Zvonimir Peran

2019-06-03

Omis
Omis

Omis is small cute Croatia tourist destination located 20 kilometres south of Split. I went there for a visit on June 3, 2019.


How did I arrive in Omis

I went to Omis by car from Split. I was driving on Croatian D8 road. The trip was comfortable, and it took me half an hour to arrive there. I enjoyed beautiful views of the coast while driving. You may be tempted to make a few stops to enjoy these views (and take selfies). The only problem during the summer season on this road may be high traffic.
I left my car on big parking with the price of 5 kunas/hour.
Just a few kilometres south of Omis there are few other interesting destinations like Brela, Baska Voda and Makarska.
The nearest airport is Split Airport, located 50 kilometres northern of Omis.

Omis sunset
Omis sunset

Omis attractions

The first interesting sight I could notice was fortress Peovica. It is located in the upper part of the city. It took me approximately 15 minutes to climb the fortress. I strongly advise you not to wear flip flops while climbing the fortress because the stairs are steep.
At the top of the fortress, I could enjoy a panoramic view of Omis.

Climbing the fortress Peovica
Climbing the fortress Peovica

Next step in my visit was walking in the old city. Omis features many interesting buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque. I liked the so-called House of Happy Man. it's two-floor Reinnesance house with Latin inscription at the entrance: "Thank you Lord for giving me a chance to live on the Earth".
Another attractive building I noticed was the church of St. Michael, gothic building with a beautiful entrance.

What I liked about Omis was feeling that I am in an urban, yet intimate small place. Omis features both.

Inscription on happy man's house
Inscription on happy man's house


St. Michael's church
St. Michael's church


Omis coat of arms
Omis coat of arms

Events in Omis

The most famous event in Omis is the festival of traditional Dalmatian ("klapska glazba") music, which is held every year in July. It gathers the best Dalmatian musicians of that genre.
The next big event is Pirate Battle Night, held every year in August. The manifestation reveals the spirit and culture of Dalmatian places.

Omis cute places
Omis cute places

Adventures in Omis

If you are adventures type of person, Omis is the perfect place for you. Through the Omis passes the River Cetina canyon, which is a river ideal for adventures like rafting and kayaking. You can choose among a few types, depending on how much adrenaline you want in your adventure. Tourist agencies in Omis and Split organize these events.
If you like hiking or mountain biking, Omis is again a place for you. There are three mountains above Omis: Mosor, Omis's Dinara and Biokovo. You can find trails of different length and difficulty level, from those appropriate to amateurs, to those for professionals.
It is also worth mentioning windsurfing, a sport that is popular in Omiš because of the windy weather.

River Cetina canyon
River Cetina canyon

Beaches in Omis

Omis feature big pebble city beach, which is accessible by car. If you want a more intimate place, you need to take a small walk on the south or north. You will easily find a spot for yourself. Another option is to look for a beach in nearby places, like Jesenice or Dugi Rat.

Omis city beach
Omis city beach

Conclusion

After the conclusion of my visit, I can say Omis is a very interesting tourist destination, I could even say overlooked one. It features interesting events, adventurous sports, cultural attractions and nice beaches. It is also an urban, yet quiet and intimate place. If you plan holidays in Croatia, then I recommend you to consider staying in Omis, or at least a day visit to it.
Additionally, Omis features vicinity of many popular Croatian tourist destinations. Split and Makarska are less than hour distance with car. Dubrovnik is only 3.5 hours away from Omis.