Murter is located in the northwestern part of the island with the same name. There are amazing beaches here such as Slanica and Podvrške, but is it also worth visiting the beautiful churches. What to do in Murter? You can see the events in town that you should definitely not miss out on below!
This article summarizes the following:
- Things to do in Murter: the most popular beaches
- What to do in Murter: the nature is calling
- Sights to see in Murter: Explore the city’s main attractions
- Events in Murter
- The gastronomy of Murter
The Northern-Dalmatian town’s most popular beach is Slanica. It is an ideal place for youngsters, but thanks to its slowly deepening waters, we also recommend it to families with children. It is a well-equipped beach with showers, catering facilities and loungers for rent. As for sports, the shallow water at Slanica is perfect for a beach volleyball game. Another great choice is the Podvrške, considered the most beautiful beach on Murter. If you want to avoid large crowds, you should arrive early in the morning.
The island of Murter is located very close to the Kornati National Park, so they also call it the “Gate of Kornati” Neighbouring islands such as Žut and Pašman are great sailing destinations as well.
Kornati National Park
The Kornati National Park can be found near the southwestern part of Dugi Otok; it is among the most beautiful national parks in Croatia. There are app. 140 uninhabited islands with white cliffs in the area. The 3 largest ones are Kornat, Žut and Piskera. Besides the natural treasures, the archipelago is also unique for its Illyrian castles and ruins of Roman villas. If you are a watersports fan, you will love the fact that the national park is a paradise fo divers thanks to its beautiful diving spots.
Žut, which has a territory of 15 km2, can be found between Pašman and Kornat. It is one of the most wonderful members of the Kornati archipelago, famous for the olive plantations and the high-quality olive oil. Its steep, divided beach is surrounded by several bays that provide a safe shelter for fishing boats and sailboats. In the bay of Žut, there is also a yacht marina offering 120 berths and a restaurant.
Even though Pašman, located under the island of Ugljan, might be less-known, it is still a great sailing destination. If you are here, you should definitely climb the 272-metre-high mountain of Veli Bokolj to visit the scenic overlook on top. You can see the entire archipelago from up there. You can also admire many vineyards, olive plantations and orchards on the verdant island of Pašman. The southernmost town on the islands is Tkon, which is famous for the Benedictine monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian – the only operational Benedictine monastery in Croatia. It stands on the 95-metre-high hill Ćokovac. Interestingly, the monastery was built on the foundations of a Byzantine fort and an early Christian church in 1125.
The Catholic Church of Saint Michael, built in 1770, is famous for its wonderful Baroque altar. The Church of St. Roch, which was built in 1760, is located on the mountain of Vršina behind the town. It can be approached on a set of steps, and there is an amazing view of Murter and Betina from there. You can admire a fort built during the era of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy on the mountain of Raduč. Interested in boat building? Then you should definitely pay a visit in to the neighbouring town Betina. You can see how they built boats hundreds of years ago using wood, according to the unique and authentic method of boatmaking.
There is an outdoor cinema and a museum here, and they organise concerts and private exhibitions for tourists. Murter’s big event is a festival held every year on September 8th, on the day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They celebrate the town’s patron saint on September 29th; they organise a sailing competition. This has been a tradition since 1998; visitors can participate in several programmes including presentations, exhibitions and film showings as well.
Konoba Boba, located near the marina, offers 50 indoor and 80 outdoor seats. They serve dishes prepared with fresh ingredients of the highest quality, representing a mixture of traditional and modern cuisine. There is an open-kitchen setting in the Mediterranean garden, providing guests with the opportunity to get an insight of the cooking process. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of fine wines. If you visit Murter, we also recommend Konoba Skalinada. You can expect an attentive service and delicious dishes; you must try the seafood, for instance. They also have a selection of high-quality wines.
In this article, we have listed the best things to do in Murter. The Northern-Dalmatian town has beautiful beaches and churches, and thanks to the islands nearby, visitors can also choose from various hiking routes.