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Omiš is located in Croatia
Omiš
Omiš (Croatia)
Country Croatia
Region Dalmatia
County Split-Dalmatia County
Latitude 43° 26' 38.64" N
Longitude 16° 41' 31.76" E
Surface (km²) 266
Municipality Omiš
Population
(2001)
15,800
Time zone (UTC) UTC+1 Central European Time

Coordinates: 43°26′N 16°41′E / 43.433°N 16.683°E / 43.433; 16.683

Omiš is a city and port in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia County. The city is situated approximately 25 km (16 miles) south-east of Croatia's second largest city, Split. Its location is where the emerald-green Cetina River meets the Adriatic Sea (Croatian: Jadransko More). Omiš has a population of 15,800 [1] and its area is 266 km² (103 m²).

Historic names of the city have included: Oneum (Onaeum), Onaion (Oneon), Holm (Hum), Olmisi, Olmissium, Almivssium and Almissa (Ancient greek Αλμυσσα).

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Settlements

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Within the limits of the city lie the following settlements: Blato na Cetini, Borak, Čelina, Čisla, Donji Dolac, Dubrava, Gata, Gornji Dolac, Kostanje, Kučiće, Lokva Rogoznica, Marušići, Mimice, Naklice, Nova Sela, Omiš, Ostrvica, Pisak, Ruskamen, Podašpilje, Podgrađe, Putišići, Seoca, Slime, Smolonje, Srijane, Stanići, Svinišće, Trnbusi, Tugare, Zakučac and Zvečanje.

History

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Omiš was well known in the past by the Corsairs of Almissa (Omiški gusari) whose Sagittas (ships) (Genitive case: Sagittae, translated as The Arrow), brought fame to them because they were built for attack and fast retrieval into the mouth of the Cetina River, protecting the town from foreign invaders. At a very early date, neighbours of the Corsairs of Almissa, the highlanders of the Poljica Principality [2] (Poljička Republika), became their friends and allies. This allowed them to harass the seaborne trade, without fear of a sudden attack from inland.

Omiš Historical Coath of Arms from year 1541.

In the Priko neighborhood, on the right bank of the Cetina River, stands the site with the most historic significance: the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Peter (Crkva Sv. Petra) from the tenth century A.D. This single-naved edifice, with a cupola and apse, was used in the 18th century as a Glagolithic seminary for novice priests.

Economy

Today, Omiš's economy is based on farming, fishing, textile and food-processing industries and tourism.

Tourist attractions

Pirate battle 2009 / Click to enlarge

The Omiš Riviera stretches for twenty kilometers along a coast of exceptional beauty, with many perfect pebble, sandy beaches, bays, steep cliffs and a crystal clear sea. The mood is caught in an inscription on the lintel of a Renaissance palace in Omiš: "GRATIAS AGO TIBI DOMINE QUIA FUI IN HOC MUNDO" (Thanks be to Thee o Lord, that I have lived on this Earth). The destinations of Radmanove Mlinice and the Gubavica waterfalls (Velika and Mala Gubavica) are also points of interest. Radmanove Mlinice, located five kilometers (3 miles) up to the canyon of Cetina River, is an excursion/picnic place famous for bread baked under an iron lid (peka) and for fresh trout that can be caught from the river.

The Cetina River is a great place for those who like active holidays (white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking). Recreational activities, in Omiš, also include: free climbing, cycling, tennis, football (soccer), basketball, 9-pin bowling, bocce, paragliding, beach volleyball, windsurfing, water-skiing, sea kayaking, waterpolo and scuba diving.

Culture

Omiš Festival of Dalmatian a capella singing groups / Click to enlarge

Omiš is best-known for the traditional klapa Festival (Festival of the Dalmatian a capella singing groups) [3]. This festival is the highlight of Omiš's summer, the expression of the city's beauty. Omiš's Summer Festival - during which various concerts and recitals are performed - takes place at the plazas and in churches.

  • Omiš as a city has eight churches:
    • church of Saint Michael
    • church of Holy Ghost
    • church of Saint Rock
    • church of Saint Peter
    • church of Saint Luca
    • church of Saint Mary
    • Franciscan Monastery with church of Our Lady of Carmel
    • church of Saint Stephan and
    • remains of church of Saint John in Borak.
  • Other summertime cultural activities include:
    • " Jure's poplars "
    • " Fishing nights "
    • " Swimming marathon "
    • " Omiš triathlon "
    • " Pirate nights "
    • " Pirate battle "
    • " Crazy dives "

International relations

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Twin towns — Sister cities

Omiš is twinned with:

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Omiš is an old city located on the Adriatic Coast in Dalmatia, Croatia.

Get in

[Omiš info]

By plane

Take a flight to the Split Airport and then use a Bus service to get to Omiš.

By bus

You can use services from frequent buses that come in and go from Split, Makarska, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Mostar.

By taxi

There is taxi-van service that can be used from Split and Makarska.

By boat

There is a ferry service from Ancona, Italy. Take a ferry to the Port of Split and than use the bus to get to Omiš.

There are local boats that run several times a day from Islands of Brac, Hvar, Korčula and Vis. Take them to Split and then use the bus or taxi service to get to Omiš.

Get around

You can get around the city by car, local taxi and bus service, or tourist trolley. You can also rent a bike or moped from tourist agencies. However most people find it sufficiently comfortable to get around on foot, because Omiš is relatively small city.

  • Visit the historic Churches of Omiš
  • Fortresses Mirabella and Fortica
  • Beautiful city beach (Velika Plaza)
  • The city museum and harbour
  • Participate in summertime activities the Fishing Nights, Crazy Dives and Pirates Nights
  • Take a trip up to the canyon of Cetina
  • Go rafting on the beautiful river Cetina
  • Take a ferry trips to the islands of Brac and Hvar
  • Go and visit the city of Makarska, Split, Solin and Trogir and enjoy the beauty of old architecture
  • Visit surrounding places (Nemira, Stanici, Lokva, Duce, Dugi Rat)
  • Go to the basketball, soccer, and water polo games
  • Traditional folklore clothes
  • Omiš post cards
  • Handmade sculptures with city symbols
  • Try Dalmatinski Prsut-Dalmatian smoked ham (ham smoked and dry on specific way)
  • Fritule and Krostule (home made cookies)
  • Jela ispod peke (meals prepared in the traditional way at the local restaurants)
  • Local sea-food specialties
  • Rakija: hard alcohol made either from grapes or plums
  • Prosek: sweet liquor
  • There are apartments for rent located all over the city that are relatively inexpensive.
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