Croatia: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Discover the most favorable time to go to Croatia from seasonal averages in many locations like Poreč or Rijeka, on this page.

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When is the best time to go to Croatia?

Nothing beats the summer in order to enjoy the beautiful weather and the most famous seaside resorts of Croatia such as Hvar, Split and the Korcula Island. This period is also consistent with the school holidays in July and August, which is the cause the more busy period. This is not necessarily the ideal time for visiting because the rates are higher and reservations are necessary. To avoid the busy summer vacation season, one can go to Croatia during the spring, more specifically during the period between mid-May and late June in order to take advantage of the calm lull before the high season. September is also a good time to visit Croatia. Most resorts are emptied of their visitors, but the climate remains favorable for other activities. One can wonder if it is worth visiting Croatia in the heart of winter and the answer is "yes", without any hesitation. Not only will you have the opportunity to ski on the slopes of Sljeme, near Zagreb, but you can also relax in the quiet coastal towns that are still very attractive.

So, when is the best time to go to Croatia? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Croatia, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August and September
  • The best months to go to Zagreb are April, May, June, July, August and September
  • On average, the warmest months in Zagreb are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is February
  • The rainiest months in this city are May, June and September
  • Dubrovnik is the city with the best climate, with good weather 8 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Dubrovnik are June, July, August, September and October

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Croatia for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad to bad* Croatia in january
very bad to bad* Croatia in february
very bad to tolerable* Croatia in march
tolerable to good* Croatia in april
good Croatia in may
good to perfect* Croatia in june
good to perfect* Croatia in july
good to perfect* Croatia in august
good Croatia in september
tolerable to good* Croatia in october
very bad to good* Croatia in november
very bad to tolerable* Croatia in december

When to go to Croatia by city

Dubrovnik

Best time to go to Dubrovnik

The best months to go to Dubrovnik are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Hvar Island

Best time to go to Hvar Island

The best months to go to Hvar Island are may, june, july, august, september and october.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Best time to go to Plitvice Lakes National Park

The best months to go to Plitvice Lakes National Park are may, june, july, august and september.

Split

Best time to go to Split

The best months to go to Split are april, may, june, july, august, september and october.

Zagreb

Best time to go to Zagreb

The best months to go to Zagreb are april, may, june, july, august and september.


Climate and Weather in Croatia

At the heart of Europe, between Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has two distinct and very different climates. This country, that spans out greatly, is in fact distinguished by both a continental climate and a Mediterranean climate along most of the coastline. The country also experiences strong differences of temperatures inland.

Croatia : Dubrovnik

Climate Within Croatia

The interior of the Croatian lands, in regions such as the Zagorje and Slavonia, has a moderate continental climate and the alpine areas are characterized by really cold winters, that can sometimes be truly frivolous. It is not uncommon to see significant snowfall and temperatures that drop way down below 0° C, for several days. In contrast, the summers are very hot and are punctuated by major storms once the evening arrives. This is the climate that one finds in Zagreb, the capital of neighboring Slovenia in Ljubljana. The latter knows in fact four distinct seasons with a rather insistent rain and fog when fall arrives.

Climate on the Croatian Coast

The climate in Croatia on the coast of the Adriatic Sea is more mediterranean, in contrast to the interior of Croatia. It offers to both residents and tourists particularly mild winters, with temperatures that do not drop much. In this part of the country, similar to in Split and Rijeka, summers are very dry with temperatures that can sometimes climb very high creating a fairly warm sea. It is therefore possible to swim in Croatia until the month of October or sometimes even November, thanks to the mild climate.

South of Dalmatia in Dubrovnik - which is a popular area with tourists, has a beautiful and hot period between May and September and a very rainy period between the months of October and December. Here, one finds almost the same weather as that on the Croatian islands, even if it is a bit more windy.


Temperatures and rainfall in Croatia

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Croatia and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split and Zagreb, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of Croatia

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Is this weather information for Croatia reliable?

Climate data for Croatia has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Croatia allows us to determine the average for each month in Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Zagreb, Croatian islands (Brac,Mljet...), Gospic, Korčula Island, and 51 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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