Baška Voda is situated in the central part of the Croatian coast, 9,5 km north-west of Makarska, at the foot of the Biokovo mountain.
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Location and climate
Baška Voda has Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, sunny and dry summers. The average temperature in January amounts to 8,3°C and in July to 24,3 °C. It is one of the sunniest destinations of the northern Mediterranean with approximately 2700 sunny hours per year. The south-eastern wind “jugo” and northeastern wind “bura” blow throughout the whole year, especially in the winter, while in the summer are frequent “maestral” during the day and “burin” during the night.
History and sights
First traces of settlement in Baška Voda date from the early Bronze Age. The Croatians inhabited the area in 7th century, but withdrew towards the Biokovo mountain, because they were threatened by pirates, where they stayed for nearly 1000 years. The inhabitants returned to the coast when the threat from the pirates ceased, where they established the modern Baška Voda. The first public building from the 1750 was the church of St. Lawrence, while the church of St. Nicholas was built in 1889. Baška Voda became the most significant port in the area at the beginning of the 20th century, when the quay was built. In mid-20the century tourism started to develop, which led to opening of hotels.
Baška Voda is a modern tourist destination with all the characteristics of a small Mediterranean town. It offers attractive cultural and entertaining performances, as well as the sun, sea, swimming and sunbathing, pleasant strolls, historical monuments and museums. Very interesting are also religious celebrations, especially the 6th of December when they are celebrating St. Nicholas' Day, since St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Baška Voda. The festival of the traditional Dalmatian songs is held on St. Lawrence's Day on 10th of August. Baška Voda also offers many sport facilities like tennis, handball, football, table tennis, fishing, mini golf etc. You can visit bars or nightclubs in the evening, or taste homemade specialties which are offered in many restaurants and taverns.
How to arrive?
The closest airport is the one in Split, from where you can reach Baška Voda by car or a bus.
By car or bus
You can use the highway Zagreb-Split if arriving from the direction of Hungary or Austria via Zagreb, or via Rijeka if you are arriving from the direction of Italy. From Split you can reach Baška Voda via the Adriatic highway, following the guidelines for Makarska. By bus you can travel to Baška Voda from every bigger Croatian city via Split.
There are regular ferry lines from Rijeka and Ancona toward Split, from where you can reach Baška Voda by bus or a car.