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A Guide to Croatia's Best Natural Reserves

Croatia’s position between the Balkans and central Europe has meant that the country has, historically at least, slipped under the radar of the Mediterranean holidaymaker. But now, curious travellers are catching on, with a growing number travelling to this island-speckled paradise in search of something new.

And they’re right to do so. As well as being rich with historic destinations brimming with culture, heritage and traditions, Croatia boasts some of Europe’s most spectacular natural wonders – from paradise isles enveloped in turquoise seas to lush national parks that offer the very best in wild exploration.

So, while the historic allure of Dubrovnik and coastal splendour of Hvar may top the list of reasons to visit Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast, there’s yet more beauty to uncover in the country’s nature reserves and national parks. Here, we take a closer look at Croatia’s best natural beauty spots, giving you a sense of the wonders that await on a Dalmatian Coast ocean cruise with Emerald Cruises.

The Best of Nature on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Dalmatian Coast

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Dalmatian Coast in Spring
Temperatures are beginning to climb on the Dalmatian Coast during the spring months (Mar-May), with a daily average of around 16°C. It may be slightly warmer than this in the extreme south, near Dubrovnik, so make sure to pack sunscreen. A raincoat wouldn’t go amiss, either, with spring showers common along the coast.


Summer can bring intense heat along the entire Dalmatian seaboard, with temperatures regularly topping 30°C, particularly on the coast. Pack light clothing and comfortable sandals for walking, as well as a pullover for visiting chillier upland areas. Rain isn’t common in high summer, but you may experience the odd thunderstorm in upland areas.


Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Dalmatia, with pleasant temperatures holding well into October without the heat of the summer months. Expect a daily average of 20°C in southern Dalmatia, dipping away as you travel further north. The chance of rainfall does increase slightly, so pack a waterproof jacket to explore the best of the great outdoors.


Winters are mild on the Dalmatian Coast, much like other destinations on the Mediterranean. It’s not uncommon to get temperatures in the high teens and twenties to the south of the region, but the weather generally sits at around 14-16°C. In upland areas, however, frosts and snow are relatively common, so bear this in mind when packing your suitcase. All in all, winter is a great time to visit, with fewer crowds and milder weather making for excellent sightseeing conditions.

Experience Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast with Emerald Cruises

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Whether to soak up the history of Dubrovnik and Split, enjoy fine food and drink on the fertile islands of Brač and Hvar, or delve into the natural wonders of destinations like Krka and Kornati – Emerald Cruises can help you experience the Croatia of your dreams.

Our extraordinary ocean cruises take place on an intimate yacht, allowing you unprecedented access to some of Dalmatia’s most beautiful destinations and natural harbours. In the company of experienced local guides, you’ll discover everything that makes this corner of Croatia such a pleasure to explore.

Discover Croatia with Emerald Cruises

To find out more about our luxury ocean cruises on the Dalmatian Coast, call our team today on 855 444 0161.