• Laura Lilly

7 most beautiful walks on Murter island

While summer is the peak swimming season, the rest of the seasons are prime for nature walking and exploring our village and Murter island on foot. Our village, Tisno, is located partially on the land and partially on the island of Murter. We are 1/2 kilometers from the bridge to the island. From our yard, whichever way you turn, a nature path leads to the sea. Below I describe 7 most favorite of ours and give approximate distance and how to get there.

  1. Camp Jazina and back through Tisno (5 km loop) - turn right from our yard and walk to the 3rd gravel road on the right. We call this road Vatra's Road, named after a donkey who lives there. It could also be called the Way of Figs for many fig trees that grow there and are for all to enjoy. The road ends at an olive orchard that is sometimes gated with a chain and a Private sign. It's safe to ignore the sign and continue through the orchard and to the sea. There is a small pebble beach and a pier at the end. From there, follow a narrow path to the left, along the sea, pass Sidro beach bar, and walk to the Jazina campground. Take the main road through the camp to the gate, and there you have a choice. Turning left puts you on the opposite end of our road, so you can come back that way. Or walk straight all the way to the sea on the other side, and then left along the sea and through the village. This road leads to the Tisno bridge.

2. Karavaja church to Jezera and back on the Tisno Jezera sea trail (6 -7 km loop) - from our yard turn right toward town. Cross the bridge and head left along the sea, until you see a children's playground. At that point, leave the seaside and walk to the first row of houses. One of the little streets has a brown sign pointing to the Karavaja church on the hill. The narrow street eventually turns into steps to the church. From there is a nice, panoramic view of the village and the nearby islands. From the church, a gravel road leads downhill to Jezera village. Enjoy wandering through the picturesque and narrow streets of Jezera, stop for coffee or ice cream, and find your way to the Jezera-Tisno sea trail for the return home.

3. Koromašna luka to Murtarić peninsula (8-9 km round trip)- from our house, walk or drive to Put sv. Roka in Jezera. If walking, walk into town and across the bridge, and right. Stay along the sea (no need to walk on the main road that doesn't have a sidewalk outside of Tisno) to Lovišća cove which is also Jezera campground. Go up the main road to the camp entrance, cross the main island road and walk to Tommy supermarket. If driving, follow directions to Tommy supermarket. Take the road by the market and into Jezera village, until you see Put Sv. Roka on your right. Follow this gravel road to Koromašna luka. Park at the end and walk to the left to the Murtarić peninsula with a green lighthouse at the opposite end of the peninsula.

4. Pudarica to Sv. Nikola uvala (8-9 km loop) - walk from our house or drive to the beginning of Put Sv. Roka and park. Pudarica is a rock structure built on the high point above the Jezera olive orchards. Most likely it was built and used by the Jezerani to watch over their olive orchards and watch out for pirates approaching from the sea. Shortly past the structure, the gravel road turns into a narrow single track, past a private house, that leads to Sv. Nikola cove, where a small fisherman's harbor is located with an old fish processing factory.

5. Tisno to Betina and Murter (18 km round trip) - this is an urban walk along the eastern side of the island. The road follows the sea and leads through several campgrounds. Rarely it has cars on it. Our favorite coffee stop on this walk is Konoba Kanata in Betina. The owners, Kostja and Barbie are super friendly and absolute dog lovers. The quickest return is the same way, although there is a single trail on the western side of the island, but this way is longer and more demanding because of the rocky terrain.

6. Colentum archeological beach (4 km loop) - drive to the Murter cemetery and park. The trail starts there. Walk along the sea to the swing, over the hill and to the other side. Check out the Roman villa ruins in the sea. Or, shortly after the cemetery take a path up the hill, and pick up a trail with a treehouse on it. Many people miss the treehouse because it cannot be seen from the sea walk. This path leads to Murter. Follow the village road to the sea on the other side and loop around by the swing and back to the cemetery. The swing, stone walls and the treehouse were built by local craftsmen and international volunteers, in collaboration with the island non-profit Argonauta.

7. Raduč hill is the highest peak on the island (125 meters). This location is interesting for its military tunnels that are now cleared from trash and safe to walk through, thanks to the island non-profit Argonauta and volunteers. At one of the tunnel exits is another swing and a metal art installation with the name of the Murter Kornati municipality. Also here, is our favorite sunset location. There are multiple ways to get to Raduč. Driving up a fairly steep and at places narrow gravel road is the quickest way. Another option is to park at Slanica or Podvrške beach and walk up on the neighborhood road that turns into gravel. My favorite way is to park at Koromašna and walk along the sea and up the hill. This walk takes 4 or 5 hrs, but is breathtaking.

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