Mountains, beaches, the sea and a deep-green river. Omis (Croatian: Omiš) is a great destination for many types of holidays. Relax on the beach or take on exciting activities. And as the icing on the cake, enjoy the Old Town district of Omis.
In short, there is something for everyone.
Where to stay in Omis
Omis is a small town. On the map below, the distance between the picture tags 2 and 11, is only 1,5 kilometers.
The area south of the town center is quiet with hilly terrain; pebble beaches, docks and apartments for locals and tourists.
Contrarily, there’s flat terrain northwest of the town center, and more services available than on the southside.
The main beach and the Old Town are located right in the town center. The selection of accommodation is not very wide there though.
The village of Duće is located west of Omis, about 2-3 kilometers from the Old Town. You can find several beaches there and a good selection of holiday apartments.
Things to do in and around Omis
Cetina River and its surroundings
You can rent a boat or take part in a river cruise. There’s a restaurant by the river before the canyon and the rapids, which is usually also the turning point on the cruises.
Activities at the river and the surroundings include:
- Ziplining above a canyon
Other activities in Omis include mountain climbing, snorkeling, jet skiing, etc.
Links to several companies arranging activities can be found at visitomis.hr.
Mirabella is a small fortress at a mountain, rather a short uphill walk away from the Old Town. The route begins at the street Jurja Šubića. The fortress is small, but it offers a great view over Omis.
Mirabella can be seen in the picture below, or in this one from a different angle.
Tickets are sold at the gate just before the fortress. The entrance fee is about 3-4 euros. The gates open at about 9-10 a.m. and close at about 10-11 p.m.
There are three other fortresses in the area, but they are harder to reach. More information: omisinfo.com. One of them, Tvrđava Starigrad, located on the top of the mountain, is shown in the pictures 7 and 17 on the map
The coast of Croatia is famous for the multitude of beautiful islands and the crystal-clear sea. You can either rent a boat or participate on a speedboat excursion.
The Omis harbor is located next to the main beach. Brač, one of the most famous islands in Croatia, is situated in front of Omis a few kilometers away. Hvar is right behind Brač.
Beaches in Omis
Unlike in most cases in Croatia, the main beach in Omis is a sandy beach. Not the finest and softest sand, but sand nonetheless. There are pebble beaches in the shadow of pine trees on the southside of the town center, about 1 kilometer away from the main beach.
On the western side of Omis, there’s a village called Duće with several small beaches next to the main street. You can see them on the map by dragging it slightly to the right, switching into the satellite mode and zooming in closer.
Prices in Omis
Compared to for example Split, Omis is a more affordable destination.
Below, there are some examples of restaurant and hotel prices in Omis. The source for the hotel room prices is Booking.com.
Pizza in restaurant
Steak in restaurant
33 cl beer in restaurant
Hotel room, 3-4* (April)
Hotel room, 3-4* (July)
From the airport
The nearest international airport is Kaštela near Split, about 44 kilometers from Omis. There are no direct bus lines, so you have to change the bus at the Split bus station.
Directions from the airport to Split can be found on the page dedicated to Split. Check here the timetables of bus line 60 from Split to Omis.
There are of course private transport companies and taxis that will take you directly to Omis. A boat ride is also possible, since the airport is near the coast. The cost is about 350 euros one-way.
Winter: In the winter, there’s a typical Mediterranean winter weather in Omis. Along with the mild temperatures, there’s high humidity and frequent rain. The average daily high temperatures usually vary between 8-15 °C. At night, sub-zero temperatures are possible but unlikely. Extremely strong Bora winds can sometimes hit Omis in the winter.
Spring: Spring is a great time to visit Omis. Bear in mind, however, that the water is still cold and may spoil the fun, if you’re a keen swimmer. The daily high temperatures surpass 20°C early in the spring, but the evenings aren’t that warm and there’s often a cold wind blowing. Therefore, it’s best to have a coat with you. May is already a very warm month with temperatures going constantly over 20°C and closing in on 30°C. It rains less in spring compared with winter and autumn months.
Summer: From June to August the sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. It really gets hot in Omis, as the temperatures climb to 30 °C and above.
Autumn: September is still a warm month with frequent beach weather. The temperature in September stays well above 20 °C and at night around 20 °C, but the total rainfall is higher in comparison to August. In mid-October, the weather cools down to under 20 °C, and it rains more often. October, November and December are the rainiest months of the year.
Text and images: Jussi Ryynänen
Translation: Janne Hietanummi