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Nestled along the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia enchants with boundless sunshine, beaches, and a plethora of exciting adventures. Summer in Croatia is a magical time to visit as the country comes alive with festivals, beach parties, and outdoor activities such as swimming, sailing, kayaking, hiking, and cycling. From June through August, summer is also the warmest and busiest month. The warm Mediterranean climate, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking scenery make Croatia a top summer destination. Sail around the scenic Hvar Island, capture the stunning panoramic views from the hilltop towns of Istria, and immerse yourself in the unique sounds of Zadar’s Sea Organ. From exploring the picturesque waterfalls of Krka National Park to the variety of exciting things to do in Split and the historical landmarks of Dubrovnik, there is no shortage of things to see and do on your trip to Croatia in the summer.

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Weather and Temperature in Croatia During Summer

Visit the waterfront at Split in Croatia in July.
If you want to visit cooler destinations in Croatia, Split is an amazing option.

Croatia experiences its peak summer season, from June to August, with hot and dry weather throughout much of the country. The average temperatures during this time may vary from the mid 20°C to the low 30°C depending on the region.

Coastal regions such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar are popular destinations during the summer months, with average temperatures ranging from the mid to high 20’s°C. Along the coast, humidity levels are frequently high, which can make the temperatures feel even hotter. Inland areas, like Zagreb, see summertime temperatures that are a little bit milder, with typical highs in the low to mid 20°C.

Croatia's minimal precipitation in summer makes it a fantastic time to engage in outdoor pursuits. Coastal regions experience the least rainfall, with only a few monthly rainy days. Inland regions may experience slightly more rain, with occasional thunderstorms, but these are usually brief and localized.

  June July August
Avg high 24°C (73°F) 27°C (81°F) 28°C (81°F)
Avg low 13°C (55°F) 15°C (59°F) 15°C (59°F)
Rainfall (mm) 69 52 71

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Croatia.

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Why Visit Croatia in Summer

Enjoy a picturesque view of the seashores in Pula in Croatia in August.
Head to the seashores of Pula and enjoy pleasant Mediterranean weather.

With warm, sunny weather, vibrant festivals, outdoor adventures, and delicious cuisine, there is much to see and do in summer. Here are some reasons why you should plan a trip to Croatia during summer:

  • Beautiful beaches: You'll find a beach to suit your preferences, whether you favor sandy expanses or pebbly coastlines. With its unusual shape and crystal-clear blue waves, Bol's Zlatni Rat Beach is a must-see for beachgoers. The Elafiti Islands' quiet beaches, such as Unj Beach on Lopud Island, provide a tranquil respite surrounded by untouched nature. Croatia's coastline offers infinite options for relaxation and sun-soaked happiness, from popular beaches with colorful beach bars to secluded gems accessible only by boat. Croatia's coast is famous for its beautiful beaches, which range from hidden coves to hectic party beaches.
  • Festivals and events: Croatia hosts various festivals and events during the summer months, including the famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which showcases theatre, music, and dance performances, or open-air concerts at the Split Summer Festival.
  • Thriving nightlife: Croatia's summer nightlife is hot, with beach parties, open-air clubs, and music festivals. Popular destinations include Hvar Island for beach clubs, Split for nightclubs and music venues, including Vanilla and Central, and Zagreb for street performers, concerts, and the IN-music festival with international bands.
  • Outdoor activities: Croatia's varied landscapes offer plenty of chances for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike through the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park, kayak along the rugged coastline, or go rock climbing at Paklenica National Park. Croatia's crystal-clear waters make it a haven for water sports fans, with activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing available. Summer months are perfect for these activities because they allow you to explore the country's natural splendor in comfort.

Top 3 Destinations in Croatia During Summer

Croatia has plenty of destinations to offer in the summer, from historical cities to stunning national parks and vibrant islands to charming hilltop towns. Each destination has its own distinctive attractions and experiences, making Croatia an excellent summer spot for all kinds of travelers. Below are just a few of the best places to visit in Croatia in summer.

1. Hvar Island

Hvar is a stunning Croatian island  located on the Dalmatian coast.
The harbor of Hvar is the main harbor on the island and is a very popular destination on Croatian Island.

Hvar Island, also referred to as the "St. Tropez of Croatia," is a popular beach and party destination, noted for its vibrant beach clubs and nightlife. Water activities, sunbathing, and dancing till dawn are available to visitors at clubs such as Carpe Diem and Hula Hula Beach Bar. Summertime temperatures in Hvar Island hover around 25°C on average, making it ideal for water sports and tanning.

Major attractions: Hvar Fortress, St. Stephen's Square, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, the Pakleni Islands, and the Hvar Vineyards.


  • It’s a hub for water sports like boat cruises, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
  • Hvar has an active nightlife scene with many bars and clubs open till the wee hours of the morning.
  • Witness the lavender in full bloom.


  • Prices can be higher than in other destinations in Croatia.
  • The heat can sometimes be intense, and uncomfortable for outdoor activities.

2. Krka National Park

Krka National Park is a must visit place in Croatia.
Immerse yourself in cascading waterfalls, lush greenery, and a world of natural wonders.

Located in central Dalmatia, Krka National Park covers an area of over 109 square kilometers and is famous for its stunning waterfalls and scenic walking trails. The park is also home to over 800 species of plants and various bird and animal species. The temperature in summer at Krka National Park ranges from 20°C to 30°C, making it a perfect place to cool off during the hot summer days.

Major attractions: The Skradinski Buk waterfall, Visovac Island, the Roski Slap waterfall, and the Krka Monastery.


  • The waterfalls and natural beauty are at their peak in summer.
  • The bright, sunny weather is ideal for outdoor activities.
  • There are several walking trails to enjoyYou may enjoy a lot of hiking routes and picnic places.


  • Due to high water levels, some areas can be blocked off.
  • Crowds can be overwhelming, especially in peak season.

3. Zagreb

Aerial view of Zagreb city during dawn.
Experience the vibrant energy of Croatia's capital city as you stroll through its historic streets during summer.

Zagreb, Croatia's capital city, is a bustling destination with a mix of ancient buildings and cultural events. Visitors can enjoy outdoor concerts, street performers, and festivals such as the IN-music festival, which features worldwide bands, during the summer. During the summer, the average temperature is around 23°C to 25°C, making a trip to Zagreb an excellent option for exploring the city's attractions and outdoor activities.

Major attractions: St.Mark’s Church, the Zagreb Cathedral, Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, Dolac market, Jarun Lake, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


  • The weather is warm, which is just perfect for outdoor activities like a bike ride or stroll around the city’s historic center.
  • Outdoor markets are in full swing during summer, offering a chance to sample local foods and shop for souvenirs.


  • Zagreb can be quite crowded during the summer, especially around major festivals and events.

Top Activities During Summer in Croatia

A beautiful view of the river in Risnjak National Park during clear weather
Immerse yourself in pristine landscapes, dense forests, and panoramic vistas of Risanjak National Park.
People enjoying kayaking in Croatia.
The hot summer month is ideal to go kayaking in Croatia.
  • Set sail and discover: With over a thousand islands, Croatia is a sailor's paradise. The country offers a range of sailing options, from bareboat rentals to luxury yacht charters. Some of the popular sailing destinations include the Kornati Islands, Hvar, and Vis. The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and the stunning coastal scenery make for a memorable sailing experience.
  • Take the leap: For thrill-seekers, Croatia has several excellent cliff jumping spots. One of the most popular places is the island of Hvar, which boasts several picturesque locations for jumping into the sea, including the cliffs at Dubovica Beach and Stipanska Bay. The town of Omis, located on the mainland between Split and Makarska, is another popular spot for cliff jumping, with its towering cliffs overlooking the Cetina River.
  • Explore national parks: Croatia has several stunning national parks that are especially beautiful in the summer. Plitvice Lakes National Park, for example, has crystal-clear turquoise lakes and tumbling waterfalls that are ideal for hiking and exploration. Great options for hiking are Učka Mountain and Risnjak National Park. Krka National Park, with its stunning waterfalls and swimming holes, is also a must-see.
  • Water sports: Summer is the ideal time for water sports in Croatia as water temperatures are warm and the sea is calm. The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea make it perfect for a range of water sports, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Travel Tips to Visit Croatia in Summer

  • Summer in Croatia is the peak season meaning it is essential to book accommodations, such as hotels, apartments, or campsites, in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Be sure to pack light and comfortable clothing, hats, and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun as temperatures can soar in summer in Croatia.
  • Popular destinations, such as Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar, can be crowded during peak season. To avoid crowds, try to visit these locations early in the morning or late in the day.
  • Croatia's coastline can be breathtaking, but the sea currents can be strong and dangerous in summer. Always pay attention to warning signs and follow the advice of lifeguards.

With a pleasant Mediterranean climate and the bloom of vibrant flowers, Croatia is a perfect summer destination. From the crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches of Hvar Island to the breathtaking waterfalls and lush greenery of Krka National Park, Croatia offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Whether you are a foodie looking to indulge in local cuisine, a nature lover seeking out wildflowers in bloom, or an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of cliff jumping, summer in Croatia has something to offer everyone.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on December 21, 2023

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