Beautiful landscape and splendid, clear views open upon Kosirina gulf - here's also a camp which includes both naturist and 'usual' tourists, but we come here mainly because of clear and cool waters, rocky and pebble shores which will guarantee excellent snorkeling and swimming spots.
A shade is not so thick so we usually come here either early in morning or late in afternoon - these are the best hours for swimming anyways and beaches are not crowded then. Walk a little further for even better places - some beaches are quite lonely even if it's main season, just because most people don't walk that far (and it's not too far, anyways). Hills covered by olive and pine trees and Mediterranen bushes, dry grasses ... and stone wall divisions. Had heard cicadas all the day :)
Kosirina camp has decent toilets and a bar, but all that will be far away to walk at any time - so come prepared if you gonna walk further and pick the trashes back with you - there are some bad leftovers in bushes from people who don't care, so don't be like them.
The rocky and stone beaches are plenty on Murter and these are great for snorkeling. How diverse is the life on sea bed - and it takes so little to see it, though only through your glasses - a rather economic way to explore the water world comparing with diving for which you need skill and knowledge plus equipment and licence.
For some good spots in Murter head to Kosirina or Slanica - take a walk little further along the coast where are less people. It gets deep here fast, fishes are many and diverse, water too good to be true. Watch for the sea urchins which are many and almost everyhwere unless it's sand on the bottom - it is painful to step on one of them. Many sea cucumber there, too.
Betina is nicest, small town on Murter; its historic core has been well preserved with ancient streets and houses of stone. Main attraction is St. Francis Asissi church with red, onion shaped bell tower. The church was built 1736, it's centrally located in town and it is its highest building.
Betinian folk were famous for building ships and small port stays in quiet waters in the gulf, open to Murter strait which separates island from the continent.
There's small market by the road where you can buy fresh fish and seafood (don't come too late, best time is between 7-8 am).
Pebbled beach with view over the town is few minutes walk from the centre (but you could find much nicer ones).
On the main square sit down for morning caffee at one of the terraces outside - here's where locals go for chat. It's all relaxed and everybody is taking it easy. Lots of restaurants in Betina, small shops too and you can walk to Murter on short distance. Though: cars and pedestrian on narrow roads are not the best combination and one has to avoid eachother which makes walking a little difficult.
Like anywhere else by the seaside Murter has some ancient and narrow streets, lively corridors between the stone built houses with lower facades, their roofs more flat than steep to allow 'bura' (the strong wind) finding its way without much harm for the architecture.
Murter is small town and those few old streets are most busy - in ground floors there will be plenty of restaurants and cafes, souvenir and other types of shops, here and there interrupted by a pocket size square where old Murter ladies in thick black clothes would sell local and hand made products - or sea shells.
You won't have to walk a lot. Soon the old part ends, and newer buildings arise and extend lot further from original limits of town. We think - these new ones are too bold for these places. The pattern they create is different, less coherent and less homogenous, textures of their walls maybe too dull, too smooth to last centuries like the old ones, their windows colorless and large.
Murter is town on the Northwestern side of the island, inhabited since pre-history and previously called Veliko selo (large village) and Srimac (from 13th century till mid 1715); it's now home of 2000 inhabitants - the number of people is lot higher in peak seasons when its streets hear languages of many European nations and dialects (and most commonly beside Croatian you will hear Slovenian, German, Czech and Polish languages).
We usually come here (to the town) in evenings to have dinner out, but it's sometimes so crowded that you won't find free table on terraces (bewteen 8 - 10.30 pm). You can sit down in one of the few old narrow streets where atmosphere is most ancient and quieter; if you prefer watching people and sipping glass of wine or beer, then you will find main square better than other.
For some scenic and typical Mediterranean views have a look into the small port with colored ships, with town's facades and low hills serving as a background. Fresh fishes are delivered by early mornings when it is the busiest time here, while fish and other fauna are being downloaded and sorted into fresh fish markets on the island (one in Murter, other in Betina) and to other places. Mediterranean food here is excellent!
There's pleasant path which connects Murter to Slanica with lovely beaches there - and thick pine forests which are balsam for your senses.
If you prefer less crowds you should plan your visit to Murter Island in September or any other month outside main season (between 20th June - 30th August).
For more detailed information on history and geography reffer to offcial website as noted below.