July is Croatia’s most popular tourist month—and also its hottest. The sunny weather and warm waters of the Adriatic Sea draw thousands of visitors to the country’s beaches and other popular destinations. Enjoy the art, architecture and cuisine of capital Zagreb, discover Roman ruins at Pula and Split, visit lovely Adriatic islands like Hvar and Lošinj, and go on an exhilarating hike on the Premuzic Trail. Read on to find out what you can expect from your Croatian holiday.
If you look at the weather by month, July usually tops the chart when it comes to temperatures in Croatia. But it is not too hot to enjoy this spectacular country. In the Dalmatian coast, the evenings are cooler in popular destinations like Split and Zadar, though there are chances of intermittent rain showers.
In Split, the average temperature ranges between 21°C and 29°C in July. Zadar sees an average high of 27°C and average low of 21°C. In the capital city of Zagreb, the mercury fluctuates between 14°C and 26°C. Meanwhile, daylight hours in Croatia in July are longer than other months at more than 15 hours.
For a seasonal overview, check our guide on the best time for visiting Croatia.
Weather in Croatia in July - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||3||8||13||15||20||23||27||27||22||15||8||4|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||-3||-1||2||4||10||13||15||15||10||7||2||-1|
|Avg Daily (°F)||37.4||46.4||55.4||59||68||73.4||80.6||80.6||71.6||59||46.4||39.2|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||26.6||30.2||35.6||39.2||50||55.4||59||59||50||44.6||35.6||30.2|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||38||50||60||66||86||104||72||79||66||54||118||53|
If you’re thinking of vacationing in Croatia in July, you’ll have lot of company. Here’s why July is such a popular month to experience Croatia.
- Festive events: Croatia has an extraordinarily rich calendar of events and festivals in July. The chart-toppers include Ultra Europe in Split, one of Europe’s biggest electronic music festivals; Courtyards, a 10-day feast of concerts and performances in Zagreb; Labin Art Republika, which features street performances and art events; Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which has everything from theater and opera to concerts and dance; and Pula Film Festival, with its line-up of Croatian and international films.
- Beach fun: All sun-worshippers and party animals head to the beaches in Croatia. This is the time when waters are perfect to take a dip and parties continue till the wee hours. Top beach destinations include Zlatni Rat, Nin and Lovrečina Bay.
- Island hopping: There are hundreds of islands off Croatia’s nearly 2,000-kilometer-long coast and you will be spoiled for choice. Hvar, Vis and Rab are some of the dreamiest islands you can visit in Croatia in July, but there are many other smaller, quieter gems too.
- Water sports: Croatia’s long coastline, islands, lakes, rivers and lagoons make it a dream destination for water sports. From sailing and kayaking to snorkeling and scuba diving, July is a great month for these activities.
Croatia’s lovely beaches and islands are the biggest tourist attraction in summer. But it is not all sun, sand and water sports. There are many places you can check out and things you can do if you visit Croatia in July. One of the best things to do is explore Croatia’s stunning national parks like Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest park and has 16 lakes inter-connected by a series of waterfalls. The deep woods are home to animals like bears, wolves and boars. The park has several hiking trails and waterfall-viewing points. Named after the Krka River which flows through it, Krka National Park is known for its magnificent waterfalls and the small riverine island of Visovac with its Franciscan monastery.
July is also the perfect month to discover Croatia’s charming towns and cities. In the coastal town of Split, walk around Pjaca Square, with its old town vibes, lovely cafes and renaissance architecture; climb up the unforgettable Klis Fortress; and visit the beautifully preserved Diocletian’s Palace.
The old town of Zadar with its cobbled streets, narrow lanes, Roman ruins and medieval churches is best explored on foot. Top sights include the Church of St. Donat, built on what was an ancient Roman forum; two art installations called the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation; and the beautiful walls and gates of the old city.
July is an excellent month to discover Zagreb with all its quirks and delights. Go underground and take a walk through the atmospheric 350-meter-long Gric tunnel, once a World War 2 air-raid shelter. Visit the famous Museum of Broken Relationships, which tells the stories of love lost from across the world. Try some of the local dishes which make Croatian cuisine so famous: Roasted Turkey with mlinci (dried flatbread); Istrian fuzi (a type of pasta); Strukli (dough filled with cottage cheese and sour cream), and Cuspajz (meat and vegetable stew).
Croatia in July is hot, crowded—and irresistible. Whether you want to enjoy coastal towns, explore beautiful islands, discover historic sites or soak in urban vibes, there is an exceptional variety of things and places to choose from. Contact our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to Croatia.