Guided Walking at Baska Voda, Croatia
Dalmatia's Spectacular Coast
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Situated on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast, the small resort of Baška Voda is an attractive base from which to explore the local area. Immediately behind the town rise the Biokovo Mountains, the foothills of which form the basis of many of our walks.
- Superb walks with views of the Dalmatian coast and the Adriatic sea
- Outstanding waterfront hotel, right on the beach at Baška Voda
- Enjoy a boat trip to the charming island of Brač
- Visit the spectacular waterfalls of the Krka National Park
- Free day opportunities to visit the ancient city of Split and the medieval town of Trogir
- A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
- All transport to and from the walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
- "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half board - continental breakfast and evening meal.
The 4-star Hotel Bacchus is located on the seafront, overlooking the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and the island of Brač. There is a peaceful pebble beach in front of the hotel where sun loungers and beach towels can be hired.
Built in 1993, Hotel Bacchus is owned and managed by Mate Divic and his family, and guests have rated the accommodation, meals and service very highly.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Overall Hotel and Great Hotel Staff.
|The hotel has 27 en-suite bedrooms, many with superb views of the sea or the mountains.
The facilities in each room include:
|The hotel has a good range of facilities and public rooms, including a lounge bar perfect for meeting fellow guests.
There's an attractive restaurant which takes full advantage of the sea views and opens onto a terrace where meals can be taken in good weather.
Hotel Bacchus offers modern leisure suite on the lower floor with a sauna and spa pool - perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.
The hotel also has internet access.
Our holidays at Hotel Bacchus are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a s self-select buffet. Hot options are cooked fresh to order and include boiled or poached eggs, bacon, and omelettes.
Lunch (payable locally)
There are a number of shops in Baška Voda, where you can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch. On other days it may be possible to eat in local cafés; your leader will advise you of all the options.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
The three course evening meal offers a mixture of Croatian and international dishes, and, as might be expected, there are fish and seafood options. The starter is selected from a superb buffet with a wide variety of salads, soup and hot dishes. Main course is selected from the extensive menu.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst finding out more about the next day's walks. We'll enjoy a leisurely evening meal and you may also like to join your leader for an evening stroll along the prom to the harbour and visit one of the local bars, or enjoy a boat trip along the beautiful Adriatic Coast.
Your leader will also keep you informed of any local events going on nearby. Alternatively, you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
- Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next, or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Admire the views right along the Dalmatian Coast on walks to the neighbouring resorts of Brela and Makarska, and also from the balcony path that runs beneath the Biokovo Mountains to the botanical gardens at Kotišina. A highlight of the week is the boat journey to the beautiful island of Brač.
Easier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) generally on good paths and tracks. Up to 1,100ft (330m).
Harder Walks: 7 to 10 miles (11-16km) on steeper and rougher terrain. Up to 2,200ft (660m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to see a little of Baška Voda before your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Hillside Villages to Makarska
Our introductory walks use panoramic elevated paths in the foothills of the Biokovo Mountains. The views along the coast and across to the islands are superb throughout. Both walks will finish in Makarska, the largest resort in the area which has a popular bustling harbour, with time to explore the town, or perhaps visit a harbour-side café at the end of the day.
Easier Walk: Starting at the village of Bast we ascend to the 15th century Church of St Rocca before contouring southeast on a wide path to a shaded lunch stop in the abandoned Dalmatian village of Baškovi. A gradual descent leads us to well-earned refreshments in Makarska. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Also starting at Bast, this walk gradually ascends on a higher broad track on the flanks of the Biokovo mountains, initially in shaded forest before the views open out over Makarska. We can see the locations of the next two day’s walk on Brač and high above Makar, before descending towards Makarska to join the easier group at the harbour. 8 miles (13km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent.
Day 3: The Island of Brač
The island of Brač lies approximately four miles offshore from the mainland, and is about the same size as the Isle of Wight. The island’s coastline has a series of attractive harbour villages, two of which will be visited on our walks. We travel to Brač by boat from Baška Voda harbour. We will arrive at Sumartin harbour and from here walk to a secluded cove and through olive groves to the equally attractive harbour at Povlja. Here our boat will be waiting for the return trip.
Easier Walk: After time to explore or enjoy a relaxed morning coffee in Sumartin, we ascend out of the town and enjoy a wide track above the east coast of the island with stunning views across to the mountains on the mainland. At the hamlet of Rasotica we see how the local inhabitants collect water where there are no natural springs, before a possible swim in the nearby picturesque cove. A good track leads us to lunch in the shade of an olive grove before walking to the north coast of the island with its basilica and harbour. 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This coast to coast walk follows the route of the easier group but takes on an additional descent to a second picturesque cove for our picnic lunch. 9 miles (13km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.
Day 4: The foothills of the Biokovo Mountains
Both walks will start at the village of Makar, which sits on the hillside not far from Makarska, commanding superb views of the coast below, making their way via differing routes to Tučepi.
Easier Walk: On mostly good paths, this gentle paced walk reveals the contrasts between the traditional life at the base of the Biokovo range and the welcoming facilities of an attractive coastal resort. We visit old churches, small villages and botanical gardens along the way. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent and 1,200ft (360m) of descent.
Harder Walk: The most challenging walk of the week ascends on a remarkably constructed former mule track before contouring in welcome shade high above the coast. A slightly rougher descent takes us to a traditional café before walking to Tučepi. 7 miles (11km) with 2,200ft (660m) of ascent.
Day 5: Free day
Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. On your free day you may wish to visit the fascinating medieval city of Split or visit the spectacular waterfalls of the Krka National Park and the tiny UNESCO city of Trogir.
Day 6: Cetina Gorge
The Cetina Gorge is an impressive natural feature that has been carved through the limestone of the Biokovo Mountains. We start inland at the village of Kostanje, behind the coastal mountain range.
Easier Walk: Enjoying contrasting scenery to the coastal region, an easy morning through quiet villages takes us to a dramatic lunch spot with views to the Cetina River below. From here we follow a well-graded path through trees leading us to our boats which take us to a historic mill for refreshment, and through the gorge to Omiš on the coast. 7 miles (11km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We will take an alternative route to the easier route to visit a church for lunch with distant views high above the morning’s path, and then rejoin the path down to and into the gorge. 8 miles (13km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent and 1,500ft (450m) of descent.
Day 7: Villages and coast around Baška Voda
Today our walks start and finish at the hotel to enjoy once again the foothills of the Biokovo Mountains which rise above the village. Both groups will descend to the coast at the neighbouring resort of Brela. We will then follow the coastline on a promenade through small beach resorts with the opportunity to pause for a drink or swim on our way back to Baška Voda.
Easier Walk: We explore the mainly abandoned Dalmatian village of Topici before continuing northwest, parallel to the coast, walking through small tourist resorts en route back to Baška Voda. On wide paths with wonderful views this is a popular final walk with numerous places to stop after lunch for one last swim in the brilliantly clear waters of the Adriatic. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The harder walkers will ascend to a high mountain col. Using a part of the extraordinary Napoleon’s Old Road we ascend to possibly the best lunch spot of the week with views in every direction. A stony descent takes us to the coastal promenade for a delightful return to our hotel. 10 miles (16km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the following day’s walks.
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not combine our resorts in Croatia and Montenegro?
Baska Voda & Petrovac - 14nts
Combine a week at Baska Voda with a week at Petrovac in Montenegro. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of mountains, coast and the dramatic Kotor Bay on your walks, returning in the evening to our hotel in the charming seaside town of Petrovac.
With flight & transfers: from £1,649
Without flights & transfers: from £1,449
To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558
Situated on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast, the small resort of Baška Voda is an attractive base from which to explore the local area. Just to the south-east of Baška Voda is the larger resort of Makarska, where you’ll find a bustling harbour lining the large horseshoe bay. Ferries depart from here to the island of Brač, which we will also visit as part of the walking programme. This is a charming island with delightful harbour villages and hillsides rich with aromatic shrubs.A visit to Croatia is a fascinating cultural experience and your walks and sightseeing visits will give a great insight into this charming country.
Makarska - A relaxing option is to walk along the coast to Makarska. This is a generally straightforward walk, taking around 2 hours, with plenty of opportunities for swimming along the way. In Makarska you may want to have lunch in one of the waterfront cafés, before returning to Baška Voda on one of the regular local buses.
Split - the capital of the region and is located 50km to the northwest of Baška Voda. The city can be reached by local bus, and the initial approach to the city through rows of dilapidated apartment blocks appears unpromising. At its heart, however, is an enthralling old town of narrow streets and ancient buildings. The principle sights are the Cathedral of St Domnius and the remains of Diocletian’s Palace with its spectacular gates, museum and temple.
Trogir - A little further away is the equally impressive city of Trogir. Built on an island, this beautiful walled city has a maze of narrow streets, elegant waterfront cafés, and dramatic fortifications. A popular full day option is to combine a visit to Trogir with the spectacular waterfalls in the Krka National Park, and your leaders will organise this if there is sufficient interest.
Boat trips - A journey along the coast by boat will give you a different perspective of the region. A variety of tourist trips are available, some of which depart from Baška Voda, and others from Makarska.
Cetina Gorge Rafting - The Cetina River flows into the Adriatic at Omiš, a few miles to the north of Baška Voda. On its way to the sea the river has carved an impressive gorge that will be explored on day 6. For the more adventurous this dramatic scenery can also be enjoyed by inflatable raft or by boat.
Shops & facilities
There are several little supermarkets, bakers, cake shops and newsagents within a few minutes walk of the hotel from which ingredients for a packed lunch can be easily obtained. Reasonable exchange rates can be obtained at the bank a short walk along the front. There are several ATM machines within walking distance.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Dubrovnik airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours to the Hotel Bacchus.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
|7 Oct 2017||BVLCL - Guided Walking Baska Voda - Without Flights||7||£769.00||Book Now|
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|14 Oct 2017||
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|14 Oct 2017||BVLCL - Guided Walking Baska Voda - Without Flights||7||£769.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: from £20 per night
- Sea view: £10 per person per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person