Primosten is a small town in North Dalmatia, located close to Sibenik and just over an hour or so north (along the coastal road) from Split. This pretty little town was once on an island (as you can tell from its shape), although it was linked to the mainland in the 16th century.
Primosten is probably best known for being a resort, so you’ll most likely be making it here to holiday rather than to merely visit for a day. But as it’s well placed for visiting other towns and cities and sights (such as above mentioned two, plus Trogir and Krka National Park) it’s a good place to base yourself.
Getting to Primosten
Due to its location, it’s easy to get to Primosten from either Sibenik or Split. There are numerous buses every day from Split taking (as mentioned) just over an hour, and quite a few buses per day from Sibenik as well, taking half an hour.
Some buses travelling down (or up) the coast do make a stop in Primosten – if yours doesn’t, simply make your way to either Sibenik or Split and then travel on accordingly.
Timetables for buses from Split can be found on the Split Bus Terminal website.
What to see and do in Primosten
Although you can spend your time walking through the pretty, old streets in the main part of the town and visiting a few of the churches in Primosten, there’s not too much in the way of sights here. But no matter, you’re probably here to relax!
One of the main sights is the 15-century, white stone Church of St George, and its belltower and cemetery.
The Our Lady of Loretto statue – a shrine to the Virgin Mary – is located on Gaj hill, above Primosten. At 17 metres tall, it is an impressive structure although the site also offers wonderful views to the town.
Primosten is relatively well known for its beaches, the most famous being Raduca beach. A pebble beach, its shallow waters means it’s great for families with young children.
As for nightlife, one of the best known clubs in Croatia – Aurora – is located in Primosten, regularly attracting tops DJs for its big club nights.
Eating and Drinking
Santa Marina is an excellent choice if you’re staying in Primosten (or even just in this part of Croatia!). The restaurant offers some traditional and well known Dalmatian dishes, including peka (a mix of meat and vegetables cooked in a large pot with a domed lid in/on hot coals) and pasticada (a kind of beef stew). There’s also a good selection of fish dishes.
Mediteran Restaurant is a smart option in the centre of the town, with a very fine menu. As well as an excellent selection of fish, seafood and steak choices, give their carpaccio or tuna tartare a try. Not forgetting sampling some Croatian wine from their fantastic wine list!
Tavern Marina has a wonderful location right by the sea. With an eye to sourcing locally produced ingredients, there’s plenty to opt for from their fish and meat offerings.
Bau Bar is the place to go for cocktails and after dinner drinks!
Accommodation in Primosten
There’s only one hotel in Primosten, the three-star Hotel Zora. However, there’s plenty of beds in town for guests thanks to the large variety of private rooms, apartments and villas. Search for accommodation in Primosten with Booking.com.
There is also a large campsite – Camp Adriatiq – that can accommodate up to 1,600 guests and has spaces for both motorhomes/caravans and tents. The campsite, set in a pine forest, has its own restaurant, supermarket and beaches.
There’s addition information about the town on the Primosten Tourist Office website.