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Island Murter - Jezera (macro) and other places (background)

Island Murter
(Murter, Betina, Tisno and Jezera)

Island Murter is the largest island of Sibenik archipelago. It spreads out parallel with the coast between Sibenik and Zadar. It belongs to north-Dalmatian group of islands, the most numerous group of islands at Adriatic and more. Road distance from Sibenik is 30 km, from Zadar 65 km, and from Split 105 km. At Zadar and Split there are 2 closest airports. The largest sites on island are: Murter, Betina, Tisno and Jezera.

Island Murter map

At place Tisno with movable bridge it is contacted with coast. It was populated with old Ilires already in prehistoric. For the first time it has been mentioned by Greek philosoph Ptolomej under the name of Scardon. Under Croatian name Srimac it is mentioned in 1251 when Hungarian - Croatian king Bela proclaim borders of Sibenik community. In that time on the island exist only two settlements: Veliko Selo (Murter today) and Jezera, while Betina and Tisno develop in later centuries at the time of retreat of domestic people under Turks attacks. Today all places are connected with asphalt roads.

Murter is situated in the belt of temporary worm or Mediterranean clime. Characteristics of this clime are warm and dry summers, kind and wet winters. The warmest month is August with middle temperature of 24.7C, and the coldest is January with middle temperature of 6.3C. Average temperature of the sea at summer is 23.7C. Murter area has 2698 sunny hours per year. Wind that is mostly often at this area at summer is maestral - west wind (70-90 % of totally windiness) that with its activity soothe summer heat. Most of the island is covered with centuries olive and fig trees which are main traditional cultures that domestic people cultivate. Except agriculture, interest of the residents was fishing and stock-breeding. In modern time, because of natural potentials, tourism becomes economical engine of progress.

Murter (city)

Murter is tourist city situated on the same name island 30 km away from Sibenik. Specially valuable archaeological founds of old roman settlement Colentum on the hill Gradina testifies about attractively of position of this oldest settlement on the island, situated on fertile land between bays Slanica and Hramina. Like in the every place on the island, many inhabitants arise in 16 and 17 ct. because of immigrants from the land under Turks attacks. Place develops fast, so in Murter 1866 opens first country reading club at the area of whole Dalmatia. Yet 1877 opens first school and post office.

Of sacral monuments should be mentioned chapel of St. Roko from 1760, church of St. Mihovil reconstructed 1770, and church of Lady of Gradina. Traditional jobs of inhabitants of Murter trough centuries are stock breeding and agriculture, and seafaring and fishing. Except on the same island all those activities residents of Murter expends to near Kornati islands which in last centuries, together with residents of Betina, they bought from aristocratic of Zadar - move that will show crucial for modern development of Murter into pne of very attractive tourist destinations. Even tourism today represents very important item in economical place life, its 2000 inhabitants still keep the touch with land and the sea. You will make sure of it every time you visit some of many wine vault, restaurants, and inns. Just cached fish prepared with olive oil and unavoidable good wine will fill you with new straight after all day staying on some of nearest natural or decorated beaches.

Accommodation is certain in some of modern private apartments in one of scenic rock houses in the same place or outside of the place, at isolation, closer to sea and beaches. At disposal is hotel Colentum situated in bay Slanica with beautiful view to Kornati archipelago. Hotel has 255 beds and very atractive beach. Near, at disposal to hotel guests, but also to all guests of Murter, there is recreation centre Slanica with many sport contents for vacation and entertainment, especially those for water sports like rent a boat and rent a surfing board. Moto tourists can find their place in camp Slanica or in the bay Cigradja.

Special attraction that attracts more and more lovers in the sea and nature, so called "Robinson tourism". In the context there are more than 200 houses in the ownership of Murters inhabitants thrown to Kornat archipelago are at your disposal. Those who choose that way of vacations can really say that they had the whole island by them. There is no telephone, credit cards, cars, TV, even electricity. Noise of the wind and waves, sun, stone - peace that, believe us, you never experienced in life will make your stay as something special. Something you never forget for whole life and always come back to.

Because of the nearness of National Park Kornati, that nautical paradise on the Earth, Murter is unavoidable spot for nautical tourists. Modern marina Hramina gives to seafarers all necessary favours. Marina is situated in beautiful Murter bay and disposes with 400 berths and more 250 boat places on land, and is equipped with all infrastructures. In the context of marina there are post office, bank, market, hotel and restaurant. It is opened in period from 1st May to 30th October. Also, there are two ACI marinas in Murter (Kornati) area: marina on the island Zut (with 113 berths) and marina on the island Piskera (with 120 berths), both open from March to October.

Places on Island Murter: Murter, Betina, Tisno and Jezera



Island Murter - Kosirina beach

Murter port

Boats in Murter

Narrow street in Murter

Greetings from Murter

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