Omiš - Croatia's Adventure Capital

13 May 2024

Originating in the Dinara mountain range, at the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the River Cetina winds a tortuous course through the countryside until it finally empties into the Adriatic. The mouth of the river passes through an impressive gorge near the small Dalmatian town of Omiš, a quiet and picturesque town that is the centre of what has become known as “the Omiš Riviera”. The mountainous areas around the town make for great hiking spots, the water is an inviting crystalline blue. We suggest you experience one of these activities.


The old saying “two feet good, two wheels better” is particularly pertinent in and around Omiš. Energetic cyclists will find plenty to explore, from the dramatic canyon of the Cetina River to the cultural and historical heritage of Poljice and beyond. Those looking for something slightly more extreme should make a beeline for the thrilling mountain bike trails surrounding Omiš.


Is there anything more thrilling than ziplining above a breathtaking canyon? The Omiš Zipline is not for the faint-hearted, as it propels daring adventurers down 2 km-long wires, some of which are a staggering 100 metres high above the waters. Are you ready to take on this heart-pounding adventure?

Theme Trails

Embrace your inner explorer by venturing into the expansive theme trails in Omiš, routes lovingly curated by locals and tailor-made for adventurers. Several dozen well-marked options start in the heart of town, taking ramblers to mountains, pirate fortresses, sweeping vistas, and villages where time has stopped still. This is an active holiday at its most serene.

Hiking and Trekking

The Omiška, Dinara, Komorjak and Mosor mountains surround Omiš, creating a dramatic landscape begging to be explored by hikers and trekkers. Whether you like your hiking recreational or competitive, you’ll find something to enjoy here. The Spring Trekking Cup is the highlight of the hiking calendar, a three-event race that includes Mosor Grebbening, one of the oldest trekking races in Croatia.

Velika and Mala Gubavica Waterfalls

Croatia is home to many breathtaking waterfalls, and two of the most enchanting ones are nestled in and around the village of Zadvarje, within the Cetina River Canyon. The aptly named Velika (Great) and Mala (Small) Gubavica Waterfalls, cascading 49m and 7m respectively, offer a sight that is both unique and stunning. Have you ever dreamt of swimming under a waterfall? Now is your chance to experience this natural wonder up close.


A longtime favourite for adventurers on the Cetina River, rafting is one of the most popular ways to get a little closer to the gorgeous nature surrounding Omiš. There are options for all skill levels and desires, from rip-roaring wild river runs for experienced rafters to more serene stretches for families.


Sticking with the theme, kayaking is another fabulous way to engage with nature, no matter your preferred heart rate. Kayaking offers the chance to explore the Cetina Canyon with paddle in hand, allowing the intrepid explorer more time to stop and admire the magic around them.


At the head of the adrenaline adventure table here is canyoning, a thrilling way to get closer to the power of the Cetina River. This extreme experience combines hiking, swimming under waterfalls and rafting, making it an adventure triathlon unlike any other. There’s no better way to embrace the water than canyoning. 

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

The Omiš Riviera boasts some of the finest snorkelling and scuba diving on the Adriatic, where underwater explorers can discover shipwrecks and schools of sea dwellers. Vruja Cove is one of the highlights, a popular location for divers (over 100 metres) and fishermen alike.

Free climbing

Trust your grip and charge the camera because the views from the fortresses of Mirabela and Fortica are sights for sore eyes. Omiš is a free climbing paradise, with many climbing routes just a short distance from the town itself. For more information, check out 27Crags.com, a website established by local guides and climbing experts.Windsurfing Who knew wind could be so magical? Windsurfing is increasingly popular in Omiš, especially in and around Ribnjak, Lokva Rogoznica, and the beaches near the town entrance.


When it comes to paragliding, Omiš has it all. If you’ve ever fancied jumping off a mountain and gliding over the cerulean waters of the Adriatic, this is for you. Contact agroturizam1@gmail.com for more information.


Starting from the centre of town and heading all the way to the majestic views of the Fortica fortress, the Omiš Ferrate is arguably the most impressive hiking trail in these parts and a must for rambling enthusiasts.


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