Situated in a wonderful bay, surrounded by vineyards, olive-groves, Spanish broom, with the picturesque background shaped by the mountain Velebit and the islet of Prvić, Baška is the most visited bathing resort on the island of Krk, with every reason. Its unique 1800 metres-long pebble beach attracts guests irresistibly and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coast. From Jurandvor, a locality in the immediate hinterland of Baška, originates one of the oldest Croatian written documents, the Baška Stone Tablet (Baščanska ploča), an engraved Glagolitic monument from the 12th century that is kept in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art, and its copy can be seen in the Jurandvor church of St. Lucija.
The Baška area on the south-eastern part of the island is particular for some of its curiosities. When we climb from the Punat valley, and at a height of around 330 m, we pass through the Treskavac hills, surrounded by the highest hill on the island (Obzova, around 570 m) and we then suddenly find ourselves in front of the Baška hill-encircled valley, where we remain surprised, almost breathless. This is because we are not prepared for this kind of play on nature, the bond between the mountains and the sea.
The Croatian birth certificate - the Baška tablet was found here in 1100. Baška is also recognizable as having one of the largest and most beautiful pebble beaches on the Adriatic, which is in a semicircle and more than 1800 metres long. The naturally fine sand provides, especially for children and non-swimmers, pleasure on the beach, as the sea level increases gradually.
Like other villages on the island of Krk, even this village's old part contains the narrow streets and houses positioned one close to the other so that the atmosphere is typically Mediterranean.
Apart from its beautiful beach, Baška is also interesting for its characteristic architecture, numerous cultural and historical monuments and its surrounding tour paths. Baška is also recognizable for its high quality accommodation facilities, from hotels and camp-sites to private accommodation capacities.
The origins of tourism date back to the beginning of the 20th century, when, in 1904, the “City Embellishment Society” was founded. Two years later, the first hotel was opened and in 1908, the beach was laid out with its beach building. Its first guests were Czechs who remain faithful even today. These guests arrived thanks to Prague’s “National politics” director, Emil Geistlich, who was a great friend of the village and who spread the word about the beauty of this area. The people from Baška acknowledged him by erecting a monument close to the beach.
Baška is the best known tourist resort on the island of Krk, the Adriatic's biggest island ( 40.578 ha).
Krk’s position in the northern part of the Croatian Adriatic makes it the closest island to Central Europe. Baška’s favourable location has ensured its continuous growth and prosperity, as well as a distinctive place on the tourist scene, making the town one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic.
The town is located in a gentle valley and in a bay surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and flowering broom, with a picturesque background of the rocky mountains of Velebit and the islet of Prvić, which seem to shelter its unique 1800 m long pebbly beach, justly said to be one of the loveliest in the Adriatic.
Baška is famous in history for the well-known Baška tablet, but it has a range of other valuable cultural sites that deserve attention, such as the old town centre, the remains of a Roman settlement, and sacral-cultural memorials.
(SOURCE:TZG BASKA )