Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.
After passing a few days in the city it was time to escape the civilisation and discover some hiking trails near Split. I was lucky to find a trail in Omis.
Hiking trail – Photo Guide
We arrived in Omis by 11 am and headed straight to the beginning of the trail. We had to walk around 10 min from the bus stop until we reached the center. The town sits literally in between the cliffs protected only by safety nets high above them. Rock falls apparently is something quite common here. However it doesn’t stop the locals from building new houses. On the other side they have the Adriatic sea with long sandy beaches. Our target peak is one of those steep climbs which theoretically visible from the button.
The path is craved into the cliff and despite being only 8.2 km (return), it was a rather steep and challenging climb. The weather didn´t help either. This year the summer came early and we were dealing with 30 degrees temperature which several times made us almost turn around. Besides, we still beginners in hiking in hikes and some of the trail elements were new to us.
There will be a sign saying the time – which you should double. The hike up takes two times more than the hike down.
The original trail was under construction, but some local pointed us the right direction. We continued on a regular asphalt road. The serpentine finished and we saw the first sign pointing in direction of the castle ruins. In the beginning you follow the same path. This segment is very steep made of rocks, you will even have to use hands at some steps. Continue until an intersection, where you will see another sign.
The challenges and rewards
From there turn right and continue on a separate trail this time easy path. You will be passing some houses. Once you see a steep slope of rocks, you know it´s where the party begins. A very useful thing to have is some sort of a stick if you don’t have professional equipment. This steep segment of the mountain is basically covered with small rocks making your feet go back with every step you make, be careful.
Once you pass this part you will continue up until a mountain hut which was under construction when we arrived. There you can refill your water containers, relax and have some lunch. We met there a couple in their 50´s, they passed us before and served as a motivation to continue the hike. I said: “If they can do it, then also we can!” We chatted a bit and they offered us some food and water – very lovely couple.
Then we continued up for more half an hour, the path opened up. Suddenly it was salient, we could only hear wind and some birds my feet felt lightweight. Although only 870m, I felt like I was on the top of the World. Blue sea on the right, mountains on the left and in front another valley – continuing the Dinara mountain chain. The view is absolutely gorgeous and so worth the effort! Only from here you can actually understand the geography of this area, you can see it all and that’s what makes us climb and hike – the possibility to understand the place and the feeling you will never experience by being down there. In hiking just like in any sport you have to remember one thing – don´t finish when you are tired, finish when you are done! Your body has more resistance than you might think, it is all in your head!
On the top we met again the Croatian couple and continued down all together. It was a very fast but pleasant walk down, I would say more than 2x faster. We finished with a cold beer in a local bar.
This was a perfect ending for our Croatia visit!
Omis Kula: Hiking stats
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 8.2 km
Altitude gain: + / – 870 meters
- Don´t forget to take some extra water and food supplies.
- Leave as early as possible.
- There are snakes – avoid placing hands on rocks – instead use a stick to scare the away by tapping the path in front of you.
- For the same reason – use long pants.
- And the most importantly – enjoy the hike!