Best time to visit Croatia

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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 Soundwave Music Festival. 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.


Beach Season

May–September • activity

Croatian coastline boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Europe

The Blue Cave

May–October • nature

A precious gem among Croatia's nature highlights


May–October • activity

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


April–November • activity

A great way to explore Croatian costline

The Best Sunsets

April–November • nature

Famous Adriatic sunset in Zadar impressed Alfred Hitchcock

White Water Rafting

April–November • activity

Fast rivers of Croatia are perfect for white water rafting


June–September • activity

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

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

April–November • activity

Good conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers during the summer

Oysters Season

September–April • food

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

Cruising and Sailing

March–November • activity

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

Truffle Season

September–November • food

A chance to find the next biggest truffle in the world

Fried Dormice

August–September • food

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

Wild Figs

late May–September • food

Enjoy this nutritious sweet fruit while in Dalmatia

Crni Rizot (Black Risotto)

September–November • food

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

Grape Season

August–October • food

Try the most delicious grapes from local farmers' markets

Opuntia or Prickly Pear

September–October • food

This cactus with beautiful flowers is also quite tasty

Birdwatching in Kopacki Rit

March–May, September • nature

Exciting birdwatching on one of the largest wetlands in Europe

Octopus Time

August–October • food

Octopus dishes are the classics of Croatian cuisine

Jujube or Chinese Dates

September • food

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


Frozen Waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes

January–February • nature

Frozen Plitvitce Lakes are called Croatia's natural miracle

Pag Cheese Season

January–June • food

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

Sinjska Alka

August 05, 2018 • event

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

Autumnal Plitvice Lakes

October–November • nature

Natural wonder wearing all shades of gold and red

Ultra Europe Music Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

Feeling the beat of Adriatic with an ultrahip Ultra music festival

Rijeka Carnival

January 17–March 06, 2019 | March 03, 2019 • 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

December 02 2018–January 06 2019 • event

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

Lavender Bloom on Hvar Island

June–July • nature

A flowery kingdom on the Croatia's most sunny island

Olive Harvest

mid-October • activity

Olives are the matter of pride in Croatia

Red Bull Air Race

May 30–31, 2015 • event

Extreme flying competition in Rovinj is a breathtaking experience for spectators

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

Nights of Diocletian

May 18–September 21, 2018 • event

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

Kumpanjija Performance

April 28 • event

See a unique historical dance on Korcula Island with sword fights


June–August • food

A signature cooking technique for Croatoan cuisine

Lobster Eating Time

mid-May–July • food

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

Soundwave Music Festival

July 26–30, 2018 • event

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

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

Ribarska Festa

April 27–September 28, 2018 • event

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

Tangerine Harvesting Season

October–November • food

Pick tangerines from the trees in Neretva


May 11–13, 2018 • event

The oldest and largest wine fair in Istria


December 24–December 26 • food

In Croatia Christmas tastes like honey cookies

Easter Bread

April 21–22, 2019 • food

No Easter in Croatia is possible without a pinca

Painting Pisanica or Easter Egg

April 15–21, 2019 • activity

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

Asparagus Season

March–June • food

Have you already tried wild asparagus?


October 31–November 02 • food

A traditional Halloween dessert

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–February • activity

Northern Croatia boasts a few decent skiing locations in winter