Weather Averages for Dubrovnik in March
Averages for Dubrovnik in March
In March, the weather in Dubrovnik begins to warm up, with sunny mornings and cooler afternoons. Rainfall steadily decreases as the month progresses, though by the end there is an increased chance for the occasional thunderstorm.
The average daily temperatures range from highs of around 12°C (about 54°F) and lows of around 3°C (about 38°F). Though not the most optimal time to visit Dubrovnik, the city’s mild Mediterranean weather attracts many tourists from colder, more northern countries.
There is not much chance of rain during this month, with only an average of 11 days, but waterproof clothing is still advised. Average rainfall in Dubrovnik is also lower than that of January and February, with 104mm of rainfall. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed is 41%, usually occurring as moderate or light rain, and thunderstorms.
Sunshine hours during the day are also the same as during the month of February, being around 8 hours on average—or 5 hours less than in the peak of summertime. Over the course of the month, the length of day increases by about 1:26 hours. The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:15 hours of sunshine; the longest day is March 31 with 12:41 hours.
The median cloud cover is 51% (partly cloudy), with the sky being clear 33% of the time, partly cloudy 14% of the time, and overcast 28% of the time. Do expect that the humidity may fluctuate drastically, ranging from 42% (comfortable) to 81% humid on average. The air is driest around March 8 and is most humid around March 31.
If you enjoy swimming, you may want to try one of the hotels’ indoor pools instead of the Adriatic. Average sea temperature in March is the same as January and February, and with temperatures at around 14°C (about 57°F), it would still be too cold to swim.
Daily wind speed averages in March 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 March is low on sunlight with only about 8 hours a day and a daily average temperature of 7°C (46°F). By the middle of the month, the temperature slowly increases to an average of 11°C (52°F) and sunlight about 11 hours. By the end of the month you’ll experience a steady increase of warmth, with more than 12 hours of daylight and averages of 12°C (54°F), highs of 15°C (60°F) and lows 8°C (48°F).
Things to do
March is one of the best times of year to visit Dubrovnik as the Easter holidays are in full swing. Carnival erupts with singing, dancing, and elaborate costumes in the first week of the month, and a number of religious celebrations during the holy week leading up to Easter.
Men in costume dress for Dubrovnik Carnival. Photo courtesy of Victoria C Bennett.
Dance with Carnival revellers at the Latino Club Fuergo by the Pile Gate or the East-West beach club. If you prefer to stay away from the crowds, try Club Revelin or Park Orsula for quieter spaces of celebration.
Avoid the tacky souvenir shops lining Stradun and head to one of the smaller boutiques, like Dubrovačka kuća, that specialize in quality Croatian products like preserves, olive oil, honey, wine and rakija.
If you need a moment to escape from the festivities, head over to the Marin Drzic Theatre, built in 1865 in neo-Renaissance style. This repertory theatre hosts a permanent company and a year-round programme designed around the literary heritage of Dubrovnik.
You can also find your breath wandering the gorgeous and quiet halls of the Dominican Monastery, just off Luza Square. Take some time to admire the baroque architecture and colourful stained glass windows.
For an unforgettable view walk the famous ancient City Walls. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds or late evening to watch locals and tourists weave their way among the maze of Dubrovnik streets. The whole circuit is about 2 kilometres so do pack water, snacks and a jacket just in case.
Amazing Dubrovnik Fortress and City Walls.
Fans of the TV show Game of Thrones can take a 3-hour tour of Dubrovnik, the film location for the fictional city of King’s Landing. If you have time, you can upgrade to include a guided tour of Trsteno Arboretum, used in the show as the palace gardens in the third season.
If you are in the area for a few extra days, rent a car and take a drive up north to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The end of March should see the snows begin to thaw off the hills. You may be able to glimpse the park’s world-renowned waterfalls of beautiful azure, emerald, grey and blue. Since March tends to be early in the tourist season, chances are you will be there with fewer other people.
Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Hit the beach
March may still be too cold and rainy for swimming in the sea, but if you should luck out during a dry spell head over to the Babin Kuk peninsula north of Dubrovnik. Here the pace tends to be slower, with pretty cafes and luxury hotels overlooking the sea. One of the most beloved beaches is the Copacabana Beach, situated on the cusp of Seka Bay.
Lapad is a great family-friend public beach, dotted with showers and cafes, but you have to take bus no 6 from Pile to get there. If you’re looking to stay closer to old town, wander over to Banje Beach, a simple walk from Ploce Gate. Another option is Dance beach, situated under a convent complex about 600 feet from the city.
You can take a ferry to one of the Elaphite islands for their pebble and sand beaches, or do a boat trip out to Lokrum Island. Though the waters will probably not be their best this time of year, it’s worth to see the Roman and medieval ruins and Lokrum’s botanical gardens.
Lokrum Island ferry harbour.
Where to eat and drink
Many of the restaurants in Dubrovnik closed for the winter begin to open in March for the tourist season, so be sure to check opening hours before you go.
Local tradition decrees that on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), oysters are their most delicious. Many restaurants celebrate the occasion with oyster samplers—soup, fritters, roasted, fried or baked oysters—with a glass of a good local white. Sample the best at the Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota. The fushion Mediterranean-Japanese theme is reflected in the clean interior and the tasty menu—don’t leave without tasting the paprika tempura roll or the salmon carpaccio.
Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota.
Another great option is the historic restaurant Proto, in business since 1886. The chefs still prepare their fish specialties according to old recipes handed down for centuries among local fishermen. The set menu from lunch includes shrimps in saffron sauce, stuffed lobster au gratin and hazelnut parfait.
Not a seafood lover? Head over to popular Nishta for its high-quality vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Located in the old town, it always stays busy so book your table ahead. The menu includes many great mouthwatering options like salads, soups, samosas, and falafel. Or try the fresh pizzas at Tabasco, reasonably priced and served to order in a wood oven.
If you’re looking to dance the night away, try the new addition Sky Bar. With its reasonably priced menu and lounge vibe, it’s quickly become a local favorite. If live music is more your style, you can’t go wrong at Club Lazareti, which hosts performers from local rock bands to independents. Classical music lovers will find a home at the Rector’s Palace and Sponza Palace, where concerts sometimes play outdoors. These are less frequent in the spring, so be sure to check the tourist board for schedules.
Classical music lovers should visit Rector's Palace.
Where to Stay
A fabulous choice for your hotel is Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, a 5-star hotel located near the entrance of the Old Town. Built in 1895, each one of its 139 rooms and 8 suites are equipped with Mediterranean décor, wooden furtniture, marble bathrooms. Select a guest room for a city, garden or hill view, or try the capacious suites for an unforgettable view of the old town and Adriatic sea. It offers meeting rooms, family package, foreign exchange, bar and lounge, fitness room and pool.
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.
Another option is Hotel Bellevue, a 5-star option on a clifftop that overlooks the Adriatic. Each one of its 93 rooms has a modern nautical themed décor with wooden flooring and views across Miramare Bay. Other facilities include a secluded pebble beach, lounge, two restaurants, spa and sauna.
A modest option is the three-star Stari Grad, a stylish 16th-century boutique that was fully renovated in 2013. It only has eight rooms, so book your room early. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms, mini-bar, satellite TV, telephone, safety box and free wifi. Located on site is the Green & Purple café bar and the Above5 restaurant, located on the fifth floor rooftop with terrific views of the city and sea.
Balcony with views across Dubrovnik at the Stari Grad.
March events in Dubrovnik
Ston Oyster Day Attracts Japanese Tourists
23rd March 2015
Ston Oyster Day is an annual event on March 23rd when local farmers produce and offer oysters with local wines. Traditional music and dacing keep the event entertaining all day long.
27th March 2015 to 30th March 2015
Mediterranean Fair is a four-day fair of top quality herbs and organic foods held in Dubrovnik. Producers from Croatia and other different countries gather to take part in this event.