The Cetina River
With a total length of 105 kilometers, the Cetina River flows through the interior of Central Dalmatia. The beginning of the Cetina River is the special source Izvor Cetine, which is also called ‘the Eye of the Earth’. This karst spring, which colors all shades of blue and green, resembles a dragon’s eye from above and is an infinitely deep hole in the earth. It is the most fascinating and unreal place to see in all of Croatia. The source is located at the foot of the Dinara Mountains. Further inland it creates a fast-flowing river that flows the last part through a gigantic canyon and flows into the Adriatic Sea at Omiš.
Ziplining, an unforgettable experience
The best way to discover the canyon and to get the best views of the Cetina River is by ziplining. The zipline trail starts in the middle of the canyon, 3 km outside Omiš. In 2-3 hours you descend the canyon by 8 ziplines with a total length of 2100 meters. Sometimes you hang up to 150 meters above the canyon!
The meeting point is at the main office in the center of Omiš. With a bus you drive to a higher point in the mountains which is the starting point of the ziplines. You get your equipment here; a harness, gloves a helmet and a tool that you can use on the steel cables to accelerate and slow down. Then you hike to the first zipline hidden in the forest. At this ‘baby’ zipline you practice how to move forward and brake and experience what it feels like to hang on the zipline. You can ask all your questions to the two experienced instructors and you will learn everything you need to know to descend independently.
When everyone is ready, you hike to the first zipline in about 10 minutes. This is immediately the longest (700 meters) and the highest (150 meters). You start with the most intense zipline, so there is little time to get used to ziplining. Seeing the instructor disappearing in nothingness with 60 – 70 kilometer per hour (depending on the wind), we wondered what we have started. And when I saw Abel’s worried face, I almost regretted always dragging him into my crazy ideas.
Full of adrenaline and with a fast speed I crossed the canyon. The views from here are spectacular. At this point, going back was no longer an option for Abel and he soon followed me. Super brave, because Abel has fear of heights. So he has really challenged himself with this exciting activity.
And guess what, it was so awesome and we both liked it. We looked forward to the next ziplines. Shorter ziplines followed. Some were steeper, went straight through the woods and with 2 ziplines you literally fly over the Cetina River, very spectacular. Along the way you can enjoy the beautiful nature. Watch here our video of our zipline experience.
Ziplining in Omiš
We recommend this unforgettable experience to everyone. We felt safe and the professional instructors introduce you to ziplining in a fun way and with a lot of humor. At each zipline, one of the instructors demonstrates the descent and stands on the other side to signal when to go faster or slower and to catch you. The other guide stays with the group to secure everyone to the zipline. If you find the experience a little bit too scary, there is a possibility to descend together with the instructor.
This activity is not sponsored.
Would you dare to go ziplining? Book a tour by appointment through Zipline Omiš. Check the website for current prices and available times. Transport to the zipline location and back to the main office and equipment is included in the price.
Helpful tips for ziplining
- Wear comfortable (sports) clothing.
- Do not bring too many loose items. It is possible to carry a backpack.
- It is useful to attach your phone to a cord. There are two ziplines that go a bit slower and where it is possible to take photos and/or videos. That way you can not lose your phone in the abyss.
- Bring plenty of water. It is a bit of a climb every now and then.