Croatia During the Fall Season: What to Do in September & October
Many will disagree that fall / autumn in Croatia, can be a good time for vacations. I must say, they are wrong as the period from second part of September to the mid of October in Croatia, cam be a best place for trilling holidays.
What’s the weather like in October in Croatia? October makes part of a ‘low season’. The weather can sometimes be unpredictable but in most cases you can expect pleasant sunny days ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Sometimes it can be cooler but mild enough for all outdoors activities.
According to my own research in the last 15 years of official weather-forecasts data, the average high temperature in October is between 16.0 to 20.0 °C (60 -68 °F) with average nine rainy days.
October boasts of 197 sunshine hours but if you plan to visit Hvar Island and Dubrovnik, you can expect even more sunshine hours in this period.
Weather in October sometimes can be influenced by phenomenon, known as Indian summer. Indian summer usually occurs in October (in any part of the month), with temperatures above average for October.
What to do in Autumn in Croatia?
Besides swimming and sunbathing which is still possible in October, there are many sightseeing tours, activities and attractions to visit in Croatia.
This is a time when tranquility returns again, the beaches are almost empty, ferry crowds are gone for ever, all kind of accommodation can be found at much lower prices than few weeks ago.
This is a period when the nature pays off the hard farmer work with some traditional products that have always had a long tradition in Croatia. In the fall at the market will suddenly appear the big juicy grapes, black and green olives,figs and hips.
Fall in Croatia: Olive picking
Cultivation of olive trees and vine has had a long tradition since the time of the Greeks and Romans particularly along the Adriatic coast and on the islands. Grape and olive harvest is a special event for local people, when families and friends get together.
Traditional olive picking starts usually at the beginning of November but in some regions can last 1st and lasts throughout the winter, sometimes even till mid January. Most of the olive groves are in Istria and Dalmatia and the recovery started quite recently when government begun subsidizing planting of olive trees.
If you know nothing about olives and olive oil (but like olive oil), I would recommend you a tour to for visitors wanting to spend a quiet afternoon getting to know some locals and a few other tourists while learning about olives, harvesting, life on one of the small islands in Croatia.
I recommend some tours from Split to small Solta island, to take part of traditional olive picking or private olive picking in Solta Island, lunch included with wine.
Solta island has a reputation for producing fine olive oils, honey and wine brandy (grappa) as well as local wines, which can be sampled at several family-run restaurants.
Wines of Croatia and grapes harvesting
If wine is one of your passions consider planning a trip in autumn in Croatia during early October.
If you are on Hvar island in the period of grape harvest, don’t miss to visit some most famous Duboković and Tomić wineries. Take a wine tasting and winery tour and get to know ‘Plavac Mali vines’ story.