When to go to Dubrovnik: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Martí Micolau

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Dubrovnik is considered a true pearl of the Adriatic, and has long fascinated tourists and vacationers with its history but also with its intriguing beauty. Those looking for a seaside holiday destination will find in Dubrovnik (also known as Ragusa) an ideal destination, the city can count on well 250 days of sunshine a year! Despite herself, she was the protagonist of one of the most violent European conflicts of the last century, but she healed her wounds by becoming an enchanting city, where the blue of the sea contrasts nicely with the white of the stone and the light colors of the roofs of the houses. "Those who seek heaven on earth should come and see Dubrovnik", said George Bernard Shaw, which is why we have gathered some information about when to go to Dubrovnik.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Dubrovnik: the cheapest period
  3. Dubrovnik in Spring
  4. Dubrovnik in Summer
  5. Dubrovnik in Autumn
  6. Dubrovnik in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: the summer, when you can enjoy continuous sunny days and warm but never annoying temperatures.
  • Period to avoid: the city has something to offer all year round. However, in winter and autumn it is not possible to live on the beach; so you are mainly interested in the sea, choose other periods.

Dubrovnik overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is located in the southernmost part of the Croatian coast. Its position is enviable, as it allows it to enjoy a climate that makes theparticularly mild winter, with temperatures that always remain above 6 - 7 °. Summers, on the other hand, are never too hot, the average maximum temperatures are 28 or 29 °. The intermediate seasons, spring and autumn, have their own intermediate temperatures, with no particular peaks either downhill or uphill. Regarding rainfall is at its lowest in summer, especially in July, but they intensify starting from September and then reach their maximum between November and December.

When to go to Dubrovnik: the cheapest period

The low season, in Dubrovnik and other Croatian towns, is generally recorded from November to March. For those not interested in a beach holiday, winter is the cheapest period and where the climate is still pleasant, with temperatures that, even in winter, remain stable at 7 - 8 ° C.

If you want to enjoy the sea at affordable prices, choose the months of June and September.

Dubrovnik in Spring

Dubrovnik enjoys a pleasant climate in spring with temperatures reaching 21 ° in May.
During the first months of the season, frequent rainfall occurs, which decreases as summer approaches. It can be considered an excellent period for guided walking tours (from € 16,00 per person) which in a couple of hours allow you to visit the city for tourists interested in its historical, landscape and natural aspect. In Dubrovnik, one realizes that spring has arrived with the scent of mimosas and almond trees in bloom, from the lengthening days and from the clear sky. The scent of spring can be felt walking through the streets of the city, when a light breeze spreads the smell of the sea, of the fresh oysters that are most delicious in this season, especially consumed during the celebrations of San Giuseppe, on March 19.
On long spring days, nature invites you to enjoy walks by the sea in the shade of the pine trees of the island of Lokrum, barefoot on the beach, welcoming the first warm rays of the sun, or for a sunset cruise with dinner (from € 60,00 per person). Spring is also the right time to awaken energy, revitalize the body and spirit in Dubrovnik's wellness centers, or to practice outdoor sports, or discover the wealth of the city's museums and art galleries.

Dubrovnik in Summer

In summer, Dubrovnik is filled with tourists, thanks to the beautiful days, temperatures that reach 30 °, rainfall that reaches an annual minimum. Summer is also the time when the city is busiest, housing and transportation reach the highest rates accordingly.
The beaches are filled with young people, umbrellas, drinks and music, but the pearl of the Adriatic also offers enchanting bays that never disappoint.
Those who love art can also participate in private tours of the historic center (from € 10,00 per person), which appears among the Unesco world heritage sites: streets paved with marble, fountains, Gothic palaces and Renaissance churches background to a lively summer activity that comes alive with historical re-enactments, concerts and festivals under the stars.
In this regard, one cannot fail to mention the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, an event that has been repeated for decades between July and August and brings together exponents of music, theater and dance from all over the world.

Dubrovnik in Autumn

Autumn could be a great time to visit Dubrovnik, from the point of view of temperatures, which reach an average of 20°.
Even with regards to more practical aspects, the tourist season is now over and there are no longer the crowds of the summer. On the other hand, there is the rainfall that tends to increase, reaching its maximum in November.
Dubrovnik offers gourmets and film lovers leisure opportunities in autumn, with the Festival of Good Food and the Dubrovnik Film Festival, but also with wine tours and gastronomic itineraries for true gourmets (from € 80,00 with tastings included).

Dubrovnik in Winter

In Dubrovnik, winter is quite mild, even in the months considered coldest the minimum temperatures do not drop below 7 °. In December, rainfall is abundant, from January the climate already begins to be considered spring.
The sites of historical and cultural interest can be visited in peace, without encountering the large summer crowds. It is the ideal time for a sunset walking tour of the city walls of Dubrovnik (from € 20,00 per person) or for a visit to the pharmacy of the Franciscan monastery, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, in operation since 1317, where it is also possible to buy cosmetics made according to different age-old formulas. The monastery library also houses over 20 thousand valuable books and manuscripts. The Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury reflects Dubrovnik's cultural richness, and holds the arm and leg relics of Dubrovnik's patron saint, St. Blaise.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: it is not necessary to wear too heavy clothes, winter in Dubrovnik corresponds to an Italian mid-season. The recommended clothing is therefore "onion shaped", with a sweatshirt or a jacket that is not too heavy and waterproof shoes.
  • In summer: light summer clothes, shorts and shorts, t-shirts and tank tops are recommended.
  • In autumn and spring: clothing for these two half seasons is closer to the summer one, heavy winter clothes are never needed in Dubrovnik.

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