Zvonimir Peran

2019-05-25

Vodice is small Croatia tourist destination located 10 kilometers south of Sibenik. It is popular among young visitors who look for lively places. Vodice features great hotels, beaches and nightlife.
I went there for a visit on May 25, 2019.

Beach in Vodice
Beach in Vodice

About Vodice

Name Vodice was first mentioned in written papers in 1402., although it's known that people lived there during the Roman age. There are some pieces of evidence that life in that area existed in prehistoric times.
The name "Vodice" in the Croatian language means "waters". It's named that way because of plenty of water sources. People from Sibenik used Vodice for their water supply since Sibenik was a dry place until it started to use river Krka as a water source.
During history main economic activity in Vodice was agriculture. Especially important was growing olives and vines. Today's main activity is tourism and locals are focusing most of their efforts to provide visitors with the best experience of their holidays.


How to arrive in Vodice

I went to Vodice by car from Sibenik. The trip was comfortable and it took me only 10 minutes to arrive there. I parked the car in the centre of the city, with the price of 0.8 euro/hour. There was plenty of space, but during the summer season you will need to be more patient while driving because the city will be more crowded.
If you are not arriving by car in Croatia, you can take a bus from any of the major Croatian cities like Sibenik, Split, Zadar or Zagreb.
The nearest airport is Zadar Airport.
The train transportation is not a good option for arriving in Vodice.


My impressions of Vodice

Vodice is a cute lovely town. I could feel it immediately after leaving the car. It was a nice spring day and visitors were enjoying a walk on the coast. Others were having a coffee in one of the many Vodice coffee bars. The beaches were not yet arranged because it was too early for swimming, except for a few courageous spring swimmers.

Vodice promenade along the sea
Vodice promenade along the sea

Vodice attractions and beaches

Vodice coast features all facilities necessary for a top tourist destination. There are all kinds of beaches: concrete pebble and sandy. The beaches I liked most are the Plava Beach and Olympia Beach. Both are located near the two biggest Vodice hotels: Olympia and Imperial. I also liked the concrete beaches of special shape near the hotel Punta.

Vodice pebble beach
Vodice pebble beach


Concrete beaches in Vodice
Concrete beaches in Vodice

Vodice coast also features many other facilities such as fast foods, coffee bars, restaurants, services of renting chairs, jet skis, boats, bikes and motorcycles. Tourist agencies organize tours to Krka National Park and Kornati.
The most interesting monument on the Riva is a monument dedicated to victims of the Second World War. It's also worth mentioning parish church of St. Cross, which was built in Gothic Style.

Monument to victims of Second World War
Monument to victims of Second World War

Vodice nightlife

If you are a party animal, then Vodice should be among the top of your vacation choices.
Season of nightlife in Vodice starts in June, with CMC festival. it's the most famous festival of pop music in Croatia.
July and August are months of intensive nightlife. Visitors can choose among many nightclubs in the town. I would point out nightclub called Makina, which is usually the first night out destination. People gather there at 11 pm and stay until 1 am when the club closes and it's time to choose the next nightlife destination. The most famous late night places are clubs Exit and Hacienda. Exit Club is located in the centre of the city, and Haicenda is located at the entrance to Vodice. You need to take a taxi to reach Hacienda.
Hacienda is known as elite nightclub featuring many popular Croatian and foreign singers and DJs.
Vodice is lively not only during the night but also during the day. You may notice that many beach bars have a DJ playing music all day long.