Bisected by the wide turquoise ribbon of the Cetina River, the steep cliffs of Cetina Canyon form a striking landscape just a short drive outside of Split, Croatia’s 2nd-largest city. In a country lush with stunning nature, Cetina Canyon is one of the easiest to reach and offers many opportunities for hiking and adventure sports.The Basics
Cetina Canyon’s natural beauty is the ideal setting for long, quiet hikes and leisurely boat rides. Adrenaline-seekers can try myriad adventure activities, including canyoning, rafting, kayaking, and ziplining.
Small-group guided tours from Split visit Cetina Canyon for adventure and nature. Many tours of the area take you white-water rafting on rivers, canyoning down steep cliffs, ziplining above the canyons, or hiking in the mountains. For the most convenience, opt for a tour that offers round-trip transportation from your Split or Omis hotel; some tours include a dinner option as well.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Cetina Canyon is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
- Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes for your chosen activities.
- It’s possible to swim on certain beaches, but note that the river water can be fast-moving in places.
Cetina Canyon is a 30-minute drive from Split. You can take a bus to the town of Omis and begin hiking from there or, for a more flexible and customizable day, rent a car and drive to the river to find your perfect spot.
When to Get There
It’s best to visit Cetina Canyon during the daytime, as the area is rural and can be dangerous for inexperienced hikers after dark. The Canyon is ideal during the summer months, when the weather is warm, sunny, and clear, and the water is best for swimming, rafting, and kayaking.
Along the River
Boating down the long stretch of the Cetina River takes you through rural parts of Croatia, where you can truly admire the natural beauty of the area. The town of Omis sits at the intersection of the river and the Adriatic Sea, and contains historical fortresses and churches. The tiny village of Cetina also sits along the route of the river.