Dubrovnik: September Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||63 %|
|Rainfall days||7 days|
|Chance of Rain||30 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||9 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||38 %|
Averages for Dubrovnik in September
Dubrovnik is resort in south Croatia that typically enjoys fair Mediterranean weather, with hot summers and mild winters. September is still extremely warm from the summertime, although it is usually much wetter than July and August. It’s generally a good time to visit as cruise ships have left the port for the season and the water is still warm enough for swimming.
The average daily temperature in September ranges from 16-19°C (61-67bF), with the highest still a lovely 24°C (about 75°F), and the lowest temperature is only around 13°C (about 56°F).
The average daily sunlight is about 12:27 hours, and the length of day decreases over the course of the month by about 2.7 minutes a day. The longest day is September 1, with 13:09 hours of sunlight, and the shortest is September 30, with 11:46 hours of sunlight.
With the average sea temperature at around 23°C (about 73°F), it is still ideal beach weather. Light clothing such as t-shirts, shorts and sandals would be essential - although hats and sunscreen with a high SPF would be essential to avoid sunscreen and sunburn.
Do keep in mind that although the weather is still generally beautiful, the average daily rainfall increases a lot between August and September, to 101mm over 7 days. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed is 28-37%, increasing as the month progresses. This is most likely to manifest as thunderstorms, though light and moderate rains can also occur.
The skies above Dubrovnik are mostly clear, with cloud cover ranging about 24-38% on average. As the month progresses, the temperature cools and the clouds start to gather more and more. The clearest day of the month is September 1, when the skies are only overcast 10% of the time; the cloudiest day is September 30, when skies are overcast 35% of the time. The air tends to maintain a median humidity, ranging from 40% (comfortable) to 82% (humid). The air is driest around September 1 (48%) and most humid around September 28 (75%).
Daily wind speed averages vary from 2 mph to 18 mph (light air to fresh breeze) or about 8 knots. Winds typically blow in from the east, though occasionally from the north and northeast as well.
The beginning of September enjoys a whopping 13+ hours of sunlight. Expect to take advantage of a daily average temperature of 23°C (74°F), highs of 26°C (80°F) and lows of 19°C (67°F). By the middle of the month, the temperature drops rapidly to an average of 20°C (69°F), highs of 24°C (76°F) and lows of 17°C (63°F). It continues to decrease to the end of the month, though temperatures remain quite warm relatively, averages of 19°C (67°F), highs of 22°C (72°F) and lows of 16°C (61°F).
Things to do
There are plenty of cultural events and activities taking place in Dubrovnik during the month of September, and enough variety that they can appeal to the vast majority of visitors and locals. The foremost of these is the Julian Rachlin and Friends Chamber Music Festival, held in the Atrium of the beautiful Rector's Palace. This festival hosts some of the world's most renowned classical musicians and has been held annually since 2001. It has also been attended by a number of celebrities including Tom Cruise and Kevin Spacey!
If you have a moment, a tour of Old Town Dubrovnik can be very valuable. It’s a great introduction to the history, layout and overview of the city. You’ll acquire a unique understanding of the ins and outs of this medieval port town.
Fort Lovrijenac is worth an exploration, a medieval fortress just outside the western wall. It was built within just three months time in the early 11th century. Above the gate there’s an inscription, “Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world.” The recent addition of a theatre is where Hamlet is performed during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
For a beautiful example of Croatian architecture, check out the Assumption Cathedral. This is well known for its Roman Baroque style, which holds 200 reliquaries from 11th to 18 centuries: gold-plated arm, leg and skull of Saint Blaise and a piece of the True Cross.
For the thrill seekers among you, the city also hosts the Dubrovnik CroChallenge, which is an extreme sports festival! Taking place all across the town all month, the festival features abseiling, kayaking, and rock climbing among other activities. If you miss this event, there are always plenty of other water sports to do around the city, such as scuba diving, parasailing, fishing, donut rides, banana rides and more, all which are fairly affordable.
If you are looking to get out of the city, head to one of the neighbouring islands. Kolocep is the southernmost inhabited island with a population of about 160. It’s a 20 minute boat ride by ferry or 10 minutes by water taxi. The island has more than 250 sunny days a year, with turquoise waters, olive groves and hidden coves.
Hit the beach
If you want to avoid the regular swimming holes, wander over the smell pebble beach of Penatur. This gorgeous and understated beach has crystal blue waters, with a beautiful view of Lovrijenac Fortress.
Or head over to the beach in front of Hotel Belvedere. The crowds tend to overlook this beautiful rock and stone beach, much to their own misfortune—the beautiful view of the bay, Lokrum island and small cliffs definitely make it worth a visit.
If you’re on the lookout for a naturist beach, try Betirino, located in Mlini-Srebreno about 7 kilometres from Dubrovnik. The beach is mostly rocky, situated near Hotel Asterea with a bar and plenty of sun umbrellas for cover.
Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik.
Extreme rock climbing in the Dubrovnik CroChallenge, September.
Eating & drinking out
Restaurants in Dubrovnik are plentiful, though most seem to share similar fare with traditional dishes of seafood, meat and pasta. For some great samples, head to Poklisar (Ribarnica 1) for its delicious homemade gnocchi, pizza, shrimps in saffron sauce and fantastic views of the harbour. Dalmatino (Miha Pracata 6) is quite famous among the locals for their squid ink risotto and fresh mussels and prawn.
For something a bit different, try Taj Mahal (Nikole Gucetica 2). This Bosnian restaurants serves food more traditionally inland, like fresh pastry, tender meat and grilled vegetables.
Though there are fewer choices that farther you go from Old Town, you might stumble on a few tasty hotel restaurants. On the Lapad Peninsula, Sunce (Plaza Uvala) is a terrific option to take a break from the swimming and sunbathing.
Check out Gradskavana (Pred Dvorom 1), great for people-watching and delicious espresso. Glam Café (Palmoticeva 5) is popular with the hip, young crowds—offering fresh juices, smoothies, beers, wine and aperol spritzes.
If everything has closed for the night and you’re looking to party, head to the Golden Sun Casino in Rixos Hotel Libertas. The drinks are rather pricey but it’s a great location that livens up when the rest of the city has quieted down. It’s a fast-paced establishment that offers poker, roulette, black jack, slot machines and more.
Where to stay
Hotel Kazbek (Lapadska obala 25) is a 5-star villa hotel with twelve rooms and one suite. Modern boutique hotel. All rooms are equipped with an AC, king size bed, minibar, safe, tv, wifi, telephone. The facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor restaurant with terrace, parking. The hotel also has an on-call speedboat that fits 10 guests located in the marina available for excursions and transfers.
Villa Curic (Mostarska ulica 2) is a wonderful hotel on Lapad peninsula within walking distances to cafes, pebble beaches, and fun activities such as wind surfing and bicycling. The villa offers fourteen apartments, affordable in the middle of Babin Kuk peninsula. All apartments include TV and satellite, internet, minibar, ensuite bathroom.
A luxury option just 1.5km from Dubrovnik is Rixos Hotel Libertas (Liechtensteinov put 3) with 254 rooms, suites and villas. On-site facilities include outdoor and indoor pools, spa, restaurant that serves Turkish, Italian and Dalmatian and the only casino in the city, Golden Sun Casino.
Backpackers should try Fresh Sheets (Svetog Simuna 15), one of the few hostels located in the heart of Old Town. Run by a Japanese-Canadian and Croatian couple, the hostel offers 4 and 6 bed dorms and a cosy double room for those looking for some privacy. The staff can assist in booking activities, boat trips, tours and cocktail bucket parties.
September events in Dubrovnik
International Festival of New Film
15th September 2015 to 21st September 2015
International Festival of New Film runs from 15th-21st September showcasing new film productions. All visitors are welcome to attend and enjoy this week long festival.
16th September 2015
A rich cultural and food event in Sv. Euphemia, locally known as Rovinj occurs on 16th September. Fireworks are the main attraction at this event so make sure to bring along your camera.
21st September 2015
Ston Marathon takes place in Dubrovnik on 21st September. Besides the marathon, there is a chance to participate in a fun run which is 4 kilometres. The ancient town of Ston is the place where the races start and end.
Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival
25th September 2015 to 28th September 2015
The Dubrovnik International Wine and Jazz Festival starts from 25th September and continues until 28th. Musicians from US, Canada and Europe gather and perform in this event. Dubrovnik Sympony Orchestra also perform at this occasion. Painters sell their fine art to the visitors.