When we think of booking holidays in Croatia, most of us will look at the summer season to plan our visit. For many people it makes sense to travel during the summer, especially when there are school-aged children to take into consideration. Understandably, parents want to take advantage of the summer break when planning a family trip. |
But anyone who has taken a trip to anywhere in Europe in the summer season soon realises that everyone else has had the same great idea of travelling then too! Restaurants, beaches and events are crowded and accommodations charge their highest rates while at their fullest occupancy. And don’t forget the cruise ships that dock at popular city ports and quickly add to the number of tourists on land!
Although the summer months may seem like the best time to book holidays in Croatia, September is actually a much better time to go, if you are able. Aside from the lighter crowds, wider selection of accommodations and better prices all around, the following are some reasons why September in Croatia makes sense. Fabulous Weather
The weather is probably one of the main reasons so many tourists flock to Croatia in July and August, and for good reason! However, at the beginning of September the country is still enjoying an amazing 13 hours of sunlight and average daily temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 23°C, with highs reaching 26°C and lows dipping to only 19°C.
So Much to See and Do
Planning holidays in Croatia for after the high season doesn’t mean you will have little to see or do. Quite the opposite! Many events and festivals actually take place in September, so you will have plenty of surprising things to keep you busy and entertained during your visit.
Music lovers will enjoy the Korkyra Baroque Festival, an international festival that takes place in Korcula, while film buffs will want to attend the Split Film Festival, an international festival of new film releases.
If your holidays in Croatia take you to Zagreb, there are a number of events you may want to attend in September. There is the Food Film Festival; the Puppet Festival; RujanFest, a music and food event; and the Zabreb Theatre Festival, where classic, modern and contemporary productions are aired.
There is also the Giostra Festival, which takes place in Porec over three days, where nearly 250 participants celebrate costumes, culture and historical events from the 18th century. Or maybe the Parenzana Bike Race, a World Cycling Federation event in Istria is something more your speed!
The popular Outlook Festival, described as Europe’s largest bass culture and dubstep music festival, takes place each September at Fort Punta Christo, near Pula, over five days. And if you’re staying in Dubrovnik, share in Croatia’s grape season by attending the Dubrovnik Wine and Jazz Festival, where local and international musicians will serenade you as you sip local wines. Getting There
Most airlines flying to Croatia from the UK continue their summer schedules well into September and sometimes even into October. Because it is officially off-season, tickets should be easier to come by and priced a little better.
Once there, ferries that operate between Croatia’s islands will still be operating on their summer schedule throughout September, so you will be able get around easily.
With nothing more to object to: go ahead, start planning your September holidays in Croatia!
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays in Croatia, as well as holidays in Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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