Exploring Croatia with Kids: Baska Voda


Baska Voda Riva at Day
I have visited this picturesque little seaside town many times during my childhood and it was always my dream to come back here and experience it again with my family. Long stretches of dreamy beaches, crystal clear water, evening walks along the riva and gelato.  After hiking our way through 4 national parks (Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica, Telašćica, and Krka) we were ready to enjoy some of bask Voda’s tranquility and gorgeous scenery.

Beachview Baska Voda

Sunset Baska Voda

Located at the foot of the magnificent mountain Biokovo, this former fishing village is the perfect little hidden gem for Mark and I and our little Tigger. You get to really appreciate playgrounds and buggy friendly beaches. We even saw a dog friendly beach & one that had wheelchair access right down to the water front.

Lavender Baska Voda

Biokova Mountain Baska Voda

We stayed at an apartment close to the Riva, which is bursting with little cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours. In the morning, straight after breakfast we like going to the beach. We put our towels down somewhere under the many pine trees that grow on the beaches. You can read here how we avoid sunburn.

Croatia isn’t known for their sandy beaches, for sure. however, the sprog and I pottered about the pebbly beaches without much difficulty. We did worry at first whether the rocky beaches that you generally find in Croatia would hurt her little feeties, so we bought her some jelly shoes in one of the little shops. She was fine though. Look at that gorgeous blue water:

Beach Baska Voda Makarska

 

Beaches Baska Voda

You can buy the usual touristy gimmicks – lilos, towels, flip flops ( & giant pink flamingos much to the delight of my toddler) etc. in the many shops that are dotted around Baska Voda, as well as little snacks and drinks of you get peckish.

My favourite thing to do in Croatia is sample the local coffee. Preferably with a view 🙂 We found that cafes and restaurants in general were very inviting and happy for us to roll in with a pram and have Lila bean tear the place apart as toddlers generally do. Be bought her a little bucket and spade and she was happily feeding her little toy cat pebbles which she cooked up in her little bucket.

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Some of our favourite cafes in Baska Voda

We enjoy relaxing after the beach with a coffee or cold drink and a nice view. Or any other time of day when we fancied a sit down and some down time. We really enjoyed:

  • Južnjačka Utjeha beach bar – a colourful beach bar with relaxed atmosphere. You can either sit under the parasol or in one of the loungers on the beach and enjoy the view;
  • Plavi Val – Local cafe nestled under a grove of pine trees, so much shade and a playground next to it,do I need to say more?
  • Zanzi Bar – stunning views and they kindly made us some steamed milk in an espresso cup at no charge when Lila started helping herself to my cappuccino.

 

Zanzi Bar Baska Voda

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Restaurants:

Baska Voda Papagaj Father and child

  • Bistro Karlo – Delicious food and these guys have a high chair and kids toys, really enjoyed our visit there.
  • Papagaj – great food and the staff really went out of their way to make su feel comfortable. If you sit around the back, there is a bit of a square where your kids can roam while you are ordering your food.

Lots of summer love,

Vicky x

 

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