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Omiš

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Introduction

Omiš is small and charming Dalmatian city that is situated 35 kilometres southeast of Split. The city has about 5,000 inhabitants, but the surrounding has more than 25,000 people. This hidden gem of the Adriatic coast is known for its natural diversity. Omiš is located on the mouth of the Cetina river, which carved a marvelous canyon through highs mountains that surrounds the town.

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Sights and Activities

  • Old city
  • Fortresses Mirabella (Peovica) and Fortica (Starigrad)
  • Church of St. Peter from the 10th century
  • Church of St. Michael
  • In the past 15 or so years Omiš has become the center for the active holidays in Croatia

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Events and Festivals

  • Festival of the Dalmatian a cappella singing groups ("Festival Dalmatinskih Klapa")

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Weather

Omiš has a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summers and mild but wet winters. Temperatures are usually around 28 °C to 32 °C during the summermonths of June to September and 10-14 °C during winter (December - February). Nights average around 20 °C during summer and are still well above zero during winter. Most rain (snow is rare) falls during the wintermonths.

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Getting There

By Plane

Nearest airport is in Split 50 kilometres from Omiš. Split Airport (SPU) offers a range of flights. Croatia Airlines flies to/from Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Lyon, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Zagreb and Zürich. Several lowcost airlines serve the city as well, with destinations including Bristol, Geneva, London and Milan with Easyjet and many other airlines serve cities like Copenhagen, Vienna, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Moscow, Prague and Luxembourg.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.

Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.

An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.

Post

Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.

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