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The port town of Omis is set in one of the most dramatic locations on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, lapped by the sparkling emerald waters of the Adriatic Sea and backed by craggy canyons and peaks. Back in the day, the town was famous for its fearsome pirates – the most feared on the Adriatic coast – but it’s now better known for its picturesque setting, laid-back atmosphere, cobbled old town, castle and the Cetina river. Omis is perfect for large families and couples young and old, offering a charming town, small sandy beaches, the excitement of the Cetina river (a popular rafting spot) and being just a short drive away from Split. A villa in Omis offers the perfect base for you to explore this wonderful region.

Things to do in Omis

Life slows down in Omis, one of the more peaceful destinations on the Dalmatian coast and scattered with monuments to its fierce swashbuckling past. The town lies on a picturesque canyon where the Cetina river meets the Adriatic Sea, and there are fantastic sandy beaches dotted all along the coastline. This fantastic holiday destination really does have something for everyone, offering a quintessential holiday in Croatia.

Velika Plaza is the big beach, a 700m-long sandy stretch with plenty of facilities, and two pebbled beaches of Slavinj Beach and Brzet Beach, more remote and shaded from pine trees. From your villa in Omis it’s easy to reach the town’s top attractions, like the fortress Mirabella and the churches and monastery of the old town – the Franconian monastery housing a fantastic art collection and library. 

Dining is great in Omis, with the best restaurants set in the old town, and the nearby Cetina river and canyon offer villa guests the chance to go rafting and canyoning. Omis also hosts one of the most famous festivals in the region, the Klapa Festival, where tourists and locals flock to see a capella singing take over the town’s churches and squares. 
 

Split Riviera Croatia
Villa Bancha, Omis, Croatia

History and culture in Omis

Omis was once home to the most fearsome pirates in the Adriatic, who would attack ships from the river mouth before quickly retreating. Because of its fascinating history, the town’s coastline is peppered with forts and monuments, like the 13th-century fortress of Mirabella and the Starigrad Fortress – situated on a peak above the town and definitely worth the one-hour hike.

Wander the historic old town to see the church of Saint Michael, dating back to the 17th Century and a mix of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture and to also see the Church of Saint Peter. History lovers staying in one of our Omis villas should also try out one of the town’s pirate-related events, which pop up in the old town during the summer months.

Family holiday in Omis

Families will love staying in our villas in Omis, thanks to its great selection of sandy beaches, picturesque rural setting, fascinating pirate history and the chance to explore the Cetina river. For a great family day out, head inland to the Cetina canyon for a day of rafting and canyoning, with rafting tours operating for kids over the age of eight and canyoning over the age of 14.

While at the Canyon, make sure to stop for lunch in one of the three fantastic family-friendly restaurants, one being Restaurant Kremenko – a Flintstone’s themed eatery which even has its own Flinstone’s bus. For a more relaxed day out, hit Velika Plaza, walking distance from our Omis villas, which has golden sands, great facilities, warm shallow waters and opportunities for watersports.

Our villas in Croatia with private pools are also fantastic for families and taking an Omis villa with a private pool is highly recommended.  We have plenty of villas for families in Omis.
 

Boat trip from Omis, Croatia
Sea canoeing from Omis, Croatia

Adventurous activities in Omis

Thanks to its fantastic location on a canyon, river mouth and coastline, Omis is an adventurous traveller’s dream, with ample opportunities for watersports and adrenaline-filled activities. Enjoy a rafting tour from the town which takes around four hours, or head to the Cetina canyon for canyoning – where you’ll scramble, climb, jump, swim and abseil.

Not for the faint-hearted, there’s also a zip wire right over the Cetina river canyon which brave passengers can take on. The mountains surrounding Omis are also some of the tallest in Croatia, so remember to pack your hiking boots when packing for an Omis villa holiday. It’s also possible to paraglide from the mountains, offering cinematic views of the Adriatic coast. For watersports, head to the town’s main beach where you can hire equipment for diving, snorkelling and sea canoeing. 
 

Romance in Omis

A villa in Omis is the perfect way to spend a romantic holiday, with the setting alone one of the most magical and romantic in the region. Couples staying in one of our romantic Omis villas can sunbathe on golden sands, dine in romantic restaurants, charter a private yacht and enjoy a date night in Split. Camp Galeb Beach is great for couples, a long stretch of sand where you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas, and there’s even a saltwater pool where you can sip on cocktails. Croatia villa holidays are perfect for combining a day of sunbathing with a romantic sunset boat trip or beach stroll, a perfect cinematic setting for popping the question. Omis has many romantic restaurants along the coast and fringing the Cetina river, which serve everything from local Croatian cuisine to Mediterranean and fresh seafood. For a high-octane date night, head into Split – just 25 kilometres away – for fine waterfront dining, trendy marina cocktail bars and the lively Riva Promenade.

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