Averages for Dubrovnik in January

Weather Lowdown – January
 

Dubrovnik is a resort in Croatia, located on the Adriatic coast roughly 300 miles to the North of Greece). Like many Mediterranean countries, the city enjoys fairly mild winters, and is an ideal destination to escape from the much colder temperatures typically experienced in the UK and some other European countries.

Though the coldest month in the city, January temperatures range from a high of around 7°C (about 44°F) to ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 9°C 48°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 12°C 54°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 6°C 43°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 139 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 14°C 57°F

Weather Lowdown – January
 

Dubrovnik is a resort in Croatia, located on the Adriatic coast roughly 300 miles to the North of Greece). Like many Mediterranean countries, the city enjoys fairly mild winters, and is an ideal destination to escape from the much colder temperatures typically experienced in the UK and some other European countries.

Though the coldest month in the city, January temperatures range from a high of around 7°C (about 44°F) to a low of 0°C (about 32°F). Swimming is not recommended as the average sea temperature in January is around 14°C (about 57°F).

Dubrovnik only has about five hours of daily sunshine in January, so sun-lovers might best delay their vacation until summertime. The sun will set early around 4pm in the afternoon, so be sure to find a warm place to eat your dinner.

The resort also has an average rainfall of 139mm during the month of January, usually occurring over 13 days of the month. Visitors should expect to pack warm, waterproof clothing.

Fortunately you will be avoiding the rainiest months of December and November, when rainfall can reach up to an average of 198mm. Humidity ranges from 50-80% during wintertime.

Daily wind speed averages in January come in around 12 mph (19 km), or about 10 knots or a 'gentle breeze' on the Beaufort wind scale. Winds typically blow in from the east of the north, ranging from lows of 3 mph (~5 km) to highs of 20 mph (32 km).

In the first part of January, temperatures remain fairly consistent at 4°C (39°F). Chance of rainfall is expected at around 50%. These daily averages persist through the middle of the month, with a slight decrease in rainfall. By the end of the month, you can expect the average daily temperature rising up to highs in the 7°C, and chance of rain lessens to about 40%.

Things to Do

"Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik," wrote George Bernard Shaw. With its intricate maze of medieval-esque streets and cafes, it's a lovely town to explore even in the winter. Don't miss the stunning views of sea and cityscape from the City Walls. Admission is 90 krona and takes about one hour to make the 2 km (1.24 miles) loop. 

Port of Dubrovnik Old City Walls

Port of Dubrovnik's Old City Walls.

If you're planning on visiting one of the city's fascinating museums, plan your trip around January 31, during the Night of Museums. All museums are free and stay open late, with special events.

If the cloud cover is daunting during January, you can easily sightsee within one of the many  palaces and churches. The 15th-century Rector's Palace makes for a worthwhile stop. The halls showcase historical furniture, paintings and sculptures, as well as an interesting atrium and theatrical stage.

History and art lovers should certainly head to the Francisco Monastery, constructed in the 14th century, to admire its beautiful Gothic-Romanesque architecture. The library within is one of the richest in Europe, with over 70,000 books, 1200+ of which are gorgeous old manuscripts. Here you'll also find the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, dating back from 1317.

The more adventurous might consider taking a ferry to Mljet National Park and wandering its many hiking trails and 12th-century Benedictine monastery. You can also take a boat out to the beautiful wildlife reserve of Lokrum (departs every half-hour from the Old City Harbour). Ferry companies operate year round to these destinations, and during the season also to Korcula and Split.

Mljet National Park

Aerial view of Mljet National Park.

Those not afraid of heights can take a cable car out to the top of Mount Srd for about 94 kuna ($15) roundtrip. Go at dusk to watch the sunset over the salmon-coloured rooftops. The mountain is also home to the Imperial Fort built by Napoleon and used during the siege of Dubrovnik in 1991.

Dubrovnik would be nothing without its port, and you can trace the city's seafaring history at the Maritime Museum. Located in St. John's Fortress, exhibits include sailors uniforms, navigational instruments, maps and model ships.

If you're looking for souvenirs, browse Dubrovacka Kuca in the medieval St. Dominik's Tower—they have an impressive selection of local rakija, wines, olive oil, honey and truffle products.  For fresh seasonal foods, try the morning open-air market on Grunduliceva Poljana in the old town. Visitors into designer clothes and shoes should drop by Maria Concept Store for the latest in forward fashion.

With a population of just over 43,000, Dubrovnik is one of the most vibrant cities on the Adriatic coast. New Year's Eve, or Nova Godina, as it is locally known, is an excellent time to be here. The stradun, or main street, becomes a huge centre for celebration. Musicians, celebrities and politicians party with locals and tourists among food stands and bars long into the night. Otherwise, wintertime is low season in Croatia so do expect some locations, including hotels and restaurants, to be closed at least until Easter.

Dubrovnik old town at sunset

Dubrovnik Old Town at sunset.

Hit the Beach

January is not the best time to head to Adriatic beaches, but you may luck out with one particularly sunny day. Most beaches have public access, and during the winter there will be fewer crowds. The Banje Beach is usually a safe bet in terms of convenience—a simple walk from Ploce Gate. 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.

Kolocep

Kolocep Island, Dubrovnik.

A bit removed from the city but easily accessible by bus or promenade is the Babin Kuk peninsula. Head here for the crescent Copacabana beach set in Seka Bay. Further down the peninsula is President Beach, from where you enjoy a fantastic view of the Elaphite Islands and the isle of Daksa. The more adventurous might be interested in the naturist beach Cava, located on Babin Kuk as well.

Where to Eat & Drink

Restaurants are often closed during January in Dubrovnik so be sure to check open season before you go. One great year-round option is the Orsan Yachting Club, located on the Lapad Peninsula. Here you can enjoy a sampling of local favourites such as fresh fish, octopus salad and cuttlefish ink risotto.

Orsan Yachting Club frfom a distance

Distant view of the Orsan Yachting Club. Photo courtesy of Solitudo.

Another top tier option is Lady Pi Pi, with its mouth-watering meat and seafood wafting down from Ulica Antuninska street. Visitors who want a sampling of delicious Croatian Cuisine should wander over to Lucin Kantun, with its tapas-style seafood. For something completely unique, head over to the Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota with its scrumptious Adriatic-Japanese dishes.

Seafood not your style? Head over to the funky yet intimate Gil's Little Bistro. Tasty dishes include local goat cheese and Dalmatian smoked ham , and more exotic entrees like Black Angus prime rib, veal fillets and Argentinean rib eye.

Most leading hotels have amazing bars. The top favourite however is Buza, with its sea-and-sky view above the cliffs. If you prefer something more formal, try the tiny wine bar D'Vino, tucked away in a narrow stone alley. Chic visitors might find a home at East-West, a beach bar and nightclub with open-air rooftop lounge. Nightclubs are few and far between in Dubrovnik, but one of the best is Fuego (not to be confused with the themed Latino Club Fuego). With modest prices and a variety of music from techno to hiphop, it never fails to attract crowds despite only being open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the winter. If you're wandering the old town in the evening and have need of a nightcap, a good bet is Hemingway. Its location across the Rector Palace makes for fun people-watching.

East West restaurant Dubrovnik

East West Dubrovnik.

Where to Stay

For a truly luxurious experience, reserve a room at the Hotel Excelsior. This remarkable five-star iconic hotel has spectacular views of the island of Lokrum and Old Town. Their rooms have hosted everyone from the Queen and Elizabeth Taylor to Che Guevara and Kevin Spacey. Guests can stay in superior or deluxe rooms, or in one of the 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.

hotel-excelsior-dubrovnik

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik.

Another terrific option is Pucic Palace Hotel, a boutique in the heart of the medieval old town. The hotel is just ten minutes' walk from the Marina. Each one of its rooms is equipped with TV, wifi, A/C, minibar and safe. It offers two restaurants featuring Mediterranean and international dining, and the Razonoda wine bar.

If you're on the lookout for more modest accommodation, check in at Hotel Lapad. Conveniently located to the cruise ship terminal in Gruz port, this hotel is rich in elegant and old-world charm. Guests can select between standard and superior rooms, all of which have recently been renovated in 2008. There are interconnecting rooms available for families. Facilities include conference rooms, restaurant, lobby bar and outside

With a population of just over 43000, Dubrovnik is one of the most vibrant cities on the Adriatic coast. New Year's Eve, or Nova Godina, as it is locally known, is an excellent time to be in Dubrovnik.

The stradun, or main street, with the medieval walled city becomes a huge centre for celebration. Musicians, celebrities and politicians party with locals and tourists among the street entertainers, food stands and bars long into the night.

City of Dubrovnik in the sunset

 Dubrovnik, a medieval walled city.
 

January events in Dubrovnik

Holiday

New Year's Day (Nova Godina)

1st January 2018

New Year's Day, locally known as Nova Godina is on January 1st, a national holiday. The celebration starts the night before that turns into a street party with fireworks, street entertainment by musicians, celebrities, champagne showers and a lot more. There is traditionally a concert in the Old Town by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra on New Years Day .

Festival

Epiphany (Bogojavljenje)

6th January 2018

Epiphany or Bogojavljenje locally occurs on January the 6th. It is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of the son of god as a human being in Jesus. A variety of services are held at the churches as this is a religious holiday throughout the entire city.

Kastav Carnival

17th January 2018

St. Anthony's Day which is mostly known as Kastav Carnival is a very colorful festival that begins on January 17th. People parade around town wearing sailors costumes and lamb skins of fur with horns to celebrate this special event. The sailors have metal bells attached to their belts, the bells are usually made of copper and are 10 to 12 litres.

Website:

http://joobili.com/dubrovnik_carnival_dubrovnik_15276/

RIJEKA

17th January 2018 to 16th February 2018

Rijeka carnival is a month long event starting with the Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant on January 17th that follows many other colourful events and Grand Finale of International Carnival Parade on February the 15th.

Website:

http://www.rijecki-karneval.hr/en/info/news?news=33

Night of the Museum

31st January 2018

People of Dubrovnik take part in Night of the Museum on January 31st when all museums, galleries and other institutions like these are open for all and anyone can enter for free.

Website:

http://joobili.com/dubrovnik_carnival_dubrovnik_15276/

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