There is no definitive answer to this question – the best time to visit Croatia will vary considerably on three key factors: budget, interests & weather.
Like all travel planning, budget plays a vital role in deciding where and when to go. Prices will fluctuate dramatically throughout the year and effect everything from flights, accommodation, tours and even food. The cost to fly to Croatia from Europe is considerably cheaper during the shoulder months (that’s April – June & September – October). The reason for this is simple: supply and demand.
The same price variations are also true for our cruises. Although the majority of our cruises operate throughout the season, the prices will vary depending on the time of the year you travel. June – August will see the prices reach their peak, whilst those shoulder months of April – June & September – October will offer cheaper cruising packages. Is there a difference in quality and service? Absolutely not! The only factor that drives the prices up is the simple fact that more people want to travel during these months.
By interests, we mean what do you want to see and do during your time in Croatia? Are you in the 18 – 35 category looking for a week of endless partying, are you looking for a relaxing getaway with your fiancee, perhaps you’re a mature traveller or maybe you are looking to explore Croatia’s stunning coastline by bike. Whatever your travel interests are, Croatia (and Sail Croatia) can deliver.
Your interests can also then affect which month of the year is best suited to you. For example, if you’re a mature traveller and seeking a relaxing week onboard an Elegance Cruise away from the hordes of younger party-goers, then April – June & September – October are the months to look at visiting Croatia. If you’re an active person up for an adventure, then an Active Croatia Cruise during May & September are your best travel months.
And if you’re part of the younger Navigator crowd looking to party the week away, then anytime during June – September is ideal. These are the months when Croatia is truly buzzing, harbours are rammed with ships and the bars and clubs are heaving. Its awesome!
Croatia doesn’t have the extreme weather differences that many European countries experience; however, there is still considerable contrast between pre season & peak season conditions. Peak season in Croatia is hot and dry with average daily temperatures reaching around 28°C, so weather is certainly another contributing factor to determine when is the best time to visit.
Many people love the idea of sunbaking and boiling hot days, but it’s not for everybody. If you love a bit of warm weather, but aren’t up for sweltering hot days, then try avoiding months such as June, July and August.
Read more about the weather in Croatia throughout the season.