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The Best Time To Visit Croatia: A User’s Guide

What is the perfect time to visit Croatia? That question is a very hard one to answer if you ask me! Why? Well, let’s just say that there are many ways to experience Croatia. You will know this once you get to know the different seasons of this country. In any case, we are going to find that one out and more in this article. If you’re ready, just sit back, relax and enjoy. Here is the breakdown for you to visit Croatia.

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The Beauty That Is Croatia

Croatia is definitely one of the most majestic countries in all the Earth. It is a country that is rich in mountainous landscapes as well as deep-blue seascapes. What’s great about it is that it is much much easier to visit Croatia than ever before.

There have been major improvements in Croatia in terms of its infrastructure. For one, they have extended their motorway network which is a big plus. Another thing would be that many of their hotels have been renovated—in addition to it being given a fresh look with its modern and stylish designs. Not only that, but Croatia has become much easier to visit. This is because of the many airlines that have opened up direct flights to Croatia. Talk about convenience!

Croatia Tourism

People visit Croatia because of their tourism as well. The tourism in Croatia has a very long history—in fact in the Dalmatian Islands you can find traces of Roman summer villas. It is important to note though that it was first developed on a much bigger scale at the time of the Yugoslav era. This was the time when the huge resort hotels, equipped with the most top notch sports facilities were constructed along the Croatian coast. There is no denying that up to this point sports is still an integral part of the country’s identity and culture.


Croatia has a population of more or less 4.2 million people. Which is why it makes their success in sports much much more remarkable. In the 2016 Olympics alone, they were able to bag the following medals:

  • Three gold medals – for rowing, sailing and the javelin
  • Three silver medals – for water-polo, rowing, and sailing
  • Two bronze medals – for high jump and boxing

When it comes to their tourism, Croatia is jam-packed with many people who love the great outdoors. Many tourists usually go with the adventure-sports activities in Croatia. Here are some of the activities they would usually go for (When you come to Croatia, these are all in play):

  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking at sea
  • Rafting
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing

Croatia History And Culture

However, Croatia is not only limited to the adventure and the sports junkies. There are also amazing features Croatia can offer when it comes to their history and culture. Four cities come to mind when talking about these topics. We have Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. These cities actually offer the likes of Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian monuments. To prove this to you, the historic centers that you can find in Dubrovnik and Split are actually world heritage sites of Unesco.

In addition, you also have the basilica found in Porec and then of course the cathedrals in Trogir and Sibenik. Not only that, but aside from its rich history, these aforementioned cities also hosts a number of events and festivals. What I’m talking about are the summer festivals, the open-air concerts as well as theatre after dark. In fact, these said events can often showcase international performers. I’m telling you, It’s really more fun in Croatia.

And let’s talk about the Croatia’s rocky Adriatic coast. Although it may not be that ideal in terms of tourist development, it is still and awesome sight to behold. It will definitely leave you speechless, I’m sure. Imagine a number of small pebble coves filled with pinewoods with the main attraction being crystal-clear blue seas. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Talk about a perfect combination, it’s no secret as to why man locals and tourists alike come and visit Croatia and all of its wonders. It is rich with history and culture, and at that same time it has many pure and untouched landscapes and seascapes it has to offer. You definitely want to be here.

The Best Time To Visit Croatia

Now with that being said, when you consider to visit Croatia, there are so many things you need to keep in mind.

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Given that you are not tied to school holidays. I strongly suggest that you visit Croatia in the Shoulder Season (we’ll talk about these things in detail in a while). This consists of the months of May and June, as well as September and October. This is when you can expect the most pleasant sunny weathers you will ever experience in Croatia. You can do the works: swimming in the sea as well as sunbathing. What’s amazing about this season is that its tourist facilities are good and functioning but there are no crowds.

Furthermore, the outdoor activities you can enjoy during this season could not be better, I tell you. You can enjoy hiking and mountain biking; and, if you are more of a water person, there is also sea kayaking as well as rafting. On the other hand, when it comes to the Peak Seaon (that is in the months of July and August), there is a huge difference. This is the time where the resorts are super busy. In addition, the temperatures are rising at this particular part of the year and then not to mention the surge of the prices of the hotel rooms. However, there are still advantages as well when you visit the peak season. You will get open-air cultural events and you will definitely enjoy the cosmopolitan nightlife experience. So it’s safe to say there are pros and cons of each season.

Talking About Seasons

 So we have three seasons that we need to discuss when talking about visiting Croatia. I’m going to lay it all down to you guys right now, and of course, you decide which season you think it’s best for you to visit Croatia. As mentioned, there are pros and cons to each season, and you’ll get to know those below.

Low Season

Croatia’s low season occurs from November – April. This is the time where Croatia actually sees the fewest tourists. The low season means that it gets really really cold in Croatia those times. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be having a splendid time there. The prices throughout Croatia are at the lowest of the low during this season (well it is called the “low season” for a reason). This means that it is perfect to go for an ultra-luxe holiday for the lowest of budgets.

Refrain from going to the Adriatic coast as you will find nothing but closed beaches there. The highlights of the Low Season are Christmas, the New Year as well as Carnival. You will definitely be in for a treat should you be in Croatia at these times.

High Season

 We could also Croatia’s high season as its peak season or the travel season. This is prevalent during the month of July and August. At this time of Croatia’s year, the weather is consistent in being warm and sunny. It is here that you can locate a place for yourself in Croatia’s beautiful beaches. Just to name a few, we have the Hvar Island, Split, Korčula Island, and Dubrovnik. In Croatia’s high season, the afternoons are warm and the water is absolutely perfect for swimming. If you’re that type of person then this is definitely the season you need to go for.

However, these are not the only features that the high season has to offer. There are a lot of music festivals that you can choose from during this particular season. You need to make sure that you are at least in one of these festivals to make your visit worthwhile. Below is a list of the music festivals that you can be a part of should you go to Croatia in their high season:

  • INmusic Festival (Zagreb)
  • International Folklore Festival (Zagreb)
  • ULTRA Music Festival (Split)

There are still others, but these three are at the top for sure.

While the high season is definitely great for the beach and music lovers out there, there is a downside. There are a lot of tourists and the prices are at an all-time high during this season. I think it’s worth it, though, do you?

Shoulder Season

We’ve talked about this a little bit above. The shoulder season occurs from May-June, as well as Septermber-October. Most of the people (including myself) consider the shoulder season as their favourite time to visit Croatia. It is on the two aforementioned timeframes where you will find truly the most perfect conditions Croatia has to offer.

There are going to be times where the weather can be quite unexpected compared to it being relatively fair during the peak season, it is at this season where you can still enjoy warm weather. What’s more is that there are few crowds, and the prices are relatively cheap. You could not ask for a better bargain than this.

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Final Thoughts

Croatia has indeed different seasons and different timeframes that all offer diverse and yet equally memorable features. The things I mentioned above, are the things that you should definitely consider upon visiting this beautiful country. Depending on your preferences, you could either end up being there during the Low Seaon, the High Season or the Shoulder Season. In any case, this amazing country has a lot to offer, and if you can do it in your lifetime, you should definitely try out the three different seasons.

If you have some questions or some experiences in Croatia that you would like to share, feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below or even give me an email. Hopefully this article has helped you in your decision on when to visit Croatia, or simply visiting Croatia in general. Stay tuned for more up and coming articles from yours truly.

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