Dubrovnik: April Weather AveragesDaily averages for April
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||45 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||22 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||38 %|
Daily averages for April
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Averages for Dubrovnik in April
April is the first month that enjoys truly good weather in Dubrovnik. Temperatures rise to a pleasant level during the day, winds are milder and rain decreases overall. April is an optimal time to visit as the weather is fairly consistent and the tourist season hasn’t yet reached its peak.
Daily average temperatures are 12°C/53°F in April. They can reach a high of 16°C (61°F) and only dip as low as around 7°C (44°F).
Average daily rainfall also drops slightly to 104mm over 10 days, meaning the chances of encountering dry and pleasant weather on your trip are more likely. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed is 40%, usually occurring as moderate or light rain, and thunderstorms.
Average sunshine hours is almost 13 hours at the beginning of the month, increasing to 14 by the end. The length of the day increases by 1:19 hours over the course of the month. The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:44 hours of sunshine; the longest day is April 30 with 14:03 hours.
If you’re a swimmer it might be too early to hit the beaches of Dubrovnik—opt instead for one of the indoor pools or saunas in one of the hotels. The average sea temperature remains fairly chilly at 15°C (59°F), so there will be no need to bring along your swimming costume!
The skies above the city are usually partly cloudy during April, with the sky clear 33% of the time, partly cloud 15% of the time, and overcast 25% of the time. The air will be noticeably more humid during April than in winter, ranging from 46% (comfortable) to 97% (very humid). The air is driest around April 1 and most humid around April 20.
Daily wind speed averages in April come in around 10 mph, or about 8 knots or a “gentle breeze” on the Beaufort wind scale. Winds typically blow in from the NE, ranging from lows of 9mph to highs of 11mph, declining as the month progresses. Winds rarely exceed 30 mph in April. Overall, lighter clothes can be worn during April but you would still be advised to make sure you wrap up, especially during the evenings or on daytrips to local parks.
The beginning of April is fair on sunlight with about 12.44 hours a day, and a daily average temperature of 12°C (54°F), highs of 15°C (60°F) and lows of 8°C (48°F). Expected rainfall is about 40%, fairly consistent over the month. By the middle of the month the temperature slowly increases to an average of 12°C (55°F), highs of 17°C (63°F) and of lows 10°C (51°F), with average sunshine about 13.20 hours. By the end of the month you’ll experience a steady increase of warmth, with 14 hours of daylight and averages of 15°C (60°F), highs of 19°C (67°F) and lows of 12°C (55°F).
Things to do
Beginning in April, Dubrovnik opens up: the weather warms up considerably, and you can still enjoy the shops without being overrun by the crowds. Wander around the old city harbour, take in the sights and sounds of the 300-metre-long Stradun, or main street. Walk along Ploce, the picturesque stretch of coastline from Ploce gate, and view the beautiful Lokrum Island and rows of luxury hotels along the way.
Dubrovnik Old City Harbour.
Due to the improved weather, you can partake in a range of outdoor activities, from hiking, to rock climbing, cycling and abseiling. The beautiful countryside outside of Dubrovnik has it all.
April is a perfect time to visit Dubrovnik and take in the culture of the Gastronomy (Gastronomija) festival. This event celebrates everything to do with food, drink, hunting, fishing, wine, so there is definitely something in there for everybody!
April also sees Dubrovnik turn into Croatio's answer to Cannes with the arrival of the Libertas film festival. Workshops and screenings take place all over the city, showing everything from huge international movies to short films. The festival is also attended by many big names in European film. One not to miss!
Take cable car up Mount Srd for its impressive views of the town and coast. A clear day will grant you views of up to 60 kilometres (37 miles) and ample photo opportunities. On the top of the mountain is also the intriguing Museum of Croatian War of Independence, located with Fort Imperial and worth a visit. Exhibits include documents, art, photographs, weapons, mines, and explosives. When you’re done you can sample some Mediterranean fare with excellent views at the Restaurant Panorama, located at the upper cable car station.
Dubrovnik's cable car.
Or experience Dubrovnik as it was meant to be—from the water. Rent a kayak from the old port and enjoy 30-minute paddle to Lokrum. You can go alone but guides also offer 3-hour kayak tours to the isle’s lovely Betina beach. The exotic botanical garden there also makes for a great afternoon of exploration. You can also take a ferry ride out to the Elaphiti Islands for plenty of places to swim, fish or relax.
Families will enjoy the areas of Lapad and Babin Kuk peninsula, situated outside the Old Town with plenty of room to stroll down promenades, enjoy ice cream and pizza or run around the sand and rock outcroppings. There are also facilities to rent bicycles and play minigolf or table tennis.
If you fancy an escape from the crowds, head out to Plitvice Lakes National Park, and admire the beautiful cascades, and unrivalled pools of bright green and blue. The best way to get there is by car, and may require an overnight as its about 432 kilometres from Dubrovnik.
Plitvice National Park.
Hit the beach
April is the first real month of the year that you can truly enjoy a Croatian beach. Head out to the popular Banje beach, nearest to the old town. For more local vibe, head out to Sveti Jakov Beach. You can easily enjoy dinner at a restaurant with a seaview terrace here.
St. Jacob Beach is also one of the more beautiful pebble beaches, situated in a small cove. From here you can jet-ski or kayak paddling or just relaxing on the beach.
St.Jacob Beach. Photo courtesy of Gino Vinciguerra.
President beach is located on the Babin Kuk peninsula just in front of Hotel President. From here you have a great view of the Elaphite Islands and the island of Daksa. From here it’s just a short walk to the popular Copacabana Beach and the naturist beach Cava.
If you’re itching for an excursion, the beaches on the semi-wild islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan are worth the ferry ride. Only about 45 minutes to an hour by boat, they have beautiful sandy beaches and Roman and medieval ruins.
Where to eat & drink
In Spring, many restaurants hibernating for winter start to open their doors. During Spring, Dubrovnik’s many taverns offer seafood platters with oysters and white wines from the nearby Peljesac peninsula.
Arguably the most famous of all is the glitzy 360 degrees, with its succulent and unmatched cuisine. The imaginative menu is sure to enchant: raw Adriatic langoustine, Istrian summer truffle, lemongrass biscuit to name just a few. Though not inexpensive, this restaurant is definitely a hot place to take your date or treat yourself with a splurge.
Restaurant 360 degrees, Dubrovnik. Photo courtesy of Time Out Croatia.
For something a bit more casual, check out the Mediterranean bistro of Atlantic Kitchen with its checked tablecloths and handwritten blackboard menus. And you’ll find tasty mussels and squid at the family-owned Kamenice on the market square. Tucked away on a side street in Old Town with a funky, intimate atmosphere is Gil’s Little Bistro. If red meat is more your style, you’ll find delight in the Black Angus rillettes, prime rib, veal fillets and Argentinean rib eye.
Great bars in Dubrovnik is confined to a few choice locations in Old Town. NoneNina Bar has a huge selection of international drinks and a menu of over 180 different cocktails. In the low season, the crowds typically flock to these only during the weekends, but you can’t go wrong with classic favourites such as Hard Jazz Café Troubadour.
Where to Stay
Within the Old Town, there are several well-deserved 5-star options, chief of which is Hotel Excelsior. This exquisite iconic hotel is unmatched in terms of service and spectacular views of the medieval city and coast. Guests can stay in superior or deluxe rooms, or in one seventeen spacious suites. All rooms feature wifi, minibar, toiletries, plasma TV, private bathrooms, and a terrace or balcony. On-site facilities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, three ocean-view restaurants, one poolside café, conference centre, fitness centre, piano bar, exclusive shops and direct access to a private beach.
Superior room at the Hotel Excelsior. Photo courtesy of Adriatic Luxury Hotels Dubrovnik
Budget travellers might want to try the 3-star House Katarina, located in Old Town. This authentic stone house dates back to the 15th century but has been fully renovated in the past few years. These three self-catered apartments are great options for an extended stay or groups of vacationers. Each is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette, TV, air conditioning, free wifi, and two have their own washing machine.
If you don’t mind staying out of the Old Town, book a room at the 5-star Radisson Blue Resort & Spa. Guests can choose from five room categories, all equipped with modern amenities. This hotel is has easy access to Donje Celo, Gornje Celo and Trsteno Beaches. Other amenities include a poolside bar, excellent spa and hammam, and indoor pool if the beaches happen to be still too cold.
Escape to your own private balcony at the Hotel Neptun, with its indoor swimming pool, virtual golf simulator, spa or two restaurants to enjoy dinner while you watch the sunset. Situated on the Lapad Peninsula, you’ll have to take a taxi to the old town. The concierge can arrange bicycle rentals, salon services, day excursions and night entertainment. Each one of the ninety-one rooms and suites are equipped with mini-bar, safe, satellite, TV, telephone, wifi and toiletries.
Hotel Neptune pool. Photo courtesy of Brian Connor.