The town of Baska Voda lies nine kilometres north of Makarska. Previously a fishing village, it is now one of the most popular bathing resorts on the Makarska riviera.
Baska Voda is known as “Makarskas young sister” since everything that is found in Makarska is also present here, although in a smaller version. In addition it has fewer inhabitants, which contributes to a somewhat more peaceful image. It is considered by some to be more chic and sophisticated than Makarska – maybe that is an exaggeration, however one notices a definite difference in atmosphere between the two towns.
The name “Baska Voda” has its origins in Greek mythology. As early as several thousand years ago, the place was an important source of drinking water for the surrounding settlements. Bulwarks (protective walls) from the Bronze Age have been uncovered around the hill at Gradina. A fourteenth-century Peutinger roman road map mentions a settlement called Aronia where Baska Voda is located today. In the seventh century the place was overrun by slaves, and during the following thousand years only cattle have been drinking from the water source.
The Makarska riviera has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Thanks to the proximity of the sea, the summers are not oppressively hot. It can rain throughout the year, although this is uncommon during the summer. The high season for Baska Voda is in July and August, when the average temperature can reach 30˚C during the day, somewhat cooler at night. The sea temperature is then around 23-24˚C.
April and May
The average daytime temperature is around 18-23˚C, climbing as summer approaches. Nights are cooler with an average of 11-16˚C. The sea temperature is around 14-17˚C. It rains occasionally.
June, July, August, September
During this warmest period, the average daily temperature is 26-30˚C, with night-time temperature around 19-22˚C. These months are the sunniest and have the least rain. The sea temperature is around 21-24˚C.
October and November
The summer warmth can often extend into the autumn months, with daytime temperatures around 15-20˚C, night-time 10-14˚C. Sea temperature is 16-19˚C. The risk of rain is higher than in summer, and as autumn progresses the weather becomes cooler.