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Omis is a beautiful Dalmatian small town and a port located in the canjon of the river Cetina, 26 km south-east from Split. The town developed at the foot of the slope of Omiska Dinara, enclosed by the river Cetina in the north-west and by the sea in the south and south-east.
It was inhabited in the Roman Age, and in the Middle Ages it became a fortified town. The townspeople were once famous pirates due to the favourable position of the town, but also due to their lightsome and rapid boats.
From the Medieval forts, parts of the walls were kept, a quadrangle tower (Peovica or Mirabela) and the ruins of the fort Starigrad (Fortica). The Fortica tower is located above the village Borak, on the top of Omiska Dinara - from there you can see the whole town, the canjon of the river Cetina and Central-Dalmatian islands. The one particular place was appropriate for supervising the whole area – this was very important for pirates.
The fortress Mirabela or Peovica – used to serve as a reconnaissance. There is a beautiful view of the whole city or the Channel of Brac from the fortress.
The centre of Omis consists of stone houses bounded with narrow streets – kale or squares where the public life used to take place. Especially interesting is the house which serves as the headquarters for the Dalmatian Harmony Singing Festival, and also the Renaissance "House of the happy man" – named after the inscription on the façade "I thank thee Lord for my existence in this world".
There is the pillory dating back to the 17th century and the Baroque palace in the Poljica square.
In the main square there is the parish church of Saint Michael from the 17th century with a beautiful portal and a church-tower.
The chuch of Holly Ghost from the 16th century with a clock-tower and stairs that lead to the upper part of the city is well-preserved.
By the river, there is the house of the family Radman with the collection of stone fragments dating back to the Ancient, Gothic or Renaissance Times, and cultural-historical objects from the 18th and 19th century.
On the right bank of the river Cetina, there is the location Priko with the Pre-Romanesque church of Saint Peter (10th century).
In the city museum, there is a collection of the objects depicting the history of Omis, an archeological collection and the famous Statute of Poljica.
In the centre of Omis, due to the mouth of the river, there are beautiful, sandy beaches apt for families with children.
The town beach ("The Big Beach") is 1 km long, it is very clean and nicely decorated with lots of facilities like: caffe bars, pastry shops, couple of beach volleyball playgrounds; boat, scooter or windsurfing board renting.
During the summer there, the Cultural Summer of Omis takes place – the main event is the Festival of Dalmatian Harmony Singing Groups (klape), which has been maintained since 1967. The Festival has a very important roll in the protection of the traditional Dalmatian harmony singing, and klape (Dalmatian harmony singing groups) participating in this Festival are highly esteemed all over Europe. There are also concerts, exibitions, plays out in the open, different festivities, literal meetings… There are numerous caffe-bars, restaurants and konobe (taverns) located in the centre of the city, in small narrow streets, where gusts can indulge in some of the specialities of the Dalmatian cuisine.
The surroundings of Omis provides possibilities for numerous excursions and activities. Due to the beautiful river Cetina and its magnificient canjon, Omis has become an attractive touristic destination for the extreme sports lovers (rafting, canoeing, free climbing, paragliding, diving). There are also possibilities for hiking, recreational fishing and cave exploring….
The entire Omis Riviera which measures 30 km, is famous for its numerous sandy and pebble beaches, just like for its small, hidden bays where guests can find solitude and tranquillity.
There are also series of small, picturesque fishing villages along the coast where guests can find the quality accomodation in apartments, villas, vacation houses and also enjoy the beautiful, Dalmatian nature and crystal, clean blue sea (Duce, Stanici, Celine, Ruskamen, Lokva Rogoznica, Nemira, Mimice, Medici, Marusici, Pisak).
WHAT CAN YOU VISIT?
THE RIVER CETINA RAFTING – the river Cetina is the longest karst river in Croatia, 100.5 km long. It is located in the heartland of the Dalmatian Zagora and it has always attracted tourists with its beauty and diversity. The river springs from 5 karst wells on 380 metres of height above sea level, at the foot of the mountain Dinara and Gnjat, few kilometres north from Vrlika, from where it flows south-east through the fields of Sinj and Trilj to Zadvarje, where it turns towards west to the mouth of the river and the city Omis. On its way to the sea, during the centuries, the river created a magnificent canjon. Its canjon, waterfalls, misterious caves and its fairy-tale mills just like the surroundings with its vegetation attract with their extraordinary beauty.
Cetina rafting is an unforgettable adventure which one must experience. It is not necessary to have previous experience, it is apt for beginners just like for the "skilled" rafting lovers.
Cetina rafting takes place on 9 km long part of the river, parting from the village Pensici to the restaurant Radmanove mlinice, it last 3 or 4 hours.
WATERFALLS VELIKA GUBAVICA AND MALA GUBAVICA – on the edge of the picturesque canjon, in the lower flow of the river Cetina there is a place Zadvarje where big waterfalls like Velika Gubavica (48 m) and Mala Gubavica are created. With an extreme noise and jangle the waterfalls fall to its lower trough.
The waterfall "Velika Gubavica" is the biggest and among the most attractive in Croatia.
RADMANOVE MLINICE is a popular excursion place in Omis Riviera. It's a picturesque place in located in the canjon of the river Cetina, 6 km from Omis. Besides enjoying the beautiful nature and clean, fresh air, you can see the authentic mills (activated by water power) which were used for centuries for corn grinding, you can try homemade speciliaties (bread made under a baking lid, prosciutto ham, frogs, eel, trout), there are also possibilities for sports and recreation: river bathing, canoe renting, bowling, children playground, beach volleyball, fishing...
MOSOR MOUNTAIN – karst mountain 25 km long, the route leads 6 km from Omis through the village Gat to Blato on the cetina river
POLJICA – an area of about 20 villages by the slope of the Mosor mountain. There once existed the famous Republic of Poljica which was abolished by the French in the 19th century.
KONOBA (TAVERN) KREMENKO IN SVINISCE – in a small place named Svinisce, 7 km from Omis, there is an interesting and an unusual restaurant opened during the season. You'll be delighted by its charm, gastonomic offer and its interior decorated just like in the Prehistoric Age – it's a nice association with the cartoon "Flinstones".
SPLIT - atown with 1700 years of exisistence and with a numerous historical, archeological and cultural monumentsto offer. It developed from the Diocletian palace (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) whis was constructed for the emperor Diocletian around the year 300 in order to spend the last years of his life here. Today Split is a respectable tourist destination which will delight you, not only with its rich cultural and historical heritage but with its extreme beauty, warmth and charm.
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