Discover dense forests, mysterious caves and fabulous mills of Dalmatia.
The river Cetina is undoubtedly one of the most preserved natural treasures of Dalmatia. Overflowing with beauty (and plenty of drinking water), it’s a well-known spot for nature lovers and thrill seekers from all over the world!
Flowing from the northwestern slopes of the Dinara mountain and rushing to the Adriatic Sea, the 101-kilometre long river carved the karstic terrain along its way, forming a huge canyon, gorgeous waterfalls and rapids.
The scenic canyon has been a protected area since 1963. Now it attracts a number of tourists who come to hike along the river trail or indulge in recreational activities such as rafting, canyoning, kayaking or ziplining.
Canyoning on the Cetina river allows nature enthusiasts to actually explore the hidden treasures of the canyon while walking through the river and the rapids, going through subterranean tunnels, swimming in natural pools and going around waterfalls and lakes. If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, rafting on river Cetina may be right up your lane!
Cetina river rafting
Along with the rivers Kupa and Zrmanja, Cetina belongs to the absolute top of Croatia’s rafting locations. More than simply navigating the river in an inflatable raft, Cetina rafting offers you a chance to swim under waterfalls, explore caves and even drink the refreshing and potable river water. If you want to try your hand at this exciting activity, simply book an excursion from camp Šimuni to Cetina and other prime destinations for adventure sports.
What to see
Visiting the Cetina area gives you a chance to see some important historic sights along the river’s path, such as Gospodska špilja, Radman’s mills and the town of Omiš.
Gospodska špilja is a cave located just above the source of the river, and it is an important archeological site, with findings proving the presence of caveman from the paleolithic era.
After rushing through the canyon, Cetina quietly ends its journey in the town of Omiš, flowing in the crystal blue Adriatic Sea. One of the most famous landmarks of this historic place is Mirabela, an old fortress used as a lookout by the old pirates of the city. Omiš also holds the most important annual manifestation of klapa singing, one of the key traditions of Dalmatian heritage.
Not far from Cetina’s mouth is the popular picnic spot Radman’s mill, a peaceful place with a charming restaurant serving mouthwatering traditional dishes. The filming of the movie Winnetou took place there in the 1960s, which is a fact most locals are very proud of!
If you want to experience the wonders of the Cetina river, choose some of the top-notch accommodation of Camping Village Šimuni as your starting point, then embark on your own adventure along the jewel of central Dalmatia!