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Pirates of Omis battle Venice on a spectacular night in Dalmatia

Posted Aug 21, 2014 by Paul Bradbury
Croatia's varied tourism season continues as pirates take to the high seas to battle Venice in the annual re-enactment in Omis.
The pirates of Omis were the most feared along the Dalmatian coast.
The pirates of Omis were the most feared along the Dalmatian coast.
Sanda Grgas
Central Dalmatia's impressive summer of historical re-enactments continued on August 18, 2014, as the annual pirate battle in Omis packed the small coastal town, and tourists and locals were treated to an impressive - and loud - display of piracy in the harbour of Omis, an event witnessed by Digital Journal.
Piracy was rife throughout the centuries on the Adriatic, no more so than in Omis, whose pirates were able to escape up the Cetina River with all its hiding points to store their loot. This important period of history is marked each year with a reenactment of battle between the Venetians and the pirates from the 13th century.
Omis is perfect pirate territory  the gateway to the mighty Cetina River
Omis is perfect pirate territory, the gateway to the mighty Cetina River
Sanda Grgas
The Venetians refused to pay for safe passage so the Pirates, who were led by the fearless Malduk. They kidnapped Leonarda, the daughter of Aconcius (the Pope's representative). But Leonarda and Malduk's son Ivan fell madly in love, the battle was fought, the pirates won, the Venetians vowed to pay and true love prevailed.
Spectacular historical re-enactments are an important part of tourism in Dalmatia.
Spectacular historical re-enactments are an important part of tourism in Dalmatia.
Kresimir Macan
As previously reported on Digital Journal, the most famous pirate of them all, Johnny Depp was invited to take part in the battle in previous years.
Not all the participants were experienced pirates. Croatia s leading PR guru  Kresimir Macan  left  ...
Not all the participants were experienced pirates. Croatia's leading PR guru, Kresimir Macan, left, was down for the event from Zagreb.
Kresimir Macan
Perhaps best known for its endless beaches, pristine Adriatic and picturesque islands, Central Dalmatia is a region rich in diverse tourism options, and its centuries of history and tradition, coupled with its remarkable heritage, are brought to life each year through various impressive spectacles.
The spectacular Battle of Klis  re-enacted earlier this summer
The spectacular Battle of Klis, re-enacted earlier this summer
Povijesna postrojba Kliški Uskoci
Digital Journal recently attended the Battle of Klis re-enactment, as the Ottoman attack of 1532 was repelled at the impressive Game of Thrones filming location of Klis Fortress; the annual Sinj Alka knights' tournament is one of Croatia's most important cultural events, attended each year by notable dignitaries; and Split's 1,700-year association with the retirement home of Roman Emperor Diocletian is celebrated each August with Days of Diocletian.