When’s the best time to go?
Home to historic cities like Zagreb and Dubrovnik, stunning coastline, beautiful islands and a rich history, it’s easy to see why Croatia is such a popular spot for visitors. Follow our Croatia travel advice to make sure you visit Croatia at the best time of year.
The country enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. If you’re looking for a beach break, come to Croatia in the summer months when temperatures on the coast range from 21°C to a scorching 39°C, perfect for sunbathing. Outside the peak season, visiting Croatia from May-June or September-October (the ‘shoulder’ seasons) may be a better option if you want to avoid crowds and enjoy cooler temperatures. The weather is still generally sunny, the sea is warm, and most tourist resorts are open, with temperatures averaging 21°C.
Croatia can get cold in the winter months, when many resorts on the Adriatic Coast are closed. In the Northern and central parts of the country snow is common in January, with temperatures dropping as low as -10°C. However it can still be a spectacularly pretty time of year for a winter break to one of Croatia’s cities such as Zagreb or Dubrovnik, and the skiing is excellent.
What should I pack?
What you pack for your trip will depend largely on which part of Croatia you’re visiting, and it’s a great idea to check the weather forecast before you set off. If you’re heading here for a beach break in the summer months, don’t forget to pack plenty of sun cream, a hat and a cover-up layer for the beach, as the sun can be pretty fierce.
If you’re planning a trip to Croatia in the winter, you’ll need cosy layers, comfortable shoes and a warm, waterproof jacket, as well as winter accessories such as a hat and gloves to ensure you don’t feel the cold when the temperature drops.
Passport and Visas
Do I need a passport?
All visitors to Croatia will need a passport. Although your passport will need to be valid for the entire length of your stay, it doesn’t need to be valid for any specific period of time beyond this.
For more information on Croatia passport regulations and details of the country’s entry requirements, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
British citizens do not need a visa to enter Croatia as a tourist. It’s not unusual for immigration officials to ask to see evidence of your departure plans such as a return flight or evidence of your financial means to fund your trip.
For more Croatia visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
Travel and health insurance is something you should always have before setting off on holiday, particularly if you’re elderly, have a health condition, or are travelling with young children. Insurance covers you in case you need emergency medical treatment while you’re on holiday. We always recommend reading through your policy documents carefully before your trip, to ensure you know what is and what isn’t included. It’s also a good idea to check you’ll be covered for any activities you’re planning on taking part in while you’re in Croatia.
Any other tips?
- It’s a good idea to carry your passport with you at all times as it’s the only recognised form of ID for tourists visiting the country.
- Tap water is generally safe to drink in Croatia, but bottled water is also readily available.
- In many towns and cities it is important to dress modestly. Wearing swimwear or going shirtless is frowned upon in some areas, and in many towns it is prohibited by law.
- The currency here is the Croatian Kuna. You can withdraw money from cash machines using most international debit and credit cards, but your card issuer may charge you a fee.
- For more information and Croatia travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia.