Heather Shuker

Tisno overview

Discover this white-washed fishing village with our essential Tisno travel guide, for great things to do, attractions, sightseeing and more...

Written by
Justin McDonnell

Tisno is named after the narrow passage that separates the island of Murter from the mainland. A town with rich heritage displayed in its Italianate buildings, Tisno is a pleasant option if you just want to get away from the madness of The Garden nearby.

The town centre is flanked by a wide seafront promenade busy with holiday makers all summer. The centre stands on the island side, separated from the mainland by a bridge originally built in the 18th century and replaced with a mechanical one in 1968.

Local sightseeing mainly centres on churches. The oldest is the parish Church of St Spirit, originally built in 1548 and renovated in baroque style in 1640. Its beautiful tower was added in 1680. Within, the statue of the Madonna with Child is coated with silver and gold.

Built around the same time, on the seafront stands the Church of St Rocco, while a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Karavaja requires a 214-step climb.

Of the many events here this summer, Love International music festival is set in a magnificent natural amphitheatre with gently rolling hills leading down to a private bay, a shimmering sandy beach and crystal clear waters.

An undiscovered, secluded paradise a short walk from town, the Garden site has a truly festival feel without losing its intimacy. Accommodation comprises 80 air-conditioned apartments all with balconies or terraces, luxury Indian Shikar tents for glamping and refurbished American airstream trailers. Summer events are broken down into a series of smaller festivals: The Garden Festival, Electric Elephant, Suncebeat Festival, and Soundwave.

Moving from the sublime, Tisno also hosts the International Donkey Race, established in 1963. This event brings together donkeys from 15 countries and celebrates the time when these hardy animals were the chief helpers of the local inhabitants. This is one of the biggest summer events in the region and is of particular interest because it promotes the welfare of donkeys and helps save this iconic Dalmatian beast from disappearing entirely. This year’s running takes place on the main square at 8.30pm on August 8.

Other events include the Dalmatian Bocce Tournament on July 18, Bridge Games on July 25, and the Festivity of the Promontory on August 22. 

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