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OMIS AND CENTINA RIVER – September 27 to 28, 2009

September 28th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our friends John and Cyndi on Glass Slipper had spent several days in this charming mainland town about 21 km south of Split in July and recommended it to us. 

Destiny Anchored off Omis

Destiny Anchored off Omis

We were very glad they did.  Omis is basically a small fishing and vacation village with the usual sidewalk cafes and restaurants tucked into ancient buildings. 

Main Street Omis

Main Street Omis

There really isn’t a harbor to speak of and the anchorage is exposed to the west and south, but the weather forecast has been for calm or light winds so we decided to check it out.  We anchored in about 15 ft. of water that was so crystal clear we could see the anchor on the bottom from the boat.  The mountains make a majestic backdrop for the town.

Anchor buried in sand 15 ft. water

Anchor buried in sand 15 ft. water

Omis Waterfront

Omis Waterfront

The water was calm and the sunset magnificent—as usual.

Omis Sunset

Omis Sunset

On Monday we toured the town and of course climbed another tower.  This one is part of a medieval fortress and is set high on a rocky outcropping.  Our muscles were still protesting the climb to the top of the bell tower in Split, but we knew the view would be worth it, so up we went.

Omis Fortress

Omis Fortress

From the fortress we could look down into the river gorge as it comes through the town, see the bridge that separates the old town from the new and see Destiny as a little lone speck out in the bay.

River Gorge from Fortress

River Gorge from Fortress

Destiny a Speck in Bay

Destiny a Speck in Bay

What goes up, must go down—that meant a very steep ladder—what was I thinking wearing a dress?

Now back down

Now back down

Kent decided to count steps on the way down—305 steps latter we made it to the bottom.  Let me add that these were narrow, well worn and steep steps.

Kent Counts Steps on Way Down

Kent Counts Steps on Way Down

After some provisioning in town and lunch aboard Destiny we set out to tour the Centina River in the dinghy.  We were offered a ride by water taxi, but thought better of spending 80 kuna each (about $18 per person) for a ride when we had a perfectly good boat ourselves.

Water Taxi on Centina River

Water Taxi on Centina River

There was the matter of the very low clearance on the bridge crossing the river which we had to negotiate.  Kent and Jolie made it through while Carol waited on shore on the other side.  For the return trip Carol stayed on board, but no one had their head above the pontoon—we literally cleared by inches while traffic rolled overhead.

Low, low clearance

Low, low clearance

The trip up the river was spectacular.  The river went through a high gorge as you go up river from Omis and then meandered another 8 km getting ever narrower with vegetation overhanging the further upstream we progressed until we reached a restaurant that sits on the bank just below the area where falls begin and white water rafting trips end.

Entering the River Gorge

Entering the River Gorge

Spectacular Views

Spectacular Views

River Narrows Up Stream

River Narrows Up Stream

Canoes on the Centina

Canoes on the Centina

River Restaurant Landing

River Restaurant Landing

The restaurant was next to what appeared to be an old mill building.  There is a narrow road that follows the river, so most people had arrived by car to enjoy lunch in this tranquil setting.  We arrived by dinghy for a libation before returning down river.

River Restaurant

River Restaurant

 On the down river leg, Carol finally figured out how to take video with her Elph, so the high speed ride was captured on some video clips which unfortunately we can’t figure out how to edit.

Back Down River

Back Down River

 All in all, Omis and the Centina River get *****Five Stars in our book.  We were only sorry we were too late in the season to take advantage of the white water rafting on the river or paragliding over the gorge.

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