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The Best Times to Visit Croatia

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Spring, Summer, and Fall are the best times to visit Croatia, Summer is the high season when things are hot and crowded, and spring and fall are the shoulder seasons when the weather is still great but there are fewer people traveling.

With over 1000 miles of coastline on the Adriatic Sea and more than 1200 islands, fun in the sun is the main reason why people travel to Croatia. The country’s vast history is a treasure trove for cultural travelers; Marco Polo was born here, and the island of Hvar has produced wine since the 4th century B.C. when the Greeks arrived. 

Croatia cruises give you the luxury of exploring the cities and islands of the Mediterranean with options for hiking, biking, snorkeling, kayaking, and cultural tours.


The weather in May is warm and sunny with occasional showers that cool things off. The sun shines for 12 hours a day during the month, making for fun days exploring under the blue sky. The spring winds mean that regattas take place during the month throughout the archipelago, and a hot air balloon rally takes place in the city of Zagorje.

The Cest is d'Best International Street Festival in Zagreb kicks off at the end of the month where artists, musicians, actors, and street performers take to the streets to inspire and entertain people from all over the country.


June continues Croatia’s warm-up to the busy summer months with the sea temperatures rising and festivals and holidays starting. Humac, a small deserted village on the island of Hvar holds festivities on June 26 for its Patron Saints Day. A day earlier, the whole country comes alive for Statehood Day, celebrating Croatia’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. 

The warm waters are a welcoming sight for snorkelers; sea turtles, rays, and a myriad of sea creatures await under the sea. For swimmers, the Bisevo Blue Cave is only reached by boat. The entrance is underwater, meaning that you need to dive under the sea to resurface into the opulent cave in all its glory.
Each year in Zagreb during June there is a weeklong international dance festival featuring dancers from Croatia and all over Europe. The modern mix of dance performances puts you on the cutting edge of the medium in the country.  


In July, the daylight hours grow longer, the summer weather is in full effect, and it’s one of the busiest times of the year. Water activities under the sun include sea kayaking off of some of the most picturesque islands in the archipelago. Korcula Island has sea caves, harbors, and sheltered beaches to explore on the water while the city of Dubrovnik finds you paddling outside of the medieval old town’s wall for a different perspective from the water.

Dubrovnik holds its annual Summer Festival every July where classic theater and music performances take place avenues and on stages across the city. 


August is the end of Croatia’s high season. The beaches are bustling with people, the cities have fall festivals, and the sunny skies and warm weather bring people looking for one last fling before the school months begin.
At the beginning of the month, Zadar holds a Full Moon Festival while Zagreb caps off the season at the end of August with a World on a Plate Festival that lasts into September that celebrates food, music, and theater from around the globe.

For more information about your options for exploring the highlights of Croatia during spring, summer, and fall, contact one of our travel experts.

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