Croatia is a country which has it all. Whenever you visit it, you will enjoy its beauty. The peak summer months of July and August attract the most visitors with warm days and ideal (for somebody even too hot) sea temperatures for swimming. The months of May, June and September are the best time to visit with a pleasant climate and a sunny sky and less crowd. Winters are much colder and wetter, though still enjoyable enough. In some parts of Croatia, you can experience delightful snow idyll.
Zagreb is worth seeing all year round, but if you come in December, you will feel the city’s unique, fairy-tale atmosphere. If you are looking for the best Christmas markets in Europe, then Zagreb should be on your list. Zagreb Advent has been voted the best Christmas Market in Europe for three years in a row. It takes place from the middle of November until the beginning of January. The aroma of mulled wine, sausages and a couple gastronomy surprises permeate the air.
Throughout the whole year, you will find a vibrant cultural life – from concerts and parties, through exhibitions, performances and diverse, sometimes unexpected, museums, to varied theatrical performances.
When summer takes over the world, people are happy. They get to enjoy the sun and rush to the nearest beaches. Split is best known as a summer resort in Croatia. It has been attracting travellers from all over the world for many years. It offers so much to the visitors. This town will seduce you with the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its cultural and historical heritage and its gastronomy! Do not miss Ultra Music Festival in summer, or Advent in Split in December. Split is perfectly positioned to be the base if you want to see and visit as many places as possible.
Krka National Park
The best time to visit Krka National Park is from late March to the middle of June. The park is situated along the Krka River in southern Croatia, and it is known for a series of seven waterfalls. The forests of the park mostly consist of the mixed forests of holm oak and flowering ash, downy oak and white hornbeam and black hornbeam forests with autumn moor grass. Krka National Park is also the home of numerous endemic plants such as the Chimney Bellflower, Grassy Bells, Mullein Inala, Dalmatian Pellitory, Illyrian Iris and Adriatic Violet. Krka waterfalls are one of the many wonders of nature that Croatia has to offer. These waterfalls are one of the most photographed scenes in the country.
Hvar is one of the sunniest places in Europe, so it enjoys pleasant weather all year long. So, you can visit it whenever you want, but tourists love the island most in summer days. If you have parties in your mind, the best time to visit it is from July up to early September. During spring and autumn, you will enjoy the warm weather without crowds. You can come to Hvar for Easter and be part of the procession ‘Za krizen’ (Behind the Cross). It is 6 simultaneous processions through the night. People follow a barefoot cross-bearer, for over 22 km, to the other village and back. It starts at 7 AM on a Good Friday. During the winter, you can enjoy local Advent and Christmas customs.
Dubrovnik became one of the most popular destinations to visit. It has a lot of attractions (natural and historical). Still, filming of Game of Thrones is what additionally boosted its popularity. While most people visit Dubrovnik in the summer, some love it more from October up to May. In the summertime you’ll love the sun, swimming and many events. But you might find it too crowded. During winter it transforms in the fairy-tale with thousands of lights, plentiful entertainment and gastronomic pleasures. If you come in the first week of February, you will celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise. That period is the time of year when locals reclaim their city from the tourists so you should come and enjoy in the processions, traditions, concerts and fabulous food.
Thanks to its position (farther from the mainland), the island of Vis is quieter than other islands or Dalmatian cities. It is characterized by beautiful, clear waters, underwater wrecks, hidden coves and sandy beaches. You can also visit Bisevo Island (5 km from Vis). Although small, this island will fascinate you. Here you will find the Blue Cave, one of the main tourist attractions in Croatia and one of the most popular sandy beaches – Porat Beach. The best period to visit is between May and October. In spring you will probably see dolphins, as water traffic is lower.
The best time to visit Istria is from spring to autumn. This heart-shaped peninsula in the north corner of Croatia offers many adventures and experiences like biking, gourmet food, beaches, wineries, olive oil tastings and rich history. Istria is a land of truffles and you’ll come across some unforgettable delicacies. It is easy to navigate so you can do day trips. Do not miss to visit Novigrad, Vrsar, Motovun, Rovinj, Vodnjan and Labin which are amazing. The city of Rijeka is close to it. We recommend you Carnival in Rijeka! If you come to Istra you must visit Brijuni National Park. It’s archipelago with stunning cultivated natural beauties and great historical value.