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The Pirates of Omis on the prowl

By  Aug 12, 2016

The ambitious project of the Tourist Board of the city of Omis with the support of the City of Omis, the Split-Dalmatia County and the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County has developed over the years into a real tourist spectacle that gathers more than 10,000 visitors in the Port of Omis and in a spectacular way revives the proud history of the city on the Cetina river.

Interestingly, majority of visitors watch this event dressed as pirates thus participate directly in the event itself, which brings more authenticity to the historical spectacle.

This unique cultural and historical event in Croatian and English, takes places from the 17th till the 19th of August. It is the reconstruction of the historic battle of the 13th century between Omis pirates and Venetians. The famous pirates who ruled the coast and islands from the river Cetina to Neretva from 12th to 15th century won many victories at sea.

The event usually begins with a parade through the centre of Omis. The participation of many members of the historic forces armed to the teeth, contributes to the attractiveness of the event. There are the Chivalrous Society Kumpanjija from Blato on the island of Korcula, the Musketeers of Dubrovnik and the Deserters of Kils, who board the old wooden sailing ships and traditional boats and with brave and daring Omis pirates defend the city from the invasion of Venetians.

The whole event is broadcasted live directly to visitors in Croatian and English language.