Set 2km (1.25 miles) south of town, Aurora was opened just as war was breaking out in May 1991. It has spanned many trends in dance music and hosted almost every known domestic DJ, plus international monikers. The first floor, containing a cocktail bar, steakhouse and pool tables, is open by day; after 11pm the second level swings into action: three dancefloors, an open-air palm-fringed area, six bars, pool and a chill-out lounge zone, all open till 4am. Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier and Roger Sanchez have all spun here. Expect foam parties, retro nights, R&B and hip hop, and a crowd of anything up to 3,500.
Primošten, south-east of Šibenik, is a languid little seaside town. Despite its lack of tourist attractions – or that many tourists, come to that – this half-island is a decent spot for a couple of days’ unwinding. Fragrant pines back its pretty beaches, hilltop restaurants offer fresh seafood and stunning views, and seafront cafés fill with locals. Others head for prime nightspots within an easy drive. Primošten’s own car-free core is set on a small picturesque island linked to the mainland by a short causeway.
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