Dubrovnik: February Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||32 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||47 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||26 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||58 %|
|Chance of Fog Day||3%|
|Chance of Snow Day||4%|
Averages for Dubrovnik in February
Temperatures in February begin to warm up from the cold winter, with an average temperature of about 41F / 5C. However, warm clothing and waterproof jackets would definitely be required. Highs of around 9°C (47°F) to a low of about 1c/34f.
There is sporadic chance of rain in February, with average rainfall about 125mm, usually occurring over 13 days. The average probability that precipitation will be observed is 42%, commonly manifesting as moderate or light rain, or thunderstorms.
Hours of sunshine in Dubrovnik are about 10 on average. Over the course of the month, the length of the day increases by about 1:14 hours. The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 9:58 hours of sunshine; the longest day is end of February with 11:12 hours.
Average sea temperature in February is identical to that of January, being around 14°C (about 57°F) so swimming would not be advisable. Many of the top hotels in Dubrovnik do have indoor swimming pools.
The sky tends to have partial cloud cover throughout the whole month, decreasing slightly as the month progresses and temperatures warm up. Humidity tends to fluctuate, ranging from 43% (comfortable) to 80% (humid). The air is driest during the first week of the month, and is the most humid during the last week.
Daily wind speed averages in February come in around 12 mph, or about 10 knots or a “gentle breeze” on the Beaufort wind scale. Winds typically blow in from the NE, ranging from lows of 3 mph to highs of 21mph.
The beginning of February is low on sunlight with only about 7 hours a day, and a daily average temperature of 46F, highs 51F and lows 40F. Expected rainfall is about 42% and range from moderate and light rains. By the middle of the month the temperature slowly increases to 48F and sun about 10h30, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.6 minutes. By the end of the month you’ll experience a steady increase of warmth, with 11:12 hours of daylight and averages of 48F, highs 54F and lows 43F. However be aware that thunderstorms, when they happen, most likely occur around late February.
Things to do
Dubrovnik is a great city to explore with its cobblestone and medieval alleyways. It’s sure to captivate any traveller with its stunning old-world charm, stone-clad piazzas and historic staircases. Start your promenade at Big Onofrio’s Fountain, a picturesque spot on the west edge of old town, and just wander.
Big Onofrio's Fountain. Photo courtesy of Victoria Lea B.
Don’t miss the panorama walking along the ancient City Walls. The view of the coastline and city is absolutely stunning, so be sure to pack your camera. It’s recommended to go early in the morning before the crowds or late evening to watch the exquisite sunset.
If it is raining you might want to retreat to the impressive War Photo Limited—an exhibition centre of war and conflict photography. Exhibits change during the season. The Museum of Modern Art is also a good bet for art lovers—housing nearly 2,500 works, mostly Croatian. Or take your date to the Freedom cinema, a 300-seat auditorium with daily showings of local and international releases. Movies play year-round with subtitles.
The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. Photo courtesy of BradMan.
For something completely different, check out the Visia Dubrovnik Multimedia Museum. Opened in 2010, the 35-minute attraction incorporates lasers, music, wind machines, 3-D battle scenes and rumble seats to teach you about the 18th century.
Dubrovnik also makes for a great romantic getaway during Valentine’s. Follow in the footsteps of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who used to escape to this city during their love affair. It’s hard not to feel romance in the air in the old town, full as it is with gorgeous boutiques, private wine bars and pretty cafes. If you’d like to treat your loved one with a unique gift, a good bet is the Pharmacy, one of the oldest in Europe, creates hand creams and other toiletries based on ancient recipes.
A short taxi ride will take you to the Lapad area, a quiet bay with gorgeous views of green pines, blue seas and intimate cafes. The breakwater Porporela is often referred to as the Lovers’ Walk due to its idyllic setting.
Lapad Beach. Photo courtesy of Jenni Douglas.
Window shoppers might find a home at Modni Kantun, a hidden boutique selling wares, photographs to silver jewellery, by local designers. Or browse the old market of Gunduliceva Poljana square, where you’ll find everything from fresh produce to wine to antiques. A neat place to shop for gifts is Lega Lega, a local designer collective that sells everything from t-shirts to notebooks and coasters. For more high-end products, shop at Boutique Croata, which specialises in silk ties presented in boxes and complete with a short “History of the Tie.”
If you’re in town Sunday you can peak your head in during Mass at St. Blaise’s Church. This beautiful domed baroque building is an astonishing architectural beauty, for religious and nonreligious visitors alike.
Hit the beach
As it’s still winter, February is not the best month to wander Dubrovnik’s beaches. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunny day though, walk out to pebbly Banje Beach for the best sunsets over Old Town. It’s only a 10-minute walk east from Ploce Gate. Another option is Copacabana pebble beach, popular with tourists and locals alike, but you’ll have to take a taxi or a bus out to the area. This beach is likely to have less stormy waters, as its protected by the crescent Seka Bay.
If you wish to brave the waters, you can charter a speedboat trip to the island of Locrum. There are a variety of cosy beaches and beautiful coves surrounded by pine trees. Surrounded by a rocky coastline popular with nudists, Locrum has beautiful botanical gardens, an ancient monastery and a fort.
Rock and pebble beaches outnumber sandy ones in the city, so if you’re on the lookout for sand, consider heading out of the city proper to Sv. Jakov, or to one of the islands like Kolocep or Lopud.
Where to Eat & Drink
You’ll find a number of delicious dishes at any of the local tavernas. For a grand place to take your date, try the Lokanda Peskarija in the old harbour for their exceptional seafood dishes. Beginning mid-February, Kopun opens up its doors to serve traditional Croatian dishes with a modern twist—for example castrated cockerel in honey and wild orange.
A tasty option for breakfast is Sugar & Spice, a little bakery in the Old Town that sells traditional patisseries. The owner is a chef who makes a mean cheesecake and chocolate torte, and her own jams and marmalades from scratch.
Enjoy a morning espresso or afternoon coffee at Café-Bistro Orlando, located on the pedestrian walkway Stradun. Grab a grappa or try a local herb brandy at the cosy Hard Jazz Caffe Troubadour. You may find your feet tapping in time with the live music. Or enjoy local white wines from the Peljesac Peninsula at the Dionysus Wine Bar.
Many of the city’s best bars are located in the hotels, and the Sunset Lounge is no exception. Located in the lobby of the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace outside of the old town, this is an elegant bar with stunning views of the Elaphite Islands. If energetic nightlife is more your speed, check out Lazareti, an independent space in a former quarantine barracks that plays everything from black metal to jazz.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace outdoor restaurant with views of Elahite Islands.
Where to Stay
For a splurge, treat yourself and your loved ones by staying 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.
Another great option is Grand Villa Argentina, a five-star hotel with old-world charm overlooking cliff. It was a private residence converted into a hotel in the 1950s, and offers 131 rooms and suites. It offers a day spa, indoor pool, and three restaurants and a lobby bar.
Grand Villa Argentina indoor pool area.
Those on the lookout for a boutique hotel with plenty of charm might book a night at the Villa Dubrovnik. Located on the cliffs above St. Jacob precinct, this hotel has amazing views of the old city and isle of Lokrum. Guests can choose between residence units, suites, or for maximum luxury book the standalone Villa Kolin with private facilities. On-side facilities include two restaurants, library lounge, spa, and prosciutto and wine bar.
Another boutique option is Berkeley Hotel, located beside Gruz Harbour. This simple but clean and service-oriented hotel offers guests 24 all-balcony rooms and apartments that cater to all types. Each room comes with air conditioning, satellite TV, refrigerator, wifi, and a king bed or two singles.
Dubrovnik in February.
The Feast of Saint Blaise takes place on February 3rd, his official feast day, with many events taking place during the preceding days.
On February 2nd, the Virgin Mary Candlemas, white doves are released in front of the Church of Saint Blaise, located in the beautiful medieval walled city, and the flag of St Blaise is raised on nearby Orlando's Column.
There are a large number of displays of local culture, with colourful displays of banner swirling in full traditional local costume, and a feast where local dishes such as macaroni with meat sauce (or 'dirty' macaroni as it is also known!) and hrostule donuts are served.
Statue of Saint Blaise, Dubrovnik.
February events in Dubrovnik
St. Blaise Day & Dubrovnik Day
1st February 2015 to 3rd February 2015
The most important feast day of Saint Blaise begins with gunfire in the morning from Dubrovnik's Trombunjeri - a celebration in honour of Saint Blaise. Thousands of people head towards Old Town including the Croatian President to take part in the traditional procession. There are parades and parties all day long.
27th February 2015 to 1st March 2015
Dubrovnik Carnival in the Old Town is a cultural event offering music and parades. A parade takes place down the streets of Dubrovnik which involve music, dancing and many people wearing costumes of there choice. The main event of this carnival is the masquerade ball. The carnival ends with a big part in Revelin fort.