Coming to a new place, you’re always going to have some questions. Here we’re giving you answers to some commonly asked questions from our guests. This section of our guide includes information about nearby towns and sights to visit, some recommendations for good restaurants around Omis and information about shops, markets, bus stops, car/boat rental and other useful general tourist information. While Omis and the area have no shortage of places to visit and stunning sights to see, as a tourist you need some general information as well, and we are here to help, so we make your stay in Omis as easy and carefree as it can be. Click on the icons below to skip to a section.
Besides the breathtaking beaches and the rich history, Omis has more to show! Within a 500 meter radius of Omiš, there is a river, the sea and two mountains touching shoulders just above it. And beyond the city bounds there is much more to explore as well. Listed here are some suggestions for the top spots you can see with a day trip.
CETINA RIVER CANYON
You can explore the canyon on a panoramic boat tour or you can drive up to the excursion and picnic place of Radmanove mlinice in your car (it’s a 5 minute drive from the town centre). You can even take a walk, it will take you 1—4 hours to get to the canyon and back. If you wish to see the river by boat, you can take a 45 min panoramic ride to the Radmanove Mlinice. You don’t have to book in advance since the boat rides start approx. every 30 mins to an hour. Just drop by our agency when you want to go!
GREAT AND SMALL GUBAVICA WATERFALLS
Two breathtaking waterfalls near the village of Zadvarje – the Great (Velika) (49 m) and Small (Mala) (7m) Gubavica, special among hundreds of others in the world for the fact that you can actually swim under them. The location represents a breathtaking natural oasis in which the Cetina river, just meters away from the two mighty waterfalls, for a moment calms down and forms a nice swimming pond.
TOWN OF DUBROVNIK
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Dubrovnik is a 6th century town known for its preserved city walls. The trip from Omiš to Dubrovnik will take you about 3 hours via the fastest route but you will be passing through a 22 long strip of Bosnian territory (which means two border crossings) so some delays are to be expected. For the fastest route, take the A1 motorway. After exiting the motorway take the D-8 road for another 1:50 hours until you reach Dubrovnik.
TOWN OF SPLIT
Located only 25 km north of Omis, Split is the second largest town in Croatia. Known for its beautiful old town core, including the famous Emperor Diocletian’s palace, and it’s long seaside promenade (Riva), Split is a lovely destination to visit in a day trip. Mind that the roads might be a bit busy during the summer season, so do plan your trip accordingly!
WHAT ELSE CAN I SEE IN A DAY?
Centrally positioned in Dalmatia, Omis is the place to stay if you plan on doing day trips. Within an hour you can be in Makarska and its lovely Riviera full of small coastal villages and the Biokovo mountain standing above it (Skywalk tour is a one of a kind!), or in Trogir, known as The Little Venice, and Imotski with its famous Blue & Red lakes. Within 2 hours drive you can be in Šibenik, known for preserved historical sights, or in Zadar, where you can visit the Sea Organ, a place where the sea makes music. A 3 hour drive gets you to Plitvica lakes, known for stunning waterfalls and untouched nature, or to Međugorje, one of the most popular destinations for Catholic pilgrimage in the world, and the nearby town of Mostar.
One of the joys of traveling to new places is getting to explore new cuisine. Good food and drink are essential for a good vacation. Fine dining, fine wines or local specialties, restaurants, or something quick, but delicious; depending on what your preferences are, odds are you’re gonna be looking for a good place to experience at least one of these while on a vacation. In this section, we will provide a few recommendations of our top spots in Omis for your stay. Be sure to stop by some of these!
Arsana Tasting House is a lovely, family-run restaurant, located in the heart of the Omis old town. Arsana specializes in local cuisine with a twist, a selection of fine wines, or, as they like to say: “Where local meets international. Where history meets present.” Vegeterian friendly.
If you want the best seafood in town, delivered freshly from the sea to your plate, don’t look any further than Bastion! Located in the town center and with delicious food, you have no excuse not to stop by Bastion at least once during your vacation. Gluten-free or vegetarian options available.
Continuous family tradition since 1981, in the very heart of the Old town, Restaurant Puljiz offers traditional Croatian and international cuisine, refreshments, cocktails, desserts and Croatian wines from carefully selected cellars. Gluten-free or vegetarian options available.
Sometimes you don’t want to spend a lot of time eating. Sometimes you’re in a rush. If you need a quick bite to it, you can grab it at Fast food Tasty (the name doesn’t lie!), located in the town center.
In the heart of the Omis old town, you can experience the centuries old tradition of the Dalmatian “Konoba”. Good local food and friendly local staff, go to Joskan for an authentic experience.
Centrally located, offering both vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as a generally wide menu, Milo is the perfect family restaurant for your vacation.
Center town, right next to the river, well-decorated, with a very wide, varied menu, Restaurant Ultimo is the ideal stop any time of day, including breakfast.
Coming to a new place, you’re always going to have some questions. Here we’re giving you answers to some commonly asked questions from our guests. Sometimes, in addition to knowing about the beauty of the place, you need the practical information as well. In this section, we will give you some information that will make your stay in Omis easier. Check out a map we made for places you may need during you stay.
Throughout Omiš you can find shops and stores that sell everyday items and groceries. Odds are that, wherever your accommodation is, you will have a store within 300 m. In case you are looking for a big store, Shopping Mall Studenac, located right when you enter the town from Split, next to the INA gas station, is your best choice. Also, there is a fish market in Omiš with daily fresh fish. It is located next to the fruit and vegetable market on the main road through town. The fish market is usually open from 6 am. You can also try Orgula olive oil tasting in Marusici, near Omis.
If you want to witness some history, you don’t have to go out of your way in Omis. In fact, you caOmis has no bus station, but has two bus stops (both marked on the map below). All the local lines will get you to Split and there is a local bus every half an hour. Tickets can be bought on the bus. Also, you can board buses passing through Omiš to nearby towns (Makarska, Trogir, Dubrovnik, Međugorje…) but it is recommended to book tickets in advance. For bus schedules and booking you should contact the main bus station in Split.
In case you want to book a transfer (such as from the airport to your accommodation or to your next destination) or Rent-a-Car of your own, or rent a boat for a day or more, you should contact us, Active Holidays Omis.
The healthcare centre is located on the main road (D8) towards Makarska. It’s a 5 minute walk from the town centre to the clinic. In case of a serious medical emergency you can call an ambulance any time by dialing 194. For all other types of emergencies dial 112.
You can use a couple of parking lots located near the town bridge with parking fees around 1 EUR per hour. You can buy a weekly parking permit only if you are staying in private rentals. There is a chance you’ll find free parking spaces if you turn left after crossing the bridge when arriving from the Split direction. After you pass a small tunnel you’ll see a parking lot to your right. There is a 3-minute walk back to town from there. But please note — free parking spaces in Omiš are usually occupied and you can’t really count on free parking during peak season.
You can get a daily licence via the Ministry of agriculture webshop. Also, licences for fishing on the Cetina river are available through authorised dealers, and there is one (Keko) across the street from the fruit and vegetables market.
If you want a convenient map of all the places you may need during your stay in Omis, we have compiled one for you! Check it out if you want to know the locations of shops, fresh food markets, bus stops, post office, police, car/bike rental, gas station, pharmacy etc.