Dubrovnik: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||45 %|
|Rainfall days||11 days|
|Chance of Rain||38 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||16 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||34 %|
Averages for Dubrovnik in October
The seaside resort of Dubrovnik is still fairly warm during October, but the temperature is noticeably lower and much more rainy than the summertime. As days grow cooler and shorter, don’t forget to pack your cardigan and an umbrella.
October’s average daily temperature is about 18°C (65°F) over the course of the month, with highs decreasing from 22°C (72°F) to 18°C (65°F) and lows from 15°C (60°F) to 12°C (54°F). Of course with temperature being lower at night, it would be wise to pack a few items such as a light jacket just in case.
The average daily rainfall has increased greatly to 162mm over 11 days. The average probability of precipitation is 37-45%, increasing over the month and occurring as light and moderate rain, and some thunderstorms.
The amount of daily sunlight averages about 10:83 hours, and the length of the day decreases about 2.6 minutes daily over the course of month. The longest day of the month is Oct 1, with 11:44 hours of sunlight, and the shortest day is October 31 with 10:22 hours.
With the average sea temperature at around 20°C (about 68°F) you would still be able to spend time on the beach and have a dip in the sea. A mix of clothes would be appropriate to take for a trip in October. You would be able to spend time at the beach so bring your swimwear, and t-shirts and sandals would do for being out and about during the day.
The skies above the city are mostly clear at the beginning of the month at 37%, though as temperatures clear they become rapidly partly cloudy to 55%. The clearest day of October is the first, when the skies are mostly cloudy 21% of the time; the cloudiest day is October 31, when the skies are mostly cloudy only 47% of the time. The air begins to get quite humidity, ranging from lows of 49% (comfortable) to highs of 85% (very humid), occasionally peaking as high as 98%.
Daily wind speed averages vary from 2mph to 17mph (light air to moderate breeze), or about 8 knots. Winds typically blow in from the east, followed closely by the north and northeast.
At the beginning of October, Dubrovnik is relatively warm, with over eleven hours of sunlight daily and averages of 19°C (67°F), highs of 22°C (72°F) and lows of 15°C (60°F). By the middle of the month, the temperature drops to an average of 17°C (63°F), highs of 20°C (68°F) and lows of 13°C (56°F). This trend continues to the end of the month, averages of 15°C (59°F), highs of 18°C (65°F) and lows of 12°C (54°F).
Things to do
The biggest event during October is Independence Day (Dan Neovisnosti), a national public holiday celebrated on October 8. Sit outside in a café and watch the colourful parades go by. You can also sip an aperitif or a glass of Croatian white while you whittle away the twilight hours.
Admire the Cathedral Treasury at the Assumption Cathedral. Legend has it that King Richard the Lion-Hearted was shipwrecked on the nearby Island of Lokrum, and as gratitude for his survival, he donated some funds for the completion of this cathedral. The Treasury houses 132 relics of saints that date from the 11th to 19th centuries. Most famous of all are the head, arms and leg relics of St. Blaise crafted by local goldsmiths, nearly 1000 years old!
Next to the Maritime Museum is the little-known cat sanctuary of Dubrovnik. The city has countless stray cats and many of them congregate in this refuge during the low tourist season.
Stop by the House of Marin Drzic (siroka ulica 7), Croatia’s most celebrated playwright. This theatrical museum showcases the writer’s life and works from the 16th century. Though there is controversy as to whether any of the artefacts or documents within are authentic, it’s certainly worth a peek as a tribute museum.
Another rainy-day option is the Museum of Natural History (Androviceva 1), established in the late 19th century and housing many intriguing specimens, such as an algae herbarium and remains of a hammerhead, shark, monk sea, otter and sea turtle that date back decades.
The Archaeological Museum (Pred Dvorom 3) has quite a collection to interest the amateur historian. On permanent exhibit are hundreds of objects extracted from field surveys and excavations and dating back from the Prehistoric, ancient Egyptian, Roman and early Christian periods. There is also an impressive compilation of historic coins, ceramics and glass.
While on your route through the medieval streets, don’t miss exploring one of Dubrovnik’s intriguing fortresses. Minceta is the largest tower on the city walls, built in 15th century and offering beautiful views over the old town.
Another popular place for a lookout is Luza Square, a main gathering area and home to Sponza Palace, St. Blaise Church and the Bell Tower. From here you can peak into some of the finest architecture in town, view festive processions or catch a live concert performance.
A unique experience not too far from town is Durovic Cave. Located 25 metres under the Dubrovnik airport, this cave is a fascinating archaeological excursion. Evidence points to it being in use ever since the Bronze Age, and it was used as recently as 1991 as a shelter during the Balkan War. A guide will take you through the centuries and rooms full of stalactites and stalagmites.
Hit the Beach
While October is entering the rainy season, there’s a chance you may luck out with some sunny or warm days here and there. If so, you might find it worthwhile to head to the beach. Beaches around Dubrovnik tend to be quite relaxing, though they mostly consist of pebbles or cliffs. You can’t go wrong on the Peljesac Peninsula, which offers numerous swimming holes; or Plat and Srebreno beaches to the south.
If skinny-dipping is your thing, there are plenty of naturist beaches near and far from the city. One of the best spots to unwind is on the southernmost tip of the island of Lokrum.
Eating & Drinking out
Dubrovnik’s specialty is seafood, and nowhere is this evident than in the many harbourside restaurants the city has to offer. The Lesic Dimitri Palace (Don Pavla Pose 1-6) on Korcula Island dates back to the 17th century and serves fresh dishes with excellent views of the water.
One of the most authentic and best-loved restaurants is Kopun (Poljana Ruđera Boškovića 7), located on Boskovic Square. The menu serves a choice of seafood, meat and vegetarian options, with occasionally vegan and gluten-free dishes as well.
Labirint (Sv. Dominika 2) is located opposite the Dominican Monastery inside ancient ramparts. Its maze of rooms and terraces make for an intimate spot for dinner. The restaurant also doubles as a nightclub—so be ready to grab your dance shoes and rakija shots come evening.
Had enough of seafood? Head outside to the countryside to some local taverns and converted inns for a different speed of fare. The Restaurant Konavoski Dvori (Ljuta-Gruda, Ljuta, Croatia) specialises in ham, honeycomb, cheese soaked in olive oil, lamb and veal dishes, all cooked to order.
Café Festival (Placa ulica 28) is located in the centre of Stradun, open from early morning to midnight. This is a relaxed and lovely place to grab some sweets, sandwiches and coffee at any time during the day or night.
Bars and restaurants in the main street area of Dubrovnik.
Where to stay
Apartments Nivic (Stajeva ulica 7) is a great option in the old town for folks looking ofr self-catering. Just 50 metres from the sea and 300 metres from the Stradun Promenade, each of these studio apartments offer A/C, kitchenette, dining area, private bathroom and flat screen TV.
The first-class boutique Hotel Villa Wolff (Pucica 1) is a fantastic option on the Lapad Peninsula with its own tasty seafood restaurant. Book ahead, however—its bright and inviting corridors only hold three suites and three double rooms!
Hotel Petka (Obala Stjepana Radica 38) offers 104 rooms, some of which are triples. All rooms have shower and/or bath, satellite TV, minibar and A/C. There are two decent restaurants on site that serve Dalmatian and other Mediterranean fare.
Guesthouses are plentiful in Dubrovnik and allows a peek into local life you may otherwise miss. The family-run Rooms Vicelic (Antuninska ulica 10) offers four charming stone-walled rooms with private bathrooms and a shared kitchenette. If they’re all booked up, try Villa Sigurata II (Cubranoviceva 11), thirteen guestrooms within walking distance of Rupe Museum.
October events in Dubrovnik
Festival of Fragrances
2nd October 2015
Festival of Fragrances takes place in main square at Mali Lošinj, one of the most beautiful place in Dubrovnik. It's a celebration of olive products, honey liqueurs and souvenirs.
Croatian festival of jams and marmelades
11th October 2015 to 13th October 2015
Croatian Festival of Jams and Marmalades is a food and dine event in front of St. Blaise's church. visitors will get to sample and buy the jams and marmalades. The event takes place from 11th to 13th October.
Independence Day (Dan Neovisnosti)
8th October 2015
October 8th is the Independence Day of Croatia. Locally named Dan Neovisnosti is a national holiday all over Croatia as well as in Dubrovnik. Thanksgiving and parades are some programs on the list at this special event.