The Best Time to Visit Croatia

Croatia is a year round destination.  Each season has something fantastic to offer visitors.  While many people associate Croatia with summer holidays, the country has no lack of exciting activities, sights and festivals throughout the year to make your holiday one to remember.  Here are the top things to do in each season, so you can plan the best time to visit Croatia.

hvar harbour

Visiting Croatia in Spring (March, April, May)

Spring is a quieter time of year than the rush of the summer months.  A visit to Dubrovnik is more relaxing affair with the crowds of cruise passengers absent from the picturesque street of the old town.  Wander the city streets at your leisure without having to fight for places in restaurants and at the city sights.

April sees the town of Lovran, in the north of Croatia, come alive with the annual Asparagus Festival.  The famous frittatas are the most popular way of eating them and the town makes a huge asparagus frittata in the main square using 1000 eggs and 30 kilos of the famous wild asparagus.

The beautiful island of Losinj hosts an annual Fragrance Festival in May.  Mali Losinj is filled with purveyors of fragranced goods with sage, myrtle, rosemary and lavender all perfuming the air.
cikat bay

Visting Croatia in Summer (June, July, August)

Summer is the high season and there are plentiful activities and excursions available for visitors to Croatia.  The glorious Elaphiti Islands are a star attraction.  With an average sea temperature of 26 degrees, they are a perfect destination for snorkelling and kayaking.

The island of Brac hosts the Pucisca International Summer School for music, with jazz and salsa workshops taking place alongside classical training.  In June, Hvar is home to the annual Lavender Festival where enthusiasts can buy products made with the season’s fresh crop.

August has two fun historical festivals.  Split holds the Days of Diocletian, a fantastic outdoor Roman festival with parades, food and concerts.  Omis is known for its Night of the Pirates, featuring a spectacular show reenacting the town’s pirate past and victory over the Venetian navy.

Split Harbour View from Penthouse terrace

Visiting Croatia in Autumn (September, October, November)

Like spring, autumn is quieter than summer, as it is not too hot.  People choose to visit places like the Plitvice Lakes National Park, or Krka National Park  to see the incredible autumnal colours against the pure blue of the lake waters.

Dubrovnik is home to the International Wine and Jazz Festival in September.  This is a huge event drawing people from all over the world to experience excellent music and first class wines, enjoy some tasting !  from Croatia and beyond.

The city of Opatija holds Festival Kvarner in September.  The series of classical music concerts are held over five days and are an exceptional set of musical performances.  Completely Croatia customers have the privilege of attending the concerts for free.

Plitvice Lakes

Visiting Croatia in Winter (December, January, February)

Until this year, there were no direct flights from the UK to Croatia, but several new routes have just been opened, allowing British visitors to experience the spectacular winter scenes of the country first hand.  While many businesses close in the winter, making it a quiet time to visit, there are some fantastic sights to see, including the beauty of Dubrovnik in the colder months.  Flights are far more limited but for the hardened holiday-maker we can find a way.

There are year round flights now from London Gatwick and Manchester to Zagreb, so for the first time, the winner of the Best European Christmas market for two years on the trot (2016 and 2017) is far more readily accessible to the British.  Advent in Zagreb runs from the end of November to the beginning of January.  This is a spectacular city-wide Christmas market which guarantees something for everyone to enjoy.

Opatija hosts the Chocolate Festival in December.  It is a wonderful way to warm up in the winter with a celebration of chocolate for young and old.

Croatia is an all year round destination.  While there are better times to visit for different people, the country has something to offer visitors any time of the year.

croatia winter shot