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Unique Primosten is a jewel on Croatia's Dalmatian coast

Originally an islet, after the Turks retreated in 1564 Primosten (after the Croatian verb for to bridge) was connected to the mainland by a short causeway

Originally an islet, after the Turks retreated in 1564 Primosten (after the Croatian verb for to bridge) was connected to the mainland by a short causeway

St. George's Church was built in 1485 and occupies the highest point on the island; unfortunately you can't climb the bell tower to enjoy the terrific views

St. George's Church was built in 1485 and occupies the highest point on the island; unfortunately you can't climb the bell tower to enjoy the terrific views

When I first visited 15 years ago there was only the slow, 2 lane coastal road; now there is a toll highway a little further inland that makes traversing Croatia much faster (but less scenic)

When I first visited 15 years ago there was only the slow, 2 lane coastal road; now there is a toll highway a little further inland that makes traversing Croatia much faster (but less scenic)

Primosten is on the Adriatic coast about halfway between Split and Zadar in Central Dalmatia; the beach is not sandy, but pebbly and the pine trees provide much needed shade

Primosten is on the Adriatic coast about halfway between Split and Zadar in Central Dalmatia; the beach is not sandy, but pebbly and the pine trees provide much needed shade

Surprisingly for such a sleepy, little town, one of the best known clubs in Croatia – Aurora – is located in Primosten, regularly attracting top DJs for its big club nights

Surprisingly for such a sleepy, little town, one of the best known clubs in Croatia – Aurora – is located in Primosten, regularly attracting top DJs for its big club nights

The town is known for its traditional donkey race that takes place every summer; Primosten only has 2800 residents but many times that in the summer

The town is known for its traditional donkey race that takes place every summer; Primosten only has 2800 residents but many times that in the summer

There is only one hotel in Primosten but it also has a large campground and most of the locals rent out rooms to tourists; in the old days when I first visited locals would meet incoming buses with offers of rooms to rent

There is only one hotel in Primosten but it also has a large campground and most of the locals rent out rooms to tourists; in the old days when I first visited locals would meet incoming buses with offers of rooms to rent

Most older buildings don't have AC so they are closed tight during the heat of the day; the Europeans also seem less bothered by the heat than this spoiled American

Most older buildings don't have AC so they are closed tight during the heat of the day; the Europeans also seem less bothered by the heat than this spoiled American

The cemetery at St. George's Church offered the best views in town; most locals don't speak English but younger people and those working in tourism are more likely to speak enough to effectively communicate

The cemetery at St. George's Church offered the best views in town; most locals don't speak English but younger people and those working in tourism are more likely to speak enough to effectively communicate

Long before tourism, Primosten was known for its vineyards that grow Babic grapes that produce a high quality red wine; they are currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status

Long before tourism, Primosten was known for its vineyards that grow Babic grapes that produce a high quality red wine; they are currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status

Sort of a county fair, Primoštenske užance is held every year in mid-summer; it is a traditional folklore festival where people from Primošten exhibit their cultural expertise and the former way of living in the village

Sort of a county fair, Primoštenske užance is held every year in mid-summer; it is a traditional folklore festival where people from Primošten exhibit their cultural expertise and the former way of living in the village

Before Croatia's famous red-tiled roofs, the stone houses used to all have slate roofs; the country is still talking about its tremendous showing at the World Cup which is a source of national pride

Before Croatia's famous red-tiled roofs, the stone houses used to all have slate roofs; the country is still talking about its tremendous showing at the World Cup which is a source of national pride

Summer days are typically sunny and hot with most of their rain coming in the winter

Summer days are typically sunny and hot with most of their rain coming in the winter

There's a concrete walkway that you can take all the way around the island; some people were swimming here (a smart idea) rather than the super crowded beaches

There's a concrete walkway that you can take all the way around the island; some people were swimming here (a smart idea) rather than the super crowded beaches

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