Nestled between two stunning bays with glistening shorelines, Primosten is brimming with all the water sports opportunities, traditional cuisine and cultural hotspots you could ever need. This island-town is connected to the mainland and a regular bus service runs between Sibenik and Primosten and Split and Primosten. Primarily known for its popular - and world renowned - beach, Raduca beach, and enormous vineyards, Primosten is a great spot for a relaxing holiday on the Dalmatian Coast.
One of the biggest Primosten attractions is the Old Town. Stunningly crafted and featuring terracotta brickwork, cobbled streets, historical architecture, colourful wooden shutters and fuchsia flora, the photography opportunities here are endless. The Old Town is also the perfect place to soak up the sun in a tranquil and traditional setting, and the selection of locally run restaurants will cater to any taste.
For such a small town, Primosten boasts a staggering amount of stunning period churches. Reflecting the religious underpinning of the community, they are well worth a visit. By far the most impressive is the 15th century church of St George, situated in the Old Town. With beautiful marble features nestled among lush pine trees, the church offers views to die for from its hilltop location.
Primosten is an ideal base for further exploration up and down this part of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. With bus access to Split and Sibenik you can explore Croatia's islands, such as Hvar and Brac, visit the Krka National Park and bathe in its warm waterfall pools or make your way to the popular resort of Trogir (40 minutes in the car.) Wow!
Wine making in Croatia goes back millenia, to the 8th century BC when the Illyrians first began farming grapes in purposefully constructed vineyards. Both the Greeks and Romans made the most of Croatia's excellent climate and continued the tradition. Over the course of mass migrations much of the vineyards deterioated, but were reconstructed by the Croats, who settled the region in the 7th century. The rest, they say, is history.
The Bucavec Veliki is a vineyard recently granted UNESCO World Heritage status for its continued use throughout history for the production of, quite frankly, delicious wines. Still grown in a traditional setting and with a traditional method, drinking wine from the Bucavec Veliki vineyard is the closest you'll get to drinking pure history.
Alongside vineyards, the Primosten area is also known for its excellent seafood, lemons and other vegetables. Dining out in Croatia is one of the biggest attractions in a country that has only recently been recognised as having one of the best (and freshest) cuisines in the world. A mix of Mediterranean flavours paired with a distinctly Croatian (almost Balkan) flair means much of the dishes are strikingly unique, and definitely delicious.
Primosten is a top family holiday destination. Its Raduca beach is ideal for kid's and older members of the family due to its easy entrance to the sea and numerous facilities.
Croatians are a hospitable people keen on family values. The restaurants and cafes in Primosten cater to families with varying ages of children.
Access to popular attractions such as Krka National Park from Sibenik and the historic town of Split means there's plenty to see and do around Primosten for children.
Veika Raduca Beach is Primosten's claim to fame. Voted regularly as one of the top 10 best beaches in Croatia this pebbly, warm-water beach is ideal for families because of its gently sloping shelf. There's parking available or you can anchor your boat just outside of the swimming zone.
There are plenty of facilities at Raduca beach, including toilets, showers, a bar and a restaurant which serves up seafood pulled right from the sea. Numerous sports are available such as tennis, volleyball and badminton, plus a choice of sunbeds and loungers for rent for those who'd rather relax.
Generally a pretty quite resort, Primosten is a fond family holiday favourite and as such, much of the nightlife is located in other destinations.
However, Primosten is home to Aurora, one of the most popular clubs in Croatia. Aurora regularly attracts world-class DJs and if you're fond of dancing, you won't find a better place in this part of Croatia.
Otherwise, evening's in Primosten will be taken up by cafe hopping and sipping fine wines or cold Croatian beer along a cobbled street.
Narrow cobbled streets, a quiet hubbub of cafe lifestyle and Mediterranean chill make Primosten a top romantic getaway. Relaxation is top of the agenda. Explore the vineyards, head to the Krka National Park and swim in the pools or explore the beautiful historical town of Split. Primosten itself has the chilled-out Raduca beach and a laidback feel which keep your heart fluttering.