Omis and the Pirates
Omis Riviera has a long tourist tradition and culture. History tells us that the individual Croatian tribes are engaged in piracy in the Middle Ages, and some areas in Croatia have been known for piracy: the Neretva area (Neretva pirates), Omis (Omis pirates), Senj (Senj Uskok’s). Croatian rulers and nobles were used piracy as an additional source of revenue by attacking the Venetian and later the Turkish merchant ships, which was normally at that time. Omis pirates are, in one part of its history ruled the central part of the Adriatic Sea. Each fleet are feared from theirs attacks, and they are particularly “fond” of the Venetian ships which they frequently intercepted along the route to their trading destinations.
The most interesting event on the Omis Riviera and perhaps in the entire Adriatic is the Pirate Battle which is traditionally organized in Omis in August. It is a reconstruction of the pirate battle between the Venetians and Omis pirates that took place in the 13th century. Complete Venetian domination on the Adriatic Omis was the only thorn in the eye. Documents show that pirates of Omis were building ships which remain unique in the shipbuilding industry as well as the townspeople are very proud of them.
Pirate battle are maintained for years and are already become a real attraction. Pirate flag are already waved on Omis fortress and the city which was recently occupied by tourists. Pirates have ruled here for over 200 years, in the fight with stronger they are served with lot of cunning.
Omis offers its guests a beautiful city and the beach and also offers a unique entertainment.
Be part of the biggest summer events in Omis on August 18, and enjoy on the Riviera Omis!