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Croatia in April: Fewer Crowd and Better Rates

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Croatia in April offers plenty of sunny days with spring blossoms in abundance and fun festive spirit in the air. The whole country is in a celebratory mood for Easter festivities. Tourist crowds are also low during this time, making this an ideal time to visit popular sites like the walled city of Dubrovnik, the charming town of Hvar, and the historic neighborhoods of Zagreb. Best of all, accommodations and activities are not too expensive. So take advantage of this opportunity to explore Croatia and enjoy many fun outdoor activities.

Croatia Weather in April

Visit stunning Korcula town Croatia in April
Croatia in April is a wish come true for a relaxing vacation.

You will experience the weather starting to warm up on your trip to Croatia in April, with an average daytime temperature of 15°C. Nights are colder, though, with the average low of 4°C. But days will be longer and sunnier for the most part. Only 10 days of rain are expected across April.

Temperatures on islands along the Adriatic Sea are just slightly above that of the country’s average, with Korčula having an average temperature of 17°C. Sea temperatures average at 16°C, which is still cold enough for swimming. Still, bring a swimsuit and sunscreen since some days will be warm enough to enjoy sunbathing.

Croatia's capital city of Zagreb enjoys comfortable spring weather, with an average temperature ranging between 5°C and 16°C. It is moderately chilly with a gentle breeze, so wear something warm when heading out.

Weather in Croatia in April - Rainfall and Temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Daily (°C)38131520232727221584
Avg Nightly (°C)-3-124101315151072-1
Avg Daily (°F)37.446.455.4596873.480.680.671.65946.439.2
Avg Nightly (°F)26.630.235.639.25055.459595044.635.630.2
Avg Rainfall (mm)38506066861047279665411853

Why Visit Croatia in April

Learn about the history of Diocletian Palace this april in Croatia
Explore the historical Diocletian Palace of Croatia in April.
Croatia in April is the best time to swim in crystal clear Cetina River
The beautiful Cetina River Spring is a perfect day trip

April is outside of the tourist season in Croatia. But there are many good reasons to visit the country in April, and here are some of them:

  • Fun Easter Events: When you visit Croatia in April, you could witness fun Easter events, with locals traveling within the country attending festivals. Celebrations start a week ahead of Easter, on Palm Sunday. In Korčula, for instance, members of local religious organizations don traditional costumes and sing medieval hymns, while in Dubrovnik, the celebration kicks off with the Dubrovnik FestiWine.
  • Fewer tourists: April is the tail end of winter in Croatia. And although visitors will start to trickle back during this month, this is a great time to enjoy the country's top attractions in relative solitude.
  • More options: In April, some businesses and attractions will start opening up after the winter hiatus. For instance, boat tour companies will resume operations to Blue Cave from Split.
  • Good weather: Summers in Croatia can get extremely warm, and it's often too hot to do sightseeing. You do not have to worry about this in April. The weather in Split during this time is super pleasant, making it a great time to visit its historical sites, such as the Roman-era Diocletian Palace.
  • Cheaper rates: Croatia is not expensive to visit, especially in April. Accommodation prices will skyrocket in summer but in April, you can get up to a 50 percent discount on accommodation compared to the peak summer season. Car rental is also cheaper and so are the airfares and many other activities. Check out our best deals for a Croatian holiday.

Where to Go and What to Do

Breathtaking waterfall in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and the largest national park in Croatia.

Consider yourself an adventure enthusiast? Head to Kupa where the rivers are ideal for rafting. Another great way to enjoy the spring weather of Croatia is to go on cycling tours in Istria. Whether you want to watch the flowers bloom in the amazing green countryside or enter professional races, April is a great month for cycling events. Have a look at our bicycle tours in Croatia for more information.

As the weather starts to get warmer in Croatia in April, it is one of the best times to explore the Roman ruins. These ruins are proof of the extensive presence of Romans in Croatia. The most notable examples include the Amphitheater in Pula and the remarkable Roman ruins of Salona.

April is the pre-season for sailing in Croatia, which means you can snag some of the best prices for sailing trips. Depending on how many days you have in Croatia, you may want to book multi-day cruises. But if you are short of time, opt for a day boat trip to the isolated Kornati Islands.

What better way to complement the pleasant April weather of Croatia than by tasting the country’s food. Spring is a time for wild asparagus and cuttlefish dishes. Head to the Dalmatia region or cities like Labin and Rabac to try the local cuisines in restaurants that use these springtime ingredients.

The best time to visit Croatia is between May and September. But this does not mean you cannot have a great time if you visit the country in April. Many tourist activities in the country resume after a winter break during this time, and the weather is good enough for sightseeing and exploring the outdoors. And to top it all, there are not too many tourists around and the accommodation and activity rates are also lower. So, it is clear to see why visiting Croatia in April is a good idea. Just make sure you plan your trip well.

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