This popular resort sits at the base of the Biokovo mountains, 10km NW of Makarska, in the beautiful surroundings of the national park. It has got everything you need for a great visit – stunning surroundings, great beaches, perfect water, and a wealth of highly-rated bars and restaurants serving mouth-watering local delicacies and freshly-caught seafood. Small enough to get around on foot, let this picturesque village cast its magical spell on you.
From a distance, it can be difficult to determine which village is Baska Voda. However, once you get closer, the light structure at the end of the breakwater helps to identify it. The approach to the harbour is free of hazards, although there are two offshore cables at somewhat shallow depths.
Where to Anchor
There are berths along the quay, or at the marina. The harbour provides good shelter from W, N, and E winds. However, strong winds from the south create heavy swells, and the bora can blow fiercely here.
Both the quay and the marina can supply electricity and water. On the quay, you will find toilets and showers. There are plenty of places to stock up on provisions – and do not miss a trip to the colourful fruit and vegetable market which is held daily.
The beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors/travellers can also soak up the glorious sun and get a beautiful tan.
Banks, ATMs, and a post office are all available. There is a medical centre and a pharmacy. Plenty of tourist facilities: information centre, restaurants, bars, etc as well as car/bike hire and a dive centre.
History and Culture
The origins of Baska Voda date back to pre-Greek and Roman times, attested to by numerous discoveries of archeological treasures nearby. It first appeared on a map in 1688, as a centre for agriculture and fishing.
Interesting fact: the village and surrounding areas feature as a fictional race track in the video game Gran Tourismo Sport.
Runs from the port, starting from the Nikolina statue. This long and beautiful stretch of pebbles borders crystal-clear turquoise waters. Pine trees provide welcome shade, but there are also umbrellas and sunbeds available for hire. Right behind the pine trees are plenty of local bars, cafés and, restaurants
Ikovac Beach, at the far northern end of the harbour, is another great spot for swimming and sunbathing. The 250m stretch of white pebbles and turquoise waters, framed by the towering Biokovo mountains, combine to create a perfect holiday experience. Add the wonderful scents of the pine trees, as you enjoy their welcome shade, and this beach has it all. And yes, there are typical local beach bars for refreshments.
On the coast east of Baska Voda, you will find the beach of Oseka. The bay is perfect for swimmers. It is kid-friendly, with a small playground nearby. Moreover, the beach is pet-friendly, so you can get your fur friend here.
A little further along, in a small natural bay surrounded by red rocks, is Baska Voda’s nudist beach.
This gently sloping beach is popular with families and is especially loved by those with small children. You will not find a lot of naturally shady spots here, but umbrellas and sunbeds are available for hire. And as it’s right near the centre of the town, refreshments are never far away.
Places of Interest
St. Nikole Church
St. Nikole is a beautiful church located at the water’s edge. During religious festivals, you will notice the devoted gathering outside to hear the service.
Arheološka Muzejska Zbirka
If you are interested in learning more about the history of Baska Voda, a trip to this little, well-hidden museum is worth the effort. Entry to the museum is free of charge.
Where to Eat
Located right on the seafront with wonderful views. Del Posto serves mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine, enriched with authentic herbs from the Biokovo mountains. The food can be enhanced with excellent from selected Croatian and other vineyards from around the world. Try their seafood risotto or pasta, or go for some freshly-caught sea bass. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Beautiful terrace and wonderful sea view – the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset. The restaurant offers great service. try their baked fish, or freshly caught langoustines, tuna tartar, or salmon with black risotto, and pair your dishes with some delicious local wine – the waiters will always be happy to advise.
With a home-from-home atmosphere, Bistro Karlo is a good choice for families with kids. Although there are plenty of local specialties and seafood, the menu is not too fancy- pizzas, chicken, and lasagne. Their desserts are wonderful. Good value for money.
Places to Stay
With the beach just across the street, yet family-friendly this chic has all the amenities you’d expect in a modern 4* hotel, including a gym/fitness centre. If you are looking for a few days of hassle-free relaxation close to all the town’s amenities, you won’t be disappointed.
Located in the centre of the town, just a few minutes’ walk away from Ikovac beach. The quiet bedrooms may not have sea views, but if you are looking for a comfortable base from which to explore Baska Voda, everything you need is here.
Things to Do
The expert leaders at the Poseidon Diving Centre head out on diving and snorkeling trips every day (except Sundays). If you have never tried diving before, they will guide you carefully and safely on a beginner’s experience. Kids as young as 13 can get their first taste of this fantastic activity, while certified divers can take longer and more ambitious dives.