Vodice is a small town located on the Adriatic coast, between Sibenik and Zadar. In Vodice, a well-known Croatian tourist destination, there are many attractions, and beaches. There are friendly people in the city. If you are looking for the perfect summer resort on the Adriatic, away from major tourist areas, think about Vodice and start planning your trip right now.
How to get to Vodice
This can be done by car, bus or plane. Here is a detailed guide for each type of transport.
Vodice is connected to most other Croatian cities and European regions. If you go to Vodice by car, choose the path between the highway and the coastal road. When using the motorway in any direction, a fare is charged, the exit to Vodice is “Pirovac” if you go from the north, and “Sibenik” if you go from the south.
The Jadranska magistrala coastal road passes through Vodice and other towns along the way, but overcoming this route in the season will take much longer.
If you don’t drive your car, you can always think about renting a car. You can do this at the airport, in the city, or just book a car online.
Vodice is often visited as a day trip from Sibenik, Zadar, or Split. Many buses are leaving from each city every day. You can get acquainted with all the details of popular routes, as well as purchase a ticket online.
To arrive in Vodice by plane, the nearest and most convenient airport in Zadar is provided. It is located less than a 1-hour drive from Vodice. The only way to get there is to get to the main bus station of Sibenik by shuttle bus, and then transfer to the bus to Vodice.
What to see and do in Vodice
This city was founded during the Roman Empire. During numerous archaeological excavations, the remains of an ancient civilization were discovered. The city keeps a rich history and traditions, reflected in many attractions. Here are some of the sights to see during your stay in Vodice.
Holy Cross Parish Church
In the Old Town of Vodice, there is a beautiful architectural structure built by the famous Ivan Skok, a master of Dalmatian Baroque. The construction of the church took place at the beginning of the 18th century, but over the years it was gradually completed. The altar was created by the artist Eugenio Moretti Varese, and the bell tower was built by Vico Makanovich Dubrovchanin. The church was consecrated in 1760.
Church of the Holy Cross
A small Gothic church built in the early 15th century and dedicated to the Holy Cross. It is known for one unique detail – an ancient Romano-Gothic bowl with holy water attached to one of the columns with a single font in this part of Dalmatia. This charming church also has a cemetery where various art exhibitions are held during the season.
Okit Hill with the Church of Our Lady of Carmel rises above Vodice, being the dominant panorama of the city. The church was built in the 17th century, and later a Way of the Cross was laid with 14 small chapels leading to the Okita from above. The church was destroyed during the wars and rebuilt several times.
Fortified tower of the 16th century. Originally it belonged to the noble family of Fondra. It was built of stone from the island of Brac. Now its courtyard is used as an open-air cinema.
Since the name of the city means “water”, this indicates that it was built next to the springs. There were two wells, around which the whole village of Wells was built. Visitors can find Wells in the square under the parish church.
To plunge into the authentic atmosphere of the city, you need to visit the local market. You can find almost anything on it: fresh fruits, vegetables, meat. If you are looking for a souvenir, you will surely find it here.
Beaches of Vodice
The city can boast of its beaches because they are one of the best in this part of the Adriatic coast. Here are just some of them in which you can swim and sunbathe all day.
Blue Beach (Plava Plaza) is certainly one of the most popular beaches. It is partly concrete, but mostly pebbly or sandy. The beach is well equipped and equipped with various amenities: cafes, restaurants, shops, a playground, outdoor horizontal bars and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, a volleyball court, and many others. There is a parking lot near the hotel.
Hangar Beach is a beach located next to the Olympia Hotel complex. The beach is made of pebbles, and equipped with showers, changing rooms, a water park, a trampoline, water slides, and all devices for water sports. Srima Beach is a pebble beach, around which there are various facilities (cafe, water park, playground, basketball court). Parking is also available on the beach.
Hotel Imperial Beach is a beach consisting mainly of pebbles with concrete elements. Nearby there is a cafe and a bar, and a pine forest. The beach is equipped with shower cabins, sun loungers, and beach umbrellas for rent.
Day trips from Vodice
If you stay in Vodice for a longer period, keep in mind that there are many charming places and islands nearby, suitable for ideal day trips from Vodice. Here are some of them. One of the most visited places in Croatia is just a 30-minute drive away. Definitely worth a visit to the Krka Waterfalls National Park if you are staying in the Skradinski Buk area. If you have enough time, take a walk around the charming town of Skradin.
The Kornati Archipelago is another national park that can be visited during organized excursions. The islands of Prvich and Zlarin are connected by daily ferries from Vodice, so you can include them in your schedule for a day trip. Be sure to visit Sibenik, because the city is only 20 minutes away by car or bus.
Part of the Adriatic coast is full of small towns and charming places worth visiting. Depending on your schedule and availability of free time, try to include Tribune, Zaton, Pirovac, Tisno, and Murter in your day trips.
The coastal town of Vodice offers a variety of water sports, including diving, surfing, and kayaking. Fishing is another attractive activity that you can join during the Big Game Fishing tour.
One of the best ways to explore Vodice and its surroundings is by cycling.
All lovers of adrenaline can do rock climbing, as well as hiking, sailing, and parasailing.
Where to eat
Dalmatian and Mediterranean dishes are waiting for you in Vodice. These are mainly fresh fish, seafood, and meat delicacies with olive oil and Mediterranean herbs, as well as Italian dishes such as pasta, gnocchi, and pizza.
During your stay in Vodice, try such specialties as lamb on a spit, stewed fish, baked octopus, octopus salad, and oysters.
There are many restaurants in Vodice, and most of them serve only fresh products. Be sure to visit “Konoba Rustica”, “Konoba Three Piruna”, “Karmelski Dvori”, “Konoba Okit”, “Bistro Gulos”, “Konoba Rocky”, “Araus” and “Konoba Guste”.
Finding accommodation in Vodice is quite simple since there are many hotels here. The only advice is to book accommodation in advance, as Vodice is a popular summer destination where many tourists come.