Croatia has precisely 1244 islands, islets, and rocks, but what makes them special is not their number, but the fact that they shape numerous small and large coves, beaches, caves and cliffs, and these places of unspoiled beauty are interwoven with charming coastal towns. This unique archipelago spanning less than 250 nautical miles has a mild Mediterranean climate which makes sailing fun and enjoyable.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
Croatia has a wealth of different beaches, and the majority have blue-flag status, guaranteeing water quality, safety, and services. In fact, 97% of 884 samples were qualified excellent for bathing. Whether you want some adventures in the wild, sailing in search of romantic hidden beaches or you wish to relax under the sun with your family it is time to choose Croatia as your next paradise to help you hit the reset button!
When to visit
Almost anytime between May and October is a great time to visit Croatia. Temperatures are relatively pleasant in May; coastal temperatures may be in the low 20's(°C) and there will be a good amount of sunshine. Swimming is possible then too, although it may be on the chilly side (especially early in the month). The further south you go, the warmer the sea will be.
September will still see very good weather and the sea will be warm enough for swimming. The pleasant swimming weather often stretches into October.
The months of June, July and August are of course the height of summer with near-perfect weather. This is the peak time which attracts many crowds and prices are at the highest.
Croatia enjoys three different climates:
- Coast - A pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild and wet.
- Inland - Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate.
- Mountains - Once you climb above 1,200 m, you will be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.