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Croatia: Canyons, Coastlines and National Parks – Part 3

By on 1. November 2016

We have already seen the wonderful Krka National Park Part 2, but we wanted to head on to see the canyons behind Omis, that we have discovered at the start of our trip. We did not really know what to expect, but our host told us that it’s an awesome place. So, we packed our daily bags, hopped in the car and got going 🙂

Omis – Cetina canyons

How to get there and what to bring

When I think of canyons, the first three things that come to my mind are “hot”, “big” and “beautiful”. It pops up into my head immediately, because of Kings Canyon, which I have seen on my 1 year trip through Australia, Southeast Asia, Fiji and New Zealand. All these things lead me straight to what you should bring when you are going to explore any canyons. You definitely need good shoes, sun protecting clothes and lots of water and food. Usually when you hike through canyons (I had a lot of discussions about it in Australia), it’s gonna be really hot and exhausting. It’s not like a day trip in Disney Land 😉 So, make sure you are prepared.

View onto the canyons and Omis

Mountain ranges behind the canyons

In our case it was enough to bring lots of water, some food and a good camera, because we had a rented car. The good thing about the Cetina canyons is, that you can easily drive through it with a motorbike, a car or a normal bicycle. Normally that is unusual for canyons, but in this case it is a good opportunity in my opinion.

You will get to a lot of beautiful spots along the way much quicker and you will be able to see more. It is also the easier way to get to the canyons, because even though it is directly lying behind Omis, it would still be quite a distance to walk. So, using a vehicle is the better option in my opinion.

Perspective from Omis towards the canyons

Facts and activities

The Cetina canyons and the connecting parts have developed over thousends of years. Today we can see the fruits. These canyons go all along for several kilometers behind the mountain ranges towards the south. The Cetina river covers a distance of about 101 km and formed a fantastic, well rounded picture of nature. The river is also used for water and electricity supply. You gonna be suprised by the crystal clear water, big rocks, lakes, tunnels and waterfalls up to 40 m. Absolutely spectecular!

Awesome view along the Cetina river

Many different companies offer various activities. We did not do any of them, because we just wanted to explore the area on our own and see where it takes us. We ended up doing a small road trip through the canyons and took a look at them from a higher perspective. Many people do the activities though. They offer canyoning, boat tours on the river, cliff jumping, long hikes, rock climbing (with savety precautions) or rafting. Any person we spoke to recommends these activities and even our host said they are fun. Here is one of many adventure companies.

Lookout point at the Cetina canyons

Phenomenal views and other sights

The further you walk or drive up the canyons the better the views you get. We drove up a curvy road towards the north and stopped a couple times to get some good pictures and videos that you can see in Part 1. What you gonna capture is something worth putting on postcards, for sure! When you reach the top you can also see a small pirate castle on the other side of the canyons – Part 5. We walked up there a couple days later. It was really cool, because from that point you have a perfect view over the canyons, the river and the stunning coastline. It’s the ultimate spot.

View onto the pirate castle

View from the castle towards the Cetina river

We heard from locals, that it is a good thing to drive even further north. There is a “mountain” road waiting for you until you eventually reach the flatlands and Bosnia. If locals give you a tip, it is true almost every time 😉

Summarizing I can say, that visiting the canyons is definitely worth the time. I would even recommend to spend two days for that. One day to enjoy the views, exploring the area and maybe take some nice pictures. The second day to maybe do some offered activities, which is a lot of fun for one person, couples and families.

Mountain view from the Cetina canyons

Now the coastline was waiting for us! 🙂

 

 

Read more about it in – Part 4

 

 

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