Vodice is a town and port located on the northwestern end of the Šibenik channel. The distance from Šibenik, the centre of the Šibenik-Knin County, is 11 kilometres. Vodice is a popular tourist centre with numerous and diverse cultural, historical and gastronomic attractions. The emergence of Vodice is linked to the start of the construction of the Church of the Holy Cross, close to the location of today’s hotel Punta, in 1402, when the name Vodice is mentioned for the first time.
Until the end of the 19th century, Vodice exported drinking water. It developed in this very location because of the abundance of wells with brackish water. There are many sites of natural beauty and cultural heritage to visit around Vodice. The highlights include the island of Prvić, Krka and Kornati National Parks and the City of Šibenik.
Prvić Luka on the island of Prvić is home to the Faust Vrančić Memorial Centre. The centre is dedicated to the first Croatian lexicographer, a great inventor and bishop, Faust Vrančić. The highlight from the collection of models of Vrančić’s inventions and most significant works is the Homo Volans (flying man), the first ever printed depiction of a parachute flight.
Krka National Park
The Krka National Park is situated in the Šibenik-Knin County. With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 224 m, Krka is a natural karst phenomenon. The national park covers an area of 109 km² of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River.
The most popular areas of the national park are the Skradinski buk and the Roški slap waterfalls. Skradinski buk is one of the best known natural attractions in Croatia and is composed of travertine cascades, islands, and lakes.
Kornati National Park
The Kornati National Park comprises the majority of the waters of the Kornati Archipelago. It was declared a national park in 1980.
The national park includes 89 islands divided into two island groups, the Kornatski and the Pučanski chains. The Kornati Archipelago occupies an area of about 320 km² and includes some 150 islands, islets and rocks. It makes up 12% of the total number of islands of the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea.
The highest point is the Metlina peak (237 m) situated on the longest island of the archipelago, Kornat, which also features a 34 m long cove Stiniva.
City of Šibenik
The city of Šibenik lies in the central Adriatic, in a bay where the river Krka, one of Croatia’s most beautiful karst rivers, flows into the sea. St Anthony’s channel connects Šibenik’s port with the open sea. The renaissance fortress of St Nicholas lies at the entrance of the channel.
St Nicholas’ fortress, one of four in Šibenik (St Michael, St John and Šubićevac), was built in the 16th century as defence from Turkish attacks from the sea, at the entrance of St Anthony’s channel. It was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list on 9 July 2017. It is a unique building, designed by the Venetian military builder Michele Sammichelle, and is one of the strongest fortifications in the Adriatic.
One of the most popular attractions in Šibenik is St James’ Cathedral. It was built in 1431, and is entirely made of stone, with no binding material used. The cathedral was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2000.
Source: Tourist Board Vodice