Dubrovnik Weather May Averages, Croatia
What's the Weather like in 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.
May in Dubrovnik is similar weather to how it is in October .
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 cityhat 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 average sea temperature during May is 18°C (64°F), so the braver among you may be tempted to head out for a swim but be sure to check the local weather forecast before venturing out.
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).
Dubrovnik Hotels in May
Valamar Lacromba (Iva Dulčia 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.
Dubrovnik Beach for May
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.
Betina Cave Beach
Betina Cave Beach is a special cave beach, only reachable from the sea. The cave never gets too hot, even in the summer time and the pebbles are round and comfortable to sit on. Book a kayaking tour for swimming and relaxation on this beach. The beach has become a lot more popular recently so has lost a bit of its secrecy and charm.
Bars and Restaurants
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 localst'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 striphe terrace is great for crowd-watching.
East-West Beach Club
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.
Things to do in Dubrovnik in May
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 art and history should certainly not miss the beautiful Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2), which houses artefacts such as ancient manuscripts, laboratory equipment and old medical books that date back centuries. The old Pharmacy, first established in 1317, is the third oldest working pharmacy in the world. For something more low-key try the "Rupe" Museum (Od rupa 3), an ethnography museum with more than 5,000 exhibits featured in the town's old granary. On display you'll find interesting folk costumes, textiles, and tidbits on folklore.
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.
Lokrum Island's Benedictine Abbey
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.