The Omiška Dinara is a small coastal massif, which is a part of Central Dalmatian Dinaric Alps. The Cetina River,the biggest of three Dalmatian karst rivers, springs in the PODANAK of the big Dinara. The most magnificent part of the river is a ten-kilometre-long canyon from Tisna stina to the river mouth in Omiš. It is a natural reserve. The Cetina is also called a karst beauty because of its unusual clarity and the colours reflecting on its surface.INTERESTING FACTS
From 1962 to 1969 many scenes from cult movies about Winnetou’s adventures based on the book by Karl May were taken in this area.
Omiš is a beautiful little town situated below the Omiška Dinara Mountain. It is a place of a very rich history. In the middle ages it was called Almissa, and long time before that Illyrians, Romans and Greeks lived here. Croats built the town walls and moved the town nearer to the sea. In the Middle Ages, especially during the reign of Duke Kačić, it was a famous pirate haven. Many manifestations celebrating those times are organized today.
Lately it has become one of the most important centres of adventure tourism and extreme sports. Thanks to its unique geographic position and richcultural and historical heritage, Omiš is a real jewel of Croatian coast. Situated between the mountain, sea and river, throughout history it was a crossing point of different cultures.
Guide through the centre of Omiš
The entrance to the historical part of the town is on the north – from ‘Vrata od rike’ (the river coast) to the square called Poljički trg (the Poljica Square). On the Square there is The Column of Shame with Venetian providur’s(Commander of the regional state administration) coat of arms from 1916 and a big Roman Corinthian capital. North of the Square there is Smokvica, the most picturesque part of the town, with old courtyards, gardens and taverns. During summer folk feasts celebrating old customs are organized here. The Street of the Kačić Dukes (Ulica Knezova Kačića) brings us back in time. There you can see the churches of Holy Spirit and St. Rocco that are separated by a stone staircase. You can also find the buildings of the former City Hall, Municipal Loggia, Archives, Granary and the town clock tower. The street that goes through the clock tower leads to the medieval fortress of Peovica from the 13th century that is also called by its Venetian name – Mirabella. It is the highest tower in Omiš, and it protected the town in past. If you go further you will reach the House of Happy Man (Kuća sretnog čovjeka). In the stone above the door there is an inscription saying: ‘I thank You Lord for being in this world.’ The church of St. Michael (Mihovil) from the 17th century is on the Main Square. It has the characteristics of Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque styles. The church is decorated with rich stone ornaments and has the paintings of famous masters. Every summer throughout July the most famous Dalmatian harmony-singing festival is organized in front of the church. The walk ends at the eastern town gate called Land Gate (Kopnena vrata) incorporated in the town walls.
Following the signs from the center in 20 minutes you will reach the 14th-century fortress Fortica. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view onthe islands of Brač, Hvat, Šolta, the entire town of Omiš, the Cetina Canyon and the part of Poljica.
Visiting Poljica – the hinterland of Omiš
The hinterland of Omiš is called Poljica. It is a beautiful but harsh, and partly unexplored, area with rich history full of interesting stories. Many villages like Donji Dolac, Dubrava, Tugare, Naklice, Zakućac, Gradac, Gata, Podašpilje, Svinišća and Kučiće, are full of historical remains. This area has more than a hundred churches from the 10th century onward and numerous remains of fortresses. The nature is beautiful, so you can enjoy long walks or hiking, and visit some of beautiful caves of this area. There are several unusual restaurants you can visit like Kremenko or Kamenko in Svinišća.
If you go a little bit further up the Cetina River from Vrulja (Dupci), on the tenth kilometer of the river you will reach two magnificent waterfalls the Big and Small Gubavica(Velika and Mala Gubavica) near Zadvarje. 49 meters high Big Gubavica is one of the biggest waterfalls in Croatia. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view from the edge of the cliff, which can be easily reached by car. However, if you would like to climb down the cliff and take a swim beneath the waterfalls, you will need some experience or a professional guide.
The Omiška Dinara ends in Vrulja. It is a place 2 kilometers away from Mimice in the direction of Makarska. The best way to reach Vrulja is by boat. Here you can enjoy an unusual view on the sea that seems like it is boiling because the fresh river water springs out just beneath the sea surface.The sea is at places more than 50 meters deep, beautifully blue and crystal clear. Nearby there are several caves and nice beaches with round white pebbles surrounded by beautiful nature. Vrulja is the best spot for scuba divers. The Imber Mosor Hiking Club can help tourists and hikers in organization and guidance of hiking excursions and free climbing, while the boat excursions to Vrulja are organized by local ship-owners.