Visiting the really pretty town of Primošten, Croatia

The really pretty town of Primošten, Croatia

I had never heard of Primošten – It was only last week, when planning our road trip to Šibenik, that I heard about this pretty little town/island.

If you are coming from the direction of Trogir/Split, you’ll get a spectacular first view of Primošten (Photo up above). Orange roofs, blue sea, white beaches – it’s the idyllically typical Central Dalmatian town.



Primošten dates back to the mid-1500’s. Initially it was an island connected to the mainland by a large wooden bridge which could be lifted in the case of enemy invasion (The Turks were threatening the whole region at the time). Later the bridge was replaced by an earth bank and the island was no longer an island but a peninsula.

beach in Primošten (2)

statues in Primošten, Croatia 2

entrance to Primošten

Today Primošten is a quiet little town where the main industry is tourism. It is perfect as a short day trip from Šibenik or Trogir. There’s not a heck of a lot to do in town except see the Church of St. George (St. Juraj), lie on its white-pebble beaches or relax at the restaurants and cafes along the shoreline. I was thinking though that Primošten could make a really nice base for someone who wants the vibe of a small town but the proximity to nearby attractions (Krka, Trogir, and Šibenik are very close, even Split, Drnis and Knin are within an hour).

Below: It’s a small town. A short walk brings up to the Church of St. George (St. Juraj).

Primošten, Croatia

Sv. Juraj [St. George], primosten, Croatia (1)

Below:  St. Juraj is a very pretty church with colourful murals.

Sv. Juraj [St. George], primosten, Croatia interior (1)

Sv. Juraj [St. George], primosten, Croatia interior (2)

Below: there’s a cemetery around the church – as well as nice views in all directions.

Sv. Juraj [St. George], primosten, Croatia cemetary

Sv. Juraj [St. George], primosten, Croatia (2)

Below: also interesting are the stone roofs…something I haven’t seen (or maybe noticed) anywhere else.

stone roof houses, Primošten, Croatia

Below: It’s very quiet within the town walls. You’ll see a few gardens walking around.

gardens in Primošten

Below: restaurants along the harbour.

restaurants in Primošten, Croatia

Below: more views of the beach and sea. Just a really beautiful place.

statue, Primošten

view in Primošten

Primošten views from highway (1)


See our very short video on Primošten:


Getting to Primošten

– Getting here by car is easy by just following the coastal road E65 (also sometimes indicated as 8). It took us an hour to get to Primošten from Split. Worthwhile stops along that route: Trogir, Primošten, Šibenik.
– The same route is easily done by bus. There are frequent buses stopping at Primošten from Split, Trogir and Šibenik.

Summary: A really pretty place (that kind of reminds me of a smaller Rovinj) that is really worth visiting even if only for a few hours.


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  1. Oh wow looks so beautiful and timeless, I’m going to Croatia in September so hope to see this area too!
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      There are some beautiful places in the area Becky: make sure not to miss Trogir (about 30 min away) or Šibenik (20 min away – I have a post coming up on it). Krka is also very close.
      You’ve also chosen a good time for a visit.

  2. My gosh, another pretty town in Croatia! The country is so full of picturesque medieval villages and cities :-). We just love Croatia…
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  3. Primošten is gorgeous and the beaches are really great too. Now the newest highlight is the giant statue of Our Lady of Loreto put up on the hill above the town – they say it’s so huge it can be seen from Italy across the Adriatic!
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Andrea. I didn’t think to look in that direction – I’ve included a link to the statue here. It seems that it is supposed to be unveiled sometime this month.
      Thanks for the comment Andrea!

  4. Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this Frank! I have now added this destination to my list! 🙂
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  5. Can you stop it Frank, our time in Croatia (when we eventually get back there!) keeps extending and extending :-). Yet another place to add to the list!!
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  6. Looks like such a quaint little town. I love the sculpture of the man by the sea and the church looks really pretty too. For some reason, I’m undecided as to if l want to visit it or not. Can’t put my finger on why.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      As I say, depends on the purpose. If driving that road between the larger cities it is worth it, even if just for an hour. For others it might be a really relaxing base away from the busier towns. For sure it doesn’t compare to places like Split, Sibenik, Makarska or Dubrovnik as far as sights go.

  7. It does look nice Frank. I think probably better outside the main season when it’s not crawling with tourists. I like those stone roofs too. The country seems to have some interesting towns.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Ted. Yes, actually I tell people they shouldn’t come to Croatia in July and August. Too many people.

  8. Wow its picture perfect! Always great when you find a place that is awesome that you didnt know about!

  9. Hey Frank, thanks for yet another great destiantion in Croatia. Right now were across the Adriatic from you in Lecce, Italy, so your Croatia posts seem more relevant than ever. I especially liked the video — I’m inspired to put together my own travel video!

    I’m looking forward to your further adventures in Croatia (since it looks like you’ll be there for a while!!).
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Paul. I’m actually off to Montreal (for 3 weeks) and then to Mexico (for another 3 weeks) where I have a few adventures planned. I guess around the same time you’re back in the US.
      Any ideas when you’ll be back on the road?
      Looking forward to your impressions of Lecce, have heard good things about it.

  10. You’re right Frank – Primosten looks like a lovely place to set up a base and enjoy the island’s beauty. The stone roofs are really interesting and the whole town looks inviting and timeless. Love the fisherman’s statue with the cat and, really I love all the photos: the definition of picturesque! Road trips and exploring new villages close by are the best reasons to slow down and set up a base for a time – absolutely the best thing about expating and slow travel!
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  11. You are right, Primošten is very similar to Rovinj, even to us that seen them both many times. Sometimes, at first glance, when I see the picture of Primišten I think that is Rovinj.
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  12. Aw, I love the fisherman statue with the little kitty! Looks like a beautiful town.

  13. This was so close to me when I was in Zadar. It is so funny how Croatia always has something beautiful around every corner and most of us have never even heard of the places! Definitely needing to get back down that way someday and explore it well!! Great photos!
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  14. beautiful photos! I’ve never been..
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  15. Where were all the tourists, Frank? It is so untypical for Croatian cities.
    Or was it in January?
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  16. The sea side town is amazing. Love the photos.

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