Vodice has been praised by thousands of tourists for its tourist achievements. It is one of the best known tourist destinations on the Adriatic not only because it can accommodate a large number of tourists but for its tourist facilities and entertainment offered. It is 12km northeast from Sibenik, situated along the coast in a large bay. It was first mentioned in 1402 although it was founded already in the Roman times as Arausa. It's name derives from the word meaning water sources which supplied the whole area. 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 Lady of Mercy was built in 1660. The population of Vodice is 10.000 today.
The former inhabitants were mainly farmers and fishermen while today they mainly deal with tourism which has already become a tradition. Hundreds of comfortable restaurants and pubs, daily cruises, excursions by boat and by bus, rich cultural and artistic programme are only part of the rich choice for entertainment. This is one of the favourite destination of luxury motor boat charters or sailing charters on gulets in Croatia. In the very centre of the town there is a big marina with more than 400 berths and all the necessary equipment. Endless sandy, pebbly, rocky or concrete beaches, long coastal path (that goes west all the way to Tribunj and south-east to Srima), rich sports and recreational programmes as well as many other water sports will satisfy all the needs. In numerous restaurants you can enjoy in sea food and in well known desert wine marastina and the night clubs and discos will entertain you till small hours. With numeorus contents and aesthetic feeling of Vodice inhabitants toward tourism, catering and decoration and environment, Vodice gets the highest prizes. You can prize it too with your visit.