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Best time of year to visit Croatia

Due to a mishmash during the summer, shoulder season from May to June and September is the best time to visit Croatia. Late spring with its relatively warm but a little bit rainy days guarantees perfect hiking, sea kayaking, and rafting. Even though July and August are busy and offer pricey accommodation, you can't miss your chance to see lavender bloom on the Hvar Island or attend open-air events like Ultra Europe Music Festival and Applebum: The Beach Beyond. September–October are known for unforgettable sunsets in Zadar, beautiful foliage around Plitvice Lakes, wine harvest, and fresh oysters. During the chilly season from November through April, most coastal attractions and hotels close down. In winter, you can explore the cities without tourist crowds. In February, locals and travellers are cheered up by carnivals in cities and towns.

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Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

Croatian coastline boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Europe

The Blue Cave

The Blue Cave

May–October • nature

A precious gem among Croatia's nature highlights

Hiking

Hiking

May–October • activity

Climb spectacular mountains, traverse lush woods, enjoy freedom and harmony with nature

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–November • activity

A great way to explore Croatian costline

The Best Sunsets

The Best Sunsets

April–November • nature

Famous Adriatic sunset in Zadar impressed Alfred Hitchcock

Diving

Diving

June–September • activity

Clear waters of the Adriatic are popular with divers. Take a chance to explore marine life, ship wrecks and underwater caves

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

April–November • activity

Fast rivers of Croatia are perfect for white water rafting

Oysters Season

Oysters Season

September–April • food

Locally produced oysters and mussels is a must try for seafood lovers

Cruising and Sailing

Cruising and Sailing

March–November • activity

Follow Marco Polo's path and explore Croatia's numerous islands

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

April–November • activity

Good conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers during the summer

Days of Diocletian

Days of Diocletian

May 17–September 20, 2019 • event

In Split, do as Romans do during a colourful carnival at Diocletian Palace

Truffle Season

Truffle Season

September–November • food

A chance to find the next biggest truffle in the world

Wild Figs

Wild Figs

late May–September • food

Enjoy this nutritious sweet fruit while in Dalmatia

Fried Dormice

Fried Dormice

August–September • food

A grilled dormouse—a rather unusual dish for modern European cuisine

Grape Season

Grape Season

August–October • food

Try the most delicious grapes from local farmers' markets

Crni Rizot (Black Risotto)

Crni Rizot (Black Risotto)

September–November • food

If you like seafood, this is a must try of Croatian cuisin

Opuntia or Prickly Pear

Opuntia or Prickly Pear

September–October • food

This cactus with beautiful flowers is also quite tasty

Birdwatching in Kopacki Rit

Birdwatching in Kopacki Rit

March–May, September • nature

Exciting birdwatching on one of the largest wetlands in Europe

Octopus Time

Octopus Time

August–October • food

Octopus dishes are the classics of Croatian cuisine

Jujube or Chinese Dates

Jujube or Chinese Dates

September • food

Sweet fruit suitable for jams or rakija (local strong liquor)

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Frozen Waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes

Frozen Waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes

January–February • nature

Frozen Plitvitce Lakes are called Croatia's natural miracle

Pag Cheese Season

Pag Cheese Season

January–June • food

Famous cheese from Pag island is a national pride of Croatia, known as Paški sir

Sinjska Alka

Sinjska Alka

August 04, 2019 • event

A medieval equestrian knightly competition in Sinj that is part of the UNESCO list

Autumnal Plitvice Lakes

Autumnal Plitvice Lakes

October–November • nature

Natural wonder wearing all shades of gold and red

Ultra Europe Music Festival

Ultra Europe Music Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

Feeling the beat of Adriatic with an ultrahip Ultra music festival

Rijeka Carnival

Rijeka Carnival

January 17–February 26, 2020 • event

Winter holiday season in Rijeka is highlighted by the biggest carnival in Croatia with costumed parades and performances, lots of music and dancing

Zagreb Christmas Market

Zagreb Christmas Market

November 30 2019–January 07 2020 • event

The spirit of Advent and entertainment for the whole family in the central of medieval city

Lavender Bloom on Hvar Island

Lavender Bloom on Hvar Island

June–July • nature

A flowery kingdom on the Croatia's most sunny island

International Donkey Race

International Donkey Race

August 06, 2016 • event

Visitors get a chance to hop on a donkey and speed up in Tisno during the annual donkey race

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

mid-October • activity

Olives are the matter of pride in Croatia

Red Bull Air Race

Red Bull Air Race

May 30–31, 2015 • event

Extreme flying competition in Rovinj is a breathtaking experience for spectators

Kumpanjija Performance

Kumpanjija Performance

April 28 • event

See a unique historical dance on Korcula Island with sword fights

Peka

Peka

June–August • food

A signature cooking technique for Croatoan cuisine

Soundwave Music Festival

Soundwave Music Festival

2018 was the final year • event

Rave with Soundwave—the festival featuring five nights of excellent music and partying

Dvorišta—the Courtyards of Zagreb

Dvorišta—the Courtyards of Zagreb

July 12–21, 2019 • event

Get behind closed doors in old Zagreb and meet some locals during a ten-day festival

Lobster Eating Time

Lobster Eating Time

mid-May–July • food

Mouth watering lobsters as well as other delicious seafood streight from the Adriatic

Tangerine Harvesting Season

Tangerine Harvesting Season

October–November • food

Pick tangerines from the trees in Neretva

Ribarska Festa

Ribarska Festa

August 30, 2019 | September 20, 2019 | September 27, 2019 • event

Fisherman festivals in an Istrian town of Vrsar is a unique experience available at the Adriatic

Medenjaci

Medenjaci

December 24–December 26 • food

In Croatia Christmas tastes like honey cookies

Vinistra

Vinistra

May 08–10, 2020 • event

The oldest and largest wine fair in Istria

Easter Bread

Easter Bread

April 12–13, 2020 • food

No Easter in Croatia is possible without a pinca

Dimensions Festival

Dimensions Festival

August 28–September 01, 2019 • event

A giant party in a 2000-year-old Roman fortress

Painting Pisanica or Easter Egg

Painting Pisanica or Easter Egg

April 06–12, 2020 • activity

Don't miss a beautiful tradition of colouring eggs before Easter

Applebum: The Beach Beyond

Applebum: The Beach Beyond

July 18–22, 2019 • event

Famous UK festival goes to the Adriatic seaside

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–February • activity

Northern Croatia boasts a few decent skiing locations in winter

Asparagus Season

Asparagus Season

March–June • food

Have you already tried wild asparagus?

Bobići

Bobići

October 31–November 02 • food

A traditional Halloween dessert