Spring is a wonderful time to travel - especially to Croatia! April and May marks the beginning of the summer season as businesses along the Croatian coast start to reopen after the winter and the Adriatic becomes alive again.
The weather is starting to warm up...
After the cold winter months, the months of April and May sees the temperatures in Croatia climb into double digits - by May, temperatures can typically reach daily highs of up to 22 degrees celcius, and average daily rainfall also drops - meaning that your chances of encountering dry and pleasant weather on your trip are more likely. Average sea temperatures are also starting to warm up enough for swimming, and with up to 12 hours of sunshine each day, there's plenty of daylight time to make the most of the islands. If you're looking to join us on one of our Cycle Croatia or Hike Croatia cruises, the milder temperatures are particularly favourable to enjoy the outdoors.
The crowds are less busy...
It's no secret that Croatia has become one of the most favourable European destinations to visit. However, if large summer crowds and the hustle and bustle of the Old Town isn't quite your thing, springtime is the perfect time to enjoy the Adriatic at your own pace. Shops, restaurants and cafes are all beginning to open for the season, and the towns and cities start to get that "almost summer, but not quite summer" buzz and feel about them.
The flowers and local produce are in full bloom...
As you head away from the mainland, the buzz of spring continues on the islands, as the island hillsides come alive and fresh crops, lavender groves and olive trees blossom. Croatians and in particular the self-proclaimed Dalmatians and Istrians take great pride in their olive oil, with constant debates over which regions is better. Croatia yields fantastic olive oil that is so fresh that you can taste it and buy it bottled within days of the olive being picked from the tree! Selecting the best olive oil to suit your palette and accompany the meal you are preparing is all a part of the dining experience for locals. An indulgence in Croatia is to taste test olive oil with traditionally made bread, to discover your preferred flavour and then purchase the bottle to take home with you. Along with olive oil, taste testing wine from the various regions in Croatia is customary and highly recommended on a visit to Croatia.
No matter what part of the coastline you visit, vineyards are common and cosy wine farms are perfect to explore beyond the seaside scenery to receive an authentic Croatian experience as you get off the beaten track and can mingle with the locals.
Sail Croatia Cruises provide you with the best of both worlds when visiting Croatia, take advantage of cruising the stunning Adriatic and relaxing on board your custom designed ship.
As evening approaches, spend your time wandering the island’s small towns to discover local hidden gems. The Dalmatian coastline sings in spring with a new summer season getting underway.
Explore this beautiful part of the world before everyone else this spring and truly appreciate the beauty of the country, its people, culture and food.