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Best Time to Visit Croatia

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Summer in Pučišća village on the island of Brač, Croatia

The best time to visit Croatia is in May, June, September, or October, but the best time for you will depend on your preferred travel goals and how you wish to spend your time.

Croatia is idyllic and unique with evocative cities, exceptional food, celebrated wine, and fascinating history.

Your experience is shaped by the season that you visit, though Croatia has something to offer every type of traveler, no matter the time of year.

Best Time for Sightseeing

Klis Fortess near Split, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September | October

The seasons in Croatia bring dramatic changes to the landscape, weather patterns, and crowds making each month feel entirely different. Whether in a popular city like Dubrovnik or in the Istrian countryside, the shoulder seasons usually offer the best time to visit Croatia, specifically between the months of May to June and September to October. These months provide excellent weather and smaller crowds outside of the peak summer season. Whether with the bright green of late spring, the Mediterranean warmth of early summer, or the variety of fresh ingredients of fall, Croatia’s fantastic regional heritage and natural beauty are always on display.

Best Time for Beaches

Zlatni Rat beach near Bol on Brač Island, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September

Summer is the peak season for beaches in Croatia, but May, June, and September give you excellent weather with fewer crowds. Often, even from mid-April to mid-October is still fantastic. You can embrace the island life or savor coastal living along the Adriatic Sea as you lounge on pebbled shores or stroll along with the tide with the comfortable breeze that sweeps through the marinas and city centers.

Best Time for Wine Tasting

Vineyards surrounding Motovun, Croatia

Best Months: April | May | September | October

Croatia is both known for its wines and possesses hidden corners of inspiring flavors best experienced in spring and fall. The primary winegrowing regions spread from the floodplains of the Danube River to the shores of the Dalmation coast. The contrasting landscapes create an engaging variety of wines influenced by the maritime charm and inland personality. When visiting in spring and fall, it is not just the wine that can surprise and delight you but also the scenery for a chance for you to bask in panoramas or discover the vineyards, which will only enhance your experience.

Best Time for Grape Harvesting

Grapes on the vine

Best Months: August | September | October

Croatia's grape harvest gives you a completely different perspective of the wine culture and takes place generally between November to January. Participating in the grape harvest can immerse you in the traditions of the vines in Croatia, especially in places like Korcula or Hvar. The harvest shows so much more than just an affection for wine but also a preserved history influenced by wine-producing cultures dating back millennia.

Best Time for Olive Harvesting

Olive tree in Sevid, Croatia

Best Months: October | November

Olives in Croatia are not just part of the history but a matter of pride for locals with the harvest taking place between September and October. Olive oil has been a staple in the country since the arrival of the Greeks, with families, friends, and entire communities coming together for the season when the orchards ripen, and the olives are ready for the press. The experience of the harvest takes you beyond the act of collecting olives and embraces the traditional touches of life that locals still enjoy, surpassed in its beauty only by the olive oil’s exceptional flavor.

Best Time for Food

Farmers market in Zagreb, Croatia

Best Months: April | May | September | October

As the seasons in Croatia change, so does the food. While each season brings different mouthwatering dishes to enjoy, spring and fall reflect the true diversity of Croatia’s cuisine. April to May and again from September to October reflect the foundations of Croatia’s stunning dishes that focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients, from fish to fruits, vegetables to game. The landscape changes, and even the daily markets, shift with enticing aromas like pomegranate or asparagus speaking to the terrain, shifting climate, and traditional local cuisine.

Best Time for Truffles

Truffles found on the hunt in Croatia

Best Months: September | October | November

Truffles define decadent cuisine and in Croatia offer new insights into the delicacies of the marvelous landscape best experienced in fall between September and November. A truffle hunting excursion gets you in touch with one of the culinary world’s most coveted ingredients with flavors that change with the seasons. Fall is truly the best time to find the most diversity in Croatia with white, black summer, and black winter truffles overlapping in the season. The hunt is an unforgettable way to enjoy the landscape, the culture, and Croatia’s celebrated cuisine.

Best Time for Hiking

Coastal hiking path in Split, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Hiking in Croatia represents freedom and discovery within the diverse natural splendor best experienced between May and June or September and October. The spring and fall give you the best weather conditions and smaller crowds to truly enjoy the scenery. With rugged mountains and lush woods, island life, and coastal beauty, the scenery feels untouched and welcoming with a possible adventure around every corner.

Best Time for Cycling

Cycling up Biokova, Croatia's highest road.

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Spring and fall are fantastic seasons to cycle in Croatia, specifically between May and June or September and October to travel outside of peak tourist season. Miles of serene backroads highlight the ancient culture and traditional life easily experienced, whether in the hinterlands or along the Dalmation coast. Cycling in spring and fall gives you better weather and smaller crowds, and the chance to experience authentic life around the country.

Best Time with Family Travel

Cable car above Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Croatia is extremely family-friendly with walkable cities, stunning coastlines, and incredible history the entire family can enjoy, especially between May and June or September to October. Outside of peak summer, your whole family will have a more comfortable travel experience. At the same time, the weather is still warm, and the crowds are far smaller, most notably on the beaches in popular cities like Dubrovnik. Croatia will easily and quickly reward you with Roman ruins and regal medieval walls, crystal-clear waters, and endless thrilling activities.

Best Time for Couples

Plitvice Lake National Park, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Croatia is truly the embodiment of a romantic destination and perfect for couples, especially in spring and fall, between May and June or September to October. Instead of traveling during the peak summer season, the shoulder travel months give you more serene vistas and quieter cities away from the wandering crowds for an idyllic couple’s getaway. Spirited island towns, hidden white-sand beaches, and elegant shady strolls create the foundations for a timeless romance in Croatia’s breathtaking beauty and enchanting heritage.

Spring and Summer Activities

Zadar, Croatia

Best Months: April | May | June | July

The spring and summer are fantastic for visiting Croatia with vibrant life and welcoming weather between April and July. When you avoid the summer crowds, you can sink deeper into the celebrated culture and famous beaches, explore the blossoming wildflowers and glinting lakes, or simply bask in the comforts of alfresco dining in the historic cities. Each new month offers another view of welcoming elegance, seasonal cuisine, and Croatia’s ability to check nearly every box of alluring travel experiences.

Hiking | Cycling | Beaches | Wine Tasting | Market Tours

Fall and Winter Activities

Christmas market in Zagreb, Croatia

Best Months: October | November | December | January

The fall and winter in Croatia bring stunning scenery and culture sweeping from the mountaintops to island shores between October and January. Whether you want an action-packed escape at a luxurious ski resort or a private truffle hunt through the chestnut woodlands of Istria, the lanes of a vibrant Christmas market, or the comforting waters of an opulent hot spring, Croatia shows you brand new adventures you can enjoy for a  more memorable experience.

Snowboarding | Skiing | Cycling | Hot Springs | Winter Festivals | Christmas Markets

More Travel Information & Tips

Port in Valun village on Cres Island, Croatia

Croatia’s four distinct seasons experience rich ingredients, warm colors, and intriguing activities. Based on the experiences you want, you can better know where you should visit and during what season. The distinctive months display Croatia’s fascinating culture and varied scenery with plenty of things to do, like walking the boardwalks of Plitvice National Park or tasting decadent truffles in Istria. For more helpful tips, you can find our Croatia Travel Guide. You can also speak with a Croatia travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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