Beach of Baska Voda
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Baska (pronounced Bashka) Voda is a small village and port only 9km north of Makarska and just south of Brela. It's an easy day trip from Split but it's also a wonderful holiday destination in its own right. (See Baska Voda on a map)
Once a humble fishing village, Baska Voda's beaches, pine woods and lovely setting have made it a favorite for seaside tourism.
Baska Voda took shape at the end of the 17th-century after the forcible departure of the Turks from the Dalmatian coast. Small groups of people began coming down from the highlands to the sea looking for fresh water (baska voda). The nearest settlement in antiquity was nearby Bast which was once the site of Illyrian-Roman Biston.
No one comes to Baska Voda for museums & galleries; it's an outdoorsy place. Most people want to hang out on the beach but you can also do some pleasant hikes, mostly to nearby Biokovo Mountain. Visit the nearby villages of Bast and Topici, known for their artisanal cheese, prosciutto and bread. Take an easy walk to Promajna and the little fishermen's village of Bratus.
Outside of the glorious summer season, the chief local event is on December 6 when the feast of St Nicholas (the town's patron saint) is celebrated.
Baska Voda is an easy jaunt whether by car or bus. It lies just off the main coastal road and most buses running from Dubrovnik to Split make a stop in Baska Voda. (See a schedule of Dubrovnik's buses).
The tourist office (tel 021 620 713) is at Sv. Nikola 31.
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