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Primošten with more than 2000 inhabitants is situated 50 km north of the resort of Split, 32 km of the historical Trogir and 25 km of the town of Šibenik in the southernmost part of nothern Dalmatia. Primošten used to be an island fishing village and it is now connected with the mainland where a modern and bigger part of the town has been built. Another part of Primošten is a recreation peninsula called Raduča. Narrow streets providing a shade and offering many shops, restaurants and cafés are typical for the historical centre of Primošten. The town is surrounded by the vineyards Babič with stone terraces. The red wine Babič belongs to most famous quality wines of the whole Dalmatia. Primošten is nowadays a popular tourist destination thanks to its pleasant home atmosphere, quiet little pebble beaches in the town centre and particularly for its beautiful old centre.


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History and monuments

The island has been inhabited since prehistory. After the Turkish invasions to Bosnia in 1463, inhabitants of the villages of Prhovo, Siroke and Krusevo escaped to safer sanctuaries and settled down on a little island called Gola Glava at the end of 15th century. This island was situated near the coast. This village has been known as Primošten since 1564. In this period the town was protected by walls and towers and a drawbridge was the only connection to the mainland. The word  'Primošten' means  'provided with a bridge'. And it was during the 16th century when Bosnians  running away from the Turkish invadors settled down here.  Until 19th century Primošten was bastioned to protect Croatians against Turks. During the World War II Primošten was very damaged. Local people traditionally make their living of fishing and growing fruits and vegetables. Primošten vineyards with good red wine of Babić are very famous. Keeping the old traditions and customs is typical for this town. It takes effect on clothing of local people. There are some original fishermen´s houses and part of ramparts with a big entrance gate from the period of Venetian domination. St. George church has been dominating the town since 15th century. Apart from the fact that there is a great view of the whole Primošten and nearby areas, inside the church we can see the famous icon of Virgin Mary in a silver frame and a baroque altar. Today´s shape of the church dates back to the second half of 18th century when it was expanded and became a baroque monument.

Swimming and beach Primosten

Primošten is suitable especially for lovers of a calm and romantic holiday. You can find beautiful pebble beaches there, surrounded by pine forests, with warm and clear sea water, with a graduate entry to the sea suitable both for children and non-swimmers. You don´t need to be afraid of sea urchins as they don´t live at this place. The beach is provided with new showers and changing-rooms. The local beaches are always perfectly clean. You can also find beaches with rocks and cliffs available for scuba diving and for clients looking for privacy. There are a lot of hidden corners where everybody can find their own place.

Primošten and its neighbourhood offer a friendly environment of old fishing villages, calmness, romantic places and amazing nature.


Sports offer

Primošten offers a rich choice for lovers of active holidays – tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, rental of water-sports equipment or bicycles and pedal quadricycles. There are some bicycle paths in the neighbourhood. There are schools of diving and underwater fotography, you can enjoy snorkeling, parachute jumping, sport fishing, water-skiing, yachting, walks and hiking. You can play minigolf, bowling, skittles, petanque, table tennis. It is possible to make boat trips, fishing trips, to visit local attractive national parks, historical towns and  other tempting places.

Traffic information Primosten

Airport Split - Kaštela
Zračna Luka Split - Kaštela, Cesta dr. Franje Tuđmana 96, P.P.2, 21210 Kaštela, Chorvatsko
tel.: +385 21 203 555, fax: +385 21 203 422
Croatia Airlines Split - local branch Split, tel.: +385 21 203 183
Bus station Makarska A. Starčevića 30, Makarska
tel.: +385 21 612 333, Trajekt Jadrolinija Makarska
Obala K. Tomislava, Makarska
tel.: +385 21 611 977
Croatian car hire - HAK
tel.: +385 1 987, tel.: +385 21 611 987

Cultural events and evening life

The little square behind the entrance gate becomes a place of evening cultural events such as performances, live music and traditional dances, religious celebrations and other social events and cultural programmes.

An evening walk along the embankment of old Primošten and then up the hill towards the church of St. George will emphasize your holiday experience. In Primošten, there are restaurants with local specials, bars, taverns, discos, cake shops on parades, Italian restaurants, shops, day and evening markets, parks for children with a lot of attractions, playgrounds on the beach, entretainment   programmes, little tourist trains.

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