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BAŠKA VODA

The statue of St. Nicholas, protector saint of sailors, children, maidens, and travelers (tourists) on the entrance to the Baška Voda harbor, and the many boats in the harbor bear witness to the fact that people have always lived from the sea here.

Spring at the foot of Biokovo In early spring, Baška Voda and the surrounding areas attract guests who know how to appreciate clean air and a crystal clear sea, along with a rich offer of happenings. Written by: Alma Radoš Photo archive: Baška Voda Tourist Board (Antonina Cherpak, Ante Jurišić, Nediljko Marušić, Matko Granić and Ivan Tomaš)

The statue of St. Nicholas in the heart of Baška Voda; Sailors guarding Jesus' grave; Believers in a procession through Baška Voda and the surrounding areas; The church bell tower with a view of the sea.

Rich in water springs and with a unique landscape where the high Biokovo Mountain and crystal clear sea meet, Baška Voda will give you the unique feeling that you have always belonged here.

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raided olive and palm branches in the procession that passes down Baška Voda's promenade on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, are a unique introduction into the Holy Week. Around the same time, Baška Voda bids farewell to winter and awaits spring with many attractive events, which attract not only a large number of tourists, but also several thousand visitors from the Makarska Riviera. If you visit this romantic Dalmatian town during Holy Week, you will bear witness to the centuries-old expression of folk deity. The people of Baška Voda have intertwined their deep dedication to their faith with their traditions, where sailors play an important part. On Maundy Thursday, in a symbolic ceremony, a priest washes the feet of men from Baška Voda, who are dressed in sailor's uniforms. On Good Friday, sailors also await and see

off the procession that heads out from the small town of Bast at the foot of Biokovo and continues on for twenty kilometers through Baška Voda and the surrounding towns. Following three crosses, more than 1600 believers sing the Lamentation, and after the procession, the lead cross-bearer treats the participants to traditional cod and other fish as part of the fast. From the afternoon hours of Good Friday to the evening mass on Holy Saturday, sailors in the church of St. Nicholas in Baška Voda guard Jesus' grave, while changing the guard every ten minutes. There is so much symbolism and humility in celebrating Easter, and the role of the sailors is confirmation that the people of this fishing town have always lived from the sea. Thanks to the long fishing tradition of Baška Voda, the restaurants and taverns scattered throughout the place offer

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