Best Time To Visit Croatia

The best time to visit Croatia is May to September, the summer season in the Mediterranean country. Croatia is at its best in the summer months, offering spectacular coastal views. The weather is hot and dry, making it a perfect time to sail across the Adriatic and explore the coastal towns. It is also the best time to experience the unique culture and nightlife of Croatia. Restaurants, cafes, and event centers will be bustling with life.

If you are looking for a quieter time, shoulder seasons are ideal to avoid the crowds. The weather is mildly warm in May and September, and sailing down the Adriatic coast has a lot to offer around this time. 

From late fall to early spring, most popular spots on the coast and beaches are closed. Also, the weather is not comfortably warm yet, so sailing is not an option in these months. The best of Croatia can be explored by sea, which makes it worth waiting for summer. 

Monthly Travel Guide For Croatia

Travelling in Croatia between November and April

Winter is not the best time to visit Croatia for sailing and exploring the coastal towns. Temperatures can be as low as 10°C, and the country receives rainfall in December and January. The low season lasts until the end of April, so waiting for the heat to arrive in May is recommended for sailing trips.

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The Dalmatian Coast at Night

Travelling in Croatia in May and June

May to mid-June is the shoulder season in Croatia and one of the best periods to visit the country. The weather is milder compared to the peak season, and the coast is less busy.

Croatia sailing tours are perfect around this time, offering insight into spectacular views as the country enters summer. It is the best time to admire nature as you sail down the Adriatic coast. You may expect to see occasional rainfall in May, so packing up raincoats is recommended. 

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Split

Travelling in Croatia in July and August

Summer is the hottest season in Croatia, with temperatures rising to 30°C in the coastal towns. It is a perfect time for sunbathing on the golden beaches and freshening up in the azure waters of the Adriatic.

June to August is the official holiday season in Croatia as the rest of Europe, making it the busiest time in the country. Booking Croatia sailing trips early is recommended to have the best holiday in these months. Summer is the best time to visit Croatia to enjoy dining and nightlife, the cultural activities, and sightseeing in the Adriatic at their fullest.

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Dubrovnik

Travelling in Croatia in September and October

In September and October, the weather is pleasantly warm across the Adriatic coast. The average temperature in cities such as Dubrovnik and Split is 20°C. It is a perfect time to visit Croatia to avoid the crowds, and the beaches still have a lot to offer in September. Croatia sail tours around this time also offer a quiet and peaceful time. Packing up for breezy nights on the cruiser is recommended. 

If you are visiting Croatia in these months, you will have a chance to have the restaurants, beaches, and landmarks across the coast to yourself. 

 

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Sailboat in the Adriatic

Croatia Climate & Weather Guide

55 mm 18 mm55 mm11°C
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Split 11°C 11°C 14°C 17°C 21°C 26°C 29°C 28°C 25°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
Omis 8°C 9°C 12°C 16°C 21°C 25°C 28°C 28°C 24°C 19°C 13°C 9°C
Makarska 4°C 6°C 9°C 13°C 18°C 22°C 25°C 25°C 21°C 16°C 11°C 6°C
Hvar 11°C 11°C 13°C 17°C 21°C 25°C 28°C 28°C 24°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
Mljet 11°C 11°C 13°C 16°C 21°C 25°C 27°C 27°C 24°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
Karcula 10°C 10°C 13°C 17°C 23°C 27°C 30°C 28°C 24°C 20°C 15°C 11°C
Dubrovnik 11°C 11°C 13°C 16°C 21°C 25°C 27°C 27°C 24°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
55 mm 18 mm55 mm11°C
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Split 52°F 53°F 58°F 63°F 71°F 79°F 85°F 84°F 78°F 69°F 60°F 54°F
Omis 46°F 48°F 53°F 61°F 70°F 77°F 83°F 83°F 75°F 66°F 55°F 48°F
Makarska 39°F 43°F 48°F 55°F 64°F 72°F 77°F 77°F 70°F 61°F 52°F 43°F
Hvar 52°F 53°F 57°F 63°F 71°F 78°F 83°F 83°F 76°F 69°F 60°F 55°F
Mljet 52°F 53°F 57°F 62°F 70°F 77°F 82°F 82°F 76°F 69°F 59°F 54°F
Karcula 50°F 50°F 55°F 63°F 72°F 81°F 86°F 82°F 75°F 68°F 59°F 52°F
Dubrovnik 52°F 53°F 57°F 62°F 70°F 77°F 82°F 82°F 76°F 69°F 59°F 54°F
55 mm 18 mm55 mm
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Split 124 mm 121 mm 91 mm 87 mm 82 mm 73 mm 48 mm 30 mm 100 mm 107 mm 161 mm 127 mm
Omis 98 mm 89 mm 88 mm 80 mm 66 mm 69 mm 44 mm 57 mm 72 mm 101 mm 134 mm 133 mm
Makarska 121 mm 119 mm 96 mm 61 mm 72 mm 75 mm 44 mm 30 mm 64 mm 102 mm 134 mm 103 mm
Hvar 125 mm 143 mm 108 mm 89 mm 86 mm 81 mm 52 mm 33 mm 149 mm 147 mm 196 mm 130 mm
Mljet 142 mm 128 mm 117 mm 109 mm 84 mm 70 mm 50 mm 61 mm 94 mm 129 mm 175 mm 167 mm
Karcula 9 mm 97 mm 92 mm 81 mm 63 mm 57 mm 37 mm 50 mm 76 mm 104 mm 134 mm 136 mm
Dubrovnik 142 mm 128 mm 117 mm 109 mm 84 mm 70 mm 50 mm 61 mm 94 mm 129 mm 175 mm 167 mm
55 mm 18 mm55 mm11°C
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Split 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Makarska 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hvar 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mljet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karcula 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dubrovnik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
55 mm 18 mm55 mm
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Split 16 km/h 17 km/h 16 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h
Omis 9 km/h 12 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 10 km/h 10km/h
Makarska 12 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h
Hvar 20 km/h 21 km/h 20 km/h 17 km/h 16 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 15 km/h 17 km/h 20 km/h 20 km/h
Mljet 16 km/h 17 km/h 16 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 15 km/h 16 km/h
Karcula 10 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h
Dubrovnik 16 km/h 17 km/h 16 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 15 km/h 16 km/h

When to visit Croatia

Croatia Sailing Trips in Summer


The peak season for all coastal activities, summer offers perfect opportunities to explore the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a cruise ship. Relying on the luxury of your accommodation, you can enjoy the Mediterranean heat and soak up in the sun from May to September. In these months, the temperatures vary between 25 to 35°C. 

The cities and towns on the coast are home to the most spectacular beaches in the world. Croatia is also famous for its nightlife and vibrant social activities, all of which you will get to experience to the fullest in this season. Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dubrovnik, walking tours in islands such as Mljet, and partying in the port towns Makarska and Hvar are some of the best activities to enjoy in summer. Our Sail Dubrovnik to Split tour offers the perfect opportunity to visit these destinations. 




Visit the Coastal Towns in May-September


May and September offers the best time to visit Croatia for unique experiences in the historic coastal towns. Sailing is a perfect way to travel in the Adriatic during this time, as the weather is pleasantly warm and the sites are less crowded. You may get to try the local wines and restaurants with some peace while getting to know the authentic lives of Croatian people. There will be shorter lines in the historic sites, such as the city walls of Dubrovnik and the house of Marco Polo in Korcula. You might also find the pristine coves and bays in the Dalmatian Coast all to yourself. 
 

 

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