The cuisine across Croatia is varied and wonderful. Residents of the most touristic places in Dalmatia, like Split and Dubrovnik, have fresh seafood as their staple diet. As a visitor, it can be difficult to know which restaurants are good (a grade we give judged by how many locals visit) or just tourist fodder.
We have travelled extensively across Croatia and have taken stock of what most of the restaurants, cafes and bars have to offer. When you book your Croatia cruise or bespoke Croatia itinerary with us, we’ll share our secrets and divulge where the best places to eat and drink are along your specific route.
Croatian businesses run seasonally. This means shops, restaurants and services are open from late May until early October. Of course, because of the school holidays, most tourists visit in July and August. Not only are the cobbled alleys and seaside towns at their absolute chocka-a-block busiest, but the heat is at its most intense. Days average a hot and dry 30C.
We recommend exploring Croatia in May, June, September or October. The air is fresher in the earlier months, but you still have almost guaranteed sunshine. Our favourite time to go is September or October when the crowds have thinned but the sea has had all summer to warm up. There’s really nothing like a dip in the clear, sparkling Adriatic.