Primosten, only 28 km south of Sibenik, is situated on a small peninsula. Once a fishermen village, Primošten has grown in an attractive
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Location and climate
Primosten, only 28 km south of Sibenik, is situated on a small peninsula, once the island
that the inhabitants linked to the mainland five centuries ago in order
to reach their farming plots more easily. Surrounded by seven little islands,
Primosten is a special gift from nature that leaves no one indifferent.
The town and its surroundings have mild Mediterranean climate. The average
winter temperature (January) amounts to 10 °C, and in summer (July and
August) it often amounts to 27 °C. More than 2.800 hours of sun annually
cause frequent droughts in this area. However, due to the continuous
circulation of air and refreshing „Maestral” wind, there are no unbearable heats.
History and sights
Just like in many other towns and places in Dalmatia, the first inhabitants
of Primosten were forced to leave their homes and look for a more
secure place to find shelter from the Turks. They have built a settlement
on a nearby islet, which they protected by fortress walls and towers
and linked to the mainland with a movable wooden bridge.
The wooden bridge was later replaced by a causeway, hence the name
Primosten (”primostiti” = to bridge over), first mentioned in 1564.
By the end of the 17th century and beginning of the 18th century, some inhabitants returned to the mainland and their old settlements.
The inhabitants were mostly engaged in fishing and agriculture, and
nowadays tourism is the most important sector of the town's economy.
Here are some important historical sights: the baroque church of St. Jurje that dominates the town, the chapel of St.
Rocco, built in a baroque style as well, and the church of Our Lady of
Mercy from the 16th century.
Once a fishermen village, Primošten has grown in an attractive
tourist destination. The modern Kremik marina and the nearby national parks
Krka and Kornati make this town one of the most popular nautical centres
in Dalmatia. Long pebble beaches or massive and high rocks and cliffs
as well as promenades around old city walls will definitely impress the
You can try fish specialties in one of the 50 restaurants and taverns
as well as the famous Babic wine from Primosten.
If you’re looking for entertainment till early in the morning, you can visit
„Aurora” - this club is one of the biggest (its capacity reaches around
3.000 people) and most beautiful ones in this part of the Adriatic.
How to arrive?
If arriving by plane, you can choose the Split airport, that is nearest to
Primosten. There are public bus service from the airport to Primosten.
By car or bus
You can reach Primosten by car if driving via Trieste, Rijeka and then
continue via the Adriatic highway toward Split, if you prefer to travel
along the coast. Or you can use the highway when you enter Croatia near Rijeka or Zagreb.
If traveling by ship, you can use some of the ferry lines from
Rijeka or Dubrovnik toward Split, or international ferry or fast lines from
Italy (Ancona, Civitanova, Giulianova, Pescara, Bari). From Split, you
can reach Primosten by bus or taxi.