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Murter was officially recorded as a settlement in 1273 under the name Veliko Selo (or Big Village).

Today it has 2000 inhabitants and a reputation as a popular tourist destination for happy and satisfied visitors who want to enjoy a pleasant holiday.

It is nestled among the Raduč hills (128m) which form the highest peak on the island. Mount St. Roko, or Vršine (70m), is the location of the church of St. Rocco with Gradina (62m) beneath it. In the ancient times it was the site of the Roman settlement of Colentum.

Although very much a rural village, over its history Murter has cultivated, nurtured and preserved the highest standards of culture, especially communal and spiritual expression. Authentic stone-vaulted streets, simple dwellings, stone walls covered with ivy, combined with modest but innovative ingenuity have all served to preserve the story of Murter from vanishing into the history books.
Numerous entertaining and traditional cultural events will make your stay in Murter even more enjoyable.

Once you experience the history, culture, natural beauty and breathtaking landscape, you will be left with so many happy memories that you will be unable to resist coming back in the future.
This region with its clear waters, ancient olive groves, unique climate and secluded Kornati island coves nestled among dense pine woodland, welcomes its visitors with a special beauty.

Murter-turizamMurter is definitely an exceptional place for a tourist to visit. Nowhere else on the Adriatic coast does a district center offer so many varied spatial and cultural features in one place. Murter is the largest settlement on the island of the same name, which has the greatest number of islands in its archipelago (over 170), with a large number of sandy beaches along its coastline (Čigrađa, Slanica, Podvrške…), as well as numerous interesting destinations in its vicinity (the national parks: Kornati, Paklenica, and Krka; the nature parks of Telašćica and Vransko Lake; the cities of Zadar, Šibenik, and Split). It is possible to find accommodation in family houses and apartments. Those who favour quiet and fishing will find peace on Kornati, in the fishermen’s houses. Specialized restaurants and inns offer a wealth of gastronomic specialities.

During the summer you can attend concerts of classical and popular music in Murter, and the local church singing is quite special. A major cultural event is the regatta of traditional ships, held under the name Latinsko idro (Latin sail) every year at the end of September, on the feast day of St. Michael, the patron saint of the town.

murter povijestMurter is a settlement on the northeast part of the island of the same name. Its name was at first Veliko Selo (from the 13 th century) and Srimač; since 1715 it bears its current name. It spreads towards the Hramina Cove, where a marina has been built, and to the Slanica cove, which features the most beautiful beach of the Šibenik Riviera, as well as the camp and hotel “Colentum”. Hramina cove is protected from all winds and makes for a safe shelter for yachts. Murter’s economic basis rests on agriculture, fishing and tourism. It is situated on the regional traffic route and has a population of 2000. In the tourist season the number of inhabitants becomes much greater – approximately four times as great.

The remains of Roman buildings, the remains of the antic settlement Colentum, can be found at the foot of the Gradine elevation, in the Hramina cove and elsewhere. The local graveyard, where Early Croatian graves were found, is situated on the Gradina cape. At the graveyard one finds the church of Our Lady in Gradina, dating from the 17th century. The parish church of St. Michael (reconstructed in 1770) features a Baroque altar, the work of masters Pio and Vicko dall’ Acqua, as well as one Creto-Venetian icon. A Gothic-Renaissance procession cross, as well as a few more valuable pictures, can be found in the parish office. Above the village, on the Vršina hill, is the church of St. Rocco, dating from 1760.

Murter ApartmaniThe name of the island of Murter extends to the maritime zone which is limited to the northwest by the Murter channel, to the southeast by the capes of the Šibenik islands Kaprije, Kakan and Žirije, to the south by the Samogradska vrata strait and to the southwest by the Pučinski (Piškerski) island group of Kornati, to the northwest by the Velika Proversa passage and the islets Mali Tremulić, Božikovac and Mala Balabra, to the north by the Srednji kanal channel, Zadar islands of Gangara and Murvenja, and finally the Vrgadski kanal channel and islets Artica vela and Artica mala. In the centre of that area that has become one of the most attractive and most popular nautical areas in Europe, lies the Murter sea.

+ Tourism potential of Murter

Murter-turizamMurter is definitely an exceptional place for a tourist to visit. Nowhere else on the Adriatic coast does a district center offer so many varied spatial and cultural features in one place. Murter is the largest settlement on the island of the same name, which has the greatest number of islands in its archipelago (over 170), with a large number of sandy beaches along its coastline (Čigrađa, Slanica, Podvrške…), as well as numerous interesting destinations in its vicinity (the national parks: Kornati, Paklenica, and Krka; the nature parks of Telašćica and Vransko Lake; the cities of Zadar, Šibenik, and Split). It is possible to find accommodation in family houses and apartments. Those who favour quiet and fishing will find peace on Kornati, in the fishermen’s houses. Specialized restaurants and inns offer a wealth of gastronomic specialities.

During the summer you can attend concerts of classical and popular music in Murter, and the local church singing is quite special. A major cultural event is the regatta of traditional ships, held under the name Latinsko idro (Latin sail) every year at the end of September, on the feast day of St. Michael, the patron saint of the town.

+ Town history

murter povijestMurter is a settlement on the northeast part of the island of the same name. Its name was at first Veliko Selo (from the 13 th century) and Srimač; since 1715 it bears its current name. It spreads towards the Hramina Cove, where a marina has been built, and to the Slanica cove, which features the most beautiful beach of the Šibenik Riviera, as well as the camp and hotel “Colentum”. Hramina cove is protected from all winds and makes for a safe shelter for yachts. Murter’s economic basis rests on agriculture, fishing and tourism. It is situated on the regional traffic route and has a population of 2000. In the tourist season the number of inhabitants becomes much greater – approximately four times as great.

The remains of Roman buildings, the remains of the antic settlement Colentum, can be found at the foot of the Gradine elevation, in the Hramina cove and elsewhere. The local graveyard, where Early Croatian graves were found, is situated on the Gradina cape. At the graveyard one finds the church of Our Lady in Gradina, dating from the 17th century. The parish church of St. Michael (reconstructed in 1770) features a Baroque altar, the work of masters Pio and Vicko dall’ Acqua, as well as one Creto-Venetian icon. A Gothic-Renaissance procession cross, as well as a few more valuable pictures, can be found in the parish office. Above the village, on the Vršina hill, is the church of St. Rocco, dating from 1760.

+ Island of Murter surroundings

Murter ApartmaniThe name of the island of Murter extends to the maritime zone which is limited to the northwest by the Murter channel, to the southeast by the capes of the Šibenik islands Kaprije, Kakan and Žirije, to the south by the Samogradska vrata strait and to the southwest by the Pučinski (Piškerski) island group of Kornati, to the northwest by the Velika Proversa passage and the islets Mali Tremulić, Božikovac and Mala Balabra, to the north by the Srednji kanal channel, Zadar islands of Gangara and Murvenja, and finally the Vrgadski kanal channel and islets Artica vela and Artica mala. In the centre of that area that has become one of the most attractive and most popular nautical areas in Europe, lies the Murter sea.

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