If you drive a car on Croatian D8 road between Rogoznica and Sibenik, you will hardly fail to notice a small peninsula with unique shape. The place is called Primosten.
Primosten is beautiful and charming town. Being a rapidly growing Croatian tourist destination, It is catchy for visitors who look for a quiet spot to spend their holidays. Nevertheless, Primosten does not lack the liveliness of big destinations.
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Primosten consists of two peninsulas and a few small villages located above road D8. The first peninsula is called Primosten (which could be noticed from the road) and the second one is Raduca. It is said that in the past Primosten was an island, but locals wanted to connect it to the mainland, so they built an embankment.
The other peninsula, Raduca, is today mostly known for hotel Zora, the biggest hotel complex in the town. It features lots of accommodation options, even affordable ones.
There is a famous marina for yachts and boats called Kremik only a few kilometres away from the town.
Primosten preserved the original Mediterranean culture
The originality of Primosten is one of its most important tourist aces. If you come there outside the peak tourist season, you will notice that locals are still investing lots of effort in traditional agriculture, which results in high-quality products. Especially featured delicacies are wine and olive oil.
The red wine from Primosten called Babic is one of the most famous in the world. It was served on the inauguration of American president Biden.
If you decide to spend your holidays in the town, you can taste those home-grown delicacies in numerous pubs, taverns, and restaurants located in the town. I recommend tasting grilled fish with olive oil and red wine, which is a traditional Mediterranean meal.
Every year during the summer season a manifestation called "Primoštenske užance" is held in one of the villages located near the main town. The manifestation exhibits traditional Mediterranean culture including food, folk costume, music, and other authentic products. This event should not be skipped by the lovers of the original local culture.
Primosten is not traditional only in food and events; the originality of this place can be felt in every other way. You can feel it while talking to the people and observing their emotions towards the hometown, and by the relaxed way of life that small places like this picturesque town can provide.
How to get to Primosten
I went to Primosten from my apartment in Split by car. The easiest way to reach it was to take a ride on D8 state road, which is located near the sea and passes through other interesting destinations like Trogir and Rogoznica.
The ride took me less than an hour and a half, and there was no high traffic. The trip was pleasant. I parked my car near the centre of the town. The price for parking was 10 kunas (1.5 euros) per hour.
If you are not arriving by car, you can take a bus from Sibenik or Split.
The nearest airport is Split Airport.
Primosten features amazing beaches and coast
The town consists of two peninsulas characterised by the beautiful coast and beaches which are perfect for summer swimming. Just near the coast, there is a promenade ideal for romantic and family walks. And the experience of sunset is amazing, I believe among the most beautiful in Croatia. It's a real rest for body and soul.
Most of the beaches are pebble, while others feature natural rocky shapes. If you want to avoid crowds on the beach during the season, you should walk away a bit from the centre of the place.
Primosten archipelago consists of a small number of uninhabited islands which are completely preserved and untouched.
The two most beautiful ones are Tmara and Krbelica.
If you have a boat or kayak, you can go to some of those islands and spend beach time there. It's not too far from the coast. You will enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty those islands provide.
Church of St. George in Primosten
The most monumental building is the church of St. George. It is located at the highest point of the peninsula. The church was built in Renaissance style in the 15th century. The bell tower was built in the 20th century.
Statue Our Lady of Loreto in Primosten
Another interesting place to visit is the statue Our Lady of Loreto, located on the hill between Primosten town and Marina Kremik. I recommend not going there by car since the road is not asphalted. Instead, you can leave your car near D8 road (there is free parking), and climb the hill on foot. It takes around 20 minutes to climb to the top of the hill. Take some water with you because it may be a little exhausting. Avoid going there during the hot sunny weather.
In addition to visiting the statue, you can have a beautiful panoramic view of the peninsula from the top of the hill while having your favourite drink in a small coffee bar just near the statue.
The good news for party animals is that Primosten features interesting nightlife options.
A few kilometres south of the town there is one of the most famous nightclubs in Croatia - Aurora.
Aurora is open during the months of July and August. Its program includes popular Croatian and Balkan stars, famous world DJs, ladies' nights, and foam parties. The entrance fee is in the range of 5 - 30 euros, depending on the popularity of the performer.
Check the schedule on the Aurora's website
The easiest way to reach Aurora is by car, taxi or Uber. The ride from the centre takes less than 15 minutes.
If you want to enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere during the early night, you can visit some of the pubs in the town centre. Many of them organise live music events, usually with one or two singers playing country or rock music on guitar. Those evenings can be really pleasurable, especially if you like that kind of music.
Accommodation in Primosten
There are three types of accommodation: hotels, private apartments and camping.
The best option is Hotel Zora. It features affordable rooms with numerous facilities like tennis courts, table tennis, swimming pools, the vicinity of the beach and the old town.
The second option is accommodation in apartments. The most beautiful one is Villa Malo Misto, located 5 kilometres away from the town centre. It is ideal for those who want to combine a quiet and lively holiday.
The third option is accommodation in Camp Adriatic, which is located a few kilometres north of the centre.
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Day trips from Primosten
If you decide to spend a week or more in Primosten, think about taking a day trips to Trogir, Split, and Sibenik. All of these places are featured by UNESCO-listed heritage, which should not be skipped by those who enjoy sightseeing cultural monuments. Sibenik and Trogir feature amazing UNESCO listed cathedrals, while Split is widely known for its Diocletian's Palace.
If you like natural attractions, you can visit National Park Krka, the most famous one in Dalmatia.
Betina is a small village located on island Murter with centuries-old tradition of wooden shipbuilding. There you will see beautiful wooden ships of all sizes docked in the port at the main square. The village can be reached in less than an hour's ride by car.
Defense wall in Grebastica is another attraction easily reached by car in less than 20 minutes ride from the town. The wall was built by Venice in the 15th century.