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Croatia in May
Written by Sarika on August 18, 2021 Share on

Croatia in May- A perfect guide for your May vacation!

Croatia is an aesthetically beautiful country in the Adriatic sea. It is very famous for its enchanting beaches, medieval buildings, towns, National parks, vibrant nightlife and gorgeous islands lining other countries like Hungary and Austria. Also, the coastal cities, old town walls and beach resorts add more beauty to the country. And also, more than 11 million people visit Croatia every year. Know everything about the weather, best places and things to do and enjoy your Croatian vacation! Know more about the country on the Guides page!


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Weather in Croatia in May

The best time to visit Croatia is when the sun is warm and nice to travel. The weather here in May ranges from 15 to 23 degrees Celsius. With such pleasant weather, you can know that the tourist season has officially started! But, the temperature might become hotter at times. The start of the summer season is advantageous in many ways. You don’t have to worry about your plans getting cancelled due to rains or unexpected weather changes. Visiting this country in May can be perfect for swimming, sunbathing, exploring the old town, pub crawl and kayaking at the beaches. What are you waiting for? Plan your Croatia vacation right away!

Also, read- 8 best things to do in Croatia

5 Best places to visit in Croatia in May

  1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
  2. Dubrovnik Old Town Walls
  3. Split
  4. Hvar Island
  5. Zadar waterfront

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice lakes in Croatia
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This beautiful place is a hidden treasure in the country. Plitvice Lakes National Park is an ensemble of gorgeous terrace lakes, enchanting waterfalls, hiking trails, lush green forests and clear turquoise blue waters. The limestone canyons are perfect for trekking. The long bridge connects the lakes, falls and canyons. There are also many electric boat services to take you on a tour around the national park. The pleasant weather adds more beauty to the place.

There are many hotels, restaurants and camping sites around this place. You can plan to visit this place for a couple of days and enjoy the nightlife and pleasant weather. Do not miss adding this place to your must-visit places on your Croatia vacation!

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2. Dubrovnik Old Town Walls

Dubrovnik Old town in Croatia
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Dubrovnik is undoubtedly the most beautiful town in Croatia. This city is very famous for its vintage buildings, old town walls and beaches. Did you know that most of the Game of Thrones scenes were shot in Dubrovnik Old Town? There is so much to do in this medieval city. You can stroll down the streets and admire the city, visit the old town, know more about the town, or grab a snack and relax by the beaches. Explore the abandoned places and click plenty of pictures as a memory for a lifetime!

The rustic orange low thatched roofs set a beautiful backdrop for amazing pictures. Find an elevated spot and gaze at the inestimable beauty of the coastal line and the sea. Croatia travel packages are incomplete without this aesthetic town on the list!

3. Split

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Split is another gorgeous city with plenty of exciting things to do. You can ride water boats, try kayaking, enjoy the nightlife, go shopping and try some exemplary food. This city is also very famous for its delicious Central European, Mediterranean cuisine and Croatian food. Sunset kayaking is a very interesting thing to do in this coastal city. You can also visit the Diocletian’s Palace with stunning architecture, Marjan hills, Bacvice beach, the Old Town and the Klis fortress. The nightlife in Split cannot be missed! The city is also known for its lively nightlife and beach parties. Try visiting this place for sure!

Also, read- 10 amazing things to do in Split

4. Hvar Island in Croatia in May

Hvar island in Croatia
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Hvar is one of the top tourist destinations in the Croatian islands. This island is very famous for its nightlife and parties. Hvar is also one of the top party islands in the world. Yachting and cocktail parties are two famous things to do in Hvar. You can also visit the inland Lavender fields, mini Dubrovnik and the Hvar cathedral built in the Renaissance era. The lavender fields are also famous for trading pure olive oil, essentials, lavender oil, aromatic candles and tree oils.

The Hvar town is also as beautiful as the island. There are plenty of multicuisine restaurants, shopping streets, beach resorts, amazing nightclubs, hill fortresses, abandoned ruins and cathedrals. Hvar is the queen of the Dalmatian islands and definitely, a must-visit place!

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5. Zadar Waterfront

Zadar in Croatia
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Zadar is an uber-cool destination with beaches, water sports, night clubs and festivals. This city is also very famous for multicultural events, dance and music festivals almost every month. In simpler words, it is a meeting point where people gather, host and celebrate the festivals. Zadar is very similar to Zagreb in terms of cultural integrity. Zadar waterfront is a place for enjoying the local folk dances, music and contemporary film festivals. You can roam around the city and relax with beer glasses clinking and some amazing food. Do not forget to check out this calming city with abundant charm.

Also, read- Top 10 places to visit in Dubrovnik

Top things to do in Croatia in May

  1. Sailing in Kornati National Park
  2. Sunset Kayaking
  3. Swimming/sunbathing at the beaches
  4. Party at Zrce Festival Island

1. Sailing in Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park is one of the famous destinations to visit. There are uncountable things to do in this National park. Some of the interesting things are visiting the dry stone walls of the Kornati Islands, hiking on the islands, diving, exploring the Tureta Fortress. Indulge in food, wine and boat tours. The best thing to do in May is sailing around the national park under the warm sun and soft blue skies with delicious food and drinks on each hand. This park is home to more than 80 small islands with facilities for camping, hiking and sailing. This is one of the must-visit places on your Croatia tour.

2. Sunset Kayaking in Croatia in May

Sunset kayaking
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Kayaking is one of the best things to do in summer. Imagine kayaking and watching a beautiful sunset! Start at the ports and travel to the mystical regions in the sea, have some delicious pastries and some hot drinks. The sunset lasts up to 10 minutes during summer which is a very advantageous thing. The kayak travel is for 1.5 hours in total. You can leisurely gaze at the clear ocean, starry skies and the city view. There are many places where you can do kayaking. Dubrovnik is one of the top destinations for sunset kayaking.

After kayaking, you can find a good seaside restaurant and taste some amazing seafood dishes. Because the coastal cities are very famous for fishing, fish trading and seafood.

3. Swimming/sunbathing at the beaches

What is a summer vacation without a good swim or a sunbath? There are plenty of stunning beaches in Croatia to do swimming, sunbathing and play water sports. Some of the best beaches are Saharun, Bacvice, Borak Island, Stracinska, Hvar Islands, Murvica and Uvala Lapad beach. Most of the beaches have crystal clear, neat waters perfect for swimming. There are also plenty of sunbathing essentials stores where you can rent towels, hats, beach dresses, sunscreens and beach slippers. With the sun soaking into your skin, having delicious food by your side and watching the beach can be a great detox to your mind, body and soul!

4. Party at Zrce Festival Island

Zrce Beach is a party beach on the Adriatic island of Pag in the coastal area. As the name says, it is very famous for beach parties, festivals and get-togethers. It is also known as the Croatian Ibiza because of its lively atmosphere. Towards the end of May month, the Big Beach Spring Break party happens and a lot of people gather at these islands to welcome the Spring season. This is one of the best Croatian party beaches!

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Festivals in Croatia in May

  1. Sudamja Feast of St. Domnius in Split
  2. Subversive Festival, Zagreb
  3. Ljeto na Strosu, Zagreb
  4. Open Wine Cellar Day, Istria

1. Sudamja Festival in Split

On May 7th, the whole city celebrates the start of May month with many extravagant activities, races, games, music shows, dance performances, fireworks and rituals. The Saint Domnius, Patron of Split, commences this festival and it lasts for a week. And also, many international people take part in this festival every year.

2. Subversive Festival in Zagreb

This is a two-week-long festival with uncountable fun activities. The first week is full of multiple screenings of contemporary films and documentaries. And, the second week contains rallies, lectures, public speeches and shakers. And also you can interact with some of the famous European activists!

3. Ljeto na Strosu, Zagreb

Here comes the most exciting festival. In mid-May, the festival starts with a lot of free outdoor movie screenings, art workshops, concerts, dog competitions and many other free things to do on the Strossmayer promenade.

4. Open Wine Cellar Day, Istria

On the last Sunday of May, the traditional winemakers and brewers in the Istria city come up and offer free wine tasting and winemaking activities for a day. This really lights up the whole city’s mood with some spiced wines!

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Plan your vacation right away to have utmost fun at these gorgeous places. That is all you need to know about the country and its ethnicity. There are more obscure parks, lakes, beaches, caves and amazing clubs to make your vacation a perfect one! Make a checklist and visit as many places as possible and make your trip a memorable one!

Visit Pickyourtrail for more wonderful offers at great deals! Also, visit Croatia tour packages to know more about the itineraries. You can also customise your own package according to your budget, likes and dislikes! Have a great summer vacation!

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