Having successfully passed the shallow waters in front of the town of Murter, charter crews can relax in the comfortable Marina Hramina.
The island Murter in central Dalmatia is home to the small fishing village with the same name located in the northwestern part. Just like many of the settlements in this part of the Adriatic Sea, Murter has a long history, beginning with Roman settlement. Being close to other centers such as Sibenik, Murter also plays host to a number of tourists each year.
The tourism tradition started in Murter as early as the 30s, when the first villas began popping up along the coast. Due to its position at the “gate” of the Kornati Archipelago, it gets more and more each year.
Travel & Arrival
Other than arriving here by boat, the only access to the island and to the city of Murter is via a small draw bridge in the village of Tisno. Most of the population comes in from larger cities along the coast like neighboring Sibenik, Split or Zadar.
Avant & Apres Sail
There aren’t any things to see around Murter but the neighboring Kornati archipelago should definitely be on your “to-see” list, no matter how long or short your vacation is. It’s actually a National Park and it’s the most beautiful archipelago in the Adriatic. Murter itself shares in the overall relief, with the same lovely sandy or pebbly beaches and the rolling hills covered in sparse vegetation.
Accommodation can be found at local hotels, in private villas and even at the marina, which not only offer good shelter for your boat, but also to you and your crew. The rest of the town is made up of a couple restaurant and inns, all very intimate and with a friendly atmosphere, as well as some sporting complexes which hold regular competition during the summer months.
Events & Actions
Apart from the daily trips to the Kornati archipelago, a tourist has the option in engaging in a number of sports like tennis, basketball, indoor football or water sports, which are sure to take up the time in between tanning or sailing sessions around the bay.
Among the local festivities, there are a couple of traditions that are held annually, like the St. Rocco feast on the 16th of August, the Birth of Mary on the 8th o f September and the Drama Amateurs Festival in May which is the most important cultural event of the region. There is also a regatta, the Murter-Kornati regatta held in April which is considered the official start of the tourist season, something the crowds wouldn’t want to miss.
What are the top sailing destinations?Murter, known as the gateway to the Kornati Islands, is a fantastic starting point for exploring the surrounding islands. The Kornati National Park, with its 89 islands, islets, and reefs, offers stunning beauty. You can also sail to the island of Dugi Otok, home to the beautiful Telascica Nature Park. Other popular sailing destinations include the historic cities of Šibenik and Zadar, as well as the islands of Pašman and Ugljan.
What are some must-visit anchor bays?The area around Murter offers numerous beautiful bays for anchorage. The most popular ones are found in the Kornati Islands, including Proversa, Telascica, and Levrnaka. Closer to Murter, the bays of Kosirina, Čigrađa, and Slanica are known for their clear waters and safe anchorage. Remember, some bays are in the protected area of the Kornati National Park, and overnight stays might require pre-arrangement and payment.
Can you recommend any marinas near Murter?Absolutely. Murter has two well-equipped marinas - Marina Hramina and Marina Betina. Nearby, there's also Marina Kornati in Biograd na Moru, and the D-Marin Mandalina in Šibenik. All offer excellent facilities and services for sailors.
What can I explore on the island of Murter while on a sailing vacation?Murter offers a blend of beautiful nature and rich cultural history. Visit the charming villages of Murter, Betina, Tisno, and Jezera, each with its own unique character. Explore the ancient Roman ruins in Colentum and take a walk in the Slanica and Podvrske beach areas. The island's interior is great for hiking and biking, with paths offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands.
What water activities can I engage?The waters around Murter provide ample opportunities for water sports. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities, with rich marine life and numerous underwater caves to explore. The area's consistent winds make it a paradise for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Fishing is also popular, either in the open sea or in the quieter bays and coves.
What are some of the gastronomic specialties of the Murter region that I can try during my sailing vacation?Murter is renowned for its seafood, prepared using traditional Dalmatian recipes. Enjoy dishes like brodet (fish stew), grilled fish, and octopus salad. The island is also known for its lamb, which is traditionally prepared on a spit or under a peka, a bell-shaped lid. Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of Babic, Debit or Marastina - local wines that complement the regional cuisine.
Are there any local events or festivals that coincide with the sailing season?Certainly. During the summer, Murter hosts a variety of events like the Betina Wooden Boat Show, and the Murter Donkey Race. The Kornati Cup, an international regatta, is held annually in April. Music lovers might want to time their visit with the internationally acclaimed Garden Festival in Tisno, which takes place every July.
What local customs should I be aware of when visiting Murter and its surrounding islands?The people of Murter are known for their hospitality and respect for traditions. When greeting locals, a simple 'Dobar dan' (Good day) is customary. When visiting churches or attending festivals, modest attire is appropriate. Be mindful of the environment, particularly when visiting the national park and nature reserves. Lastly, when dining, a toast with a glass of local rakija (fruit brandy) is a customary way to begin a meal.