Omis - Croatia

Omis is a town and port in the Dalmatia region of Croatia that was the starting point for our river boat ride up the Cetina River to Radman’s Mill. It is approx. 16 miles from Split. It is the location where the Cetina River meets the Adriatic Sea. The town is small, with a population of under 16,000.

There was an open air market and one stand had numerous jars of honey and other preserves. It seemed to be a way of life in this town for people to gather and talk while they got their fresh items for the day.

I recognized the pomegranates but not other items in the produce stall boxes.

Like so many very old towns, the streets are extremely narrow.

It was interesting that after walking through narrow streets, an area would open up to a square, and there would be a coffee shop or small outdoor café.

Nearby a number of coffee shops or restaurants were stray kittens that waited for handouts. We saw a number of these kittens or older cats and none of them looked scrawny so it appeared that they were accepted as a part of the community.

There was an interesting dual path staircase that lead to two separate destinations up a hill that had been adapted from a much older structure. On the left is the Holy Spirit Church and then the climb continues on the right up to the Mirabella Fortress.

The Mirabella Fortress was built in the 13th century above the town of Omis. It had been a hideout for the pirates who used to flee to safety into the Cetina Gorge. It can be reached by climbing up the stairs (seen above) from Subic Street and passing by the small church of the Holy Spirit.

There was a hotel nestled in the craggy rocks above the Cetina River where we were to board our boats. Looked interesting for those that were staying for a few days.

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