Omis. Sights, interesting places and monuments, what to see


Omis is a city in Dalmatia with a population of 6,000 people. In this article I will answer the question: what to see in Omis in 1-2 days and what are the main attractions in Omis?

Omis is a unique city in Croatia, on the one hand, like many cities, it is located on the shore of the Adriatic Sea at the confluence of a large river. In this case, the river Cetina.

On the other hand, it is very tiny and all sides are surrounded by forested Dalmatian mountains, which makes the scenery of the city and surroundings breathtaking.

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Omis was the center of piracy in the Middle Ages, the local pirates kept almost the entire Adriatic in fear. This theme can still be seen throughout the city.

This is not the most boring city in Croatia, there are no sights in the form of endless churches, cathedrals, monasteries, town halls and museums.

A view of the city of Omis and the Dalmatian Mountains

A view of the city of Omis and the Dalmatian Mountains. Crazy beautiful, right?

Omis is a city for active rest lovers, and here for such lovers will be something to do not one or two days. If trekking in the mountains, rafting is about you, then you will not find a better city in Croatia.

Another huge plus of Omis is a sandy beach that you can’t find in Croatia. If a sandy beach is a must for you on vacation, I recommend reading the article about hotels on sandy beaches in Croatia (spoiler: Omis is not there).

Omis sights on the map: What to see in Omis in 1-2 days

Below I will describe the main attractions or activities that will brighten up your stay in this amazing town, tell about the opening hours, ticket prices, give recommendations and tips.

In fact, there are only two architectural attractions in the city and they are both fortresses. One is in the city, the second is on a mountain one kilometer from the city.

Mirabela Fortress.

  • This is probably the most famous fortress of central Croatia. The fortress, built in the 13th century, was purely defensive in nature, it has been destroyed several times, it has been struck by lightning many times and had fires, but each time it has been restored. The ascent from the lower town, though steep, but not heavy: on the way up a lot of observation points, you have time to rest.
  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 21:00
  • Cost of admission: 30 Kuhn.
  • Planned visit time: 40-60 minutes
  • Recommendations for the visit: 5 out of 5.
  • Tip: From the fortress, and on the way to it there are super views of the mouth of the Cetina river, the Adriatic and Omis itself. I recommend going in the first half of the day, then the sun well illuminates the whole valley and does not blind you or the camera, in the afternoon the sun will shine directly into the eye.

What to see in Omis

Mirabela fortress – one of the main attractions of Omis

Fortress of Stari Grad

  • At first glance, a completely impregnable fortress on top of Mount Babnyacha, and looking at the map, it may seem that you have to go by road making a big circle. But no, you can climb along the trail, which only at first glance seems difficult. In fact, it is suitable for children and seniors alike, there are signs along the way and it is impossible to get lost.
  • All in all, it is only 1 kilometer uphill from Omis on a fairly beaten path. We met some Germans of retirement age, who had no problem reaching it.
  • Working time: 7:00 – 20:00
  • Cost of admission ticket: 25 kuna
  • Planned time to visit: 40 minutes ascent, 30 minutes downhill and in the castle 30-60 minutes
  • Recommendation: 5 of 5
  • Tip: take water and a snack with you, there is a column with drinking water at the top, but you can not buy food there. I recommend this climb to everyone, of all ages and all fitness levels. These are the best views of Croatia on our entire trip.

Omis sights

View from the Stari Grad fortress over the whole of Omis and the mouth of the Cetina river

The Cave of St. Leopold and the statue of Mila Gojsalic

  • A 25 minute walk from the center of Omis uphill towards the village of Zakucac. It is a cave church, which is located in a natural rock, it is accessed by a stone path. Nearby there is a small bell tower, benches and all in the open air. It’s a great trekking route. You can navigate to the cross above the entrance, which can be seen from afar.
  • The statue of Mila Gojsalic is a monument to an ordinary Croatian girl who sacrificed herself to defeat the Turks during the Ottoman rule. It is located 100 meters from the cave, but 100 meters up on a steep cliff. In fact, the asphalted mountain serpentine walk 3.5 km, but it is worth it. The photo below is a confirmation.
  • Both attractions are open 24 hours a day
  • Entrance fee: free everywhere
  • Planned time to visit: the cave – 1,5 hours (descent, ascent and time in the cave), the monument + 2 – 2,5 hours from the cave. Total: if you plan to visit both points on foot, all about you will take 4-5 hours.
  • Recommendation: 5 of 5
  • Tip: Be sure to take water and a snack on the way, especially if you plan to walk to the monument of Mila Goysalic (Goysalic). After you leave the tunnel, after 50 meters, there is a small platform with steps down to the monument, so you should not miss it.

Omis what to see and do

Cave of St. Leopold, view of the cave-church

The Cave of St. Leopold in Omis

St. Leopold’s Cave, mountain view

Statue of Mila Goysalic and the view of Omis

Statue of Mila Gojsalic and view of Omis

Walking tour to the village of Naklice

  • Another easy, uncomplicated but amazingly beautiful trekking route on the outskirts of Omis to the village of Naklice. This village is located in the mountains, the path from Omis leads to it. Once in this village you can have lunch in a local restaurant and taste the authentic Croatian cuisine.
  • This is a purely ecological hiking trail, without any attractions. Only you, the mountains, beautiful views and nature.
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, but it is better to climb in the morning.
  • Ticket price: free of charge
  • Planned time to visit: 2 – 2.5 hours (ascent, descent and restaurant)
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5

Zipline or bungee jumping in the mountains.

  • Extreme entertainment. Not far from Omis in the mountains bungee jumping (Zipline) is stretched at a great height over the canyon. You can make an unforgettable flight over the gorge. There are a total of 8 pistes that you will fly over all of them. The total length of the route (flying over the canyon is 2.1 kilometers).
  • You can buy tickets in Omis itself and a shuttle will take you directly to the canyon, 15 minutes away.
  • The most complete list of activities in Omis: rafting and ziplining and much more.
  • Opening hours: from 8:00 to 15:00
  • Ticket price: from 400 kuna
  • Planned time for the visit: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Recommendation: 5 of 5
  • Tip: Do not think of leaving Omis without a zipline ride. It is better to book the flight online or by phone as there may not be any empty seats in the groups on the day.

sights of Omis ziplane

Zipline in Omis, 2nd section, 8 total

what to see in Omis ziplining

Ziplane/bungee jumping in Omis, 1st site

Rafting on Cetina river near Omis

  • To get your adrenaline pumping before your next trip to Croatia I suggest to sign up for rafting on the Cetina river delta, 7-10km outside of Omis. Tickets and the office itself in Omis, a free shuttle takes you to the rafting. The rafting goes through turbulent parts of the river, with rapids, waterfalls, rocks and fantastic landscapes.
  • During the rafting you will have the opportunity to try cliff diving. Learn more about rafting and kayaking in Croatia here.
  • Official website:
  • Working hours: only in high season from April to October, registration by phone or on the website or at the agency in Omis 2 days in advance. Transfer to the start and back is included in the ticket price.
  • Ticket price: 200 kuna from Omis, 300 kuna from Split.
  • Planned time for the visit: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Recommendation: 5 of 5
  • Tip: Take dry clothes with you, change at the finish, as you will probably get soaked to the skin. Phones, money, passports can be given to the instructor at the start, they will be hidden in a special hermetic bag.

Omis rafting

Rafting on Cetina river near Omis

How to see rafting in Croatia?

Rafting in Omis, the most extreme part of rafting, the main thing is to hold on to the oar!

That’s basically it. Omis is the most active and extreme city in Croatia, here you will not get bored and spend unforgettable days. And if everything is already seen and tested, you can go on a day trip to Trogir, which is near Split.

And for a complete list of attractions in Croatia and what to see, you’ll find a link.

What to see in Omis I’m sure you have already understood, and the sights of Omis are not only churches, old buildings and the sea, as in other cities, but also cool natural places for active travelers.

Have a good rest and bright impressions!

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Omis – ancient pirate town in Croatia

Omis (Croatia) is an ancient resort town nestled on the Adriatic coast. Besides beautiful scenery, you should come here to see fabulous pirate fortresses (which, by the way, used to be cities) and swim in the cleanest sea. Tourists who have visited Croatian Omis leave good reviews: they say that in this city the past and the present are surprisingly combined.

City of Omis

General information

Omis is a Croatian town located between the historic Split and Makarska on the Adriatic coast. Its population is approximately 6,500. Despite the fact that Omis is a small town, it is connected by bus to the major cities of the country.

Evening Omis and Cetina River

Omis is a good resort not only for beach lovers, but also for sightseeing: people lived here during the Roman Empire, later the Slavs settled here, and a few centuries later Omis was joined to Venice – so there are many historical sites. The pirate castles, built back in the 13th century, are worth mentioning.

River Cetina estuary

Omis has a memorable appearance, it has its own unique flavor. The town is located at the mouth of the river Citina, which seems to cut the surrounding cliffs. The stone houses with tiled roofs look like toy houses. In such a place it is a pleasure just to walk through the streets, and the view from a height will definitely impress even seasoned travelers.

Omis Beach

As on other beaches in Croatia, the water in Omis is clean and warm. There are no sea urchins, and the entrance to the sea is gentle, ideal for children. The beach itself is sandy, which for Croatia is a rarity.

Active tourists will enjoy entertainment, of which there are a lot: rafting, beach volleyball, various water attractions (banana, water balloon). Perhaps the only disadvantage of the beach is that there are only low trees near it, which do not give shade. The only shelter you can find is a cafe nearby.

As for infrastructure, the beach is equipped with showers and toilets, there are free sun loungers and umbrellas. There are cafes nearby.

If you are primarily interested in a vacation by the sea, you can stop at one of the beaches in neighboring Split, and go to Omis on an excursion.


Once a pirate town, Omis has a rich history, but unfortunately not all the interesting structures have survived. Therefore, two sights are considered to be the symbols of this town.

The Pirate Fortress of Omis

The landmark from the pirate times of Omis is located at the very top of the mountain. As is clear from the name, earlier pirates lived here: after another successful robbery they went up the mouth of the river Cetina and found themselves in their shelter (and earlier, by the way, it was not one building, but the whole city). There was everything for a comfortable life: high stone walls for protection from enemies, beautiful gardens and even vegetable gardens where tomatoes, eggplants and various berries were grown. The end of the pirates came at the end of the XVI century, when the Venetian Republic, led by the Pope, appealed for help to the Crusaders, who finally pacified the robbers.

Today, the pirate fortress is one of the main attractions of the Croatian town of Omis. A lot of foreign guests come here. However, to get to the fortress is not as easy as it may seem at first: you have to climb many stairs, which are not always in good condition. For the elderly or children this excursion may be too heavy, so before you start climbing, it is worth evaluating your strength.

View of Omis from the Pirate Fortress

But if you make it to the top, your efforts will be rewarded: the tower offers a stunning view of the city and the sea. You can stand here for hours admiring the ferries passing by and the seagulls soaring in the air. From here you can also take beautiful pictures of Croatian Omis.

  • Cost to visit: 30 kuna, payment in cash only.
  • Working time: from 7:00 to 20:00.
  • How to get there? There are two roads that lead to the top. The first begins at the mouth of the river Cetina. This path goes through the local park, and the road itself is strewn with small stones. It is quite easy to fall here. The second option of climbing is along the road, which begins in town. It is more difficult to fall on it, but it takes more time. In any case, shoes must be comfortable.

Mirabella Fortress in Omis

Another pirate fortress is Mirabella. It was built in the 13th century and has already been restored twice. Along with the previous attraction, it is a symbol of the small town. Many tourists come here, and many of them say that the interesting thing is not even the structure itself, but the beautiful view of the city that can be seen from the tower.

Ascent to the Mirabella Fortress

To get to the structure is not easy: you need to climb numerous (often steep) stairs. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare for such a journey: wear good shoes with thick soles, take some water and food, do not forget about comfortable clothes.

  • Address: Subic Street, Omis, Croatia.
  • Entrance fee: 40 kuna (30 kuna in low season), cash only.
  • How to get there? The ascent to the attraction should be divided into three stages. The first is from the city to the intermediate platform (by the way, the view from here is also impressive); the second is from the platform to the tower; and the third is from the foot of the tower to the roof on a steep narrow staircase.

How to get there

Split Bus Station Obala kneza Domagoja

Bus station Obala kneza Domagoja

Croatia has a well-developed public transport, so it is easy to take a bus to your destination. You need to buy tickets at any convenient bus station. Then take a bus of Promet Makarska at the bus station Obala kneza Domagoja in Split. The estimated travel time is 30 minutes. The cost is 30 kuna. It runs every 15-40 minutes, depending on the season and time of day.

Promet Makarska bus

The trip from the relatively large resort of Makarska to Omis takes about 45 minutes. To do this you need to take the Promet Makarska bus at the central bus station in the city. Get off at the central bus station in Omis. The ticket costs 38 kuna. Buses go every 2 hours. The website of the carrier is

The prices on the page are for November 2021.

Omis (Croatia) is a cozy resort town, which is ideal for both beach and sightseeing.

Video: what Omis looks like, aerial view of the town and the beach. See it for sure!

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