Holiday and Travel guide to Omis, Dalmatia

So whether it’s sandy beaches, clear waters and total relaxation that you want from your next trip, or you’re looking for a destination with some cultural flair and plenty to see and do, then have a serious look at the Dalmatia holidays on offer. Dalmatian coast has become one of Europe’s most exciting destinations but getting there can be tricky. If you’re coming from outside Europe, be aware that there are no direct flights from North America to Dalmatia . You’ll need to make a stop in another European city for a flight to Dalmatia. The good thing is there are more and more routes opening. If you’re arriving from Italy however, the finest bet is in most cases to take a ferry to Split.That’s what a lot of Italians do which is why there are more ferryboats than flights from Italy to Dalmatia.

Omis is an ancient Dalmatian town settled between Zadar and Dubrovnik, situated in the mouth of the Cetina river. Innumerable beaches and coves, abundant greenery, fresh air and crystal clear sea make Omis the ideal spot to avoid the stress of modern life. Because of it’s specific location in the geographic centre of the Dalmatia, Omis is the perfect location to start the investigation of Dalmatia, it’s natural beauties, fantastic islands and cultural legacy. Archaic Roman towns of Trogir and Split are just 30-minutes ride from Omis. Islands Solta, Hvar, Mljet and Lastovo are simply reachable from Omis.

For a nice summertime vacation in Omis, you simply have to sample some of the local cuisine which can only be described as fresh and sophisticated. Similar to Italian food, it relies heavily on seafood and the regional produce such as broccoli, olives and asparagus. As a testimony to the city’s long Italian heritage, there are still numerous Italian taverns which serve unique dishes. If you’re looking for a really special experience of Omis, then you certainly need to  in a stone house.

Through many centuries this city had different names, but for the most part it was called Oneum, Olmissium and Almissa. The city was fortified with three fortresses – Fortica, Mirabela and Viseæa in the canyon of river Cetina, from which the Omis pirates from 13th to 15th century looked out for this part of the Adriatic. The Venetians, Dubrovnik, Kotor and ships from the Kingdom of Naples paid tribute to pass through these parts, especially in the time of dukes of Kacic, which were fighting even against the Crusaders which were called by the pope himself. After the dukes of Kacic, powerful family Subic, Hrvoje Hrvatiniæ and Stjepan Kosaca ruled this area. Since Ladislaus of Naples sold the Dalmatia to the Venetians, the people from Omis accepted their rule in the middle of the 15th century, which lasted to the fall of the Venice Republic, when Omis became part of Austria until the beginning of World War I.

Notable fact is that Omis was never conquered by the Ottomans, even though the Ottomans surrounded the area for centuries! There is also one notable historic fact. In the area of Omis there was a Republic of Poljica, the symbol of democracy, legalized by the Statut of Poljica from the 15th century, the document written in autochthonous Croatian letter Bosancica.

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