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Croatia in October: Travel Tips for Perfect Weather

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Wander the streets of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, hike through spectacular Plitvice Lakes, or head to the island of Brac for a beach holiday. Croatia in October can be a great destination for a peaceful holiday experience. October marks the start of the low season, so the tourist arrival in the country is little during this time. This means visitors will get to explore Croatia with a lot less distraction as opposed to during peak tourist season. What’s more, the weather is also perfect, as the summer heat dissipates paving the way for a cool, gentle fall.

Croatia Weather in October

See the Old City walls in Dubrovnik in Croatia.
If you are visiting Dubrovnik, you should know that while the temperatures are cooler, rainfall is also common in October.

Croatia's average daily temperature in October is 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. The islands along the Dalmatian Coast still experience warmer weather. For instance, Korčula enjoys an average maximum daytime temperature of 20°C. Meanwhile, Dubrovnik has cooler weather fluctuating between 14°C and 19°C, while rainfall is also fairly common. With the sea temperature averaging 20°C, you can still enjoy the beaches of Croatia in October. However, the weather can get pretty cool at night, so bring a mix of clothing to accommodate the warm days and cool nights of October.

See the seasonal breakdown and the best time to visit Croatia here.

Weather in Croatia in October - 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 October

Visit the farmer's market in Zagreb in October.
Visit Zagreb's Dolac Market and enjoy the local produce of Croatia on your holiday.
Enjoy the waterfalls at Krka in Croatia in October.
Visiting Krka National Park is a lot cheaper in October than in other months.

The peak tourist season in Croatia is between May and September. However, there are many good reasons why you should visit Croatia in October instead. Here are some of them.

  • Enjoy local produce: There are farmer's markets throughout Croatia and visiting them is one of the best ways to experience the local culture and cuisines. And what better time to do this than in October, which is the harvest season. Head to Zagreb's Dolac Market, where you'll find stalls selling seasonal produce, from apples to tomatoes, figs, and pomegranates.
  • Fewer crowds: Popular attractions like Plitvice Lakes can get very crowded during the peak tourist months as the hiking trails are very narrow. This will not be an issue if you visit Croatia in October. You can enjoy the country’s attractions in peace and at your leisure.
  • Good weather: Even though the weather in Croatia starts to get colder in October, it is still warm enough in most places, especially the islands along the Dalmatian Coast. You can still enjoy a nice swim and sunbathe on the beach. The weather is also perfect for sightseeing, boating and hiking.
  • Reasonable prices: Another good thing about visiting Croatia in October is lower prices for travel and accommodation. If you plan on visiting famous sites like Krka National Park, you'll pay much less for the accommodation. Also, entry fees are cheaper during this time of the year.

Where to Go and What to Do

The sunset in Zadar in Croatia.
Watch the sunset in Zadar from luxury hotels that are available at a lower price in Croatia in October.

One of the best things to do in Croatia in October is to explore the town of Dubrovnik and visit the sites like the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury. However, since October is the rainy season in Croatia, it's a good idea to have a backup plan, such as visiting indoor attractions at museums and galleries in Old Town.

For a beach holiday, head to the island of Brac and spend a few days swimming and sunbathing at Zlatni Rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. October is a low season for sailing trips in Croatia, but the winds are steady, and the sea is still warm from the higher summer temperature to take a cruise tour to visit other islands. Depending on the number of days you have in Croatia, you will find many different cruises to book.

After exploring and swimming, end your holiday by getting pampered at some of Croatia's best spas. Big cities like Zagreb, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik have luxury hotels with spas that offer relaxing massages and body treatments. You can also take advantage of the cool weather to visit the coastal wine region of Istria and explore its stunning vineyards.

Visit the charming city of Split when you are in Croatia in October. As the second-largest city in Croatia, Split offers many places to explore, from the Unesco-listed Diocletian Palace to the ancient St. Duje's Cathedral and the Peristil Square.

If you do not like your holiday experience overrun by large tourist crowds, you should visit Croatia in October. It is the best time to explore Croatia as the visitors’ footfall is low and the prices of tours and accommodation are also cheaper compared to the high season. The weather is also good during this time to enjoy the beaches and take part in outdoor activities in Croatia.

If you want to save up more money and make the most of your time in Croatia in October, reach out to our local travel experts who will help you customize your Croatian holiday plan.

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Croatia in September
Croatia in November

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