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 travelers come between April and October, with the peak period during the summer months. Which 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 be 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.
Spring can be a good time to visit Dubrovnik, particularly 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 the low- to mid-60s, and while there may be some rain, there’s likely be more sun now than overcast, grey days. In May, the average daytime high temperature climbs to around 70 degrees 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 in the low- to -mid 70s 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.
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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 75 degrees. 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 into the mid-80s or 90 degrees. 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 for explore the top sights.