Murter is an island in northern Dalmatia connected to the mainland by a bridge in the place of Tisno. The island was inhabited even in prehistoric times. Today it has 5100 inhabitants. Their main occupation is tourism, in addition to tourism the island’s people are engaged in fishing, agriculture and even shipbuilding. The island’s places are Betina, Tisno, Jezera and Murter which is also the largest and the oldest settlement on the island.
Island of Murter
Beaches on the island of Murter
Murter has a very indented coastline which means that there are many bays with different beaches. The most famous beaches are on the south side of the island which is protected by the bora.
Slanica is the main beach of the island and is located on the southern side of the island; there is also the Hotel Colentum. This is one of the most visited beaches with many contents and entertainment program. The beach is sandy and rocky, the bottom is low, so it is perfect for children and non-swimmers.
Podvrske is a white sandy beach that gives the water a beautiful blue color. The beach has a view of the Kornati islands. Just like Slanica, this beach also has a shallow backdrop that makes it suitable for children.
The Cigrade beach is partly sandy and partly rocky. Thus, it is suitable for both children or for those seeking peace and solitude. It is surrounded by pine forests and has several restaurants where visitors can cool off in the shade of pine trees.
The Jazina beach is in the Jazina bay with the homonymous camp. The sea bottom is shallow and the beach is sandy, ideal for families with children and the elderly. Visitors have a parking space, a restaurant and a store at their disposal.
These are just a few of myriad beaches on the island of Murter.
Accommodation on the island of Murter
Tourism on the island of Murter began to develop in the 20s of the twentieth century. The first hotel was opened in the 30s. The proximity of the islands of Kornati, proclaimed national park in 1980, the construction of the Hotel Colentum, the first regular bus connection with Zagreb, has contributed to the development of tourism on the island.
Today on the island different types of accommodation can be found; hotels, campsites and private accommodation. Most of the housing units are located in private apartments that have a wonderful sea view.
In Murter, there is a hotel on the Slanica beach, Hotel Colentum, which has a view of the Kornati islands. There is also a campsite at Slanica beach, autocamp Slanica located in a thick pine forest. The campsite has 150 camping units, electricity, toilets …
In Jezera there are three campsites: Lovisca, More and Stella Maris and an aparthotel located 50 meters from the marina of Jezera, has a swimming pool and a cocktail bar.
Tisno has two hotels: Hotel Borovnik with a long tradition and a four-star family-run hotel right on the seafront. As mentioned earlier, the Jazine campsite is located in Tisno.
Betina has three campsites: Kosirina, Plitka vala and Matija.
Restaurants on the island of Murter
Traditional dishes are a base of Murter’s gastronomic offer. There are numerous restaurants and trattorias all over the island. All of them will offer you the best local Dalmatian specialties and the indigenous atmosphere. The dishes are prepared in a traditional way, with fresh ingredients as the island is known for agriculture and fishing. Some of the dishes are: octopus salad, polenta with cuttlefish, monkfish stew and many others.
What to do on the island of Murter
In addition to enjoying the beaches of the island there are many other things to do. A range of activities can be enjoyed: excursions throughout the island, cycling on numerous cycling routes, underwater fishing, diving, kayaking and paintball. Since Murter is close to some interesting places you can do the following day trips from the island:
trips to Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir or Split
trip around the island
trip to the falconry center in Dubrava
excursion to the Etnoland Dalmata theme park
trip to the island of Vrgada – the most colorful island in the Murter archipelago
trip to the Krka National Park
trip to the Plitvice National Park
trip to the Kornati National Park
trip to the lake of Vrana
Shopping at the island
In Murter several smaller supermarkets can be found where you can buy all the daily goods; Konzum, Studenac, Tommy … There are also some butchers and bakeries. For a bigger shopping we recommend going to Vodice or Šibenik.
Nightlife at the island of Murter
In summer, on the island of Murter, as in any other place in Dalmatia, it revives nightlife. There are many cafe bars and beach bars to enjoy a cocktail or a drink to the sound of Dalmatia or some other music; you will not make big parties but you will know the relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle of the local population. If you want to have fun at a disco or similar, we recommend going to Vodice or Pirovac.
How to get to the island of Murter
As the island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, it can be reached by car or by bus. If you are coming from the south or north direction by highway, take exit 20-Pirovac towards Murter / Vodice and continue on a local road to the island. You can also use the coastal road, but the journey will be a bit longer.
If you go by bus, there are regular bus lines from Sibenik to Murter.
There are two airports where you can choose whether you are coming by plane, Zadar or Split airport