Due to its proximity, Croatia is a popular destination for Hungarians. You can reach the beaches relatively quickly in 6-9 hours. That is why we visited many places like Rovinj, Zadar, Makarska and Plitvica. However, I have no posts about them, as most of them were many years ago. Last year we were in Primošten with a larger company.
Updated January 2024
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Travel to Croatia
The Croatian highway can get pretty busy during the summer, especially on Saturdays when there’s a shift change. If possible, it’s better to plan your trip on a different day to avoid the crowds. Keep in mind that the tolls can add up; it costs us about 55-60 € for a round trip from the Gorican border crossing to Primošten. However, there’s good news for next year (2024). The toll booths might be replaced with an e-sticker system, which will help reduce long queues at the toll stations.
UPDATE 2024: Unfortunately, the tolls wont be replaced with the e-vignette system in 2024, earliest in 2025. It is recommended that you use an ENC device to avoid long queues at toll plazas, as motorway operators will provide a separate lane/gate for those using an ENC. This way, you don’t have to wait in queues that can sometimes be several kilometres long to pay with cash or a card, because the device allows you to pay electronically.
Where to stay
Traveling in a group can be challenging when it comes to accommodation. We needed several apartments in a convenient location, close to each other. After some searching, we were lucky to find three apartments in the same building, and the fourth one was just a 10-minute walk away. We settled in Bilo, which is 8 km north of Primošten, and administratively belongs to the area. The apartment’s location, right on the beach, was fantastic – just a few steps from the sea, making it an ideal spot for our team. But, You can also choose from a wide range of apartments in Primošten. We just couldn’t find enough apartments available. But whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.
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Primošten’s old town
Primošten is a small settlement in Croatia with less than 2000 permanent residents, but in summer, tourists flock here, making it much livelier. The town was originally located on an island, connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge. The bridge was demolished after the Turkish threat ceased, turning the island into an artificial peninsula. As you wander through this centuries-old enclave, you’ll encounter quaint boutiques, family-run restaurants, and inviting cafes where you can savor traditional Croatian dishes and sip local wines.
Don’t miss a visit to St. George’s Church, perched on the highest point of the peninsula, offering breathtaking views of the Adriatic, especially during sunset. This vantage point provides an ideal backdrop for your travel photos and a moment of serenity.
Another fascinating sight is the statue of Mária, created by architect Áron Varga and sculptor Milun Garčević. This 17-meter-tall statue features colorful mosaics and portrays scenes from life and scripture.
A 40-minute drive south will take you to Trogir, a place worth exploring due to its proximity to Primošten.
Wine Tasting in the Vineyards
Primosten’s surrounding hills are adorned with vineyards, where the famous Babic grape thrives. Take a short drive or guided tour to explore these vineyards and indulge in wine-tasting sessions, where you can sample the region’s finest vintages. A bottle of Babic makes for a great souvenir to savor the memories of your Primosten adventure.
Nearby islands like Kornati and Krka National Park offer fantastic opportunities for day trips. Explore hidden coves, swim in secluded bays, and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Croatian archipelago. Boat tours departing from Primosten allow you to experience the Adriatic’s natural wonders up close.
Beaches to remember around Primošten
When it comes to beaches, Primošten has some real gems. Spend your days basking in the Mediterranean sun on pebble beaches like Raduca and Mala Raduca. The inviting turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or simply floating in bliss. Mala Raduce Beach, situated at the northern end of the settlement, offers everything you need for a comfortable beach vacation. With well-equipped pebble beaches, sunbeds, umbrellas, SUP and kayak rentals, children’s trampolines, and an aquapark in the sea, it’s a paradise for beach lovers. There are also many bars and restaurants nearby for a refreshing drink or meal.
Velika Raduca, on both sides of the peninsula stretching north of the city, is another great option. The northern side is shaded, while the southern side offers umbrellas for rent.
The sea near Bilo, where we stayed, is breathtakingly beautiful and clean. Facing Bilo Beach is a small island that can be reached by renting a SUP. The sea here is calm and perfect for swimming or paddling around.
The turquoise waters surrounding Primošten make this part of Croatia my favorite. The sea is serene and enchanting, creating unforgettable memories of our time in this charming coastal town.
Primošten in Croatia is a popular destination for summer holidays, with beaches like Raduca and Mala Raduca. The Croatian highway can be busy during the summer. Primošten is a small settlement with less than 2000 permanent residents, but in summer, tourists flock here. Nearby islands like Kornati and Krka National Park offer fantastic opportunities for day trips, exploring hidden coves and secluded bays.