Vodice, Croatia

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Grad Vodice
Town of Vodice
Vodice is located in Croatia
Location of Vodice in Croatia
Coordinates: 43°45′N 15°46′E / 43.750°N 15.767°E / 43.750; 15.767Coordinates: 43°45′N 15°46′E / 43.750°N 15.767°E / 43.750; 15.767
Country Croatia
 • MayorNelka Tomić
 • Total8,875
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
The Blue beach at the "Punta" Hotel

Vodice (pronounced [ʋɔ̌ditsɛ]) is a town in the Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia. It borders the Adriatic Sea and has a population of 8,875 (2011 census).


Monument to the Fallen Soldiers of WWII from Vodice was erected in 1965.[2]

Vodice was first mentioned in 1402 although it was founded already in the Roman times as Arausa. Its name derives from the word meaning water sources which supplied the whole area. As part of the Republic of Venice from 1412 to 1797, the defense walls from the times of the Turks with the Coric tower testify the past times. Other similar monuments are St. Cross' church on the former graveyard, built in 1421 and the parish church in the town centre built in 1746.

On the nearby hill Okit during the Turkish invasions, refugees founded a settlement and on its top the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was built in 1660, which was ruined in 1942 by the Italian Navy. The new church, built in 1967, was ruined in 1991, during the Croatian War of Independence, and rebuilt in 1995.[3]

History of the Vodice fields[edit]

Several kilometers north of Vodice there are two fields, Rakitnica and Gradelji/Pišća: Rakitnica has an old fort named Gradina on the hill and down the hill it has three wells and a pond, recently a Roman terracotta masonry has been excavated there. This field is most known for the small church of Saint John, damages from the Patriotic 1991-95 war can be sen, the grassland near it is known for having 1 May celebrations every year. Gradelji/Pišća has old walls on the top of the hill, an old Roman Cistern, the small church of Saint Eliah, and a small ruined house from the 17/18th century.[citation needed]


With its pebble and sandy beaches, Vodice is a popular tourist destination in Croatia, with most of the population oriented towards tourism and providing accommodation for visitors in hotels, apartments and houses.

The well-known Hacienda Night Club is located in Vodice.[4]

Culture and events[edit]

The most famous feast in Vodice called "Vodička fešta" is held on August 4 every year. Well-known festival of Croatian pop music called "CMC festival" is held every year in June, featuring the most famous singers of Croatian pop music.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Vodice is birthplace of famous Croatian playwright Ivo Brešan.[6]

Image gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Vodice". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.spomenikdatabase.org/vodice
  3. ^ "Crkvena povijest Vodica" (in Croatian). Vodice Parish. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.vodice.hr/hr/dozivjeti-vodice/gastro-zabava/hacienda.htm Archived March 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Vodice Croatia - nightlife, beaches, tourist attractions and history". www.sibenik-croatia.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  6. ^ https://www.enciklopedija.hr/natuknica.aspx?ID=9432

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