Dubrovnik: August Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||13 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||82 %|
|Rainfall days||3 days|
|Chance of Rain||15 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||25 %|
Averages for Dubrovnik in August
August in Dubrovnik is extremely hot and dry, and typically the hottest month of the year. As in July, average daily temperatures reach around 28°C (about 82°F) and only go as low as 16°C (about 62°F).
There is, on average, 14 and half daily hours of sunshine. Sunlight gradually decreases by an hour and fifteen minutes. The shortest day of the month is August 31 with 13:12 hours of daylight; the longest is August 1 with 14:28 hours of daylight. T-shirts and sandals will be fine for wondering around during the day, but hats and sunglasses would also be advisable in order to avoid getting sunburn or sunstroke. Be sure to wear your high SPF sunscreen.
The average sea temperature is its warmest of the entire year, reaching 24°C (about 74°F). Pack your beachwear and swim gear! There’s lots to do in terms of water activities, from sunbathing and swimming to kayaking and water-skiing.
Combined with August's average rainfall being just 38mm over 3 days, then it seems you will be spending a lot of time at the beach! Lighter clothing such as shorts and shirts will be appropriate, but be sure to pack a jacket in case of a cool breeze. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed is 20-28%, increasing slightly as the month progresses, occurring as moderate or light rain, and thunderstorms.
The skies above the city are mostly clear, with the cloud cover about 15-24%. As the month progresses, the temperature cools slightly and there will likely be more clouds later in the month. The air will be quite dry, ranging from 38% (comfortable) to 78% (humid). The air is driest around August 1 (42%) and most humid around August 31 (69%).
Daily wind speed averages in August stay around 9mph (7 knots), varying from 2mph to 16mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 27 mph. Winds typically blow in from the West at the beginning of the month, shifting to blow from the East later on. It’s generally a season for light summer clothing, though do pack a cardigan in case you get a breezy summer night.
The beginning of August is generous on sunlight with about 14:30 hours a day, and a daily average temperature of 25C (78°F), highs of 28C (83°F) and lows of 21C (71°F). Chance of precipitation is about 25% on average, fairly consistent over the month. In the middle of the month the temperature stays relatively the same, with a gradual decrease in sunlight per day. By the end of the month there is a dramatic drop, however—with averages of 24C (75°F), highs of 27C (81°F) and lows of 20C (68°F).
THINGS TO DO
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival continues throughout August, featuring fine productions in theatre, music, opera and dance. Performances take place all over the city, from concert halls and open-air theatres, to beaches and bars.
Window shoppers might find a home at Modni Kantun (Zlatarska ulica 3), a hidden boutique that specialises in jewellery and art by local designers. Or browse the old market of Gunduliceva Poljana square, where you’ll find everything from fresh produce to wine to antiques. On the lookout for some serious souvenirs? Head over to Dubrovacka Kuca (Od sv Dominika), a treasure trove of local rakija, wines, olive oil, costmetics, sweets, truffles and postcards.
On the eastern end of the Stradun stands the famous stone column fashioned in the form of a knight. According to legend, Orlando and his fleet defended Dubrovnik from a 15-month-long Saracen siege, and in honour of his memory they erected the column in Orlando’s visage.
On the more contemporary end, there is the Museum of Modern Art (Općina Dubrovnik), which houses nearly 2,500 works, mostly Croatian. The War Photo Limited (Antuninska ulica 6)) showcases an impactful collection of war and conflict photography, with a permanent exhibition devoted to the wars in Yugoslavia.
If you have a few days in the city, you may consider taking a ferry to one of the islands in the Bay. Ferries operate quite frequently in the summertime, and trips to the islands of Korcula, Lokrum or Mljet National Park are well worth the day trip for their natural and historical attractions.
HIT THE BEACH
Dubrovnik is surrounded by beaches, mostly made of a pebbles, and whether you stay near to the Old Town or daytrip out to one of the peninsulas or islands, you’ll sure to find one to meet your needs. Families might do well at Copacabana, a beach on the Babin Kuk peninsula, great for swimmers, sunbathers, and those who want to try some local ice cream while watching the jetskis and kayaks go by.
A good option away from the crowds is Sv Jakov Beach, a mix of sand and pebbles with a fantastic view of the Old Town and island of Lokrum. Locals will most likely outnumber the tourists here.
Dance beach is a popular rocky beach with deep and clean waters just 200 metres from old town. It’s not protected, so mainly for use by experienced swimmers and not children. At Dance you can try your hand at water polo. The national polo club Jug train at Dance and perform World and Olympic championships.
Dubrovnik beach in August.
Classical and modern performances in open-air theatres, Dubrovnik in August.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Kamenice (Gundulićeva Poljana 8) is an affordable restaurant near the city centre, renowned for its black squid risotto and tasty anchovies. Diners seeking something classier could try Dundo Maroje (Kovačka bb) by the old harbour. Their menu features such highlights like shrimps in saffron and homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola.
Rozarij (Prijeko 2) has cultivated a faithful local clientele steadily over the years due to its traditional preparations of seafood. Enjoy delicious dishes such as fish soup, and shrimp with white risotto. After your meal enjoy a digestif outdoors in one of the surrounding sunny alleyways.
Ragusa 2 (12 Zamanjina) is an elegant choice for pasta and local cheeses. The restaurant has been run by the same family for more than 75 years. Tvojerna Sesame (Dante Alighieria bb) is worth a visit for the view as well as the food. The restaurant is situated in a 200 year old house surrounded by fragrant orange trees, and serves an array of dishes like ravioli, slow-cooked lamb, goats cheese soufflé with prosciutto.
If seafood is not your thing, head over to Nishta (Prijeko bb) for its playful atmosphere and quality vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The menu includes great dishes like salads, soups, samosas, and falafel. Or try the fresh pizzas at Tabasco (Cavtatska ulica 11), reasonably priced and served to order in a wood oven. Or grab a seat at Kopun, which serves traditional Croatian dishes with a modern twist, like castrated cockerel in honey and wild orange.
Perhaps most famous of all is Restaurant 360° (Ulica od Puča 1), set up in a 17th century Baroque Palace. Its worth the splurge, with menu items such as veal tongue, roasted pigeon breast, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, suckling pig and deer marinated in red wine and herbs for 24 hours.
After dinner, grab a cocktail at the Nonenina Cocktail Bar. The bar’s cool atmosphere features over 180 cocktails, including a wide selection of wines and nonalcoholic beverages. If you prefer a more relaxing vibe, many recommend Hemingway Bar, right in the main area of Stradun and great for sipping and watching the crowds pass you by.
Dance away the night hours at famous discos such as Fuego, which is open from 11pm to 6am. This nightclub plays everything from techno to R&B and occasionally features local bands. Otherwise there is the East-West Beach Club, where summer crowds flock for the excellent DJs and to mix and mingle on lush sofas.
WHERE TO STAY
The Hilton Imperial is at the very entrance of the Old Town. The 139 rooms and 8 suites are all very comfortable and large, with Croatian décor and marble bathrooms, and spectacular views. On-site facilities include a restaurant, two bars and a pool.
A modest but comfortable option is Hotel Splendid, situated on Lapad peninsula just 4 km from Old Town. Most of its 59 rooms offer balconies and sea view, and all of them are A/C, SAT TV, telephone, minibar, and shower/bathtub. Other facilities include three bars and one fine restaurant.
For a real treat, book a room at the Hotel Ariston. This large hotel is located on the Lapad Peninsula, about 2 miles from the Old Town. Guests can select from four room categories, all of which are equipped with A/C, tv and satellite, and free internet. They also feature three restaurants, bar and lounge, fitness zone, sauna, spa, and outdoor pool.
August events in Dubrovnik
Homeland Thanksgiving Day (Dan Domovinske Zahvalnosti)
5th August 2015
Homeland Thanksgiving Day, locally known as Dan Domovinske Zahvalnosti is a memorial day on 5th August when the people of Croatia remember the War of Independence.
9th August 2015
Maraton Ladja is a 22.5 km long boat race that takes place in the north of Dubrovnik. The race starts from Metkovic and ends at Ploce of Neretva River. Teams of up to 18 people take part in this annual event, sailing traditional boats.
Assumption of Mary (Velika Gospa)
15th August 2015
Velika Gospa, the Assumption of Mary is a religious holiday of worship where masses take place at the local places of worship. This day occurs across the country as well as in Dubrovnik on August 15th.
Dubrovnik Tap Festival
18th August 2015 to 23rd August 2015
Tap Festival is one of the most enjoyable events in the summer break from 18th August to 23rd August with some of the best tap dancers from across the world. These dancers hold classes for the public to take part in and learn how to tap dance. The festival takes place in the wonderful old town of Dubrovnik.