Omiš became a pirate nest on the Adriatic

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Omis in Croatia is a small Central Dalmatian town and harbour located between Split and Makarska, situated in the mouth of the Cetina river, surrounded with massive gorges. The evidences of proud and turbulent Omis history can be found on every corner of the Omis Riviera.

The old town complex, which was built in the Middle Ages, is located right in the centre of Omis. Worth seeing are the remains of the historic city walls, old stone houses, the "Happy Man's House" and much more.

The Mosor is a high karst mountain range that dominates the area between Split and Omiš. It is separated from Kozjak by the deep Klis gorge. In the southeast it extends to the Cetina River. Its highest peak is the 1339-meter high Veliki Kabal.

During this period, Omiš became a pirate nest. Along with Senj, which is located in the northern Adriatic, the city became a centre for piracy in the Adriatic, which particularly endangered the Venetian maritime trade. At times even Venice had to pay very high pass fees to buy free travel. Afterwards, various rulers quickly alternated until Venice finally managed to conquer the city in 1444. The Serenissima remained mistress of Omiš until the end of the Venetian Republic.

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Kamp Galeb - Omis and Split on the way to South

Omis - adrenaline fun in a spectacular canyon landscape

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Omis - adrenaline fun in a spectacular canyon landscape

In the middle of the Croatian region of Dalmatia lies the popular small town of Omis, which we have visited several times as a stopover on our tours in the Balkans.

Bosnian War and Destruction of the Stari most

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Bosnian War and Destruction of the Stari most

Mostar is located on the Neretva River and enchants visitors with its narrow streets that are reminiscent of an Ottoman or Turkish bazaar. If you stroll through the streets, you will not be able to avoid the most important building of the place, the bridge Stari Most.

Mostar - a city in the course of history

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Mostar - a city in the course of history

Our visit with the extended tour of the Stari most bridge was so impressive that we immediately decided to extend our stay in Mostar even further, especially since there is also a small campsite in the immediate vicinity.

World famous old bridge "Stari most" crossing Neretva river

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World famous old bridge

Although the young state of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which emerged from the multi-ethnic state of Yugoslavia, is not yet really known as a tourist destination, the more courageous travelers of this country are definitely drawn to the city of Mostar and its most famous landmark, the Stari most bridge.

On the road through the former Republic of Poljica for Omiš

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Republic of Poljica for Omiš

For traffic reasons Robi had chosen the route through the Valley of Poljica to Omiš, just to escape from the tourist traffic at the coast. The valley runs almost parallel to the coastline of the Adriatic, is predominantly used agricultural until today and slowly arises outdoor tourism, although offering interesting mountains and forests for hiking and mountain biking.

Rafting adventure on river Cetina at Radmanove Mlinice

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Rafting adventure on the river Cetina close to Radmanove Mlinice

After a few hiking tours, it was now time to relax a little and even enjoy the pleasure of "daily" life: we wanted to participate in one of the well known rafting tours on Cetina river. We probably do not need to tell anyone of our readers what is going to happen during this so much popularized recreational sport, if, at all, the customer / us usually uses wild water of different levels of difficulty.

Impressions from Croatia - Jesenice and Dugi Rat

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Impressions from Croatia - Jesenice and Dugi Rat

What in the high season between Omis and Split on the coastal highway 8 creates lot of stress for traffic, is now in early autumn quite enjoyable because of silence and serenity: small idyllic coastal villages such as Jenice and Dugi Rat lined up like pearls on a string.

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