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Oct. Nov. in Croatia

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Oct. Nov. in Croatia

We have two weeks to spend exploring Croatia and can rent a car for 2 couples. One guide book suggests that the country closes down for tourism after Oct. 15 and that there is nothing to do or see with many restaurants and hotels closing for winter. Is this true? Is this trip misguided at this time of year?

Would like to fly into Split, explore toward Dubrovnik, work out way back up toward Zagreb, visiting beautiful and interesting and charming places all along the way.....mostly in 2-3 nights per place with occasional one night stops.

Then our friends leave from Zagreb and we plan to spend another week in Slovenia.

Please let me know what your experiences are regarding this time of year and what we can expect in terms of places closing. Do we need specific reservations if we know in advance what will be open?

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1. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

The tourist season is definitely over at that time and touristy things do close, ferries schedule is slower etc. Still even if you’re not into sunbathing and beaches, Croatia could be interesting. More logic plan would be landing to Dubrovnik (not Split) and travel northward.

By taking the coastal road you will pass small towns like Ston, Makarska, Omiš, also Split, Trogir, Šibenik, Zadar, Plitvice National Park - to Zagreb, plus perhaps Varaždin north of Zagreb.

This is just a general sketch – with no islands includes and no Istria (north Adriatic peninsula with the town of Rovinj and sleepy hilltop inland towns)

Places in Croatia are small and no need to spend more than 2 nights per each.

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2. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

Hey Larktrav! I'm surprised that you got only one response to your questions. I would like to hear more as we will be there around the same time. We are taking an escorted tour of Croatia from Oct.23 to Nov. 1 and then have 12 days on our own to explore the area. more suggestions would be helpful. IE: rent car versus trains, busses. Weather on coast versus inland in early November etc. etc. Have a great trip.

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3. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

Dubrovnik will begin to close down for the winter months, a few places as early as mid October but mostly about 01 November. It's very quiet and locals love the town coming back to us again. There will only be an occasional cruise ship, thank goodness.

Most of the outdoor restaurants will be closed due to the weather.

It would be much smarter to fly into Dubrovnik and work your way back toward Zagreb. Don't know if the weather will allow you to visit Plitvice and that would be a shame if you missed this wonder.

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I was in Croatia in mid-October last year and traveled from Istria to Dubrovnik. I found there were less public transportation options but other than that all the sights I intended to see were accessible. Lots of restaurants were open in each town I stayed in (Rovinj, Trogir, Dubrovnik) and I had no problem booking my hotels and apartments.

I think its a great time to be in Istria. Truffle season and see if there any any truffle events going on when you are there. I was able to do a truffle hunt which was a lot of fun.

The Slovenian caves were open (but not the cave beneath predjama castle because of bats). So again I think it is a perfectly good time of year to see the country.

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5. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

Dubrovnik will still feel very open and the season still runs in Split and Trogir albeit at a slower pace (which is rather nice). Places like Krka National Park will be open, but on a shorter day. I imagine the further north, the quieter it will feel, but the Croatian season is now longer than it was 3 years ago.

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6. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

Hello, I am Sikimilna, I was born in Croatia (Dalmatia) and I can tell you about the beautiful Brac island.

Brac island is 40 minutes from Split (by Ferry and catamaran) and has more than 100 beaches and 22 towns.

I can highly recommend the Milna town, a harbor with crystal and templates water, good for sailing (safe marine), nature, narrow and romantic streets, houses with red roofs and white stones, very safe town and warm people.

Is a great places for vacation and you have many activities for doing during the day. (bikes, motorcycle, boat, excursions, scuba diving, parachute, fishing).

For staying there are houses and apartments for rent.

Is a very beautiful and unknown place, where many famous people come here, to find peace (for example Beyonce, Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Benneton, Eckerson).

If you need further information i can help you.


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7. Re: Oct. Nov. in Croatia

Jude, I woudn't say that it will be guieter in the north, on the contrary, north Adriatic has more weekend(+Easter+other national holidays+Christmass) tourists from Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria throughout the year.

Relying just on TA posts one could get the impression that some areas are not interesting for visitors at all, because never mentioned here. But there are many of Europeans who visit northern Adria, but they are simply not present here on the forum(language barrier or they know the area very well-no need of posting questions.).

October is perfect and November is good for sightseeing.

There is still the possibility of swimming in Oct in the south, November could be problematic for the weater.

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