Croatia in March: Weather and Travel Tips
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Thinking about visiting Croatia without spending a fortune? Then March is your best bet. Croatia in March is relatively free of crowds and as a result, hotel prices are also low. As the month is the bridge between winter and spring, many ferry routes and resorts are not open yet and the weather is not quite warm enough for sunbathing and sea-dipping. But because of these very factors, you can enjoy a relatively quiet and affordable vacation.
Croatia Weather in March
The weather in Croatia in March is a bit hit and miss. With an average daily temperature of 13°C, it is not exactly reaching the sunny vibes we expect from the Mediterranean. If you are heading to the historic city of Dubrovnik, you can expect highs of 12.7°C.
If you want to hit the slopes in the North in Platak, you will find highs of 9.2°C and lows of 3.4°C, with the last of the snowfall for the year. There is only around 19mm of snow across the month. You will also need to bring an umbrella as there is 60mm of rainfall.
Check out our guide on the best time to visit Croatia for more inspiration.
Weather in Croatia in March - 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|
Why visit Croatia in March
Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, there are a lot of reasons to visit Croatia in March. Here are some of our picks:
- Rally Kumrovec: Got a need for speed? Well, head to the usually sleepy village of Kumrovec for a four-stage international car rally. Watch the village transform into a race track. Get your adrenaline pumping as the drivers careen around the route.
- Days of Asparagus: During the short wild Istrian asparagus season, the Istrian peninsula hosts a grand food festival with chefs creating entire menus of weird and wonderful dishes based on this delicious vegetable.
- Better rates: As March falls in the low season in Croatia, there are deals to be had. Though many hotels and resorts are not open yet, the ones that are will have cheaper rates and the flights are likely to be more affordable as well. Check out our best deals for a Croatian holiday.
- Lesser crowds: Croatia’s weather in March is not great by the Mediterranean standard, so most travelers tend to skip visiting the country this month. This means there are fewer tourists around major attractions, coastal areas and cities. You can have whole areas to yourself.
Where to go and what to do
One of the main benefits of the warmer weather in some parts of Croatia in March is that the snow is starting to melt off the mountains, bringing the famous Croatian waterfalls to life. See them in their full glory, without loads of visitors around when you visit Krka National Park. It is one of Croatia’s most visited sites, which is full of natural beauty — yes, even in March!
Now, when you think of European ski destinations, Croatia might not be your first thought. But head up north near Rijeka and you will find Platak ski resort. The weird thing about this ski resort is that it actually has a sea view. If you are traveling to Croatia in early March, you could enjoy the last couple of weeks of the Croatian ski season — and grab yourself a bargain as a result.
If you are not sure if it is going to be rain or shine, you want to have a contingency plan if a downpour starts. That is why March is one of the best times to visit Dubrovnik. Otherwise known as Kings Landing from Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is home to some amazing museums, castles and architecture. You can wander around this walled city, free from crowds. If the weather turns, you will be able to pop in and out of indoor attractions, bars and cafes.
While you enjoy your March vacation in one of the many beautiful cities of Croatia, including Split, and Zagreb, why not jump on a city sightseeing tour? There are many different ones on offer from historic walking tours in Croatia to street art tours.
If you are looking for an affordable and quiet city break, March is a good time to visit Croatia — that is if you do not mind intermittent rain showers and wrapping up warm. If you want to take advantage of the ski season, you will want to visit Croatia in early March. Add sightseeing tours and local festivals to your itinerary, and you have a recipe for an amazing Croatian holiday in March.
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