Do you love nature and want to have a seaside holiday in a location that is easy to reach, with beautiful beaches, services and entertainment: where should you go? A perfect destination for you is Baška, a popular tourist resort on the Croatian island of Krk.
It is a small town overlooking a bay enclosed by high mountains and washed by an incredibly clean and transparent Adriatic Sea; it is reached by following a magnificent road through a fertile valley that ends right in Baska.
In this valley flows the only river on the island, the Vela Rika (Great River), a name that may seem exaggerated for a waterway that is dried up for many months of the year. It would probably not even be noticed, were it not for the two bridges that cross it and the watermill once used to grind wheat: this simple building bears witness to centuries of history and tells us of ancient traditions handed down for centuries.
In the early 20th century, the first hotels in Baska opened: it was an article by a Czech journalist praising the clear waters, healthy air and lush greenery of the area that attracted the first tourists. For decades, it was Czech tourists who flocked to the surrounding beaches; gradually tourism developed into the town’s main economic activity and today the clientele is international.
There is still a pretty town centre, but it is only a handful of 16th century Venetian houses; the beating heart of town life is in the modern area, parallel to the long Vela Plaza beach.
Today, Baska is purely a tourist resort, welcoming thousands of visitors each year who come here for its irresistible mix of scenic beauty, a wide choice of hotels and flats, beautiful beaches, plenty of bars to spend the evening in, opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities, and last but not least, seaside restaurants serving tasty seafood.
Do not confuse Baška with Stara Baska, the ‘Old Baska’, a village a few kilometres from the more common Baška.
There are two beautiful beaches in Baska where you can sunbathe and take refreshing dips during your holiday without having to take your car out: Vela Plaza and Vela Luka.
Vela Plaza (Big Beach) is the ‘town’ beach of Baska and is one of the most famous not only on the island of Krk but in the whole of Croatia. This white pebble beach is a perfect mix of nature and comfort: it is set in beautiful natural scenery, surrounded by densely vegetated mountains, and has all the amenities.
It is almost 2 km long (perfect for those who like to walk by the sea), but it is quite narrow and in summer it is very crowded.
If you don’t like crowded beaches, move to Vela Luka beach, not to be confused with the beach of the same name on the island of Korcula. It is quieter than Vela Plaza because, unlike the former, which can be easily reached on foot or by car, it can only be reached by taxi boat or by following a long path (calculate about 1 hour 45 minutes).
Vela Luka is also a pebble beach, enclosed in a small bay bordered by barren rocky hills and washed by crystal-clear, calm waters. The beach has no facilities, so it is recommended to bring an abundant supply of water and food.
From Vela Luka, it is about a 15-minute walk to the equally beautiful beach of Mala Luka. Here, deckchairs and umbrellas can be hired and there is a refreshment stand. This too cannot be reached by car.
Baska’s long history has left few traces and today the town is devoid of any cultural attractions of interest. However, it is pleasant to take a stroll through the old town centre, where several houses with characteristic Venetian-style architecture are concentrated.
In the village of Jurandvor, only 2 km from the centre of Baska and easily accessible on foot, there is a small church that would probably have remained unknown outside of Krk had it not been for the discovery of the Baska gravestone. It is a gravestone with an inscription in the Glacolitic language (ancient Slavic alphabet) with the word Croatia and the adjective ‘Croatian’, which is why it is taken as a reference for the date of birth of the Croatian people.
You can visit the small church of St Lucy where Baska’s tombstone was found: it is a Romanesque-style building erected on the foundations of an ancient Roman villa, which houses a statue of the saint that somewhat truculently alludes to the events of her martyrdom. During the tour, you will be shown a video about how the Baska tombstone was discovered, and you can see a replica of the famous find (the original is kept in a museum in Zagreb).
A popular activity in and around Baska is hiking: the hills and mountains in the area are criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails surrounded by greenery; other outdoor sports you can enjoy in Baska include tennis, miniature golf, surfing, water skiing, sailing and diving. For the little ones, there are amusement parks and playgrounds.
If you visit Baska in the summer months, you will experience the phenomenon of bibavizza, a special sea breeze that is considered a kind of natural massage for the body. Baska’s healthy air is considered a panacea for health, and the town is home to healing stations for illnesses such as arthritis, rheumatism and bronchial ailments.
Baska is a purely tourist town, capable of welcoming a high number of visitors. The choice of accommodation for tourists in Baska is very wide, with options to suit all budgets, but flats and holiday homes prevail over hotels.
If you are looking for more comfort or relaxation, there are two four-star hotels; both are located on the beachfront and offer their guests admission to a nearby wellness centre.
Baska is easy to reach because the island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so there is no need to take a ferry. It can be reached by car by driving south along a section of Slovenia, then entering Croatia on the A7 and the D102. Once on the island, follow a well-paved road that connects all the towns.
The island of Krk has an international airport, which would be Rijeka Airport; however, there are no train connections.
For those who wish to travel by public transport, the only option is to take a bus from Rijeka; this service connects all the towns on Krk and can therefore be used to travel around the island.
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Baska is located on the southern end of Krk, a Croatian island south of Rijeka, washed by the northern Adriatic Sea.