Croatia is one of the most popular destinations for travel enthusiasts from around the world. This Mediterranean coastal gem is home to plenty of well-known summer destinations like Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik – but these are perfectly balanced with the more secluded and well-preserved spots. A sailing holiday is a great way to hit multiple destinations in one trip, making it the best way to explore all the incredible locations that make up Croatia. However, choosing a time of year is absolutely key to ensuring you enjoy your sailing charter, luckily for you we’ve broken down the best times to visit based on what it is you want to get out of your trip!
For many groups, especially student charters, budget can take the forefront of planning any trip. Prices fluctuate dramatically over the entire Mediterranean throughout the year in terms of flights, food, activities/tours, and the cost of chartering a yacht. The cheapest time of year to explore Croatia is during the two shoulder seasons of: April – June and then later again in September – October. The simple reason for this is that these times are generally a less popular time to travel within Europe. There’ll be no negative impact on your trip during this time, the quality of your charter will be just the same and you’ll have more of Croatia to yourself!
Croatia is fortunate enough not to experience the seasonal extremes that many parts of Europe do, however there are some peaks and troughs in the average temperature. So if you’re specifically after boiling sunshine or cooler breezes this could play a big factor in planning your trip. The warmest months in Croatia are from June – September, making this the perfect time for sun-chasing travellers. However, if stinking hot days aren’t your idea of fun, then you might be better off sailing during the cheaper shoulder seasons mentioned above!
There’s definitely plenty to do in Croatia all year round! However if you’re after some specific cultural events or festivals then this will take some careful planning. In the months of June – July you’ll be able to find: the Salsa Festival in Rovinj, the Festival of Popular Music in Split, the Lavender Festival in Hvar, Summer Festival in Dubrovnik and the St Donat Evenings in Zadar. The beauty of a personalised sailing charter means you can hit whatever cities or islands you want to and ensure you don’t miss a thing!