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Backpacking in Croatia

As a country that is heavily dependent on tourism, Croatia’s numerous attractions are a jackpot. It was selected as the “Top Pick Destination” by Lonely Planet, as well as “Destination of the Year” by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine in 2005 and 2006. With a number of touristic activities (cultural, nautical, religious, adventurous, ecological and more), Croatia will fulfil all of your holiday expectations. The country has multiple touristic regions that are specific to each geographical and climate conditions. If you are looking to find out the best time to visit Croatia, this climate guide will assist you in picking the perfect time for your trip.

Croatia has two climate patterns. Its coast on the Adriatic features a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Though, the continental back country is characterized by extreme winters and summers.

The country’s tourism fluctuates with the seasons. Most tourists come in the summer months of July and August. Over the years, the tourism industry has improved immensely. The increased number of flights, renovated hotels, as well as the free way network, make travelling to the country much easier. As such, Croatia has a perfect mix of historical and cultural heritage as well as natural beauty.

At a Glance:

 

 Peak Season

May to August

 

Off-Season

September to April

 

Underwater Diving

May/ June and September/ October

 

Dolphin Watching

June to September

 

Beach Time

May to August

 

Hiking

April to June

  • Peak Season: May to August
  • Off-Season: September to April
  • Underwater Diving: May/ June and September/ October
  • Dolphin Watching: June to September
  • Beach Time: May to August
  • Hiking: April to June

What is the Climate Like in Croatia?

Climate in Zagreb

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum Temperature in °C

3

5

11

17

20

24

27

27

21

16

10

5

Minimum Temperature in °C

-2

-1

3

6

9

12

14

14

11

7

4

-1

Hours of Sunshine

4

4

7

10

10

11

11

12

9

6

5

6

Days of Rain

10

9

11

13

17

15

13

10

12

9

10

9

Climate in Brela

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum Temperature in °C

10

11

13

16

20

24

27

27

23

19

16

12

Minimum Temperature in °C

7

8

10

13

16

20

23

24

20

16

13

9

Hours of Sunshine

5

6

8

11

12

12

12

12

11

7

6

6

Days of Rain

10

9

9

8

7

5

5

2

7

7

10

9

Climate in Omiš

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum Temperature in °C

9

10

13

16

20

25

28

28

24

19

15

11

Minimum Temperature in °C

5

5

8

11

14

18

21

21

18

14

11

6

Hours of Sunshine

5

5

8

11

11

12

12

12

11

7

6

6

Days of Rain

11

11

12

12

10

9

6

4

7

9

10

11

Seasonal Climate Guide for Croatia

Off-Season (October to April)

During the off-season, the temperature fluctuates between 7 °C and 15 °C during the day and 0 °C and 8 °C at night. Although, January is the coldest month in Croatia, with very little precipitation. In January, for instance, there is only 139 mm of precipitation, and this is spread over 13 days. Hence, sub-zero temperatures are rare. The following months are characterized by rising temperatures, and occasionally high humidity. Towards the end of the year, the temperatures gradually decrease to about 0 °C. Additionally, the hours of sunshine reduce to 9 hours a day. Note the increasing levels of humidity, which can reach up to 85 %.

Peak Season (May to September)

The peak season is known for warm temperatures well above 20 °C. This means that you can go for a hike or stroll through the cities in May. The months of July and August are perfect for a beach holiday, where temperatures are no higher than 29 °C. This is also a great time to explore water sports such as white water rafting, diving, water-skiing or parasailing. The driest month is August, with 14 hours of sunshine per day and only 38 mm of precipitation spread over 3 days. In contrast to the off-season, there is very little humidity in the peak season. Neither precipitation nor humidity start to increase until late September/early October.

Exception: The Best Time to Visit for Dolphin Watching

Dolphins are protected animal species, as such, there are few things to consider. For starters, it is forbidden to swim with them in the wild or chase them on the water. However, observation is allowed. Dolphins are frequently spotted in Croatia, especially near the islands Losinj and Cres. The best month to watch these magnificent mammals is June. Additionally, make sure to choose a company that is mindful of animal rights when booking a tour. The tour itself must also be structured in an animal-friendly way.

Conclusion: The Best Time to Visit Croatia

Overall, Croatia is a great country to visit at any time of the year, since the weather is mild and pleasant all year round. Most of its tourist attractions bear historical and religious significance. For example, the historic cities of Umag and Porec on the West Coast.

The island of Pag, known as the best party zone in Croatia, is incredible! Here, you can dance the night away in disco and beach bars. You can also go sailing in Zadar if you prefer some fitness exercise. Another highlight is Sponza-Palace, in the fortified town of Dubrovnik, bearing traces of the old Renaissance culture.

Don’t forget to visit the best-preserved amphitheatre in Pula. The Kvarner highlands are also a must-see for breathtaking views and beautiful high mountains overlooking the islands. The north has numerous old castles, thermal baths and spas – another reason to visit the country.

In short, Croatia is a country that offers a wide range of experiences. For nature lovers and culture enthusiasts, Croatia has it all. Not to mention, the locals are very hospitable. A trip here is worthwhile at any time of the year, but consider the focus of your trip in advance. That way, you ensure you get to see everything you have planned.

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