The Traveler's Guide
Top 10 Things to Do in Omiš
Whether you’re drawn to Omiš for its glorious pirate history, its breathtaking geography, or for the promise of thrilling outdoor adventures, you’ll find plenty more to explore during your stay in the picturesque Dalmatian town. Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in Omiš:
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1. Get lost in the Old Town and sip a drink with a view
Medieval Omiš is actually so small that you can easily visit it in under an hour. Follow the narrow alleyways to St Michael’s Square while soaking up the charming atmosphere and beautiful Venetian architecture, then wander up to Eol Rooftop Bar for a gemišt and incredible views. If you have time, take a peek inside the town’s numerous churches.
2. Climb up to Fortress Mirabella (or Peovica)
Just a short hike from the town center, the 13th-century fortress, which was built right above the Old Town by the local pirates to protect it from attackers, offers the perfect lookout over the Cetina River and Omiš itself.
3. Hike to Starigrad Fortress (or Fortica)
This second pirate fortress erected in the 15th-century is located on a peak overlooking the town, river, and sea, so prepare for some serious hiking to get there. It’s all worth the effort, though as you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views when you reach the top.
4. Get your heart pumping with adrenaline-inducing activities
With such spectacular gorges on its doorstep, it’s no wonder adventure activities flourished in and around Omiš. From rafting on the pristine Cetina River to ziplining over the canyon, rock climbing or paragliding, thrillseekers will be spoiled for choice.
5. Listen to traditional klapa singing
While it’s not unusual to hear amateur klapa singing around restaurants and cafes in the evenings, you may want to time your visit so it coincides with the town’s annual klapa festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Dalmatia’s musical heritage.
6. Witness a pirate battle
Omiš was once a city of pirates, and what better way to experience its colorful past than to attend the annual re-enactment of a fierce naval battle against Venetian trade ships that took place eight centuries ago? Expect cannon blasts, sword duels, and fireworks!
7. Enjoy folklore evenings in Radmanove Mlinice
If you’re visiting in the summer, head to Radmanove Mlinice up the Cetina Valley and get a table in the old mill’s picturesque riverside garden. Well known for its fresh trout and roast lamb, this charming place also hosts live folk music and dancing evenings once a week throughout July and August.
8. Learn about the late Republic of Poljica and try Poljički Soparnik
Not far from Omiš, between the Cetina River and the Žrnovnica River, you’ll find a group of villages that were once part of a one-of-a-kind Republic. Discover their fascinating history and hike up to the statue of local heroine Mila Gojsalić. Complete your visit with a piece of traditional Soparnik pie.
9. Try a different beach every day on the majestic Omiš Riviera
Need some beach time? Go chill on the town’s very own Velika Plaža—a long sandy stretch with a kids’ playground and plenty of activities—or explore the riviera’s most popular seaside towns of Nemira, Duće, Lokva Rogoznica or Ruskamen.
10. Dine at a locals’ favorite
For an authentic dining experience, look for Konoba Joskan on the town’s main street. The unassuming entrance hides a gem of a restaurant with a lovely courtyard and unforgettable wood-grilled specialties.