Omis Croatia and its Riviera is a worthwhile alternative destination for your holidays in the Central Dalmatian region.
I have deliberately included this only 35 km long Riviera of outstanding beauty. Omis Croatia, a city of pirates, lies at the mouth of the river Cetina.
I highly recommend this area for all visitors to enrich their holidays, taking part in some outdoor activities, a lot different from any other destinations in Split Central Dalmatia County.
Some reasons you should visit Omis Croatia
One of the main advantages, visitors should visit Omis Riviera is its vicinity to Split Town.
Only 26 km separates the Split town from Omis, taking the D8 road direction southeast if you drive. In case you take a bus connection, there are many connections in both ways.
For a little less than 3 euros taking bus line N° 60, you will reach Omis in less than a half an hour. This line is one of the most frequent, leaving from Split/Omis twice each hour, the first one starting at 04,30 AM and last one at 24 PM.
Here are some other reasons Omis, should be on your holiday planning list:
- Tranquility and picturesque surroundings.
- A children-friendly destination.
- A lot of small sandy and pebble beaches.
- Cetina river a popular rafting destination.
- Lower prices of any accommodation, particularly apartment rentals. Check these 10 best apartments in the Omis area!
A short Omis town overview
Omis is a small, old fortified town built originally at the foot of the rugged and cliffs of the Dinara mountain’s western range.
Modern Omis has expanded out of the old walls, spreading to a shallow promontory which the Cetina river has formed on the left bank of its confluence.
The most distinctive feature of Omis is the enormous stone rocks that hang over the town and river. At one time, the rocks helped safeguard the pirates that made Omis one of their chief strongholds.
Omis Croatia – history of pirates
Omis pirates were dangerous, especially under the rule of powerful Omis rulers – Kacic dukes. At that time, Omis was known as a hazardous nest of the pirates, as Saracens were on the Mediterranean Sea or Tatars on the Black Sea.
The Omis pirates were, for centuries, a terror for Venetian ships. Read more on Wikipedia!
In the above image, you can see the remains of their unconquerable fortress dominating the Omis town.
When talking about Omis, one cannot not to mention the river Cetina.
River Cetina begins its course from the peaceful countryside of the Dalmatinska Zagora (Dalmatian hinterland) region, and it slowly passes through numerous canyons, spots, and hills rising above it.
The river comes out of 5 sources at 380 m above the sea, under two mountains, Dinara and Gnjat, a few kilometers north from Vrlika.
From where it flows southeast through the fields of Sinj, village Trilj to Zadvarje, where it turns west to Omis where it joins the Adriatic Sea.
Rafting on Cetina river is one of the most exciting activities. All you need to bring with you is a swimming suit, some shoes suitable for water and dry clothes. If you want to take pictures, it is recommendable a waterproof camera.
Omis Croatia Riviera beaches
If you are looking for sandy or pebble beaches, Omis Riviera is the right place. Driving from Split town, you’ll come across some beautiful sandy and pebble beaches that stretch the length of 6 kilometers from Dugi Rat to Omis.