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Some destinations that you may think of as summer spots can actually be enjoyed year-round.  

With beautiful blue skies and sparkling seas, there’s no better place to be than Dubrovnik in the sweltering heat of the summer.  

But when the crowds of the summer season have disappeared the winter months in the city have their own kind of magic.  

Aerial view of dubrovnik

Here’s why now is the best time to visit Dubrovnik:  

Mild Weather

Winter in Dubrovnik might not seem like an obvious choice for a vacation, but it’s actually a great time to visit. 

The weather in Dubrovnik cools down during the fall and winter months but right now it is still sunny and warm enough for many swimmers to take a dip in the southern Dalmatian waters.  

Winter in Dubrovnik is a lot warmer than in many other European cities.  

Old city Dubrovnik in Winter

Even during the coldest months of January and February the average temperatures don’t drop below 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit).  

This is the perfect weather for exploring the historic heart of Dubrovnik, and the local people agree. You’ll find more locals on the streets of the city during the winter months, exploring their beloved city without the crowds and the heat.

The people of Dubrovnik are more relaxed and open during the low season too.  

Fewer Crowds

There were more cruise ships arriving in Dubrovnik in October than there were in July and August, but despite this, fall and winter are by far the quietest time of year for tourism in the city.  

Old city walls Dubrovnik Croatia

The walled city of Dubrovnik has imposing stone walls surrounding the old town and a mix of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. This walled city is a UNESCO world heritage site.  

Because space is so limited, it can be uncomfortably crowded to explore Dubrovnik during the summer months. This summer, the city council even prevented travelers from wheeling suitcases during the area to minimize pavement congestion. 

View Of Drawbridge Into Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia

Winter in Dubrovnik is the best time of year to walk the city walls. The fascinating full circuit of the 24m high and 6m thick walls is a two-kilometer-long route.  

During the summer you have to fight for a spot on these walls and taking photos without other people’s heads in is near-impossible, but during the winter months, you can walk them in comfort and at your own pace.  

Winter is a great time to visit Dubrovnik if you like to travel spontaneously because you can enjoy all the best attractions in the city without having to book. This applies to both activities and restaurants.

Food stall in market in Dubrovnik Croatia

It’s a great opportunity to visit the famous Panoramic restaurant which gives some of the best views in the city. This restaurant is usually booked full during the summer months.

Croatian food is delicious and shares many similarities with Italian food. You’ll find cheap eats, rich dishes, and local ingredients.  

Affordable Hotel Prices

Because crowd levels are lower, hotel prices tend to be more affordable in Dubrovnik in the winter months. This makes it a great time for budget travelers to head to the city.  

The months between November and March are considered low season in Dubrovnik, and this is when you will get the best low season rates on your accommodation.  

Dubrovnik castle walls

Restaurants also have deals, and tour guides charge less during these low-season months, making it a great time to find a deal.  

From the end of November until the beginning of January, Dubrovnik hosts its winter festival.

This is a fun event that brings lights and atmosphere to the streets of the city and is a great way to experience Dubrovnik like a local.  

Christmas in Dubrovnik Croatia

The whole city has a fairytale-like, serene atmosphere, and there are tonnes of cultural events and experiences hosted throughout the festival. 

Music lovers will find concerts covering every imaginable genre. The whole experience is a fun addition to the classic and historic explorations that people tend to travel to Dubrovnik for.  

Why not explore the world-renowned Baroque and Renaissance architecture during the day and party with the locals during the evenings? It’s one of the very best things about visiting Dubrovnik at this time of year.  

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