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Vodice: A scenic seaside town on Croatia’s Adriatic shoreline

Visit Vodice, a picturesque Mediterranean town on the Croatian coast. Find out more about what this charming seaside spot has to offer.

Vodice: A scenic seaside town on Croatia's Adriatic shoreline
Photo: Andrija Karli

Vodice is a vibrant tourist destination that sits next to the sea in a wide bay. The beaches are pristine and the hidden coves are great for those who are seeking some peace and quiet.

Another plus is that the water is always warm in Vodice! Male Vruje beach forms a closed lagoon and pool that has a warmer temperature, which allows you to enjoy the sea from early spring to late autumn.

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The centre of Vodice is dominated by a large marina with more than 400 berths. The surrounding archipelago is a sailing paradise. The nearby Kornati National Park has a multitude of rocks, coves, islets and capes that are bound to leave you breathless. Kornati is an unspoiled oasis for those who want to enjoy pristine nature and swim in crystal-clear waters. It is a place to unwind in seclusion before returning to the outside world.

However, Vodice has much more to offer than the sun and the sea. Vacationers who like to stay active can go hiking and cycling, while scuba diver enthusiasts will relish exploring the seabed. Don’t miss the chance to investigate the shipwrecks and experience the beauty of underwater gardens while diving.

If you prefer keeping your head above the water, big game fishing in Vodice will give you a pure adrenaline rush. Enjoy the pristine ocean view while testing your strength by taking on some of the biggest fish in the Adriatic. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-packed activity holiday with a beautiful view of the Kornati archipelago, then Vodice is the perfect place for you!

Prvić Island is just an hour’s boat ride away from Vodice. Previously, it was a seaside retreat for noble families in the sixteenth century. Today, it is the resting place of Faust Vrančić, the inventor of the parachute, suspension bridge and olive mill. The serene and relaxed lifestyle of Prvić Island is a must see when in Vodice.

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Vodice’s food is excellent for the soul and the stomach. Take an afternoon off and walk through the markets with traditional Mediterranean delicacies or enjoy wine at one of the many restaurants in town. It’s a paradise for every foodie! 

Vodice also offers a plethora of culture and entertainment events all year, and has excellent nightlife for everybody. If that doesn’t suit you, then local customs, festivals, klapa nights and Dalmatian celebrations will provide historical insight into the town.

There are many types of accommodation available in Vodice, from hotels and apartments to private rented rooms and campsites. Regardless of whether you’re interested in an action-packed holiday teeming with sports activities, relaxation and wellness, partying at the beach or simply a place to entertain business partners, Vodice has everything you need. Feel right at home with all the available amenities or simply enjoy the surrounding nature.

Vodice is a place where dreams of the perfect holiday become a reality. And this year, why not make it your reality?

This article was sponsored by Vodice Tourism Board, Dalmatia Tourism Board and the Croatian National Tourist Board. 

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Sweden launches bid to become world’s top tourism destination by 2030

Forget the pyramids, the canals of Venice or the Eiffel Tower – the Swedish government has presented a plan to make Sweden the world's most attractive tourism destination by 2030 – but it's not yet clear how.

Sweden launches bid to become world's top tourism destination by 2030
Many tourists are attracted to Sweden because of its nature. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

In a press conference on Monday, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan outlined the new strategy, which aims to make Sweden “the world’s most sustainable and attractive tourism destination built on innovation” by 2030.

Baylan referred to Sweden as a country which “is usually ranked as one of the world’s most innovative countries”, which he argued can “create value for the tourism industry”.

According to Baylan, the strategy builds on “sustainability’s three dimensions – it has to be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable”. The strategy will also “tie into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030”, he said.

Topics covered by the new tourism strategy include the climate impact of tourism, equality and inclusion in the tourism industry and the importance of preserving shared resources such as national parks and sustainable nature tourism such as fishing and hunting.

The press release highlights the importance of natural tourism, explaining that the pandemic has led to people visiting natural and cultural environments “to a greater extent than before”, increasing wear and tear to natural areas.

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Tourism is an important industry for Sweden, providing employment in both urban and rural areas, as well as generating wealth – before the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism industry represented on average 2.7 percent of Sweden’s GDP per year. The tourism industry also employs a high amount of people from foreign backgrounds – making up over a third (34 percent) of all employees in the industry.

During the pandemic, overnight stays declined in almost every Swedish municipality, with the biggest declines seen in Sweden’s larger cities and border municipalitites.

The government’s plans also include a focus on jobs and skill development, so that workers have the right qualifications for the industry – this reflects issues currently faced by the restaurant and hotel industry in finding skilled workers in the wake of the pandemic. 

There are currently no details as to how the government will achieve this strategy, or indeed how it will measure success. But Sweden is aiming high if it wants to be the world’s most attractive tourist destination by 2030. In 2019, it was ranked the 54th top tourist destination in the world by the UN World Tourism Organisation.

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