Best Times to Visit Central Dalmatia
The best time to visitor Central Dalmatia is between June and August, when the coast buzzes with activity, the sun shines strongest and harbors are crammed with gorgeous yachts. This region's peak prices are actually quite reasonable when compared to similar seaside locales, plus it’s Dubrovnik to the south that accepts the most cruise line traffic. The fall and spring shoulder seasons are also good times to visit, but they lack the electric atmosphere of the warm water months. The coast experiences a short hibernation during winter, when some hotels, markets and eateries shut down completely. You will, however, get the best hotel rates at this time.
In peak season, summer visitors will experience the best of the Dalmatian Coast. Daytime temps average low to mid 80s. At night they settle down in the high 60s. Sure, the restaurants and docks will be more crowded, but summertime is a party here. The spectacular Split Summer Festival is also a huge draw for international and native visitors alike, and exhibits the region's best cultural elements. Be sure to book your accommodations at least two months in advance to have your choice of hotels and to avoid extreme prices.
This brief fall is a good option for historians and families. If you have come for the sites, you'll be greeted by plenty of sunshine, decreased hotel rates and a more relaxed atmosphere. And the water is still warm enough for swimming. Daily highs are in the 70s and high 60s. The region's grape and olive harvests are also underway, so be sure to try the delicious finished products.
Central Dalmatia's winters are quiet. Most of the tourist facilities -- museums, hotels, island shuttles -- have shut down completely or reduced their hours. Daily highs hover above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but cruise down to the low 40s at night -- not the best beach-going weather. Room rates have nose-dived, so there will be tempting deals to lure you here.
Central Dalmatia is slow to wake up from its winter slumber. But, that's not a reason to stay away. Shops and hotels will awaken just in time for your springtime visit. Hotel prices are between their winter lows and summer highs, and the weather draws visitors outdoors. This is the best time to hike Mount Biokovo, while the temperatures are in the comfortable 60s and 70s and the flowers bloom. The water, however, will be brisk until mid May.