Croatia Winter: 11 Things To Know

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Croatia Winter is not the most common choice of visitors; most people associate Croatia with sun, sea, and summer. Croatia has its charms in winter, and every year it attracts an increasing number of tourists even in the winter months.

Croatia Winter Weather

  1. Snow in Croatia: snow is characteristic of the continental part of Croatia, especially for the mountains and highlands, and mostly occurs between December and February. Snow on the coast, islands, and southern parts of Croatia is an exception and rarely happens.
  2. Winds in Croatia: everything you need to know about winds boils down to two words: jugo and bura. Jugo is the wind that brings moodiness, nervousness, and rain, while the bura is strong, clean, and unstoppable and most often causes low temperatures on the coasts and numerous traffic problems.

          More about the jugo:

          More about the bura:

  1. Croatia Winter Temperature: after summer, in November the temperatures drop, and in December the average is from 5 to 15°C on the coast and from 0 to 10°C in the continental part.
  2. Christmas in Croatia: Christmas is a very important holiday in Croatia and a point around which family and friends gather. During this period, there are frequent celebrations, outings, gatherings, and trips to various winter festivals. In Dalmatia and parts of Croatia by the sea, this part of the year is mostly characterized by a pleasant Mediterranean winter, so staying outdoors is very pleasant.

         The most famous Croatian Advent event is Advent in Zagreb.

  1. What to do in winter in Croatia: sunbathing and swimming are reserved in winter only for the bravest, but that doesn’t mean you have nothing to do in Croatia. Continental Croatia, Zagreb, Slavonia Baranja, Istria, Lika, and Gorski Kotar are all ideal winter destinations that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Beautiful nature, pleasant climate, rich offer of indigenous dishes and quality wines, and all this with fewer crowds, is ideal!
  2. Winter festivals in Croatia: in almost all cities and towns in Croatia, smaller or larger winter festivals and numerous events are held. Most of them are related to the time of Advent and Christmas, and they generally last from the beginning of December to the middle of January. Such festivals are rich in content such as concerts, workshops for children, and hospitality offers, and ice rinks for young and old are often set up.
  3. Dubrovnik in January: the most recognizable Croatian destination is not empty even in winter, but the number of guests and visitors is significantly lower than in the summer months. The exception is the time around Christmas and New Year when there are a lot of guests, but in January you can enjoy the beauty of the city in peace and without noise and see everything in peace. Both the prices of services and accommodation are more favorable, so if you are not a fan of heat and crowds, Dubrovnik during the winter can be an ideal choice.
  4. Split in winter: like other destinations on the coast, Split is less crowded during the winter and you can enjoy its beauty much better. The weather in Split during the winter is Mediterranean mild, and the temperatures are pleasant for walking and spending time outdoors. Exceptions are days when there is a strong gale (see number 2), but most days are ideal for enjoying the winter sun and going for walks.
  5. Accommodation in Croatia in winter: the offer of accommodation in Croatia during the winter is not as rich as during the summer, but the prices and offers can be much better, so it is worth doing your research. Some hotels are open in larger towns and cities, and private accommodation is easiest to find through some of the platforms such as Booking and Airbnb. You can also ask the local tourist community or travel agency for advice, they will recommend the best of the available offers.
  6. Winter dishes in Croatia: write down the names of these dishes carefully because you will need them and you don’t want to miss any of these flavors: sarma, fritule, pašticada, fish paprikash, čobanac, turkey with mince. To this, you should add some of the quality Croatian wines and some local rakia!
  7. Plitvice Lakes winter: this is where the real magic happens! The incredible beauty of the Plitvice Lakes captivates in every season, but in winter it is a magnificent sight. Snow, natural ice masterpieces, romantic paths, and bridges, all together guarantee an unforgettable experience and an unrepeatable event.



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