Weather in Dubrovnik, Croatia
In Croatia dominates a large mixture of climates.
The climate in Croatia varies from Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast to a country climate in the inland country.
Wind ensures a cooling breeze in the summer at the coast.
The temperature fluctuates between ten (winter) and the twenty-six (summer) degrees Celsius.
The inland country has a climate with dry and hot summery and cold, wet winters.
The temperature fluctuates in January around the freezing-point, whereas it can become in august average 24 degrees Celsius.
In the mountains the temperature remains in January under the freezing-point, on average the temperature fluctuates between -5 and 0 degrees Celsius. Summer is pleasant fresh, in the winter months it can snow considerably.
During the month august the temperature increases in the higher areas up to approximately 18 degrees Celsius.
There is a lot of sunshine in Croatia.
The average sunshine is 2500 hours per year.
The climate along Dubrovnik Region is a typical Mediterranean one, with mild, rainy winters and hot and dry summers.
The air temperatures can slightly vary, depending on the area or region.
Summer temperatures in July rise till 34°C in the northern part, while in the southern part they usually rise to 38°C.
During winter the coldest temperatures are recorded in the northern Adriatic with temperatures dropping sometimes below zero, while the southern regions of the Adriatic coast generally remain above zero.
average annual 16,4 °C (61,5 F)
average of coldest period (January) 9 °C (48,2 F)
average of warmest period (August) 24,9 °C (76,8 F)
average May – September 17,9 – 23,8 °C (64,2 – 74,8 F)
approximately 38 %
average annual 1020,8 mm
average annual rain days 109,2
average annual 2629 l
average daily hours: 7,2 h
Croatia lies in the GMT +1 zone.
The zone changes to GMT +2 as of the last Saturday in March and lasts until the last Sunday in October.
How to come to Dubrovnik ?
Local and international ferry line:
International ferry lines:
Dubrovnik – Bari
Ancona – Korcula
Domestic ferry lines:
Rijeka – Zadar – Split – Hvar – Korcula – Sobra/Mljet – Dubrovnik
Korcula – Drvenik (seasonal)
Split – Vela Luka/Korcula – Ubli/Lastovo
Local ferry lines:
Dubrovnik – Sudurad/Sipan – Sobra/Mljet
Domince/Korcula – Orebic/Peljesac
Trpanj – Ploce
Sobra – Prapratno
Domestic ship lines:
Split – Vela Luka/Korcula – Ubli/Lastovo
Dubrovnik – Sobra – Polaèe
Split – Hvar – Vela Luka – Ubli
Local ship lines:
Dubrovnik – Kolocep – Lopud – Sipan
Cavtat – Mlini – Dubrovnik
Orebic – Viganj – Kuciste – Korcula
Reservations and ticket sales:
By bus: www.akz.hr
International lines: Munich, Frankfurt, Trieste, Medjugorje, Posusje, Mostar and Sarajevo.
Intercity lines: Split, Sibenik, Zadar, Rijeka, Rovinj and Zadar.
Local lines between all towns in the county.
Information and ticket sales:
International country code for Croatia: +385
Fire Brigade: 193
National Centre for Search and Rescue at Sea: 195
Unique National number for all emergency situations: 112
General information: 18981
Information on local and intercity numbers: 11880; 11888
Information on international numbers: 11802
Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
Croatian Automobile Club (HAK):
Roadside vehicle assistance: 1987
The Croatian name of the town is derived from the word dubrava, while the Latin name Ragusa – Rausa originated from the name of the island where the first settlement was established (Lave, Lausa).
Dubrovnik was probably founded in the first half of the 7th century, upon the fall of the nearby Epidaurum (today’s Cavtat) during the Avaro-Slavic invasion on Dalmatia. Opposite of that location, at the foot of Srd Mount, developed a Croatian settlement under the name of Dubrovnik, after which, in the course of time, the entire town was named.
The spatial separation was created by levelling and filling up of the present Placa, where the core of an integrated town developed. From its establishment the town was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire (for a certain period, the Byzantine strategist also resided here); during the Crusades it came under the sovereignty of Venice (1205-1358), and by the Peace Treaty of Zadar in 1358 it became part of the Hungarian-Croatian Kingdom.
Having been granted the entire self-government (bound to pay only a tribute to the king and providing assistance with its fleet), from that moment Dubrovnik started its life as a free state that reached its peak in the 15th and the 16th centuries.
A crisis of Mediterranean shipping and especially a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 put Dubrovnik in a very difficult economic position. In such a situation Dubrovnik saw the beginning of the Napoleonic wars. The French entered Dubrovnik in 1806; in 1808 Marshal Marmont abolished the Dubrovnik Republic (the name was in use from the 15th c.). Pursuant to the resolutions of the Vienna Congress in 1815, Dubrovnik was annexed to Austria.
During the period of independence of Dubrovnik, the state administration was in hands of the aristocracy; the administrative bodies were the Upper Council and the Lower Council (from 1238) and the Senate (from 1253).
The head of the state was the Duke, elected for a term of office of one month. In the 13th century Dubrovnik gained the island of Lastovo, and in the 14th century also Ston, the Peljesac Peninsula and the island of Mljet. In the course of several centuries Dubrovnik grew into the most powerful economic centre on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, trading both in the Orient and the Occident, developing a powerful fleet of merchant and war ships (shipyards in Gruz, Lopud and in Sudurd on Sipan; an institution for marine insurance from the second half of the 14th c.) and maintaining diplomatic relations with a number of countries and cities.
Dubrovnik had its Statute as early as 1272, which, among others, codified the town-planning and hygienic regulations (organization of quarantines). Medical service was introduced in 1301; the first pharmacy was opened in 1317.
The old people’s home was opened in 1347; the first quarantine hospital ( “lazaret” ) was organized in 1377; the Supreme Medical Council was established in 1424; in 1432 the orphanage was opened; the waterworks was constructed in 1436.
Dubrovnik was an outstanding literary centre in the Renaissance (M. Drzic, I. Gundulic); the centre of the local painting school in the 15th-16th century; the birth-place of several world-famous scientists, such as the physicists Marin Getaldic (1568-1626) and Ruder Boskovic (1717-1787), the economic theoretician Benedikt Kotruljic (1400-1468), the composers Luksa Sorkocevic (1734-1789) and Ivan Mane Jarnovic (1740 or 1745-1804) and other.
Dubrovnik was the cradle of humanism and Latinism on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic.
Science and culture in the town were promoted by scientific and literary societies – academies: the Academy of the Unanimous (second half of the 16th c.), the Academy of the Frivolous (founded around 1690) and other.
Dubrovnik has maintained its important position in the Croatian culture until today.
Foreigners can claim a sales tax refund within one year for purchased goods.
Don’t forget to ask the salesman to fill out the tax refund form when purchasing goods.
All major credit cards are normally accepted throughout Croatia, as advertised at points of sale, such as: American Express, Diners Club, Euro card/Master Card, Visa, JCB, and Eurocheques. Traveler’s Cheques are also accepted.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Dubrovnik, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is rich in cultural and historical monuments.
There is also the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The city is also the venue for numerous scientific, scholarly and literary conferences (PEN in 1933 and 1993), as well as international tourism congresses (ASTA, FUAAV, DRV, SNAV, etc.).