Averages for Dubrovnik in July

WEATHER LOWDOWN

Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean resort in south Croatia, where July is the sunniest and driest month of the year. People flock to the city during this month to enjoy the summery weather and the world-famous cultural event, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. With very warm temperatures and long hours of daylight it is essential that you make sure to drink enough water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun to avoid heatstroke.

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  • Temperature Temperature 25°C 77°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 29°C 84°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 70°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 13 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 26 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 4 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 24°C 75°F

WEATHER LOWDOWN

Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean resort in south Croatia, where July is the sunniest and driest month of the year. People flock to the city during this month to enjoy the summery weather and the world-famous cultural event, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. With very warm temperatures and long hours of daylight it is essential that you make sure to drink enough water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun to avoid heatstroke.

Average daily temperatures soar to 28°C (about 82°F) and only reach as low as 16°C (about 62°F). Bring your swimwear and beachwear to take full advantage of the warm climate! It's recommended to rent a beach umbrella while you're out on one of Dubrovnik's many shores—it's fairly easy to get sunburnt this season in the Mediterranean.

There are a massive 14:55 average daily hours of sunshine throughout the month. As July progresses, the length decreases from 15:14 hours of sunlight on July 3 to 14:30 hours of sunlight on July 31.

With an average sea temperature of 24°C (about 74°F), long, lazy hours on the beach are definitely the order of the day! Don't miss the opportunity to hit the water with activities such as jet-ski, wakeboarding, and wind-surfing.

The average rainfall during July is almost nonexistent—just 26mm over 4 days, so you'll very likely to have dry, warm weather. Pack cool, light clothing such as shorts and thin t-shirt, and grab your sweater in case of some breezes in the evenings. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed remains approximately 19% over the course of the month.

The skies above the city cloud cover are mostly clear, at around 16% chance of clouds. As the month progresses, the average drops slightly—so there will be even less clouds later in the month. The air will quite dry, ranging from 36% (comfortable) to 76% (humid). The air is most humid around July 1 (67%), drying as the month peaks, with the driest day around July 18 (41%).

Daily wind speed averages in July stay around 9mph (7 knots), varying from 2mph to 17mph (light air to moderate breeze). Winds typically blow in from the east earlier in the month, shifting to winds from the west later in the month.

The weather in July is fairly consistent. The beginning of the month is generous on sunlight with about 15:15 hours a day, and a daily average temperature of 24°C (75°F), highs of 27°C (82°F) and lows of 20°C (69°F). By the middle of the month the temperature slowly increases to an average of 25°C (77°F), highs of 28°C (83°F) and lows of 21°C (70°F), with average sunshine about 14:55. By the end of the month the amount of sunlight drops considerably with 14:30 hours of daylight, but temperatures remain around the same with and averages of 25°C (77°F), highs of 29C (84°F) and lows of 21°C (71°F). 

THINGS TO DO

Don't miss Dubrovnik's Summer Festival from July 10 to August 25, an annual celebration of performers, drama, and music in the streets and concert halls. The festival culminates in a Shakespeare play performed in the outdoor theatre at Fort Lovrijenac. A lot of these acts are free of charge and easily caught by simply walking the streets of Old Town.

To escape the heat, duck into one of the many museums Dubrovnik has to offer. The Sponza Palace is a fine architectural gem that dates from the 16th century. For centuries it was the cultural centre of the Republic, where the more educated citizens met to discuss literature, art and science. Today it guards the national archives of the city and surrounding areas. Be sure to wander over here in June—the square in front of the palace is used for the opening ceremonies of the summer festival.

For a spectacular panorama of the city, head up to the City Walls of Dubrovnik. These fortifications date back to the 10th century at their oldest point, reach 25m in height and run about 2 km around the Old Town. The main entrance is just outside Pile Gate, and is open from 8am to 5:30pm. Be sure to bring your hat, snacks and water for the walk, and your camera for the stunning panorama.

Lovers of art and history should certainly not miss the beautiful Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2), home to a collection of medieval artefacts such as manuscripts, laboratory equipment and old medical books. 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.

One of the best daytrips in July is to take a ferry to one of the surrounding islands. Explore the olive groves and hiking trails of Mljet National Park. Here you'll also find interesting Illyrian fortifications, a Roman palace, and a large egg-shaped cave where, legend has it, Odysseus sheltered after a shipwreck. You can also take a boat out to the beautiful wildlife reserve of Lokrum (departs every half-hour from the Old City Harbour). Ferries operate year round to these islands and other coastal towns, such as Split.

If you're not afraid of heights, hop in a cable car up to Mount Srd. The best time to go is sunset, when you can watch the setting of the sun. At the top is also the Panorama Restaurant, with the "best views of the city" and an Imperial Fort built by Napoleon.

HIT THE BEACH

Farther away on the Babin Kuk peninsula are several hotel beaches, which tend to draw less of a crowd. An excellent example is Neptun beach in front of the eponymous hotel. This beach has great views of the Elaphite Islands and great areas to swim or sip a coffee. Another option is President Beach down the road, decked with a bar, deck chairs, showers, restaurants and amazing views of Daksa Island. 

Dubrovnik beach Croatia

Dubrovnik beach in July.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

In Dubrovnik there is a wide range of restaurants, from budget to splurge options, most of which offer fresh seafood and meat dishes. Escape away from the crowds to Konoba Pjatanca (Koločepska 2), a traditional Dalmatian kitchen serving local fare such as fresh fish, smoked ham and baked veal. Lady Pipi (Antuninska ulica 21) is worth the climb up to the top for magnificent harbour views from the terrace and its delicious grilled fish and chicken. For something different, try La Luna (ulica Andrije Hebranga 60). This small pizzeria only serves pizza before 5pm, opening up its kitchen for pasta and other dishes for dinner.

If you're craving more international fare, head over to the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, where the on-site Porat Restaurant serves gnocchi, lasagna and marinated jerk chicken. For a splurge, try Gil's Cruisine & Pop Lounge (Sv. Dominika bb), a new venue that offers hip French cuisine and a disgestif cellar.

Most of the best pubs and nightclubs are available in Old Town near or on Stradun. Most newcomers head to Cafe Buža (9 Crijevićeva) first of all. This cliffside bar is perched on the Cliffside, with a spectacular view of the sunset and surrounding isles.

For something a bit more intimate and romantic, try the D'Vino Wine Bar (Palmoticeva 4a), with its selection of over 100 fine domestic and imported wine. Decadent cocktails are available at the Nude Noir Dubrovnik- Cocktail Lounge Bohemia (Poljana Paska Milicevica 3), with its mellow tunes and champagne bar. 

Veranda overlooking Dubrovnik

Take time out in the shade, in a bar overlooking the City of Dubrovnik.

WHERE TO STAY

The best boutique hotel within Old Town is Pucic Palace Hotel, just ten minutes' walk from the Marina. Each one of its rooms is equipped with TV, wifi, A/C, minibar and safe. The hotel offers two restaurants that serves both Mediterranean and international fare, an excellent wine bar, and a private yacht you can rent to go up the coast.

The Villa Orsula is another splurge option within the city walls. With only 11 rooms and 2 suites, it offers an air of intimacy and exclusivity. All rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, minibar and wifi. Onsite facilities include Mediterranean and French fusion restaurant, private beach and gardens, bar and access to the spa in the adjacent Hotel Excelsior.

Grand Villa Argentina is a wonderful five-star hotel with old-world charm just minutes from the Old Town. Situated on the Cliffside, it has exquisite views of the island of Lokrum. Its 131 rooms and suites offer an en-suite bathroom, minibar, satellite tv, a/c and free wifi. On-site facilities include three restaurants, lobby bar and spa. 

Outdoor classical music Dubrovnik July

Outdoor classical music, July in Dubrovnik.

 

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