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When is the best time to visit Croatia?

Fresh fruit market stall, Trogir

The best time to visit Croatia depends on what activities you’d like to do, as the country offers great experiences all year round.

With plentiful sunlight and warm temperatures of 21°C to 29°C, the summer months of June to September are ideal for boating and swimming in the blue waters around the islands.

Cooler conditions in the mid-teens and early twenties in April, May and October lend themselves to a wide range of other outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking.

During Croatia’s winter (November to March), you can focus on Zagreb or Split, when they’re at their quietest and most relaxed. Temperatures are relatively mild, between 8°C and 16°C.

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Month-by-month guide for travelling in Croatia

Christmas market, Zagreb

Visiting Croatia in November - April

As winter begins in Croatia, many island hotels close for the season to make their refurbishments. But, although the beaches and boat trips are off-limits, you’ll still find plenty of cultural experiences, and those hotels that stay open offer exceptional value. The winter months also present a great opportunity to enjoy the country almost exclusively with the locals.

Events & Festivals

  • Carnival (17th January): Costumes ranging from medieval garb to futuristic visions are on display at this international festival celebrated in various Croatian cities, most notably Dubrovnik and Rijeka. Parades take place next to street parties, food stalls and sporting competitions.
  • Feast of Saint Blaise (2nd February): Dubrovnik pays tribute to its patron saint with a day of music, parades and festivities.
  • Easter (March/April) is celebrated throughout the country with parades and traditional costumes, as well as decorated pisanica eggs.
Lavender fields, Hvar

Visiting Croatia in May - June

As spring begins, so does the visitor season, with temperatures rising throughout the country. With little rain and long daylight hours, this is an excellent time to visit Croatia to take advantage of fewer crowds and ideal hiking conditions.

Events & Festivals

  • Saint Domnius Day on 7th May sees Split celebrate its patron saint with a daytime procession through the streets and promenade, followed by traditional klapa music, a rowing contest and a street fair throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Statehood Day on 25th June marks the date Croatia claimed independence from Yugoslavia with celebrations across the country, ranging from cultural events to lively street parties and live music.
Banje Beach, Dubrovnik

Visiting Croatia in July - August

The summer is peak season in Croatia, as visitors and locals alike enjoy the dry, hot weather. Outdoor venues host music, food and cultural events on a weekly basis, offering an entertaining and lively experience. This time of year also brings larger crowds, longer lines and increased prices at most hotels.

Events & Festivals

  • Zagreb’s International Folklore Festival in July celebrates traditional Croatian culture and customs through music, dance and theatre, drawing visitors from across the world.
  • The Alka in the town of Sinj is held on the first Sunday of August — a uniquely Croatian festival celebrating a military victory over Ottoman forces in 1715 in which horsemen in full costume compete to lance a small metal ring for the accolade of top knight.
  • Night of the Full Moon in Zadar (July/August): The waterfront promenade in Zadar is illuminated with torches and candles in this festival of regional culture and food.
  • The International Puppet Theatre Festival takes place in Zagreb at the end of August or beginning of September, when professional puppeteers converge to show off their mastery in the artform.
Hilltop town of Grožnjan, Istria

Visiting Croatia in September - October

The temperatures begin to recede during September and October, when the summer break has also come to an end. These months offer you great value with reduced crowds, enjoyable weather and plenty of cultural events taking place throughout the country. Most hotels and boat operators on the islands remain open until the end of October, and locals and visitors enjoy the quieter beach atmosphere.

Events & Festivals

  • The International Puppet Theatre Festival takes place in Zagreb at the end of August or beginning of September, when professional puppeteers converge to show off their mastery in the artform.
  • Nights of Diocletian (September) in Split is a weekend of Roman re-enactments where toga-clad performers pay their respects to the city’s ancient history in addition to parades, street food and live music.
  • Truffle Days (September/October): Each autumn, the small Istrian town of Livade celebrates the local delicacy, the truffle, over 10 weekends with cooking contests, demonstrations and tastings.

Croatia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dubrovnik 7°C 141mm 9°C 128mm 12°C 116mm 16°C 108mm 21°C 84mm 25°C 71mm 28°C 51mm 28°C 62mm 24°C 93mm 19°C 129mm 13°C 175mm 8°C 167mm
Hvar 9°C 90mm 10°C 78mm 13°C 80mm 17°C 69mm 21°C 57mm 25°C 57mm 28°C 36mm 28°C 50mm 25°C 67mm 20°C 91mm 15°C 113mm 11°C 116mm
Korčula 10°C 101mm 11°C 89mm 13°C 85mm 17°C 74mm 22°C 58mm 26°C 53mm 29°C 35mm 28°C 48mm 25°C 72mm 20°C 97mm 15°C 121mm 11°C 125mm
Plitvice Lakes 1°C 110mm 3°C 109mm 8°C 115mm 12°C 125mm 17°C 121mm 21°C 117mm 23°C 92mm 23°C 119mm 19°C 125mm 14°C 137mm 8°C 177mm 3°C 145mm
Rovinj 8°C 74mm 10°C 66mm 13°C 68mm 17°C 79mm 21°C 70mm 25°C 80mm 28°C 60mm 28°C 87mm 24°C 96mm 19°C 89mm 13°C 106mm 10°C 85mm
Šibenik 9°C 84mm 10°C 71mm 14°C 76mm 18°C 68mm 22°C 62mm 26°C 58mm 29°C 39mm 29°C 61mm 25°C 78mm 20°C 102mm 15°C 122mm 10°C 107mm
Šolta 11°C 79mm 12°C 66mm 14°C 71mm 18°C 61mm 22°C 52mm 26°C 49mm 30°C 31mm 29°C 47mm 26°C 64mm 21°C 84mm 16°C 102mm 12°C 101mm
Split 8°C 95mm 10°C 86mm 12°C 89mm 16°C 82mm 21°C 69mm 25°C 74mm 28°C 46mm 28°C 64mm 25°C 75mm 19°C 102mm 14°C 134mm 10°C 127mm
Zagreb 3°C 108mm 6°C 70mm 11°C 104mm 17°C 84mm 21°C 94mm 24°C 98mm 26°C 90mm 25°C 97mm 22°C 96mm 16°C 90mm 9°C 114mm 4°C 110mm

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