A SMALL PARADISE IN CROATIA: BASKA, KRK ISLAND
When you arrive in Baska you will be amazed by its landscape: the city lies between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Calm waters and pebble beaches make up the scenery of one of Croatia's most beautiful beaches. The waters ranging from turquoise to dark blue will catch your attention from the start, and you can't help by wonder how it would be like to swim in these waters. Well, don't wonder, just jump in and see for yourself, unless the water is too cold! Baska - pronounced BAH-SH-KA - is very small, a typical Croatian beach village. It will not take you more than 4 Km to walk from one side of the city to the other. By the beach promenade you will find restaurants, ice cream and convenience stores, hotels, bars, ATM's, tourist agencies, bakeries, local handcrafting, souvenirs, diving centers and more. You will be fascinated with center city, where the old streets and typical tiny fisherman-buildings represent the traditional Croatian beach scenario.In Baska you will find 3 types of beaches: common ones, some especially for dogs and naturalists beaches. Once in a while you will find a nice and private spot on the coastline with a tiny beach only for yourself, like we did. But I imagine it will be more difficult during the months of July and August, when the city is packed.Soon enough you will notice that the locals will speak German to you at first and that most of the signs will be in German. That is because the region is very influenced by German and Austrian tourists. I honestly felt like I didn't leave Germany, I spoke English once, and only because I pretended not to know German, but don't worry, they do speak English, too.Come to Baska to relax and to enjoy all the activities offered: jet skiing, hiking, boat trips, snorkeling, kayaking, biking to the next city, laying on the sunny beach, camping and diving – the reason why I chose to come here in the first place. At the end of the day enjoy a glass of Zlahtina – the local white wine – at one of the amazing restaurants at the beach promenade and watch the red sunset on the mountains, the most beautiful time of the day.Our eating experience in this city has been excellent, and we have nothing to complain about, except for the difficulty to decide where to eat. You will find amazing options to finish your day having, but here are my favorites:Bava: famous for their meat dishes – believe me is that good – and with an exceptional service and atmosphere. They also offer breakfast in case you already want to start your day with great food.Cicibela: the perfect combination between a beautiful and organized restaurant with great prices and an impeccable service. The food is exceptional, specially the mussels and white wine. We liked it so much that we went back once more before we leaving.Mare: amazing view of the sea, just by the beach. Very friendly staff and the food is mouth watering. Try their mussels with homemade sauce and bread and their chocolate soufflé with wild berries and ice cream.Our happy choice was Squatina Diving. This amazing very international team made us feel at home and part of a new family. Our instructor Marco Hans made us feel safe with all his knowledge and experience. So here is our special thanks to him and all members of the Squatina team, who are not only great professionals but also friends to share diving and life experiences.If you are ever around in Baska stop by Squatina Diving and check their offers for beginners, courses and daily diving trips. I highly recommend them and can’t wait to go back.