Baška Voda, the Makarska Riviera's ideal retreat

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The Makarska Riviera. To many, a largely unheard of region on the Dalmatian Coast that offers gorgeous beaches, historic port towns, picturesque fishing villages and best of all, a breathtaking backdrop no mater the direction you gaze.

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Where is it?

 It was first in 2007 that I went there, since then I’ve been a further 3 times and will go back again! Any place in particular? Well there is astounding options available to the different demographics of travelers who venture this way! With the close to 20 towns and villages, accommodation ranges from great party locations, romantic & secluded beaches, and family friendly seaside towns; however my favorite to date is the small town of Baška Voda.

To describe Baška Voda as picturesque is way too cliché, yet it’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of this place. Situated not even 1 hours drive south from Split, it comes as no surprise that this place has hiked up in popularity significantly over the past 5 years. It offers great hotels, numerous new apartments for rent, superb restaurants, gorgeous mountains that huddle around the town and best of all, a huge blue flag beach in which there is always space.Image

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When should I go?

I’ve always traveled to this town either towards the end of June and during July before peak season really kicks in (it really is the ideal time to go). The sun is HOT the air is fresh and breezy and the cool sea completes the feeling of perfection, it is safe to say that you can spend your day just relaxing on the clean pebble beaches (and a day lasts from 5:30am till 8:30pm).

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What can I go see?

 If you enjoy exploring there is an incredible foreshore promenade which will guide you to fantastic and famous locations as in these pictures, these include Brela which has made it to the Forbes top 10 for ‘best beaches’ and made 1st place in Europe a few years back; or walk further north-west to some secluded beaches with hardly anyone in sight, needless to say, make space on your camera’s memory because the walk is amazing. You can find a video I uploaded to YouTube of the location here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gooMcN6ydE

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There are plenty of day cruises to the surrounding islands of Brač and Hvar which can be organized by many charter cruises on the foreshore. These islands are the better known ones from the over 1000 islands lining the Croatian coast, and boast an amazing history dating back to ancient Greek colonization; If boats are not your strong point then there are many bewildering locations just a scenic drive away from Baška Voda; these include an hours drive north-west to Split, Croatia’s 2nd largest and most vibrant city; Mostar (2 hours away in Bosnia & Herzegovina) which is alike a trip back in time to a medieval Ottoman town; and not even half hours drive south to the blue flag beaches of Tučepi and Podgora.

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What’s on the menu?

 You are spoilt for choice when it comes to culinary options, from traditional Croatian cuisine to the more popular seafood; there is rarely a bad choice to be made for dinner! Having been to at least 90% of the restaurants I can safely say that no corners are cut and the quality of food is superb! A hint would be to try finding ‘King Restaurant’ for a top notch dining experience or find out when the next ‘Fisherman’s Night’ will be on, where the daily catch of fish and squid is cooked up on the pier and served for next to nothing whilst Dalmatian folklore bands play through the night!

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How do I get there?

 Options of travel range from driving (which I find most preferable due to the network of new motorways), buses which leave daily from Split and I cannot see why you couldn’t just sail there should you be on a private cruise! Most tourist based information is readily available on the official tourism webpage and in a variety of languages (most of which are spoken in Baška Voda by the way!).

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And finally..

 All in all, Baška Voda is a destination to recommend and remember, mostly it’s a place offering magnificent views, amazing feasts and relaxing accommodation which won’t blow out your budget. I just hope that when you go there it is as the way I left it, perfect.

What’s Next?

 In the coming few days I will share with you a place that has not left my mind for the past few years, is a perfectly balanced mix of culture from the east and modernism of the west, yet its not in the middle east or Turkey. Where you might ask? Here’s a photo, should you recognize it, leave a comment! Until then take care and Sağolun!

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Image by David Messie

Link to the towns webpage: http://baskavoda.hr/en/

 

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Re-discovering our world lost to 'conventional' travel #1

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Who am I?

Before I begin, I will introduce myself, seeing as its my first blog post, ever! My name is Daniel, I’m 24 years old, a university student and friends call me ‘Bera’ due to my fantastic surname.. cool story, I know. 

I’ve lived in Sydney, Australia my entire life and ever since I was at least 4 years old I always wanted to explore what seemed out of reach places, whether it be a park I saw from the back seat of the family car, a town in a far away location I saw in a movie or even funny enough explore beyond the borders of open world video games like GTA or even Call of Duty. Let’s be honest there is Imagesomething interesting about exploring the unknown!

There is something inside me that I feel and I’m sure many others feel, that leads to a yearning to explore places where others either have no interest or not enough knowledge about. After all its these places where you just might discover feelings of happiness, excitement, tranquility or you might just feel at peace with the world. Without trying to sound like a conventional ‘explorer wannabe’, I have little interest in discovering a hidden cafe in Milan or visiting a National Park somewhere in Australia..That is simply put, over done and not really discovering anything outside the box in terms of travel. After all, lets face it, the Western world is well documented!

How this blog will be different to ‘travel blogs’

First and mostly of all, I want to expose you to places which you either rarely or wont read about at all, introduce you to different peoples of this world that you did not know existed, share histories from the most unheard of locations and more than Imageanything I want you to know that travel goes beyond the usual destinations of Tropical resorts and Parisian streets.

Now before I start I would like you to know, there are places I will be sharing with you that I have been before, these posts and stories will include such information like:

  • Best places to visit, walk around, drive to, eat at, etc
  • Cheapest & most convenient ways of getting there and getting around
  • Places that are nearby so you have some option on other great places to go
  • Tips of the area, things to do and not to do

And then I will share other great destinations that I wish to go one day, I will just be scratching the surface by mentioning:

  • Where, What and Why go to there?
  • Interesting facts & stats, histories and articles or videos about the destination
  • Who lives there?
  • How do you get there?

As this is the very first post I don’t want to turn this post into a book, yet, rather than leave you with nothing at all before my next post I will briefly share a place I have been recently, just a month ago in fact. A place that I hold very dear to my heart and is what feels the periphery to the world of travel I’m going to share with you!

A taste of things to come

ImageOne of the most spectacular places Ive been to in Europe is defiantly Croatia, in particular the Makarska Riviera. It is a rare piece of unspoiled Mediterranean Europe with pristine water, clean beaches, hot dry days with almost perfectly timed cool breezes, it really is the Pearl of the Adriatic. Truth be told, photos don’t do justice to the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast, this photo was taken from my battered 3 year old Sony Xperia phone, which has accompanied me to Europe 3 times now (however I do believe this was its last time).

I will share with you the best this Coast has to offer, the most interesting places to day trip too, the cheapest yet best quality places to eat and most importantly how you can make everyday you spend there count!

But that is until a few days from now, due to endless studying ahead for the weekend! Try to keep posted and until then, take care and Doviđenja!

– D Berakov