19 Things to do in Omiš Croatia

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19 things to do in Omiš Croatia: It’s not just for pirates & beach-bums

Omiš is a historical town located 25 kms south of Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Omiš lies between the Cetina River and the Adriatic Sea.

Once a famous pirate town in the middle ages, Omiš town’s economic prosperity was born from piracy. Omiš had excellent seamen who navigated the Adriatic sea, keeping the town wealthy. This wealth saw the erection of fortified walls, in the late 12th century to protect it from invaders. The pirates of Omiš were fierce and were known to have fast ships, protecting the city for over 400 years. The pirates alliance was defeated in 1444 by the Turkish invasion, bringing an end to the pirates rule forever.

Now, what things can you do in Omiš?

1. Canoe Safari

Paddle along the Cetina River taking in the wonderful natural scenery. Canoe down one of Croatia’s prettiest rivers with one or two of your best buddies and then enjoy a picnic lunch by the river.

2. Canyoning

The calcareous canyon on the Cetina River is the ideal place for canyoning. The cliff face reaches up to 180 metres, with underground tunnels, waterfalls and lakes all calling your name.

Things to do in Omiš – Donkimir plays hide and seek

3. Extreme Canyoning

One of the popular things to do in Omiš is only for the serious of serious adventurers. Descend down Gubavica Waterfall on the Cetina River. You’ll need professional alpine gear and if you book it as part of a tour you’ll be paired with experienced instructors.  

4. Zip line

8 wires. 65 kms an hour, set over 150 meters off the ground.  That’s what you call heart-racing fun! Experience Zip Lining Croatia as we did. You’ll love it.

Things to do in Omiš – Photo Credit Zip Line Croatia

5. Trekking

Experience the sea and mountains all in Omiš. Nature-lovers will want to lace up their boots for a trekking adventure. Not far from Omiš are the mountains Mosor, Dinara and Biokovo. All offering you up a trekking experience like nowhere else in Croatia.

You can also sail to the islands Brač and Hvar for the day, where trekking overlooks the glistening Adriatic sea.

6. Free Climbing

On the left bank of the Cetina River in Planovo, there awaits a 200 metre-high cliff set, ready for you to climb. Both experienced climbers & beginners meet at Planovo all-year around. 

7. Rafting

Of all the things to do in Omiš, enjoying the foam of the rapids on the Cetina River, has to be one of the best ways a family can spend an active day together. Starting at Penšići and finishing at Radmanove Mlinice, rafting the 9 km route on the Cetina is a day to remember.

Things to do in Omiš – Cetina River Rafting

8. Paintball

Adrenaline pumping paintball makes for a great day when the weather is ho-hum in Omiš. Just be sure you’ve done your last sun-tanning. After all those welts don’t look so pretty in a bikini. 

9. Paragliding

Soar high above the pirate town of Omiš over-looking the Cetina River. Beginning from Imber, paragliding trips are not as well known as the beaches of Croatia, but once you’re in the know – you won’t be able to stop at just one glide.

Things to do in Omiš – Paragliding Photo Credit Texaus1

10. Horseback Riding

A short trip to Sinj will see you horseback riding. The town of Sinj has a long history of horses and horseback riding, including a UNESCO inscribed event that dates back to 1715. Regular riding options are available as are riding schools for those just starting out.

11. Cycling

Cycling trails stretch across the whole country, with Omiš being no exception. Away from the village, set in the hinterland are paths of various degrees of difficulty. Cycle through the village of Poljica and try the famous Poljica soparnik – a flat bread, filled with chard made by the people of Poljica for centuries.

Want a tougher more gritty biking experience? Then head into the mountains for some extreme mountain-biking.

Things to do in Omiš – Cycling

12. Hunting and Photo Safari

The Mosor Mountain of over 12,000 hectares provides an expansive hunting ground. You can legally hunt wild boar, chamois, barbary sheep and deer. Also the rock partridge, rock dove and rabbits can also be found. With an expert guide at your side, you’ll also be taken to places  of extraordinary beauty to photograph.

If one day of hunting is not enough, you can also pre-arrange an overnight stay in open-air hut.

13. Diving

It’s Croatia after all. So there are places to dive everywhere, head out on a day-trip to the islands of Brač, Hvar and Šolta for the very best diving experiences.

Things to do in Omiš - Fishing- Travel Croatia like a local
Things to do in Omiš – Fishing Photo Credit Stacker

14. Fishing 

Leave Omiš early in the morning for the open sea, where you’ll have the chance to reel in over a dozen species of fish. Prepare them for lunch,  enjoy a spot of swimming before making your way back to Omiš in the afternoon. 

The Cetina River is the place for river fishing. Your likely catch of the day will be trout, chub, or carp. Not far from Radmanove Mlinice you can fish for eel and mullet.

15. Sea Kayaking

Spend the day paddling in the Adriatic clear blue sea. Magic.

16. Hike to the fortress

There are panoramic views of Omiš from Mirabela, once a reliable hideout for the Omiš pirates who used to retreat into the safety of the  gorge. , during an attack by the Turks, the defenders of Omiš confused the attackers with their shouting and shots so much that the Turks overestimated the number of defenders and fled.

17. Get lost

Simply wander the narrow cobbled streets of Omiš and take in her historic sites & churches. Look out for the sign, claiming best pizza is Dalmatia – try it and let me know what you think.

18. Get musical

During the summer, Omiš plays host to a famous . Held annually the festival is one of the biggest in Croatia and is inscribed into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

19. Rent a small boat

The Cetina River is calm, which makes renting a boat fun and safe. Small boats can be hired with or without a skipper. Either way you’ll make your way up the river, through canyons, so have your camera handy.

Things to do in Omis – Rent a boat

BONUS number 20 – Volleyball on the beach

Okay, so I know I said that Omiš was more than a place for beach-bums… and as you can see by this impressive list, it is. I was not going to include the beach, however a day (or more) at the beach is very much warranted. The beaches of Omiš are not just for (safe) tanning, head to the sandy beach stretching half a kilometre not far from the town center. It makes a great day for families with little-ones and offers beach volleyball.

And if you want more beaches, Omiš has a few. Plus you could take day-trip to the Makarsaka Riviera and enjoy the blue flag beaches along that stretch of coast.

Accommodation in Omiš?

We recommend you stay at the Hotel Villa Dvor, where we spent several nights as their guest while we toured the sites of Omiš.  Nestled between two canyons along the Cetina River, Hotel Villa Dvor, is set high above a sheer marble stone cliff. Your stay is surrounded by the warm hospitality of the entire Curlin family & they also have a rooftop jacuzzi..seriously.

If you are planning a family holiday – we suggest combining family fun and adventure with Active Holidays Croatia. Families who travel, often find one big thing difficult – finding a balance between what Mum and Dad want and what will keep the kids happy and entertained. So, if that is you, stop right here. We’ve found Croatia’s oldest active holiday provider Active Holidays Croatia who are the leaders in family activity holidays. They’ve been in business since 1987 and in the last almost 30 years they have been catering mostly (but not exclusively) to families with teenage children.

Map of Omiš

If you’d like to know even more things to do Omiš, head to the website or facebook pages.

So are you tempted? How many of these things to to in Omiš do you want to try?

 

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Comments (56)

  1. Hi,
    In the summer i like to go paragliding in Omis. But I can’t find where to call to make an appointment for this. Does anybody know how i can come in contact with the organization?
    Greets

    1. If you google it, there are several agencies who can book you in – if you don’t one you like email we can find an agency to book you into one.

        1. Hi Pim, last summer we booked a paraglide flight with Robert with your recommendation. Due to several circumstances the flight was cancelled. We still have to get our payment back after having a lot of contact with Robert. As we know him he is a deceiver, do you have any way to get to him and get our money back?

          1. Hi Vera,
            it´s not easy for me to give a proper answer, since I don´t know the circumstances that lead to canceling the flight.
            Also I do not know what the conditions of the agreement were.
            Knowing Robert well, I´m 100% sure he´s not a deceiver !
            Best advise is to contact him once more via email, asking him why there was no flight and if there is any chance of a complete or partial refund.
            All the best, Pim.

  2. Hi SJ,
    We went today (Sunday) to Omis and were disappointed to see it was a ghost town. We were there to see Mirabella Fortress and were surprised that the gate was locked. Couldn’t get in. Surprised because haven’t seen any mention of it closed anywhere. Is it because it was Sunday? (2 weekends in a row we go out on a Sunday – and starting to get the idea that everything shuts down on Sundays in Croatia…)
    Anyway, looks like a lovely town (the cliffs are spectacular) and since we’re here for 2 months we’ll come here again and organize ourselves better. Maybe just too early in the season. And maybe we’ll even do that zipline, sounds awesome.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    1. Welcome to Croatia’s coast in the off-season. Like I mentioned when you said you were coming so early, not much is open. Especially on a Sunday – that’s God day 😀 People stay home with families and go to Church. But, as to why it was locked – perhaps it does not open out of season. That happens with a lot of attractions and museums. The start of the season is May 1. If you are in Split, head into one of the tourist agencies and just ask – they’ll know for sure. Let me know, and I’ll update the post.

      1. Thanks SJ, appreciate the thread you started on facebook.
        I might write them myself, I don’t want to go again and find everything closed…there was no explanation on the gate why it would be.

    2. Hi SJ, We are Aussies living in Perth. Our plan is to move to Omis and embrase the culture, lifestyle and language. We want to take a break from the high stress of corporate life and slow down. We are planning to send our 6yo son to school in Omis. We are of Croatian heritage and encourage Luka to speak the language at home. We know that eventually it will become more difficult for Luka to keep that connection to his background. So our plan is to stay for one year. I would be interested to know if there are any other people with small Children from Australia in school over there.
      Love the work that you are doing on your blog. Interesting to read about the day to day stories of life over there. I can relate to some of the frustrations but just as in life you sometimes have to have patience and not allow those things to bother you.

      Regards
      Vic

      1. Heya! Kids here do not start school until 7 – you know that right? Yes, loads of Australians in Croatia – how many in Omiš I have no clue. BUT, you should join this group and ask, and make some great connections before you come. They are all so nice and helpful. Plus there is also this group
        And, thanks for your kind words on my blog *blushing*
        Have fun!

  3. Had no idea such a small town that most people have never heard of could be such an adventure travel hotspot!

  4. Judging by your posts, it looks like there are loads of places in Croatia with absolutely amazing scenery.

  5. These all seem fun – especially the canoeing and canyoning – but I was in as soon as you said ‘Pirates.’ Historic pirates! What else does a city need?

  6. I think I will skip the hunting but the boating, photo safari, and zip lining sound like lots of fun!

  7. Hey, on behalf of Christa, Host of The Sunday Traveler, I was stopping by to check out your article. You have a good amount of info here. That Zip lining looks like an awesome rush and I appreciate the Dive info. Great read!

  8. Oh so many things to choose from! Diving, zip lining, and rafting are definitely top of the list for me 🙂

  9. Looking at this list, it does seem that Omis offers something for both the adventurous and those who like things a bit tamer. For myself, I think I’d like hiking to the fortress the best followed by some trekking. I like my feet planted firmly on the ground. And of course, the beach sounds great.

  10. I’d like to try the rafting, the zip lining, cycling…lots of outdoor things and they all look awesome!

  11. I love all the outdoor options available! I can’t think of a single one that doesn’t appeal, but the horseback riding especially stands out. I trained horses before I started traveling, and love the idea of riding in a foreign place.

  12. Interesting ideas! I would love to do a lot of them, although some are a bit extreme for my liking! And who knew about diving, I had no idea there would be something ‘worth seeing’ underwater in Croatia!

    I recently learnt about this Sunday Traveler campaign and I love it already! This week is the first I took part and I’m excited to read all these wonderful travel stories 🙂

  13. A suggestion for a future blog: could you please list a few common words in Croatian with the phonetic pronunciation? I’m going to Croatia soon and I’d like to be able to say please and thank you. Guide books print the words but with no hint for how to say them. Please and Thank You!

      1. I just found your reply to my request and your post of helpful Croatian language instruction. I’ll print it and share it with my group. I will be in Croatia in about three weeks — yippeeeeeee!
        Libbie

  14. Omis looks like an ideal place to photograph, with those vibrant colors in and around the water. All 19 things sound good, but the canoe safari would be a perfect afternoon for me.

  15. I really must get to Croatia, it looks like there is so much to do in Omis alone! While I would skip the hunting, I would definitely do the paragliding!

  16. What is this rubbish? Pirate parties in Omis are FOR THE WIN y’know 😉
    Number 16 should come with a health warning, we *had* to do that the day after the pirate party, and with my shitty knees I didn’t even make it a quarter of the way up. Everyone’s pictures looked pretty, but my knee’s said NO WAY!
    I wanted to go rafting, but my guide wouldn’t book it for me (Boooo)!

  17. I loved Omis, even though I only spent a day there! I knew about the zip lining and a few others, but I honestly had no idea there was this much to do there – now I wish I’d stayed longer!

  18. Omis looks like a nature lover’s paradise, I personally would love to try the white water rafting.

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