 2000 swells fourfold in the peak tourism season. The town has bank facilities, a health clinic, pharmacy, automobile repair shops, scuba diving shops, an open air cinema and marina facilities in Hramina bay.
  • Betina, on the northeastern side of the island near Murter, is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic with notable architectural attractions. The historical central part of Betina is built on the eastern slopes of Cape Artić, at the northern opening to the Murter passage. In Zdrače bay there is a marina and shipyard and a local beach. Betina has nearly 100 small family-run shipyards with a tradition of strong hand-built and long-lasting traditional wooden boats.
  • Jezera is the smallest town on the island and spreads around the sheltered bay on the southeast side of the island. The town centre is on the north side of the bay. ACI marina at Jezera is situated on the south side of the bay. Jezera is a central Dalmatian fishing centre and the site of the holiday village "Lovišća", situated in Lovišća bay to the northwest of Jezera.
  • Tisno was established in 1832 near a bascule bridge near a narrow point in the channel separating the southeast side of the island from the mainland. The town has shops and a long quay. Tisno has become an important religious centre due to pilgrimages to Our Lady of Caravaggio, frequented by believers from Šibenik and Zadar.


The island has been populated for nearly two millennia. An Illyria (Ancient Roman) settlement known as Colentum has been found near Betina. Documents from In 1293 indicate that Murter was called "Villa Magna' meaning 'the big village'. During the 13th century there were two documented settlements on the island; Jezera and Veliko selo, Srimač (now Murter). Betina and Tisno were most likely built around the beginning of the 15th century, during the time of conflict with the Ottoman Empire. The population of the island increased during that time as refugees fled from the Turks.

Beaches, quality accommodation and supporting services make Murter an ideal tourist destination and accordingly the island has a history as a popular regional destination.

Get in[edit]

All four towns on the island are readily accessible by road using a private car.

By air[edit]

The nearest airport is in Split Kaštela/Resnik Airport (IATA: Split) is the airport serving Split and Kaštela in Split-Dalmatia County. It is serviced by Croatia Airlines, reservations +385 62 777 777 and is the second busiest airport in Croatia.

By sea[edit]

  • Hramina bay
  • Tisno quay

By road[edit]

Cross the bridge at Tisno

Get around[edit]

Marina Hramina [dead link] provides yacht charter and hire services.

There is a 2.5m water draft at the re-fueling station


  • Slanica cove, said to be the most beautiful beach of the Šibenik Riviera.
  • Murter had a military base built on it during World War II, with tunnels bored deep inside the island. Some locals believe the site is haunted.
  • Remains of Roman buildings, including the remains of the antique settlement at Colentum. Visit the foot of the Gradine elevation, at Hramina cove and elsewhere.
  • The local graveyard, with historic early Croatian graves is situated on the Gradina cape.
  • St. Michael's church, St. Rock's chapel, and the church of Our Lady of Gradina are the oldest churches on the island.



The population of Murter traditionally deal with agriculture and fishing and are well known for these skills, as well as being producers of excellent olive oil.

Value Added Tax (VAT) is 23% for goods. This should be inclusive in any displayed price.
For accommodation, VAT is 10%




Murter offers various accommodation including hotels, homestays and condominiums.

  • Hotel ColentumPut Slanice bb +385 22 431100fax: +385 22 435255, e-mail: . A modern hotel of 98 rooms. Several terraces look over the Kornati archipelago and the sea. Open from April to October. Open-air swimming pool, AC, central heating, TV, private parking, onsite restaurant, dogs are permitted
  • Hotel StomorinPut gradine bb (Located in the marina Hramina),  +385 22 434 411fax: +385 22 435 242, e-mail: . 10 rooms and 36 beds. Each room has a view of the marina and the sea. All rooms have A/C and a TV.
  • (Apartments in Murter), Mehanova 6, 22243 +385 98 331 421. 120 apartments in Murter for rent.


Cellphone providers

  • T-mobile
  • VIP

Emergency services

  • Emergency: 112
  • Police: 92
  • Fire Brigade: 93
  • Ambulance 94

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