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 rapidly growing Croatian tourist destination, It's catchy for visitors who look for a quiet place to spend their holidays. Nevertheless, it does not lack the liveliness of big destinations.
Table of Contents
- About Primosten
- Primosten preserved the original Mediterranean culture
- How to get to Primosten
- Primosten features amazing beaches and coast
- Church of St. George in Primosten
- Statue Our Lady of Loreto in Primosten
- Primosten nightlife
- Accommodation in Primosten
- Day trips from Primosten
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Primosten consists of two peninsulas and a few small villages located above road D8. The first peninsula is called Primosten (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 Primosten, 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 town of Primosten. 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 by 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 Primosten 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 places 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 place. 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
Primosten consists of two peninsulas which are 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. If you have a boat or kayak, you can go to some of those islands and spend your 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. 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 because the road is not asphalted. Instead, you can leave a car near D8 road (there is a free parking), and climb the hill on foot. It takes around 20 minutes to climb at the top of the hill. Take some water with you because it may be a little exhausting. Avoid going there during the hot sunny time.
In addition to visiting the statue, you can have a beautiful panoramic view of the peninsula from the top of the hill. You can drink your favourite drink in a small coffee bar located just near the statue.
A few kilometres south of the town there is one of the most famous nightclubs in Croatia, called Aurora.
Aurora is opened during the months of July and August. Its program includes famous Croatian and Balkan singer stars, famous world's DJs, ladies nights and foam parties. The entrance fee is in the range of 5 - 30 euros, depending on performance.
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 located in the centre of the town. Many of them organise live music events, usually with one or two singers playing country or rock music on guitar. I can say 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.