Baška Voda

Brief history of Baška Voda

Baška Voda Prva maslina
T he area where Baška Voda is situated today was first settled in the ancient times. Throughout the history numerous springs of drinking water in its surroundings have always been the main reasons for settling this area. About 1300 B.C. a settled fortification named Gradina was erected at this place, the ruins of which have been preserved till today. At the time of the Roman Empire a fort Biston was built at the same spot. The Archaeological Museum in Split houses ancient grave stones found at this site, indicating that a Roman Necropolis was situated on the slope above Baška Voda.

After the ancient times the life at today’s Baška Voda came to a standstill for 1000 years as local people moved closer to the Biokovo mountain range to seek refuge from the Turks and constant pirate attacks. Following the downfall of Biston in the 6th century its inhabitants moved to the foot of the Biokovo mountain range, where, near a spring of drinking water, the village Bast was established.

After banishing the Turks and pirates from the region, the locals from Basta returned to the coastal areas and settled again the site of today’s Baška Voda. The oldest written documents date back to the 17th century. Baška Voda first appeared on the map of Dalmatia from 1686, drawn by Italian geographer and cartographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, as Basca. Another Italian cartographer Marcelo marked the same town on his map as Fontana di Basca. The name Baška Voda, however, was first mentioned on a written document on selling a house in 1724. The Late-Baroque church Sv. Lovro (St Laurence) was built on the site in 1750, while the town itself only counted ten houses at that time. Only 100 years later a large number of people chose to settle the town. In 1889 the parish church of Sv. Nikola (St Nicholas), the patron of

St. Nikola Baska Voda
Baška Voda. in 1845 the town got the first school and in 1912 the first port. The first residents were occupied with agriculture, fishing and sailing. The Hotel Slavija, built in 1930, was the first hotel in Baška Voda and presents the birth of modern tourism, which has become the main industry today. In 1936 the hotel Slavija, which today houses the seat of the Baška Voda municipality, was awarded a golden medal at the world exhibition in London.

Baška Voda today

Baška Voda
B aška Voda, one of the most beautiful towns in the Makarska Riviera or even in whole Dalmatia, is today a well known tourist resort. Baška Voda is rich in extreme natural beauty. The blue of the Adritic Sea is meeting the green of pine trees and the dazzling whiteness of the stony Biokovo mountain range. Visitors to Baška Voda also enjoy its pleasant climate. According to meteorological statistics, Baška Voda has on average 2700 sunny days annually. However, all this can be offered to a visitor due to hardworking people who cherish and nurture their natural heritage and strive to preserve what mother-nature once trusted them. There are not many places where one can find such a long string of pristine pebble beaches, slowly entering crystal-clear blue waters of the sea. Local people pay a lot of attention to tidiness and cleanliness of the whole town, its harbour, squares, streets and walking paths. Due to everything mentioned so far Baška Voda is a successive winner of the “Blue Flower” with the golden mark, the most prestigious prize for tourism in Croatia. The most precious award for the local people is, however, a growing number of tourists who are coming to Baška Voda year after year. Although tourist season can be prolonged here, it has become more and more difficult to find suitable accommodation in the peak of the season. Tourists do not only take delight in the sea, sun and beautiful landscape, but also in rich culinary offer in the region. Plenty of taverns in Baška Voda and in Basto
Baška Voda
 offer not only many Dalmatian specialities, such as prosciutto, cheese, and seafood, but also autochthon architecture, unique Dalmatian “klapa” singing, and a breathtaking view of the Adriatic sea and the nearby islands. Staying in Baška Voda is also suitable for day trips to neighbouring towns of Makarska and Trogir, historic towns of Split, Šibenik and Omiš and the city of Dubrovnik, or to the islands of Brač and Hvar, to National Park Krka and Mount Biokovo Nature Park or for many recreational activities, such as rafting on the Cetina River or hang gliding from Mount Biokovo. However, those who still have some energy and strength left after a short trip or after an active day in the sun and sea can enjoy lively atmosphere and night entertainment in a number of night bars, discos and terraces with live music as well as at occasional concerts and fish evenings which are included in the offer of Baška Summer festivities.

Prva maslina
Goran and Tatjana Jurić
Podluka 5
21320 Baška Voda


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