What to do in Omis?
There are two fortresses above Omis and we recommend you to visit them both.
Of the two fortresses above Omis, this one is more accessible. Actually, you can reach it from the Old Town. Just take the street that passes by the Church of St. Spirit and go up the hill.
Steps to Mirabela Fortress
The view from it is splendid. You can see the city, the sea and the island of Brac. In past, it was used to alert the inhabitants of the foes.
View from Mirabela
Fortress Fortica is a bit further away and more difficult to reach, but it is definitively worth it. The easiest way to reach it is you take to the road from the Old Prerada Factory in the Eastern part of the city and proceed up towards the fortress. The road is curvy and then you have to take a well-marked forest path on foot. It takes about one hour to reach it.
View from Fortica Sergei Gussev flickr.com
As well as from Mirabela there is an excellent view of the area from the fortress. The view is even better because Fortica is situated higher. In the past, it was used as a lookout and no one could approach the city from any direction and avoid been seen from the Fortica. This is why Omis was never taken by the enemies over the centuries.
This fortress was also used as a place of refuge for the inhabitants and there was a plan if Omis was ever taken by the foes, to throw large stone blocks on the city. Luckily for Omis, that never happened.
Beaches in and around Omis
As we already mentioned Omis and its area have great beaches.
Thus, you will find long sandy beaches there with lots of activities and secluded pebble beaches with natural shade.
Gradska beach Omis
Gradska beach in Omis is one of those beautiful sandy beaches. There is also another one worth mentioning and that is the sandy beach in Duce.
Sandy Beach Duce Omis
Shade is not so thick in Omis and Duce but you will find plenty of cafes where you can hide from the summer sun. Furthermore, you will also find beach bars for evening entertainment there: Shooko Beach bar in Duce and Eol Rooftop bar in Omis.
Duce is a neighboring village to Omis in the direction towards Split. Towards Split, there are other lovely pebble beaches in Dugi rat and Krilo. All of them are easily accessible. Parking could be difficult to find especially in the summer season. Therefore, we recommend you arrive early.
Beach in Lokva Rogoznica
On the other side towards Makarska, you will also find great pebble beaches. They are not so long or crowded, but offer plenty of natural shade from the pine forest and privacy. Some of them are: Brzet, Nemira, Stanici, Lokva Rogoznica, Medici, Marusici, and Pisak.
Events in Omis
Dalmatia Ultra Trail Race
This year it will take place from October 15 2021 to Oct 17, 2021. This is a race during which you will visit five mountains: Biokovo, Mosor, Omiska Dinara, Primorska Kosa, and Kozjak.
In case you participate you will also see three rivers - Cetina, Zrnovnica, and Jadro. There is something for history lovers as well because it passes by fortresses like Fortica in Omis and Klis fortress and remains of the Salona Roman city.
Klis Fortress pixabay.com
The event starts in Omis and this is their official page if you are interested: Dalmatia Ultra Trail.
Festival of Dalmatian Klapa Omis
The event takes place in the Old Town in July every year and lasts for 4 weeks. Actually, this is the festival of Dalmatian Klapa music. Klapa music is authentic a capella singing protected by UNESCO.
Omis Old Town
This year it was its 55th edition. See how it was on their official website: Festival of Dalmatian Klapa Omis.
This is an event that celebrates this town's glorious pirate history. In the 12th and 13th century pirates from Omis ruled the sea from Omis till Dubrovnik. Each ship that wanted to pass had to pay the toll or they were attacked.
This is a remake of one of those battles from the 13th century. It takes place in mid-August each summer. The exact date is August 18th and the location is the port of Omis.
Should you visit you will see the clash of two large sailboats with cannons and pistols, swords, and sea plunges. The battle is between the Omis pirates and the Venetians which were their greatest enemies.
Villas in Omis
This is a beachfront castle villa for a fairytale vacation. Just check the photo and you will understand what we mean.
Villa Castellum Omis
The renovated castle includes great sea views and outdoor dining in the pine forest.
As far as the interior is concerned it is a combination of luxurious and modern design. There are 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the villa and a professional kitchen.
Interior of the villa
For relaxation moments you will surely enjoy a Jacuzzi and sauna.
This is a complex of two semi-detached villas for 16 guests thus it is good for large groups as well. The two villas are new and modernly built.
Carpe Omnia Villas Complex
Each villa has a pool that can be heated and there is an elevator inside them. All bedrooms are with en-suite bathrooms and private terraces. There is even a roof terrace in each villa with a splendid sea view.
As far as amenities are concerned each villa includes a fitness area with a gym, sauna, hammam, and indoor Jacuzzi.
Amenities in the complex
There is a great sea view from the villa.
Villa Dalmatian Wind Omis Sea View
In front, you will find a summer kitchen with a grill and an alfresco dining area. There is also a sauna in the 4-bedroom villa and the interior is modern.
Interior of the villa
Active vacation in Omis
Omis is just perfect for the active vacation because it has it all nearby. Thus, you can go and enjoy water sports at sea and mountain sports in the background. To top it all, the Cetina river runs nearby and its delta is in the town of Omis. Therefore, there is a number of activities you can try in and near Omis. Let's start with rafting.
Rafting on Cetina
Cetina River Canyon
Rafting is for all, even children. Adrenaline seekers will take a different route over white water rapids. It lasts for 3 to 4 hours depending on your speed and ends in Radmanove Mills. Several restaurants are there with the playground which is useful in case you come with kids.
Cetina Small Rapids
There are different routes for kayak paddling as well.
Kayaking on Cetina
Furthermore, there are many options for free climbing in the Cetina canyon near the town center.
There is even a zipline over the canyon. It takes 3 hours, the cable is 2 km long and at places, cables are 100m above the ground.
Hiking and trekking trails
Numerous hiking and trekking trails are on the mountain. Dinara and Mosor are two mountains that are nearby.
Sandy beaches on the riviera are just perfect for windsurfing or relaxation while renting pedal boats.
Pedal Boat in Duce near Omis
For those who like scuba diving, there is a shipwreck in the sea near Omis.
The cove of Vruja is also nearby, but only for experienced divers. It is a freshwater source with plenty of fish. The dives go to 100m, but the actual depth is still not determined. The legend says there is a sunken treasure city at the bottom, but do not go alone to seek it!
If you need help with the organization of any activity feel free to contact our Vip Concierge department.
Since we have already written about the active vacation in Omis, for details feel free to check the blog Active holidays in Omis Riviera in Croatia.
Omis by night
For all these reasons, Omis is our warm recommendation for a luxury vacation. Visit it next summer, relax on the sandy beaches, climb the mountain and go rafting on the Cetina river. No matter what you decide to do, we are sure you will enjoy it!