When to Go

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When to Go

Dubrovnik receives visitors all year. Although some stay in town for several nights, many others arrive by cruise ship (en route from Venice to the Greek islands), flooding the streets during daylight hours but disappearing come sunset. The city is exceptionally crowded during the Summer Festival (mid-July to mid-August), with everyone from international performers to backpackers scrambling to find a room in the Old Town. Some hotels offer Easter and New Year packages, so you can expect Dubrovnik to be surprisingly busy at these times, too.

The rest of the region is more easygoing, with seasonal fluctuations similar to the rest of the Croatian coast. The July and August high season brings an influx of foreign visitors, the majority of whom are from Europe. Prices rise significantly during this period, as do temperatures, and accommodation can be difficult to find: as compensation, the long summer evenings offer cultural performances and late-night drinking under the stars.

Low season runs from November through April, a period when many hotels and restaurants close completely. That said, through winter you may be lucky enough to find bargain-priced accommodation and blissful days of sunshine and deep blue sky, albeit with a bracing chill in the air. For most people the best time to visit is the shoulder season, May through June and September through October. You'll find no crowds, decent weather, and a chance to tune into the local way of life.

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