The island Murter is also known as the « Gate of Kornati »...
MURTER, an island in the north-western part of the Sibenik archipelago. The island is separated from the mainland by the narrow Murter channel.
The island Murter is also known as the « Gate of Kornati » because of the closeness of the National park which makes this place even more attractive. Second National park "Krka" is also nearby. Slanica, Kosirina, Podvrske, Cigrada are just a few of many beautiful sand beaches in the area.
The mostly steep south-western coast is indented by smaller coves; the cove of Kosirina is used as a dock for smaller vessels during the bora. A beach, a restaurant and a campsite are located in the cove of Slanica. On the north-eastern coast are favourable docks for larger vessels (the cove of Jezera and the port of Tisno).
The villages of Murter (with Hramina) and Betina developed in the north-west of the island, around a sandy field with numerous wells. Tisno lies in the narrowest part of the Murter channel; over the strait is a 37.5-m long drawbridge.
The earliest inhabitants of the island were the Illyrians (remains of the Illyrian-Roman settlement of Collentum near Betina). In the Middle Ages the island was called Srimac; the name Insula Mortarii was also mentioned. In the 13th century there were two villages on the island, Veliko Selo (Big Village) (today's Murter) and Jezera (Lakes); Betina and Tisno developed most probably during the Turkish invasions.
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