January in Croatia: Weather & Events

Weather in Croatia in January is really cold, especially in the continental regions. This is a snowy time for inland of the country, while the coast has a lot of rainy days, though much less than in November. Average temperature range on the coast is 11°C-5°C, and in continental parts the daily temperature range is 3°C-4°C.

Typical weather in Croatia in January means a meter of snow in the northern regions and strong wind called bura which torments the coastal regions. If you are unlucky you will get acquainted with this notorious wind, which can make you feel as if your body were a cube of ice. When blows you will see that Croatia is no Jamaica in winter as some erroneously think. It is necessary to check whether the place you are going to stay in has adequate heating facilities.

Out of a few winter outdoor activities included in the sport offer of Croatia skiing is certainly the most popular in January, with the largest ski resort being Platak, situated near Rijeka. Those who travel with kids might consider going to Ravna Gora area, which has not only ski trails, but also grounds suited for sledding and many other children's activities.

Those who do not feel like skiing, can have a relaxing spa vacation with massages, saunas, mud baths in the hotels as the January prices are usually much more attractive. However, Zagreb and Split are unlikely to offer you great deals even at this time of year.

If you are not put off by the chilly weather, it would be a great idea to visit Plitvice National Park, which is fabulous in January as the lakes are frozen, offering an unbelievable panorama on the winter landscape.

Since a great number of tourists who visit Croatia in January are active-minded, a plenty of sports events are held in the country. One of the most popular happenings in the realm of alpine skiing is the Vip Snow Queen Trophy, organized at the mount Sljeme near Zagreb in the beginning of the month.

Weather in Croatia in January

Weather in January in the most popular beach holiday destinations on the Adriatic coast of Croatia:

Weather in Omis in January Weather in Brela in January Weather in Tucepi in January

The table below contains the monthly averages of daytime and night temperatures of air with the monthly average temperature of the sea in the main coastal cities of Croatia and in the capital city of Zagreb.

Month Average temperature
(day) °С
Average temperature
(night) °С
Average sea
temperature °С
Weather in Zagreb in January +3 -4 -
Weather in Dubrovnik in January +11 +5 +12
Weather in Split in January +11 +6 +11
Weather in Zadar in January +11 +4 +11
Weather in Opatija in January +8 +3 +10
Weather in Porec in January +7 +2 +10
Weather in Pula in January +9 +3 +10