You can't talk about Omis without mentioning its intriguing past - the town served as home for real-life pirates in the 13th and 14th century! While they've long since left, that legacy still informs many a visit, with movie buffs and history fanatics alike keen to uncover swash-buckling stories.
Of course, tourists will have ample opportunity to get out on the water themselves too, with the river canyon and Adriatic Sea tempting you to take a dip. Even if your main focus is relaxing in one of our luxury Omis villas with a pool, most days will probably see you either lazing by or swimming in some fresh saltwater.
No visit to Omis is complete without taking a walk through the old town. Situated on the southern side of the Cetina River, this charming area will transport you back in time, with highlights including St Michael's Square plus the Mirabella Fortress. A climb up there may be challenging, but it's worth it for the beautiful views.
However, our top fortress pick is Starigrad. Again, you'll need to pack your walking shoes for this one as it's a pretty steep incline, but you'll be snapping away once you reach the top. Perhaps pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch up there too?
There's plenty more for active adventurers to enjoy if those walks aren't enough - from river canyoning and ziplining, to hiking in the Omiska Dinara mountains, you could easily turn your relaxing villa holiday in Omis into an adrenaline-packed one!
But never fear if your main goal is getting a little r&r in - Velika Plaza is one of few sandy beaches in Croatia, offering cooler waters as a reprieve from the hot summer sun. And if you're lucky enough to visit in August, you can also witness the pirate battle re-enactment that takes place every year on the 18th.
View from Mirabella Fortress
Traditional Croatian food combines fish, vegetables, and liberal amounts of olive oil. The result? Tantalisingly fresh food that's perfect for those long summer nights. Typically the seafood served in Omis restaurants will have been taken from the water that day. It's then expertly seasoned for an utterly delicious result.
Prefer your meats? There are still plenty of options, but we'd most recommend trying peka. This hearty dish sees meat and vegetables baked under a bell-like lid that's covered with hot ash.
For a tasty, vegetarian-friendly option, give soparnik a go. A Croatian alternative to pizza, it consists of a thin, savoury dough that's filled with Swiss chard, and typically potatoes too. It originated in the Poljica area between Split and Omis, and is prepared over an open fire - a fascinating process you'll enjoy watching as much as eating the end result!
And when it's time to satisfy that sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with rozata. Similar to a creme brulee or flan, yet lovingly topped with caramel sauce, this medieval dessert continues to prove popular today.