Via ferrata Fortica – Omis (B) Croatia

Via ferrata Fortica is a relatively short and easy via ferrata, also suitable for beginners. It offers stunning views of Omiš and the Cetina Canyon.

Summary

Grade: B
Vertical: 270m ferrata, 300m total
Time: 10min approach, 45min ferrata, 30min descent, 1h25min total
Access / Parking: 43.4472,16.6947Google Maps or any Android maps app
Start via ferrata: 43.4462,16.6939Mapy.cz or any Android maps app
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Access

If we arrive in Omiš by car, we can park just outside the city at the access coordinates provided in the Summary section above. This is a paid parking lot after a tunnel, but there are also a few free parking areas nearby, along the road, close to the river.

Alternatively, we can park in one of the parking lots in Omiš and walk from there, which will add 10-20 minutes to the approach.

Approach to start

The start of the cable is accessible from either side of the car tunnel via a path. In 2021, the markings were faint, but they were refreshed in 2023.

As a navigation tip, follow the approach path until you are above the road tunnel, then look for signs pointing upward, away from the road and the river.

If you left your car in Omiš, the approach path starts at the end of Četvrt Kralja Slavca Street.

The route

The route follows a natural line up the mountain ridge and offers amazing views of the town below, the Cetina River, and the Adriatic Sea.

While it does not pose technical difficulties, it can get hot during the ascent, so bring enough water with you.

After the cable ends, continue on the path up to the base of the Tvrđava (Starigrad) fortress.

Descent

There are two possible return options: the shorter path goes directly to the parking lot, while the longer path makes a loop, reaching Omiš first before returning to the starting point.

Good to know

  • Paid entry for the optional visit of the fortress at the top – in 2021 it was cash only.
  • Many sport climbing routes on the rock wall next to the parking lot, including easy grades.

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I recommend using a full via ferrata kit, including a helmet.

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