Weather Averages for Dubrovnik in May
Averages for Dubrovnik in May
May in Dubrovnik is when temperatures really begin to climb and the summer season truly kicks off. Tourists begin to flock to the Old Town, restaurants and museums open and extend their hours, and the weather triumphs it all by warming up considerably.
Average temperatures reach a very pleasant high of around 21°C (70°F) and reach a low of a very manageable 11°C (51°F). Be sure to drink enough water and wear an appropriate amount of sunscreen while outdoors. May is certainly not the hottest month in the city—that award traditionally goes to August, with an average high of 28°C (84°F), rarely exceeding 32°C (90°F).
The amount of sunshine per day in May is about an average of 14:30 hours. Over the course of May, the amount increases about 1 hour. The shortest day of the month is May 1 with 14:06 hours of sunlight; the longest is May 31 with 15:05 hours of daylight.
However, average rainfall during May is around 75mm over 10 days, so although it is likely to be generally dry and warm, there is still a risk of showers during your trip so make sure to pack something waterproof just in case. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed is 29-39%, occurring as moderate or light rain, and thunderstorms. This chance for precipitation decreases as the month progresses.
The median cloud cover ranges from 29% (mostly clear) to 45% (partly cloudy). May 1 is the cloudiest day of the month, being partly cloudy or overcast 37% of the time, and May 31 is the clearest, being clear 55% of the time. As the month progresses, clouds decrease rapidly. The air is usually dry, humidity ranging from 43% (comfortable) to 84% (humid). The air is driest around May 14 (50%) and most humid around May 1 (77%).
Daily wind speed averages in May range from 2mph to 17 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely stronger than a strong breeze. Winds typically blow in from the east, and remain at a fairly consistent 9mph throughout the month. Definitely bring your jacket, however, as nights can get fairly chilly.
The beginning of May is generous on sunlight with about 14 hours a day, and a daily average temperature of 16°C (61°F), highs of 19°C (67°F) and lows of 12°C (55°F). Expected chance of rainfall is about 39%. By the middle of the month the temperature slowly increases to an average of 18°C (65°F), highs of 22°C (72°F) and lows of 15°C (59°F), with average sunshine about 14:30. By the end of the month you’ll experience a steady increase of warmth, with 15 hours of daylight, only 29% chance of rain, and averages of 20°C (68°F), highs of 24°C (75°F) and lows of 16°C (62°F).
THINGS TO DO
Every visitor to Dubrovnik should definitely not miss the fabulous views from the City Walls. These gorgeous fortifications date back to the 10th and 13th centuries, reaching 25m in height at their highest 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.
As the weather is beginning to warm up into summer, grab a chair on a restaurant terrace or in a café and sample some delicious Croatian wine. Some of the best wines are brought in from the nearby Peljesac Peninsula, where acres of vineyards are interspersed by olive trees just 70 km north of the city.
Lovers of history and art should wander to the 14th century Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2, 9-6), a delicately preserved gem of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Visitors can admire the ornate decorations, intricate rosettes, heavenly arches, a medieval courtyard, ancient manuscripts and a charming working pharmacy that dates from 1317.
Stop by the Rector’s Palace at Pred Dvorum 3, the seat of government for years during Dubrovnik’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries. The chief citizen resided and worked on the first floor of this building during his whole term of office (only one month). These days the quarters serve as a museum exhibiting period furniture, costumes, paintings, an armoury, a gunpowder store and a dungeon.
There are several sports and outdoor activities available to travellers as well. At most beaches you’ll find jet-ski, kayaking and windsurfing. There is also ample opportunity to rock climb, cycle and hike inland on Mt. Srd or out in the Babin Kuk peninsula.
If you have some extra days, take a ferry out to one of the beautiful nature-laden islands. Lokrum Island’s Benedictine abbey, languid beaches, and peacock gardens is just a 10-minute ferry ride away. At one end you’ll find a pretty saltwater pool known as Mrtvo More, the Dead Sea. Ferries also head out to the picturesque seaside town of Cavtat, lined with cafes and colorful fishing boats. Here you will find the lovely Our Lady of the Snow Church, built in the 15th century overlooking Luka Bay.
Breathtaking countryside surrounds Dubrovnik, Krka National Park.
HIT THE BEACH
As to be expected, Dubrovnik’s beaches are some of the most popular on the Adriatic. For a quick jaunt from Old Town, head over to Banje, a pebble beach with beautiful views of the city ramparts. Another close option is Buze Beach, which attracts the younger crowd with its café bar and location beneath the city cliffs.
St. Jacob is often considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubrovnik. Being in the close proximity to the city centre, it is situated in a small cove covered with pebble. Enjoy in jet-ski rides and kayak paddling when you are taking a break from swimming and relaxing in the crystal clear sea.
Those looking for an area more removed will find it at Copacabana beach, just a short taxi ride away on the Lapad Peninsula. With its summer activities and water sports, it’s a great choice for families. Or take a 40-minute ferry from Dubrovnik to Sunj Beach on the Island of Lopud.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
There are several magnificent restaurants around town, some world-renowned. Nautika (Brasalje 3) was once voted the seventh most romantic restaurant in the world. Sample the shaved black truffles and pistachio sorbet. For a classy seafood option, visit the elegant upstairs terrace at Proto (Siroka 1), where you can order Adriatic shrimps and brodetto with polenta.
For something lighter, Arsenal (Pred Dvorom 1) is a good option. A local favourite is Lokanda Peskarija (Na Ponti), an informal seafood bistro that’s popular with the locals—it’s recommended to arrive earlier in the evening to get a table.
A stylish coffee shop is Gradskavana (Pred Dvorom 1), right on the main strip—the terrace is great for crowd-watching.
If you’re on the lookout for a cocktail hour, try the aperitifs at the Talir café/bar (Antuninska 6). You can also enjoy the drinks during sunset at Cele (Cavtatska 11), and watch the changing of the guard.
After dinner and cocktails, dance the night away at one of the famous discos. The young and hip crowd might try their luck at the East-West Beach Club (Frana Supila bb), a nightclub with an open-air rooftop lounge. For something more mellow, sample the digestifs and local wines of D’Vino (4A Palmoticeva), an intimate wine bar tucked away in a stone alley.
Dubrovnik City Square in May.
WHERE TO STAY
Valamar Lacromba (Iva Dulčića 34) is a prestigious hotel on the Babin Kuk Peninsula, a simple taxi ride from Old Town. It is surrounded on three sides by ocean, with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands. Each one of its 385 rooms is modern furnished, with suites available and views of the sea, park or atrium. Connecting rooms are available for families. Other facilities include gourmet restaurants, wine bar terrace, pool bar, outdoor and indoor freshwater pools and children’s pool.
Hotel Bellevue is a 5-star option with gorgeous views of Miramare Bay. Located just 15 minutes from the Old Town, it’s a quaint and quiet option for those looking to get away from the crowds. Each one of its 93 rooms has a charming nautical-themed décor and sea view that’s hard to beat. Other facilities include a pebble beach, lounge, two restaurants, pool, a spa and sauna.
If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the Old Town, opt for the Pucic Palace. The hotel is a luxury boutique option with just 19 bedrooms and suites, each equipped with TV, wifi, A/C, minibar and safe. Just 10 minutes from the Marina, its crème de la crème is that the hotel owns a private yacht that is available for trips up the coast.
May events in Dubrovnik
International Workers' Day (Medunarodni Praznik Rada)
1st May 2015
Labour Day is a National Holiday, also known as International Worker's Day on 1st May. Labourers of great numbers gather to have fun participating dances, cultural shows, concerts and other activities locally called as Medunarodni Praznik Rada.
Dubrovnik Chamber Trio
3rd May 2015
A concert celebrating Beethoven's classics and romantic songs. Dubrovnik Chamber Trio is held on April 5th at Domino Church.
Patron Saint of Split
7th May 2015
Sv Duje as locally known, St. Doimus or The Day Patron Saint of Split occurs on May 7th. The event includes feast of St. Dujam. The main part is the procession from Diocletian's Palace which is the the world's oldest cathedral.