Best Time To Visit Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has become one of the world’s most popular destinations. Its medieval walled Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After a day of walking, there are lovely outdoor cafes along the port for enjoying mouthwatering Dalmatian cuisine while watching the boats sail by.

When planning a trip to the so-called “Pearl of the Adriatic,” one of the first questions most people ask is “What is the best time to visit Dubrovnik?” Croatia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, wet winters and hot, dry summers, making the shoulder seasons one of the best times to visit. Most travellers come between April and October, with the peak period during the summer months. This is also the time when the cruise crowds are here, which means the city will be particularly busy and hot. Many feel September and October are the very best months, particularly between late September and mid-October, when the temperatures have fallen but the water is still warm enough for swimming, and sunny skies often prevail, while crowds are fewer too.

To help you make the best decision for your trip, we’ll break it down by season.

Dubrovnik in Spring

Spring

Spring can be a good time to visit Dubrovnik, particularly in May and early June. That said, April often means colourful Easter festivals and lively processions, along with a milder climate ideal for those who want to do lots of walking, although the sea temperatures are likely to be too chilly for swimming. In the afternoon, the mercury rises to around 15 – 18 celsius (low- to mid-60s Fahrenheit), and while there may be some rain, there’s likely to be more sun now than overcast, grey days. In May, the average daytime high temperature climbs to around 21 degrees celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) and the water may be warm enough for a dip, although you’ll probably need a sweater or light jacket for early mornings and evenings. Summer arrives in June but if you come early in the month, it’s unlikely to be too hot, with afternoon highs around 20 – 25 celsius (low- to -mid-70s Fahrenheit) and the sea temperature increasing significantly, perfect for spending days at the beach.

Spring can mean some discounted accommodation rates and lower airfare, along with those thinner crowds, making it an enjoyable and more budget-friendly time to visit Dubrovnik.

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik in Summer

Summer

Summer is the hottest and driest time of year in Dubrovnik, and it’s also when the majority of tourists arrive. You can expect plenty of sunshine for enjoying this slice of Mediterranean paradise. Including the beaches and swimming, with the average sea temperature a comfortable 24 degrees celsius (75 Fahrenheit). Look forward to wonderfully warm evenings for alfresco dining and strolls along the waterfront. The downside is that while you’re out exploring during the day it can get quite hot, up to 30 – 33 celcius (mid-80s or 90 degrees Fahrenheit). And this is also the time when crowds are thick, especially around the most popular tourist attractions and beaches. Like Banje Beach, the closest to Old Town, which makes it the most convenient and the one with the very best views of the towering walls.

If you visit Dubrovnik in the summer, be sure to bring a couple of bathing suits to enjoy cooling off in the Adriatic and try to plan early days to explore the top sights.

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City Walls, Dubrovnik in Autumn

Autumn

Many feel early autumn is the best time to visit Dubrovnik. Visiting from mid- to late-September, you’ll find the crowds have diminished and the weather is often quite pleasant, with the average daytime high around 20 – 24 celsius (low- to mid-70s Fahrenheit). There’s just a slight chance of rain, with plenty of sunshine on most days, although the evenings will be getting cooler now. October is noticeably cooler, especially as the month progresses, but it’s usually warm enough for enjoying the beaches with an average high temperature of around 21 degrees celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll need to bring more of a mix of clothing for both warm and cooler days, along with a light rain jacket.

While the weather may not be as predictable, you might find cheaper airfare and/or discounted room rates while avoiding hordes of tourists.

Dubrovnik in Winter

Winter

Winter is the low season, with many of the attractions closed now due to the weather and lack of tourists, but this is also the time when you can get a more authentic feel for the city. The weather along the coast is relatively mild which means simply bundling up to enjoy some of the sights, although you probably won’t be spending too much time on the beach with the average daytime of around 12 – 15 celsius (upper 50s Fahrenheit). Visiting in December means you can enjoy the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, held throughout the month featuring many various holiday and cultural events. Along the Stradum, the Old Town’s main street, there will be traditional craftspeople selling holiday décor, special sweets, and handmade crafts. And, on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to join in on a big celebration with fireworks.

We offer many exciting itineraries for Dubrovnik twin and multi-centre holidays as well as cruise and stay packages. Call our team today on 0208 008 2345.

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