At the foot of Mt. Biokovo, at the edge of the warm and crystal clear Adriatic Sea, you’ll find Baška Voda. Once a farming and fishing town, this idyllic spot is now a modern tourist attraction on the Makarska Riviera in the heart of Dalmatia. It has a population of 2,775 and is located on the Adriatic coastline of Dalmatia, 10 km northwest of Makarska. Being in the very heart of Makarska Riviera, Baška Voda is in 60 km from Split city and 75 km from the airport of Split.
Baška Voda is not only sun, transparent sea and beautiful beaches amidst pine woods and fresh mountain air. Besides the wonderful scenery you will find private apartments, hotels and facilities of the highest quality, food, sport, recreation and historical sites – excavations of remains dating back to the 1st – 7th centuries AD, the churches of St. Lawrence (1750) and St. Nicholas (1889), fine examples of Dalmatian rural architecture, ethnographic and malacogical museums.
In ancient times, the little village of Bast nestled by a freshwater spring which supplied the Biokovo area. During the 18th century, after the expulsion of the Turks, its inhabitant left the slopes of St. Ilija’s (Elijah’s) Ridge and descended to the shore, where they established Baška Voda, today a well-known tourist resort on the Makarska Riviera.
The name Baška Voda is mythological in origin and is linked with Biston, the patriarch of the Thracian Biston tribe, son of Ares, the Greek god of war, and the goddess Calliope, protectress of water. The military fort and springs near Baška Voda bear out this theory. Some of the richest archaeological sites that have yielded finds from Roman times are on the heights of Gradina and its surroundings.
These include burial sites with urns, lamps, jewellery, coins with the head of Alexander Severus Aurelianus and headstones bearing the names of 13 of the ancient inhabitants of Baška Voda, the loveliest of which commemorates a boy called Ursinus, who died in a shipwreck between 100 and 150 AD.
Baška Voda first appeared on the “Coranelli” geographical map, produced in 1688, as “Basca”. It was a small village which thrived on agriculture and fishing. The Late Baroque church of St. Lovro (Laurence), built in 1750, probably occupies an Antique site, while the parish church of St. Nikola (Nicholas), the patron saint of travellers and sailors, was built in the late 19th century.
Beaches in Baška Voda
As in Brela, the highlight in Baška Voda is undoubtedly the beaches. The city has several kilometers of very nice pebble beaches. The beaches stretch in both direction from the small marina and the city centre.
On majority of the beaches there are large pine trees providing shadow on hot summer days. The beaches are equipped with showers and on several parts of the beaches it is possible to rent sunshades and deck chairs. On beach part just north of the centre there is a playing ground at that beach. Find a refreshment and a place to enjoy in the beach bars that are located right next to the beach, they are really great and resemble to beach bars in some exotic places.
Crystal clear and warm sea, well preserved natural environment and magnificent geographical position, in the heart of Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast, make Baška Voda ideal tourist destination.
Visit Baška Voda and explore this unique town and it’s surroundings.