You may think summer is the best time to see Croatia but like Jon Snow, ‘you know nothing’. That is, according to traveller Stephanie Hower, who says autumn, winter or spring are great times to visit.

Renowned for its warm climate, energetic party atmosphere and (of course) key Game of Thrones filming locations, there is no doubt that Croatia is a summer holiday hotspot. However, visiting outside of the peak period is far from being uncool.

Here are five reasons to experience the wonders of Croatia during the low season:

 

1. CROWD CONTROL

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The streets are still bustling day and night, but you won’t be left feeling like a sardine as you ascend King’s Landing. Enjoy exploring the sites with room to move around freely, or bathe in the glorious clear waters of the Adriatic Coast without colliding into the person next to you. Securing the perfect spot on the beach also isn’t a competitive sprint!

 

2. BEAT THE HEAT

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Enjoy the warm air, or feel refreshed jumping into the sapphire blue coastlines without sweating up a storm walking down the main street in Hvar’s Stari Grad. The peak of summer typically reaches temperatures in the late 30s to early 40s, but stay in the more comfortable 20s during much of the low season.

 

3. GO NATURAL

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Croatia is home to some of the world’s most impressive National Parks and visiting in the Autumn, Winter or Spring is an ideal time to explore them.

Take a dip at the base of the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park or be mesmerised by the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Plitvice National Park as you stroll across the boardwalks. If you’re a bit more adventurous, there’s also plenty of opportunities to hike, climb or ski in The Dinaric Alps which line the border between Croatia and Bosnia.

 

4. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

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Got FOMO for the fiesta season because you’re not there during yacht week? Never fear, the party scene in Croatia is very much alive year-round.

From the relaxed local bars in Split’s winding side streets to island-hopping booze cruises and vibrant nightclubs for those who just want to dance until dawn (don’t we all?), there’s something for everyone.

 

5. BAG A BARGAIN

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Take advantage of the low season rates offered by hotels and tour operators. Whether you’re booking your getaway a year in advance (hello travel expos!), or a day trip once you arrive, prices outside of the summer months are generally less expensive.

Time to get the togs and kaftans ready!

 

Is Croatia on your 2019 travel bucket list?