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Omiš is a town and port in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, approximately 15 miles south-east of Split. It is situated where the Cetina River meets the Adriatic Sea and it is ideally positioned across from the island of Brac. This city has one of the most dramatic locations of any town on the Dalmatian coast at the end of a picturesque canyon, surrounded by massive gorges and ancient vineyards.
The enchanting old town is small and has an atmospheric maze of old streets capped by a castle with a harbor. In the 13th and 14th century Omiš was frequented by pirates, who attacked the trade ships at the mouth of the River.
Omis At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Split 2hours 30mins
Population of Omis 15,000
What to See in Omis Fortress Starigrad, Omis and Cetina River, Omis Cetina Canyon, Rafting, Fortress Mirabella, St Michael’s Square, Starigrad Fortress, Plaza Mala Luka
Towns & Islands to Visit near Omis, Trogir, Solin, Island of Solta, Island of Brac, Hvar, Krka National Park, Sibenik, Makarska
Things to do in Omis
Visit the Fortress Starigrad
Starigrad Fortress (or Fortica) is a 15th century fortress, built during the Croatian–Ottoman wars as a primary defence against the Ottoman Empire. The precipitous fortification is sited on a high ridge above the town Omiš. It was used as protection from the Ottomans empire who at the time occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina and were constantly attacking the Croatian coastline. The fortress was also a place for the citizens of Omis to retreat in case the attackers came too close. There are some spectacular walks that you can take from this fortress and unsurprisingly, the views of the surroundings are nothing less than breathtaking.
Explore the Cetina River
The Cetina river is the hidden pearl of Croatia, has a length of 0ver 60 miles and is the most water-rich river in Dalmatia. From its source at Dinara on the Croatia–Bosnia border all the way to the Adriatic Sea, the Cetina River is a main player in Dalmatia’s adventure-sports scene. Its rushing rapids, spectacular waterfalls, and tunnels make it ideal for white water rafting and canyoning excursions.
It is also one of the best places in Croatia for freshwater kayaking and is surrounded by quaint villages and high canyons and is a perfect location for families in particular.