Dubrovnik in Spring
To go or not to go?
If you are not sure whether spring is a good time to go on vacation in Dubrovnik, reading this post will help you make the right decision.
Probably you have already heard that during peak season (between July and August) Dubrovnik is over-run by tourists – hotel prices rocket and restaurants and beaches are packed. But the low season can be lovely, too.
Don’t forget your umbrella!
Just like in many other places, spring weather in Dubrovnik is very fickle. For example, the weather on April 1st (Easter Day) this year changed so many times during several hours.
After Easter lunch I went with my family for a walk but we didn’t take umbrella because the weather was really sunny and warm. But while we were walking, dark clouds suddenly appeared in the sky and it started raining. Soon we got drenched by the rain. The air temperature was 14 degrees so we didn’t freeze a lot.
Still, if you want to prevent unpleasant surprises during your spring break in Dubrovnik, you should take at least one coat or winter jacket, long pants, long sleeved T-shirts, and waterproof shoes or boots.
Since there are also sunny and warm spring days when the temperature reaches 20-25 °C (especially in May), you should also take some short and light clothes.
Swimming in the Adriatic sea
Since Dubrovnik is a coastal town, you might be interested in swimming opportunities during spring. Actually, I can tell you many details because I’m an expert on swimming in the sea during all seasons.
In March and April, the average sea temperature in the Dubrovnik region is between 13.5 and 16 °C. Therefore, swimming in such conditions is reserved only for the bravest and slightly insane enthusiasts.
In May, the temperature of the sea is between 17 and 19 degrees. However, the real bathing season lasts from June to October when the sea temperature is about 25 degrees.
I like the temperature between 18 and 22 degrees the most. Believe or not, there are many benefits of swimming in cold water/cold showers, such as good blood circulation, immune system, healthy hair and skin…If you still don’t trust me, read this article and you will see that James Bond has been using the same method.
Spring activities in Dubrovnik
In any case, it’s your choice to swim or not. If not, there are still many activities you can participate in. For example, you can take part in some guided walking tours, museum tours, day tours from Dubrovnik, hiking or bike tours…
Please note: If you are looking for shopping opportunities in Dubrovnik during off-season, I have to warn you that many stores, accommodation facilities (hotels, hostels, apartments) and restaurants are closed from November to April 1st.
Of course, some of them are open all year round.
During your stay in Dubrovnik you can also go to many classical music concerts, gastronomic and sport events. The detailed event calendar for April you can find on the official website of Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Finally, for most people, the best months to visit Dubrovnik are from May to June or September to October – think sunny days with the sea warm enough to swim, and hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions open, but without the crowds.
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