The island of Prvić is a natural continuation of the island of Zlarin, which is evident from numerous underwater shallows, the reef Raženik, and the islet of Lupac. The island lies 1 n/m south-east of Vodice. An exception among other islands is that this island is not made of lime-stone, but of chalk dolomites. Picturesque bays and coves attract swimmers looking for the beauty of nature, isolation and peace.

Faust VrančićThe island is also known under the name "The Island of Faust" – the island of Faust Vrančić – the scientist, historian, linguist, philosopher, mathematician and physicist, who lived in the 17th century. He was born in Šibenik, but spent his childhood on this island. He died in Venice, and according to his wish, he was buried on the island in the Church of St. Mary of Grace in Prvić Luka. There are two typical Dalmatian fishermen's villages on the island: Prvić Luka and Prvić Šepurine, connected by 1-km- long road. It is important to emphasize that both settlements are protected by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia as cultural heritage.

Prvić was inhabited in the early Middle Ages. It was intensively inhabited in the 15th century when the inhabitants from the mainland escaped to the island because of the Turkish attacks – at what time Prvić was over-populated. Nowadays there are only about 400 inhabitants living in both settlements. The island is a peaceful oasis, and throughout the whole year it is connected with Šibenik and Vodice by regular boat lines.


The settlement of Prvić Luka is situated on the south-east shore of the island in a well protected bay of Luka. The Glagolitic friars settled here in the 15th century creating a strong centre of Slavonic liturgy. The building of the monastery and the Church of St. Mary began shortly after the arrival of friars. The monastery is still functioning and represents the place where numerous workshops are being held, as well as meetings of the Catholic youth. Accommodation is offered in the hotel "Maestral", private apartments and rooms.


The settlement of Prvić Šepurine is situated on the south-west side of the island. It was originally named Šipurine because of its brackish water, while it got its today's name in the 19th century. It is known after the old summer house of the Šibenik's noble family Draganić-Vrančić, whose member was also Faust himself. Even now the last members of this noble family live in the mentioned summer house.Ante Antić, the Holy Father, was also born in Prvić Šepurine. His family house is situated in the centre of the settlement. Accommodation is offered in the hotel "Maestral", and private rooms and apartments.


Tisno is situated at the narrowest part of the Murter Channel (30 m wide). The new part of the settlement was built on the mainland, and the historic core is located on the north-east side of the island of Murter. The two parts of the settlement are connected with a movable bridge, the only connection of the island of Murter with the mainland in general.

It was mentioned for the first time in the 15th century under the name Tisno (narrow), due to the narrow channel separating the island from the mainland. The settlement was founded in the times of Turkish invasions to this region. The bridge was built at the beginning of the 18th century, and another, movable bridge was set in the 19th century.

Among the sacral monuments a special place belongs to the outstanding Church of Our Lady of Caravaggio – a votive church of a family of Italian settlers (the family Gelpi), built at the beginning of the 18th century and completed in the 19th century. Thousands of pilgrims from the whole Dalmatia visit the Church on 26th May, the day of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Three kilometres from Tisno towards the Adriatic Coastal Road (Jadranska Magistrala) there is the historical site of Ivinj with the Romanesque Church of St. Martin. The church was built on the foundations of an old Christian basilica, while the remnants of a Roman villa rustica were excavated in the vicinity.

Tisno is a beautiful place ideal for vacations, with about 3.300 accommodation units offered in the hotel "Borovnik", the holiday resort "Hostin", the campsite "Jazina", camps, private rooms and apartments, where everybody can find something for himself.There are also numerous berths in the marina.


The settlement of Jezera is situated on the south-east coast of the island of Murter, and 3 km away from the bridge in Tisno (the only connection of Murter with the mainland). It has the population of 960 inhabitants.

The name of the settlement derives from small lakes which are created in the valleys after spring and autumn rains. When the sun shines, the lakes disappear. The settlement was populated already in the 13th century. Mortar, the hill (the Illyrian compound word from the words for "sea" and "tower") from which the name Murter derives, dominates the bay.

The old Illyrians were supposed to build a tower on Mortar, from which they used to give signals to their boats which navigated nearby. The inhabitants of Jezera have little fertile land on which they cultivate vine, olives and figs.

They have been skilful seamen from ancient times, while fishing has been the most important source of economy. Besides fishing, the inhabitants of Jezera are nowadays engaged in tourism, trade and crafts. Jezera is also known for its Cultural society "Koledišće", promoting the tradition of folk songs, costumes and customs.Accommodation is available in private rooms, apartments, the holiday resort "Školjić", and the resort’s campsite. The ACI nautical port is located in the centre of the settlement.


Murter is a favourite nautical destination in the area. The marina of the settlement has 400 berths in the sea and 250 on land, offering all accompanying services.

One can find enough reasons for visiting Murter since there are beautiful bays, numerous restaurants and rich catering offer, the possibility of doing sport and recreation in the sea and on land, as well as numerous cultural and entertainment facilities.

The fact that Murter is the starting point for visiting the National Park "Kornati" should also be emphasized. In the summer months the excursions are organized daily. Accommodation is available in private rooms and apartments, the hotel "Colentum" and the campsite "Slanica".


Betina is a settlement on the island of Murter situated 7 km away from the bridge in Tisno – the fix connection of the island with the mainland. The settlement is located on the peninsula in the bay.

The name of the place derives from the Celtic word "bet" (mouth), which corresponds to the aspect and the position of the bay of Betina. The settlement was founded in the 16th century by the refugees from Vrana.

The Parish Church of St. Francis, built in the 17th century and enlarged several times, dominates over the village that is almost linked to the settlement of Murter nearby. The inhabitants of Betina have always been connected with the sea, which has enabled the expansion of fishing and ship-building activities, especially the construction of sport and fishing boats.

The inhabitants of Betina are well-known wine-growers, olive-growers and producers of vegetables. Rich fishing-grounds enabled the development of fishing, while shipbuilding has developed since the 18th century.

The shipyard for building bigger wooden boats was founded in the middle of the 19th century. The modern shipyard "Betina" continues this tradition and it builds and repairs the boats up to 800 tons. It is particularly known for its sport and fishing boats both for local and foreign markets. Betina is a picturesque tourist place, well-known for its beaches. Accommodation is available in family houses and camps. The nautical port is located in the centre of the settlement’s harbour.